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Vanilla Planifolia

Vanilla planifolia is a tropical orchid, which is a native of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. It is also known as the Flat-leaved Vanilla. Vanilla planifolia is the only member of the orchid family that is grown and harvested on an industrial scale, most notably in Mexico, Madagascar, and Tahiti. The pods of the vanilla planifolia are harvested and dried. They are then used to produce natural vanilla flavoring and scent.

The culinary and medicinal benefits of vanilla planifolia have been known for centuries. The Aztec people, who lived in Mexico from the 13th to the 16th centuries, are known to have used vanilla planifolia to produce vanilla flavoring and as an aphrodisiac.

Vanilla planifolia is a vine, which supports itself on fleshy roots. The leaves are flat and dark green in color. The flowers of the vanilla planifolia are yellow. The flowers open in the morning and close in the evening. They last for only one day. During the time that the flower is open, pollination must take place. If pollination does not occur, the flower will fall from the vine within 24 hours. The flower is self-pollinating, but in a natural environment less than 1% of vanilla planifolia flowers will pollinate. When vanilla planifolia is grown commercially, pollination is carried out manually. This makes the cultivation of vanilla planifolia both labor-intensive and expensive.

The fruit of the vanilla planifolia looks like long green beans, which are ready for harvest after approximately 5 months. The fruit is known as pods and grows to around 7 or 8 inches long. After they are harvested, the pods of the vanilla planifolia are dried and fermented. At this point the pods turn brown. Inside the pods are small, black vanilla seeds. Vanilla extract is derived from the cured pods. The process used to dry the pods and produce the natural vanilla extract is complicated and lengthy. As a result, vanilla pods are an expensive commodity.

The scent of vanilla is used in a variety of skin care products, toiletries, and fragrances.

Synthetic vanilla can be made from lignin, a complex chemical compound found in wood pulp. This is a cheaper method of producing vanilla extract. Synthetic vanilla is generally regarded as inferior to natural vanilla. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has produced regulations determining the concentration of vanilla beans required for vanilla extract to be described as pure. In order to comply with the FDA requirements, pure vanilla extract must have at least 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon. In addition, the solution must contain no more than 1% alcohol.

The scent of vanilla is used in a variety of skin care products, toiletries, and fragrances. To be certain that products contain natural vanilla, look out for the inclusion of vanilla planifolia on the list of ingredients.

Vanilla essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

Vanilla essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Vanilla essential oil is helpful in clarifying and clearing the mind, balancing the emotions, and relaxing the body. Vanilla essential oil is also considered to be an aphrodisiac as the scent of vanilla has been shown to stimulate sexual arousal. Vanilla essential oil is helpful for those who are dieting as it can be used to stave off hunger pangs. Because calorie-free vanilla can also be used as a natural sweetener in place of sugar, its taste and scent make it truly a diet-friendly ingredient.

The scent of vanilla can be used to alleviate the symptoms of claustrophobia. At the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York, a study revealed that vanilla scent relaxed patients undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. An MRI scan requires the patient to lie in a long, narrow tunnel for around an hour at a time. Patients reported less anxiety during the procedure when the vanilla scent was pumped in to the room.

Vanilla extract has a natural antibacterial action when it is added to food. It helps to preserve the food by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Vanilla appears to be most useful as an antibacterial agent in food with a low PH value.

Vanilla is an antioxidant, which enables it to neutralize free radicals. In a laboratory setting, vanilla has been shown to have cancer-treating properties. In a small scientific study, vanilla bean extracts have been found to reduce the number of cancer-causing cells in mice.

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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens and conditions lashes.
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1 ct | YE001
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$42.00
4oz | RC002
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Blend of Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Rich Heliotrope.
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1.7oz | LV001
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Keep your skin healthy and beautiful with this sun protection primer.
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1 oz | CR373
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A black mascara that thickens, conditions and lengthens with sea minerals.
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0.42 oz | JI336
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Blend of Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Lime and Vanilla.
$58.00
1.7oz | LV002
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This creamy, rich masque exfoliates the skin and rids it of impurities, while deeply hydrating to replenish skin vitality.
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Exotic blend of Coconut, Tiare Flower and Vanilla.
$58.00
1.7oz | LV004
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A two-in-one toner that cleanses and tones skin, leaving it refreshed and restored.
$32.00
45 ct | RC064
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Start the day right with this invigorating gel that cleanses and nourishes skin.
$30.00
9 oz | RU012
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A blend of ripe Blackberry, juicy Raspberry, Velvet Iris, and warm Madagascar Vanilla.
$58.00
1.7oz | LV035
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A 100% natural, deep moisturizing beauty treatment that helps restore skin's suppleness.
$85.00
6.76 oz | IT004
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A natural dry skin oil that nourishes and softens parched skin.
$63.00
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Adds intense shine, conditioning and supple hold with silk proteins.
$25.00
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An ideal cosmetic for tinting brow hairs the natural way.
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A camouflage concealer that helps to treat breakouts while covering them up.
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0.5 oz | JI079
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This duo features a lip stain and a lip gloss in complementary nude colors.
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This duo features a lip stain and a lip gloss in complementary pink colors.
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0.2 oz | JI426
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Achieve your puckering potential, organically.
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0.5oz | JB057
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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens, curls and strengthens lashes.
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0.35 oz | JI178
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The ultimate protection for your lips to moisturize, repair, and protect.
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0.3oz | YE007
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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens, curls and strengthens lashes.
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A highly hydrating and nourishing indulgent foot cream.
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5.2 oz | DO047
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This duo features a lip stain and a lip gloss in complementary colors.
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0.2 oz | JI439
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Support Living Beyond Breast Cancer with this double side lip stain and gloss.
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0.2 oz | JI482
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A camouflage concealer that helps to treat breakouts while covering them up.
$30.00
0.5 oz | JI080
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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens, curls and strengthens lashes.
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0.35 oz | JI179
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This duo features a lip stain and a lip gloss in complementary colors.
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0.2 oz | JI438
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Fresh blend of Lavender, Rose, Violet Leaf and Vanilla.
$58.00
1.7oz | LV005
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Ultra concentrated, light oil revives the skin and encourages a healthy glow.
$57.00
2 oz | RU011
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A camouflage concealer that helps to treat breakouts while covering them up.
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A camouflage concealer that helps to treat breakouts while covering them up.
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0.2 oz | JI428
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Cleanse or refresh your skin with our easy to use wipes.
$15.00
30 ct | OL101
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Formulated to jump-start skin’s metabolism and restore strength and vitality.
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1.4oz | BT158
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A super nourishing, pistachio, almond, and sweet vanilla scented body buttercream for irresistibly smooth and ultra-soft skin.
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10.1 oz | GK014
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A gentle exfoliating cleanser formulated using natural ingredients.
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6oz | FH019
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Powerful at-home exfoliation treatment to brighten skin.
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2oz | RC083
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The perfect balance of creamy texture, rich and vibrant color, and luminous finish.
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3-in-1 shower gel cleanses and conditions skin and hair.
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16 oz | PY1040
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Smoothes skin texture and rough patches.
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9.4 oz | SD047
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