Guide to Vanillin and Ethyl Vanillin Content in Fragrance oils

What does Vanillin and Ethyl Vanillin content in fragrance oils mean?  Is it important for candle-making?

Vanillin is one of the components that contribute to the distinct aroma of vanilla.  It is an organic crystal that forms on the outside of the vanilla bean.  The demand for vanilla flavoring has always outweighed the possible supply.  Most, but not all, Vanillin is synthetically produced.

Ethyl Vanillin is a synthetic chemical which is similar in structure to Vanillin.  Ethyl Vanillin is 3 times stronger in potency than Vanillin, but it is slightly different with regard to the note.

Fragrance oils that contain Vanillin or Ethyl Vanillin will oxidize faster than fragrance oils that do not contain this ingredient. Oxidation causes the fragrance oils to become darker in color over time.  To some candlemakers and soapmakers this isn't a big deal if you are using dye in your candles or soap or if you want to achieve a darker color naturally.  However, if you are not using dye and want your candles and soap to stay light in color, this could be a problem over time.  The darker color could show up after only a week of your candles or soap curing or it could take much longer.  It just depends on the chemistry of the specific products you are using.  Having your finished product appear darker in color does not affect its scent throw, it is simply important for the appearance you are trying to achieve.

Fragrance oils that are higher in Vanillin content may also crystalize when the weather is colder.  The Vanillin portion of the fragrance will appear as small white crystals.  All that needs to be done is to put the tightly sealed fragrance bottle in very warm water and the crystals will melt and mix back into the fragrance oil.  The integrity of the fragrance is not compromised; it simply separates if the temperature gets too cold.

