Homemade Vanilla Oil {DIY}

Vanilla Pods

So, I have a very interesting DIY today :) And, this one is making me pretty happy. I just hope the results turn out as good. I was on a trip to Kerela last year and I got vanilla pods from there (only 6)!! I was entirely unsure of how to use them. And, then, I decided to make some toner or some skin care product but discarded the idea. Then, I checked out online and I needed Vodka to make a perfume from that so I decided on this finally. I infused the oil with vanilla pods. 

  • Vanilla Pods
  • Carrier Oil (I preferred almond oil though apricot oil is better, I read somewhere)
  • Knife
Split the vanilla bean pods length wise and cut them into small pieces
Put them in a clean glass jar (preferably sterilized and entirely dry)
Pour oil over the pods. Store it in a dark warm place for a month or two. Occasionally, take it out and shake to maximize the infusion.
My Notes
The color of the oil is already dark in just half a day of infusion. Compare with the second snap above.
  • I did this yesterday night so the results will be out in one or two months when I shall put up a post to tell you about how it went. 
  • While you are infusing, you have two choices – either put the glass jar in a dark place or in sunlight. I wasn’t sure which one to choose so I chose dark place as I don’t really get much of direct sunlight here. 
  • One more thing I goofed up on was to use almond oil. Actually, I read somewhere that apricot oil is good at absorbing plant essences so if you are making infusions, use apricot oil instead. And, I do have apricot oil. I forgot all about that and remembered it the moment I finished pouring almond oil. Anyways, I shall remember this the next time.  
  • I am so excited about it that I have shaken it 2-3 times till now ๐Ÿ˜€
  • The smell is divine. I can’t explain it. And, we are talking about real vanilla smell, not the food flavorings.
What do you think?


  1. ScentsuElle says

    The thought of this is absolutely divine :) Though I would also consider adding some organic rose petals to this.

  2. shruthi says

    Hey this is just awesome! by the way, can this vanilla oil be used in perfumes as a middle note?

    • says

      hey Shruthi…its really awesome :) but, I don’t really think it can be used as a middle note. instead, you can use this oil as the carrier oil for the perfumes. that will be probably better. Actually, I have not yet tried it. it still getting infused ๐Ÿ˜€ will check it today again. thanks for reminding :)

  3. shruthi says

    thanks :) u know wat? after reading ur posts abt EO’s am really inspired. And am gonna ordr the following:

    General usage : Lavender EO, rosmary EO, chamomile EO, lemongrass EO, tea tree EO.

    Perfume oil : bergamot (top note), ylang ylang (middle note), jasmine (middle note again), clary sage (base note) I hv added 2 middle notes coz i love floral perfume. Only hope it works..

    Career oils : apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil.
    Do tell me ur thoughts abt my list :)

    • says

      hey Shruthi…haha after using the EO’s you will be in love with them ๐Ÿ˜€
      I have no idea how chamomile and clary sage would smell like so can’t say anything about them. also, I don’t think they have jasmine or rose EO’s. do check with them once and do let me know if they have :) and, rest others are awesome :) would love it if you would share the haul!!! oh S

    • shruthi says

      Ya i ca feel myself getting addicted to them even before getting hold of them ๐Ÿ˜€ In the website its mentioned that clary sage goes with almost all EO’s, that s y i chise that. Jasmine is listed in their overall list.. rose too.. I will anyway mail them and let you know. And yeah i ve mentioned in my first mail about ur blog, and how i came to know abt them :) Wil definitely let u know wat i get! Thanks for creating awarness abt EO’s :)

    • says

      haha…oh yes, I have read a lot about EO’s and clary sage is one of the really must-have ones…I will get it next time too :) don’t check the overall list…check the one on the left side of the page….those are the ones they have but do ask them also. may be they haven’t updated the site. looking forward to your haul :)

  4. Smitha Davanam says

    Hi Swathi, I would like to know the measurements for infusion, and yeah you get vanilla pods in Jayanagar, Bangalore in Godrej Supermarket. Also lemme know about the vanilla oil common usages.

    Smitha Davanam

  5. Kayla says

    So how did this turn out. I just did this with avacodo oil I hope it will turn out. What do u do after the two months are up?

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