Our Face Oil has wonderfully delicate notes of Vanilla which is immediately calming. The synergy of the vanilla together with the rose buds and mallow flower create a “round” and “enveloping” scent. Dr Spiezia's favourite elixir is light and delicate enough for daily use and is quickly absorbed into the skin making it an ideal base for make-up. It was developed to stimulate skin renewal, protect against everyday environmental damage and balance production of skin sebum.
But vanilla is so much more than a pretty scent.
In skincare, this magnificent climbing orchid is used for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties and is also packed with B vitamins such as thiamine, Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid which play an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin. Originating from Mexico and Central America it can grow up to 30 meters high and has beautiful green-yellow flowers that open for only a day each. In the wild there is only a 1% chance that the flowers will be pollinated, as they depend on a rare local bee, the Melipona, as a carrier.
Cultivated Vanilla pollination is carried out by skilled workers, using a method invented by a 12-year-old slave from Bourbon (now called Réunion) in 1841. Fruit pods are picked when they are green and unripe. The dark and wrinkled pods we are familiar with is the final result of months of curing work such as blanching and sun drying.
Vanilla is in fact an antioxidant and an anti-depressant and has been proven to alleviate stress. The Mayans and Aztecs used it to flavour royal drinks and later, during the 17th century it became very popular flavouring for sweets in Europe where it was also used for medicinal purposes.
Vanilla is such a versatile spice with an incredibly identifiable scent. It brings rich comforting and soft sensual notes to not only the Face Oil but also the Face Oil for Men. Read more about the award-winning Face Oil for Men here. We highly recommend our facial oils as a perfect place to start when new to oil-based products.