Fragrance Name Vanillin Content Ethyl Vanillin Content Fragrance Name Vanillin Content Ethyl Vanillin Content
Agave Papaya Sunet 1.9% 0.03% Inner Peace 0% 0%
Almond 0% 0% Jack Frost 0.2% 0.2%
Almond Cake 7.4% 2.6% Japanese Cherry Blossom 0.055% 0%
Amaretto 0.2% 4% Jasmine 0% 0%
Amber Romance 1.3% 0.7% Jasmine & Green Apple 0.06% 0%
Amber Vanilla 0.2% 1.6% Juicy Pear 0% 0%
Angel 0.1% 0.1% Juniper Breeze 0% 0%
Angel Wings 0% 2.6% Key Lime Pie 2.5% 3%
Apple Blossom 0% 0% Kumquat 0% 0%
Apple Cinnamon 0% 0.6% Lavender 0.0002% 0%
Apple Hot Baked Pie 0.4% 0% Leather 0% 0%
Apple Jack N Peel <0.1% 0.5% Lemon Chiffon 0% 0.5%
Apple Pumpkin Butter 0.017% 0.04% Lemon Drop 0% 0%
Apple Slices 0% 0% Lemon Lavender 0% 0%
Apple Strudel 0.5% 0.1% Lemon Meringue Pie 0% 1.5%
Arugula 0% 0% Lemon Verbena 0% 0.1%
Autumn Harvest 0% 0% Lemongrass Sage 0% 0%
Autumn Lodge 1.4% 3% Lilac 0% 0%
Autumn Pear 0% 1.7% Lily Of The Valley 0% 0%
Baby Powder 1.3% 0.7% Lime 0% 0%
Baja Cactus Blossom 0 0.38 Lime Cilantro 0% 0%
Balsam & Cedar 0% 0% Love Spell 0% 0%
Banana 0.05% 0% Macintosh Apple 0% 0%
Banana Nut Bread 1% 4.2% Magnolia 0% 0%
Banana Palm Leaf 0% 0% Mahogany Woods 0.6% 0.45%
Bay Breeze 0% 0% Mandarin Cranberry 0% 0.2%
Bayberry 0% 0.2% Mango 1.9% 0%
Beautiful .0004% 0% Mango Beachwood 0% 0%
Bergamot 0% 0% Mango Mandarin 0% 0%
Berry Bliss 0.6% 3.5% Mango Papaya 0% 0%
Berry Bramble 0% 0% Maple Pecan 10% 1.449%
Bird of Paradise 0% 0% Maple Sugar 10% 9%
Birthday Cake 0.34% 9.17% Margaritaville 0% 0%
Black Cherry 0.2% 0% Market Herbs 0% 0%
Black Cypress & Cassis 0% 0% Marshmallow Madness 6.9% 8.2%
Black Fig & Honey 0.4% 0.5% Masquerade 0% 0%
Black Night Phoenix 0.1% 0% Merlot 0% 0%
Black Raspberry Vanilla 0% 0% Midnight Moon 0% 4.1%
Blackberry Amber 0.1% 0.1% Midnight Pomegranate 0% 0.1668%
Blackberry Frankincense 0.1% 0% Midsummer's Night 0% 0%
Blackberry Lemonade 0% 0% Mistletoe 0% 0.15%
Blooming Mums 0% 0% Monkey Farts 0% 0.9%
Blue 0% 0% Moonlight Path 0.1% 0%
Blue Agave & Melon 0% 0% Mountain Lake 0% 0.2%
Blueberry 0.8% 0% Mulberry 0% 1.5%
Blueberry Cobbler 9.73% 0% Mulled Cider 3.26% 4.56%
Bluebonnet 0% 0% Muscadine 0.25% 0%
Brown Sugar 0% 2.1% Nagchampa 0% 2.2%
Bubble Gum 1.18% 2.05% Noel 0.25% 0.2%
Burberry Brit 0.2% 0% Nordic Spa 0.1% 0%
Butt Naked 4% 1.1% Oakmoss 1.506% 0.85%
Butter Pecan Pie 1.95% 4.64% Oatmeal Milk & Honey 0.5% 1.5%
Buttercream 0% 11.8% Oatmeal Raisin Cookie 2.2% 3.1%
Butternut Pumpkin 4.4% 2% Obsession 3.2% 0%
Butterscotch 0% 3% Ocean Overlook 0% 0%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.55% 0% Ocean Waves 0% 0%
Cake Bake 0% 8.97% Olive Leaves 0.5% 0%
Candied Yams 0.45% 0.75% Orange 0% 0%
Candy Cane 0% 5.25% Orange Grove 0% 0%
Candy Corn 10% 10% Paramour 0% 0%
Cannabis & Exotic Hemp 1% 0.9% Passion Fruit 0.25% 1.4%
Cantaloupe 0% 0% Patchouli 0.05% 0.04%
Cappuccino Brulee 3.4% 2.8% Peach Slices 0% 0.4%
Cappuccino Mocha 0.54% 3.66% Peaches & Cream 0% 2.4%
Caramel Apple 7% 4% Pear Glace 0% 0%
Caramel Toffee 3% 4.9% Pearberry 0% 0%
Caribbean Escape 1.63% 0% Peony 0% 0%
Carrot Cake 0.4% 0% Peppermint 0% 0%
Cashmere 0.5% 0% Peppermint Bark 2.1% 3.5%
Cedar 0% 0% Persian Cucumber & Grapefruit 0% 0%
Chamomile 0% 0% Pina Colada 0.4% 0%
Chardonnay 0% 0% Pina Colada Paradise 0% 1.35%
Cherry 0.28% 0% Pine 0.1% 0%
Cherry Blossom 0.05% 0.05% Pineapple 0.4% 0%
China Rain 0% 0% Pineapple Cilantro 5% 0%
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 3.32% 4.1% Pink 0% 0%
Chocolate Mint 0.25% 1.1% Pink Chiffon 0% 1.2%
Christmas Cabernet 1.22% 0% Pink Grapefruit 0% 0%
Christmas Cheer 3.1% 0% Pink Lime 0% 0.1%
