Not only do Nielsen-Massey vanilla and flavour extracts taste amazing but they smell amazing too, and with their natural ingredients they make great additions to skin care products that are good enough to eat - which you could, though we wouldn't recommend it.
Here are 5 great home and beauty recipes to create your very own skin products to treat yourself, or make in bulk for a sweet gift or party favour that any of your friends and family would be delighted to open.
Please note: As with all beauty products we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before use.
1. Vanilla Body Spray & Room Mist
Smell yummy with this easy vanilla body spray and room mist. Simply fill a spray bottle or atomiser with distilled water and add drops of vanilla extract until you reach the level of scent you like, shake and then spray on your body or room for a sweet smelling aroma that will last all day.
2. Orange Extract Lip Scrub
This citrus scented lip scrub will not only help keep your lips soft and subtle over the winter months but tastes delicious too. All you need to do is mix together 1 tsp of white granulated sugar, 1 tsp of coconut and 2 drops of orange extract. Rub on your lips in a circular motion and as it’s made using all natural ingredients, there’s no need to wash it off. Peppermint extract, lemon extract and coffee extract would all make great alternatives if orange isn’t the flavour for you.
These quantities will make enough for one scrub, but to make a bulk batch simply multiply all ingredients by the quantity desired.
3. Vanilla Body Butter
This body butter smells and looks like vanilla buttercream icing and is ideal for hydrating tired and dry skin. All you will need to make this rich butter is ½ cup of shea butter, ¼ cup of almond oil, ¼ cup of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of vanilla extract.
Melt shea butter and coconut oil together on low heat stirring constantly, but don’t boil. Remove from the heat, and pour into a glass bowl. Stir in the Almond oil and vanilla extract and freeze for 15 minutes until the mixture has started to solidify. Transfer to an electric mixer and mix on high speed until very fluffy and stiff peaks form. If you attempt to mix before liquid has cooled enough it will not produce the whipped, buttery texture. If the mixture is still too liquid, place in freezer for a few more minutes, and try again. Once mixed sufficiently add to a jar with a screw top lid and apply every morning for smooth soft skin.
4. Vanilla Body Scrub
If you liked the sound of the Vanilla Body Butter, then this Body Scrub is its the perfect partner with the same sweet smell but added unrefined sugar to help exfoliate the skin. Simply mix together 1 cup of unrefined brown sugar (we like Billingtons Demerara), ¼ cup of coconut oil (melted), 1 tbsp of almond oil & 2 tsp of vanilla extract, and store in an airtight container. To use just massage into damp skin in a circular motion and wash off.
5. Rose Water Face Mist
Rose water sprays are great for skin hydration and provide a great refreshing relief in those summer months. Similar to the Vanilla Body mist, for this face mist you just need to ¾ fill a spray bottle or atomiser with distilled water and top up with rose water, shake and spray. It’s as easy as that.