Vanilla and Peppermint for Aromatherapy Blends

Over the past two weeks we have looked at alternative oils to vanilla, and which oils blend well with vanilla. In the final article of this trilogy, we are creating a couple of aromatic blends with vanilla and/or those vanilla alternatives we have been talking about! These are great blends to make for the Holiday season – or if you simply love the aroma of vanilla. Enjoy!

Minty Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

Whipped body butter itself is a decadent aromatherapy product, but add in mint and vanilla, and you have a seasonal body butter that can be used all year round as well! Instructions on how to create the whipped body butter base can be found in my ebook, 25 Basic Aromatherapy Recipes for Beginners.

You will need:

  • 8 oz whipped body butter base

  • 20 drops spearmint (Mentha spicata) essential oil

  • 30 drops vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) absolute

  • 15 drops peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil

  • 10 drops fir balsam (Abies balsamea) essential oil

Instructions for Use:

  • Blend the essential oils and absolute with the whipped body butter base. Store in a glass jar and store appropriately. Apply to skin as needed.

Cautions for Use:

This blend is approximately 1.5%. These are “strong” essential oils, so you don’t want to over do it. In addition, avoid use in pregnancy, and with babies and young children. Do not store the finished product in the vicinity of babies and young children as it may cause breathing difficulties.

Vanilla-infused Orange Roll-on Blend

As discussed in previous articles, vanilla can be infused into an oil such as jojoba. This blend uses vanilla-infused jojoba as its base. This is a vanilla-orange accord which can be used on its own, or incorporated into a blend with a complimentary accord.

You will need:

  • 0.33 oz vanilla-infused jojoba

  • 20 drops petitgrain (Citrus aurnatium var. amara (fol)) essential oil

  • 5 drops neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos)) essential oil

  • 15 drops mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil

Instructions for Use:

  • Combine the vanilla-infused jojoba with the essential oils. Add to a roll-on bottle. Apply as required.

Cautions for Use:

This is approximately a 10% blend. Use caution until you know how you will react to the blend. Lower dilution rate if required. For adult use only.

The Study of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

To learn more about how essential oils are used in aromatic blends, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM program!


  • The author of this article has a 20 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. The blends given here are based on her own work and experience in the area. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She has taken the online Master Gardener short course series with the University of Oregon. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom and school room for on-site workshops on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.

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