Information

While Madagascar, the Comoros and the Reunion island produce “Bourbon” vanilla with its long and thin beans, the West Indies supply a variety called “Pompona”, with large and short fruits ; French Polynesia cultivates the “Tahitensis” variety more “fleshy” with an intense perfume…

Whatever its origin, Vanilla stays one of the most appreciated fruit in the world, as well for its aroma in foodstuffs, as for its fragrance, in cosmetics and perfumery.

In the fabrication of this water, two sorts of vanillas are selected for their complementarity of aroma: “Bourbon” vanilla, for its concentration of vanillin, and “Tahitian” vanilla for its aromatic harmony.

This fruit’s water, rich in volatil compounds, carries the virtues of the vanilla fruit for a wide cosmetic use.

Manufacturing Process

After sun drying, Vanilla beans are distilled with steam water
under atmospheric pressure, without additive or chemical
treatment. Exempt of artificial coloring, this fruit’s water is purified
by a sterilizing filtration and stabilized by a preservative in
order to keep its freshness.

Botanical informations

Name

Vanilla Planifolia – Vanilla Tahitensis

Family 

Orchidacaea

Part of the plant used

Dried Fruit (Bean)

Morphological type

Creeper

Geographical area

Asia regions/ Indian Ocean/ Pacific regions

Physical characteristics

Appearance, 25°C

Liquid

Odour

Wooded, Sweet, Vanilla-flavoured

Colour

Colourless

Specific gravity, 20°C

0,990 – 1,020 Kg/l

Solubility in water

Miscible

Solubility in oil

Immiscible

Solubility in ethanol

Miscible

Chemical characteristics

pH

4 – 6

Preservative

Potassium sorbate 0.3%

Bacteriological characteristics

Aerobic bacteria

<100 cfu/g

Yeasts – Moulds

<10 cfu/g

Main composition

Extraction ratio (w/w)

10%

Vanilla “Bourbon” / Tahitensis ratio

70/30 (average & indicative values)

Solvent

Steam water

Chemical compounds

Volatile fraction of vanillas planifolia & tahitensis

Aromatic Characteristics

* Auto-evaluation upon 50
regular vanilla users.

Usage information

Skincare products

10 to 60%

Lotions & Tonics

40 to 85%

Fruit’s Water

Pure or associated to other vegetal waters.

Vanilla is used in the french pharmacopeia, it is exempt from toxicity in the cosmetics limits of use adviced.

Properties

1. Refreshing and Stimulating

2. Tonic

3. Aphrodisiac or Emotional

Cosmetic Uses

1. Face and body care products

2. Tonic Lotions & make-up removing lotions

3. Sun waters, refreshing sprays

4. Perfuming vegetal waters

Comparative morphology of the two varieties of vanilla

Storage

Store in a cool dry place and in unopened containers away from sunlight.

Packaging

5 / 25 kg : jerry can PE-HD

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