Today, vanilla is enjoyed all over the world as a food flavoring and fragrance. However, the vanilla bean has much more to offer in addition to its pleasing aroma and warm flavor- vanilla extract is rich in antioxidants. When applied within skin care formulations, its ability to prevent and reverse skin damage caused by free radicals and environmental pollutants helps to slow down the signs of aging. Goodbye fine lines, wrinkles and age spots! In addition, vanilla is a good source of B-vitamins like niacin, thiamin, Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid which also contribute to the maintenance of healthy skin.
The history of vanilla dates back to ancient Mexico, where this flavor was first cultivated from the vanilla orchid. The orchid's exotic bean became a precious commodity to the Aztecs and eventually the Spanish conquistadors.