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February 23, 2021 3 min read

Vanilla Bean, A Dominant Ingredient in Many Premium Soy Candle Brands

Early in the 1990s, perfume makers began to introduce vanilla bean as a significant note in many of their fragrances. Now, vanilla bean is a dominant ingredient in a large number of perfumes – and some candles as well!

Multiple attempts have been made to explain the current unprecedented popularity of vanilla bean-based fragrances. Many experts have tended to focus on the pleasant childhood memories associated with the smell of vanilla bean, and its comforting milky warmth that it provides. Ahh the days of our childhood:-)

Both of these factors have clearly contributed to the vanilla bean-boom that we are seeing in the USA as well as the globally. Scientists have been studying the integral connection between olfaction and memory for some time – and the power of scents to evoke vivid memories has long been a device of novelists and poets.

A recent experiment has shown that most of us, have some difficulty in expressing this vast structure of recollection in words. Subjects were presented with visual (an object), lexical (the name of an object) and olfactory (the odour of an object) stimuli, and asked to write down whatever came into their heads. Written responses to the visual and lexical stimuli were much longer than those for the olfactory mode, but responses to the aromas were far more emotive, and all referred to memories. Not all childhood memories are pleasant, of course, but those associated with vanilla are almost invariably positive – sweet treats and rewards, ice-cream holidays, innocent pleasures, etc. – which certainly helps to explain its popularity.

Vanilla bean is associated not only with warmth, softness and caring, but also has connotations of purity and simplicity.

Yet there is hard scientific evidence to indicate that the popularity of vanilla fragrances could be more enduring than these explanations suggest. The scent of vanilla bean has proven positive and beneficial effects which have nothing to do with current fashion, changing values or even childhood memories.

For example:

  • Psychologists and medical researchers were aware of our positive reactions to the scent of vanilla bean long before perfume makers recognized its potential. In experiments where an aroma universally regarded as ‘pleasant’ is required, vanilla bean has been a standard choice for decades.
  • Medical experiments have shown that vanilla bean fragrance reduces stress and anxiety. Cancer patients undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging – a diagnostic procedure known to be stressful – reported a massive 63% less anxiety when heliotropin (a vanilla bean fragrance) was administered during the procedure.
  • Vanilla fragrance makes you calmer. A study at Tubingen University in Germany showed that vanilla bean fragrance reduced the startle-reflex in both humans and animals. The animal results indicate that the calming effects of vanilla bean may be due to some more essential property of the fragrance than the ‘positive childhood associations’ usually invoked to explain its universal popularity with humans.

It is important to remember that these effects have only been documented for pure vanilla bean fragrance – not perfumes containing a blend of vanilla bean and other notes.

At Lovespoon Candles, Home of the Premium Soy Candle uses soy wax for our scented candles. We offer an array of strong scented candles each of these strong scented candles use soy wax to allow for a clean and longer burn duration. Moreover, our Premium Soy Candles come in 33 fragrance options, one being vanilla bean. You can purchase our Vanilla Bean Lovespoon Candle in the Monogram Series, Cornerstone Collection, Travel Tins or our Candle Club. Our Candle Club is a Candle Subscription Box, where we Deliver Serenity Monthly. Our Candle Club has received rave reviews from our members, and continues to rapidly grow in this every growing segment. We hear that a Lovespoon Candle, really is made with "LOVE" as each of our candles is made and curated by hand. A Lovespoon Candle is not mass produced so you know when you purchase a Lovespoon Candle you really are getting a high quality hand made product that is well taken care of and meets our high quality standards candle in and candle out. We have also learned that a soy candle which our candles are made of offers the best in terms of fragrance throw to allow for strong scented candles. Strong scented candles are a hallmark of what Lovespoon Candles prides itself on. So come on over today to Lovespoon Candles, and indulge with our very own Vanilla Bean Lovespoon Candle and get whisked back to your favorite childhood memories.