The more you learn about vanilla, the more ironic it becomes that vanilla is often used as a synonym for “boring” or “bland”. It is quite literally one of the most complex fragrances in the world, containing between 250 and 500 different flavor and fragrance components. The plants themselves can also be somewhat tricky to cultivate. Vanilla grows as a clinging vine, reaching lengths of up to 300 feet, from which sprout pale greenish-yellow flowers. These plants, which are native to Mexico, are pollinated by melipona bees and, occasionally, hummingbirds. Each flower remains open for just 24 hours, and if not pollinated, it will wilt and die. Talk about being high-maintenance!
From pod to perfume, vanilla fragrances have been seducing our noses for centuries. Its warm fragrance notes welcome nostalgia, while bold, new blends spark excitement. With some many combination possibilities, vanilla continues to thrive for its warm, creamy, and slightly exotic fragrance profile. Read below to check out more fun facts on this iconic fragrance.
Containing between 250 and 500 flavor profiles, vanilla is one of the most complex fragrances in the world.
Reduce Stress & Anxiety
In one study administered by the Psychiatry services at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, researchers studied the effects of vanilla fragrances on patient anxiety. When patients were administered heliotropin (a vanilla like fragrance) through humidified air, it resulted in 63% less anxiety than patients who were administered plain humidified air. As a result of the study, not only does Sloan-Kettering include the use of vanilla as part of its MRI scans, but many hospitals and doctor’s offices do as well. So the next time you’re feeling stressed, we recommend reaching for 2-3 of our Vanilla Sandalwood Wax Melts.
To produce a calming effect
Researchers at Tubingen University found that participants who used vanilla fragrances in their home had a positive effect on childhood associations and showed a calming effect when scenting the home. This may be due to the fact that vanilla fragrances invite a warm, creamy smell into the home. The scent of vanilla is not only identified with warmth, softness and caring, but also invokes feelings of purity and simplicity. When looking to calm down, we recommend reaching for our Vanilla Orchid Wax Melts. Our Vanilla Orchid soy wax melts combine fragrances of elegant bergamot, luminous orchid, and musk.
The moral of this story? Next time you need something relaxing to help wind down the day, you can’t go wrong with vanilla scented wax melts! A sweet, comforting aroma, there’s no wonder this fragrance is one of the most popular in the entire world.