Vanilla extract?

Has anybody tried adding either pure or imitation vanilla extract to any of your homemade concoctions, or adding to something that had a mild smell that you wanted to cover/enhance? Is there anything in the ingredients of vanilla extract that would be so bad for your hair that you wouldn't want to risk it? Or, is there anything in the ingredients that makes you wonder if it might work?

I was toying with the idea of adding a few drops of it to my FOTE refresher spray, but I wasn't sure if it might be a bad idea or not. Does anyone know?
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Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 02:35 PM.
A "true" vanilla extract is vanilla bean and alcohol. Some use rum..some use other spirits. I would be careful not to use the commercial varieties with the likes of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and other creepy chemical additives.

For the scent, as Koukla said, I'd also recommend using the essential oil. The vanilla one tends to be really expensive though - like $20 for the tiny bottles EO's come in. Yikes!

Editing to add: I have some victoria's secret "vanilla lace" body spray that I put a few drops of in my Kiss My Face lotion. The spray is overpowering by itself, but mixed in lotion, it has a nice subtle vanilla scent. Just another idea.
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im currently trying a new condish wich contains coconutoil and vanilla extract, i have no clue if the vanilla is the bad alcohol kind, but it does smell really good, and the condish provides a lot of slip.
i also use it as a leave in conditioner and my hair seems to like it.

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I've got a feeling that you can evaporate any alcohol by putting it in a bowl over the top of a bowl of boiling water. Never tried it myself though!
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Originally Posted by dutch girl
Yes it does. It's the orchid's seedpod, I believe. The reason vanilla beans are so expensive is because orchids grow so slowly, so getting a seedpod takes forever and a day.

I knew that many pure vanilla manufacturers used bourbon to make the extract, so I did wonder if the overall alcohol content would be too high to use in hair products, but I also knew that percentage wise, I wouldn't be using much in the finished product. Sounds like it might be worth a shot, if nothing else.
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I had to look this information up, but I thought there was a company that made something that didn't have alcohol in it. (Used to use it when my twins were babies) I got it in my local grocery store that has a health food section.

The company is Frontier. It has a flavoring that has no alcohol. The ingredients are - glycerin, fairtrade certified vanilla bean extracts, and water.

Here's the link http://www.frontiercoop.com/dspCmnPr...t=spfavvanilla
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I had to look this information up, but I thought there was a company that made something that didn't have alcohol in it. (Used to use it when my twins were babies) I got it in my local grocery store that has a health food section.

The company is Frontier. It has a flavoring that has no alcohol. The ingredients are - glycerin, fairtrade certified vanilla bean extracts, and water.

Here's the link http://www.frontiercoop.com/dspCmnPr...t=spfavvanilla
Originally Posted by gidget
Yeah-tried that. Added it to my avg/honey creation.

The glycerin may have done somehting, but the vanilla was a nonevent. Coudn't tell it was there.
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Has anybody tried adding either pure or imitation vanilla extract to any of your homemade concoctions, or adding to something that had a mild smell that you wanted to cover/enhance? Is there anything in the ingredients of vanilla extract that would be so bad for your hair that you wouldn't want to risk it? Or, is there anything in the ingredients that makes you wonder if it might work?

I was toying with the idea of adding a few drops of it to my FOTE refresher spray, but I wasn't sure if it might be a bad idea or not. Does anyone know?
Originally Posted by BotticelliBabe

Hey, I was just making your FSG yesterday with my friend and without thinking I decided to add vanilla extract-- about 1 cap-full per batch and it smelled great I put it in my hair last night, and great curls (thanks for your recipe!) but as for the vanilla extract (pure), I don't know if it made a difference or not because I've never used pure FSG, but it sure didnt hurt!


I was wondernig about this, so bump!




well dang, i just checked, and the only vanilla we have is meijer brand. it has 30% alchohol and corn syruup in it, so is that too bad?

we also have mint extract but i don't like mint much and it's 90% alchohol.........

any other things i might find to make my hair smell nice? i thought the garnier fructis i got would smell nice but it doesn't have the same smell as most their stuff :|

Where do you find cheap essential oils? Can you find them in grocery stores?


what all oils work, i hear a lot about lavender.


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@nezumikiriq: Look for vanilla essential oil.

Or benzoin essential oil (resin).
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I've got a feeling that you can evaporate any alcohol by putting it in a bowl over the top of a bowl of boiling water. Never tried it myself though!
Originally Posted by pelicano
I use non-alcohol vanilla extract from Cook's Vanilla (they are the vanilla powder Starbucks uses). I love their extracts, and I have both the alcohol and non-alcohol. I think it's smart to have non-alcohol, as some religions prohibit its use (Mormon, Moslem, etc).
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