The labor intensive aspects of growing and harvesting vanilla beans, the effects of bad weather conditions and the consumer demand for natural vanilla bean products has been driving up the price of vanilla beans.
I love reading labels! I began reading product labels with the word “vanilla” in their title. What surprised me was how many products claimed to be made with “vanilla essential oil.”
Vanilla beans need a solvent to release their aromatic compounds! So, they CANNOT be called essential oils. There are vanilla extracts, infusions, absolutes, and fragrance oils—but no vanilla essential oil!