Vanilla in our Lip Therapy gives our Lip Treatment a delicious toffee taste but we also use it for its seriously effective skin properties.
The skin benefits of natural Vanilla are numerous and include a powerful anti-inflammatory property which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin; B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid) to help maintain healthy looking skin and Vanillin, a rich anti-oxidant which prevents and reverses skin damage caused by free radicals. It helps to slow down the appearance of fine lines and the effects of environmental stress on the skin.
The vanilla plant is an herbaceous climbing vine which requires a supporting tree or pole. It bears trumpet-shaped flowers which are naturally pollinated by bees. Unripe vanilla pods turn yellow when they grow 5 to 8 inches long and are ready to harvest. These are then blanched in boiling water, sweated and sun dried for a few weeks until they turn dark brown and wrinkled.