Vanilla Chai Infused Body Oil

April 14, 2017
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 For as long as I can remember, I have loved the smell of vanilla.   If you’re like me, you’re going to go a little bonkers over this Vanilla Chai Infused Body Oil!    It combines two of my favorite fragrances– vanilla and chai tea and it smells heavenly!

As usual, we’re using no synthetic fragrances whatsoever just sweet almond oil, loose leaf tea and herbs!


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The Ingredients in Vanilla Chai Infused Body Oil


Sweet Almond Oil

I love using sweet almond oil in this recipe.    It is definitely one of my favorite carrier oils and I use it in many of my skin care recipes.

Sweet Almond Oil has a great consistency (not too heavy/not too light) which makes it a great oil to use year round.   It is also nourishing to the skin and is rich in Vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids.


Green Tea

You’re probably heard of all the benefits of consuming green tea but did you know that applying green tea to your skin may also be beneficial in reducing skin inflammation and preventing skin cancer?    While I didn’t find anything confirming this claim, green tea has become a common ingredient in skin care products and adds a lovely, natural fragrance to our body oil.


The Herbs: Bay Leaf, Cardamom Pods, Ginger, Fennel & Vanilla Bean

You might have noticed that some of the herbs commonly found in chai tea are listed as optional  ingredients. Unfortunately, as delicious as cinnamon and cloves taste and smell, these warm, spicy herbs can be irritating to the skin.  If you have sensitive skin like I do, you might want to just leave these herbs out.

All of the other herbs we are using in our Vanilla Chai Infused Oil add a delicious fragrance to our oil but will not irritate the skin.

For the best results, make sure the dried herbs you are using are as fresh as possible and still retain a vibrant color and scent.  The fresher the herbs, the better the infused oil.


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Yields 8 oz

Vanilla Chai Infused Body Oil

For external use.

5 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 8 oz sweet almond oil or another carrier oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup loose green tea
  • 1/2 Bay Leaf
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1/8 tsp minced fresh or dried ginger
  • 1/8 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional--avoid if you have sensitive skin)
  • 1 whole clove (optional--avoid if you have sensitive skin)


  1. In a double boiler (or a heat safe measuring cup in a small pan of water,) add the sweet almond oil, vanilla bean and all the herbs. Simmer low and slow for about 1-2 hours until the oil is infused.
  2. Allow the infused oil to cool to room temperature and then strain using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth/muslin.
  3. Pour into a clean, dry glass bottle. You can add some of the dried herbs back into the bottle if you wish.
  4. Store in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. The infused oil will keep about a month or longer.


For the best results, use dried herbs that are as fresh as possible and that still retain their color and scent.

Complete recipe and details can be found at



Let me know:  What are some of your favorite fragrances or herbs to use in DIY products?   Have you tried any of the herbs we used in today’s recipe?




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  • Reply Victoria April 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm This sounds so lovely for applying after a long Sunday night bath and I am really loving vanilla scents right now, I really fancy making this!
    • Reply Jen April 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm Thanks, Victoria! Hope you love it!
  • Reply Luke April 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm Love this recipe, something my wife would def try.
    • Reply Jen April 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm Awesome! I'm so glad! I think she'll love it!
  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries April 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm I can smell this just looking at the photos! My mom always used to wear vanilla scented perfume so this post made me think of her!
    • Reply Jen April 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm That's so sweet, Corey. Rose always makes me think of my grandmother.
  • Reply The Sun Mama April 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm Vanilla scented body oil?? Yes please!!!! This sounds so amazing!!
    • Reply Jen April 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm Thanks, Sun Mama! It really is!
  • Reply Sarah | I Heart Frugal April 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm This sounds amazing! I love the smell of vanilla and chia tea is my favorite! It doesn't sound too hard to make! Maybe I'll give it a try!
    • Reply Jen April 19, 2017 at 8:07 am It's really simple, Sarah! I hope you give it a try!
  • Reply Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland April 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm I tried this after reading it the other day. OMG it turned out amazing! I can't wait to see how it keeps my skin moisturised over the next couple of days. It smells amazing.
    • Reply Jen April 19, 2017 at 8:07 am I'm so glad to hear that Stephanie! :)
  • Reply Leah April 19, 2017 at 7:05 am Another homemade beauty product I can make! I have never tried those herbs in skincare, definitely in my food though! Have saved this recipe to make soon.
    • Reply Jen April 19, 2017 at 8:08 am Wonderful, Leah! You'll have to let me know what you think!
  • Reply Gabriela A Mata April 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm Hi Jen! this is awesome and I'll be trying to make this in the future. I really love your photos and their backgrounds they're really good.
    • Reply Jen April 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm Thank you, Gabriela! I hope you enjoy it!
  • Reply Yolanda April 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm I bet this smells heavenly! Looks like it would make a great gift too! Mother's Day is soon.
    • Reply Jen April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm That's true, Yolanda! It would make a great gift.
  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho May 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm This looks like another winner. using Almond Oil sounds heavenly (plus I have it on hand).
    • Reply Jen May 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm Thanks, Elise. I love Almond oil too!
  • Reply Alyssa July 25, 2017 at 8:42 am This is a genius idea!! I am just starting to get into making infused oils and this is on the list. I love chai in my mug so why not on my body. Can't wait to try this!!!
    • Reply Jen July 25, 2017 at 9:09 am Thank you, Alyssa! I hope you enjoy it! :)
  • Reply Moe July 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm Oh wow! What an inspiring recipe. Great to make for some self care days :)
    • Reply Jen July 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm Thanks, Moe. Oh yes, it would be perfect for some self care days! :)

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