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Vanilla ... Not So Simple After All

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: October 26, 2009, from the November 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The major benefit of vanilla in the spa is its incredible aromatherapeutic properties, which help strengthen the stress-reduction response, according to Rebecca James Gadberry, ingredient guru and author of the article “Consoling Stressed Skin” (Skin Inc. magazine, July 2009). “It has been found to physically reduce symptoms of stress, most likely due to its effects on the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous systems that underscore the stress response,” she writes in the article.2

Interestingly, in 2006, Chanel launched Sublimage Essential Regenerating Cream featuring the key ingredient of planifolia PFA, which is extracted from V. planifolia in Madagascar, and it was chosen because of the moisturizing and anti-aging benefits of its polyketones.3

Of course, vanilla’s spa benefits haven’t been overlooked in the following treatments, either:

The Vanilla Coffee Scrub is a body latte that stimulates while firming and hydrating—The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta;

The Vanilla and Orange Body Scrub is a sugar scrub using pure vanilla extract, pure orange essential oil and fresh orange zest that refreshes and exfoliates—Waters Spa at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont;