A Closer Look: Vanilla CO2 Extracts
Last week we introduced our new carbon dioxide extracts. These are genuinely spectacular ingredients. I think we should start with vanilla CO2. I can’t begin to estimate how many times I have received requests for Vanilla Essential Oil. People are always disappointed, and frequently incredulous, when I inform them that there is no such thing.
Attempts at the steam distillation of Vanilla Beans give deplorable results. The Vanilla “Essential Oil ” one sees in fairs and retail shops is most certainly solvent extracted absolute. While I am no one to disparage the quality of expertly manufactured absolutes, I understand that many people devoted to using all natural products regard a botanical oil extracted with synthetic solvents as less than ideal. And it is precisely those people who also recognize the excellence of CO2’s. The carbon dioxide extract of Vanilla is as close to a steam distilled essential oil of Vanilla as can be, but the extraction process involves none of the heat or moisture implicit in steam distillation. The result is the deepest and gentlest extraction possible, free from any chemicals. If you have been frustrated by the lack of a true 100% natural Vanilla Bean oil. Then this wonderful CO2 is for you. Our Vanilla Bean CO2 is warm, mellow, smooth, sweet, dark and rich. It is perfect for either aromatherapy or natural perfumery.