INGREDIENT

Vanilla Absolute

Vanilla planifolia

Sweet and soothing
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Products with this ingredient

Renowned for its sweet, warm and comforting fragrance, vanilla is also soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin's brightness and softness.

Description

Description

Vanilla beans (pods) are the dried unripe fruits the orchid vanilla planifolia. Native to tropical America, it can grow in most tropical areas near the equator. Every flower is pollinated by hand and pollination must occur within a few hours of the flower's opening. Each blossom produces a single bean that is normally harvested after eight or nine months and then pass through a complex curing process before resembling the black-brown fragant spice we all know.

Vanilla absolute is extracted from the beans of the plant, creating a thick brown and aromatic substance. The extraction is made for Lush by an expert in France to ensure quality and transparency.

Vanilla pods are made up of sugars, vanillin, fats and mineral salts. When applied topically, the sugars in vanilla act as a humectant. The humectant action also forms a barrier on skin, which prevents moisture loss.

Vanillin naturally occurs in the pods and is the main source of the characteristic vanilla scent. It has been studied in the past decades and has shown antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties when applied on skin. It also showed antidepressive properties when ingested or inhaled. The fragrance itself is used for its uplifting, de-stressing and aphrodisiac qualities in aromatherapy, as well as being an ever popular note in perfume.

Lush used to buy vanilla beans from the Fair Trade Ndali farm in Uganda but a very serious shortage of vanilla on the market generally and in Uganda in particular changed the plans. This is why Lush currently buys beans from Madagascar and India.

Vanilla Absolute can be found in these products
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Products with this ingredient
Vanilla Absolute can be found in these products
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