Did you know you could infuse all sorts of wonderful herbs and spices in carrier oils? The natural benefits of the botanicals infuse into the oil and you can use the infusion in your homemade beauty formulations for an active botanical boost! And its super easy to do at home!
Everyone loves the sweet, caramel scent of vanilla so we tried infusing vanilla pods in Organic Jojoba. We love Organic Jojoba here at Naissance. Its composition is very similar sebum, the naturally occurring oil produced by our skin and it is absorbed quickly and won't leave you feeling oily.
2 vanilla pods
250ml Organic Jojoba Oil #233
Now you have two options.
Carefully slice the vanilla pods down the middle and place them inside a disinfected jar, pour in the Jojoba Oil and put on the lid and label with the date on. Leave your jar on a sunny window sill and leave the oil infuse over 4 to 6 weeks, remembering to agitate the jar every day (give the jar a gentle shake).
If you don't have the patience to wait 4 to 6 weeks, you can use a double boiler to infuse your oil. Add water to a saucepan and place another pan on the top. Pour in the oil and the sliced vanilla pods to the top pan and allow the oil to infuse on a very low heat for 4 to 6 hours. Once cooled pour into your jar and label.
Once you oil has finished infusing you can strain the oil through a cheese cloth of a coffee filter. I personally like to leave the vanilla beads in the oil as I think it looks pretty.
You can use your deliciously scented infused oil as part of your homemade beauty formulations like body butters, massage oils blends, lip balms, creams and lotions. Or you can use it on its on as a beautifully fragrant face and body oil.
Why not try experimenting with other infusions? Sunflower Oil, Macadamia Nut, Soya and Baobab Oil are all good oils for infusing.
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