What Does Vanilla Do?

Learn about one of our favorite ingredients
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Certain ingredients are great for your skin, and we take those little wonders and pack them into our products for extra-happy Lushies.

One of those skin-loving ingredients is vanilla. Renowned for its sweet, warm and comforting fragrance, vanilla is also soothing when applied to the skin. Vanilin – its main aromatic compound – is an antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin's brightness and softness. You’ll find this sweet-smelling ingredient in some of your favorite Lush products.

Where does it come from?

Vanilla beans are the dried, unripe fruits of the orchid vanilla planifolia. This plant is native to tropical America, and each flower gets pollinated by hand. Once the flowers have blossomed, they produce a single bean which is harvested after approximately nine months. The sweet and skin-softening vanilla absolute and oil we use in our products is extracted from these beans. And the only difference between an absolute and an oil? The extraction process: absolutes are produced through solvent extraction, while oils are produced through distillation, boiling or pressing. Absolutes, which usually have a stronger fragrance, are found in some of your favorite Lush products!

But what does vanilla actually do for your skin?

It helps keep you moisturized

Keeping skin moisturized is a daily task, and one great thing about vanilla’s sugars is that they act as a humectant, which help prevent moisture loss. A popular Lush creation that packs a vanilla punch is Oatifix. This banana-filled enemy of dry skin will leave you soft and smelling sublime, and is great for sensitive, irritated and – you guessed it – dry faces. Skin’s Shangri-La Moisturizer does a super job of rejuvenating mature skin, with an added touch of vanilla to help restore moisture that’s been lost.

Vanilla soothes and protects the skin

Vanilla soothes and protects the skin

It soothes

Vanilla is also known for its soothing effect on the skin. We use vanilla water – which is created by dispersing vanilla absolute in water – to our gentle moisturizer, Celestial. This soother is especially good for sensitive skin, and the added vanilla water helps skin retain its moisture without irritation. And you’ll find plenty of luxurious vanilla absolute in Mask of Magnaminty Face And Body Mask, which also comes in a self-preserving formula. This tingly, minty mask cleanses and exfoliates dry skin, so you feel better, softer and smell delicious!

It protects

Whether you live in a warm climate, face winter all year round or endure ever-changing weather, we can all use a little extra protection. Vanilla possesses antioxidant properties, which can work wonders for your skin – both how it feels and how it looks. We add it to Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask, which relieves irritated skin and leaves if feeling soft and balanced, while Cupcake Fresh Face Mask’s touch of vanilla absolute helps calm redness. Plus, you get to cover yourself in chocolate: win-win!

It smells amazing

Vanilla’s familiar, soothing, sweet scent is one of the reasons we love to add it to our products! The fragrance itself is used for its uplifting, de-stressing and aphrodisiac qualities in aromatherapy, as well as being a popular feature in perfumes. You’ll find hints of that unmistakable scent in Cup O’ Coffee Face And Body Mask, which carries an irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee and cocoa extract; perfect companions for vanilla. It’ll also leave you feeling soft, clean and smelling fab.

Curious to know more about vanilla and skincare that’s right for you? Visit your local Lush shop for expert advice, or call our friendly customer care team at 1-888-733-5874.

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