Christmas Cookie 1.1% 1.5% Pink Sugar 1.75% 5.8%
Christmas Hearth 4.6% 4.86% Pipe Tobacco 2.8% 0%
Christmas Mulberry 0% 0.45% Pistachio Macaroon 2.6748% 0.6213%
Christmas Tree 0% 0% Plum Blush 0% 0%
Cinnamon Apple Berry 0% 0% Plumeria 0% 0%
Cinnamon Buns 0% 3% Polo 0% 0%
Cinnamon Buttercream 4.18% 0% Pomegranate 2.3% 0%
Cinnamon Caramel Swirl 7% 7% Pomegranate Cider 0.55% 0.55%
Cinnamon Stick 0.015% 1.45% Pomegranate Lemonade 0% 0%
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts 8.32% 0% Pound Cake 1% 4.5%
Cinnamon Vanilla 6% 8% Princess Jasmine 0% 0%
Citronella 0% 0% Pumpkin Caramel Delight 6.4% 8.2%
Citrus Cilantro 0% 0% Pumpkin Pickin 2% 4%
CK One 0.01% 0% Pumpkin Pie Spice 2.5% 0%
Clean Cotton 0% 0% Pumpkin Seeds & Oud 0.5% 2.5%
Clove 0% 0% Pumpkin Souffle 0% 7%
Coconut 1.9% 1.5% Pure Seduction 0% 0%
Coconut Bourbon 2.5% 6.8% Quince 0% 0.1%
Coconut Creme Pie 5.9% 0% Rain 0% 0%
Coconut Hibiscus 0% 1.4% Rainforest Blossoms 0% 0%
Coconut Lime Verbena 0% 0.1% Raspberry 0% 0%
Coffee 0.01% 0.0003% Raspberry Cream 0.16% 0%
Cool Citrus Basil 0% 0% Raspberry Violet 0% 0%
Cool Cucumber 0% 0.25% Red Currant 0.25% 0.15%
Cool Tropical Breeze 0% 0% Red Hot Cinnamon 0% 0%
Cool Water 0% 0% Roasted Chestnuts 0.35% 9.2%
Coriander & White Lime 0% 0% Rootbeer 0% 0.8%
Coriander Rosewood 0% 0% Rose Petals 0% 0.02%
Cornucopia 0.6% 0.8% Rugged 0% 0%
Cotton Blossom 0% 0.2% Sage & Citrus 0.2% 0.1%
Cotton Bouquet 0% 0% Sage Leaf 0% 0%
Cotton Candy 0% 9.45% Salted Caramel 6% 8%
Country Breeze 0% 0% Salted Cucumber & Pepino Melon 0% 0%
Cowboy 0% 0% Sandalwood 0% 0%
Cranberry 3% 3% Sandalwood & Ginger Apple 0% 0%
Cranberry Chutney 0.1% 0% Sea Breeze 0% 0%
Cranberry Kettle Corn 0.1% 0% Sea Petals 0% 0%
Cranberry Marmalade 4.4% 0% Sensual Amber 1.3% 0.7%
Cranberry Peppermint 0.2% 0% Sex On The Beach 1.63% 0%
Creamy Vanilla 0% 12.06% Smell of Christmas 0% 0%
Creme Brulee 2.7% 7.1% Smoke Eliminator 0% 0%
Cucumber Melon 0% 0.013% Snickerdoodle 11.34% 5.3%
Daredevil 0% 0% Sour Raspberry Candy 1.5% 0%
Dauntless 0% 0.01% Sparkling Mandarin Tangerine 0% 0%
Dickens Christmas 0% 0% Spearmint 0% 0%
Downy April Fresh 0% 0% Spiced Apple 0.35% 0%
Drakkar Noir 0% 0% Spiced Pear 0.35% 0%
Dream Angels - Halo 0.15% 0.12% Spooky Punch 1% 0%
Dreamsickle 6.15% 6.15% Spring Rain 0% 0%
Drunken Punkin 0.031% 3.3% Spruce Orchard 0.75% 0.7%
Dulce Pumpkin 0.03% 5.3% Stargazer Lily 0% 0%
Early Sunrise 0.1% 0.1% Storm Watch 0% 0%
Egg Nog 0.0004% 4.25% Strawberries & Champagne 0% 0%
Egyptian Sheets 1.84% 0% Strawberries & Cream 3% 2%
Endless Love 0.2% 0% Strawberry 2.6% 0%
Endless Weekend 0.2% 0.2% Strawberry Cheesecake 0.5% 0%
English Ivy 0.0001% 0% Strawberry Kiwi 0% 0.39%
Eternity 0% 0% Sugar Cookie 2.6% 2.6%
Eucalyptus 0% 0% Sugar Plum Spice 2.35% 0%
Eucalyptus Spearmint 1.84% 0% Sugared Cronut 2% 5%
Exotic 0% 0% Summer Creamsickle 0% 0%
Fall Festival 0% 0.1% Sun & Sea 0% 0%
Fierce 0% 0% Sun Ripened Raspberry 0% 0%
Fig 0% 0% Sun Ripened Tomato 0% 0%
Fireside 0% 0.1% Sunflower 0% 0.24%
Firewood 0% 0.1% Sunwashed Linen 0.1% 0%
Fizzy Pop 1.9$ 0% Sweet Grace 0.2% 0%
Flowerbomb 0.8% 0.6% Sweet Holiday Blend Coffee 7% 3.7%
Flowering Cannabis 0.0121% 0.9531% Sweet Jasmine Vine 0% 0%
Flowering Dogwood 0% 0% Sweet Mandarin & Chili Pepper 0% 0%
Forbidden Fantasy 0% 0% Sweet Milk 0% 0%
Forever Romance 0% 0.1% Sweet Pea 0% 0%
Frankincense & Myrrh 2.8% 0.1% Sweet Potato Pie 5.1% 1%
Freesia 0% 0% Sweet Snow 5.5% 11.12%
French Market 0.15% 0% Sweet Temptations 0% 0%
French Vanilla 0% 7.7% Swiss Miss 0.8% 2.35%
Fresh Baked Bread 0.45% 0.5% Teak Bamboo 0.6% 0%
Fresh Cut Grass 0% 0% Tommy 0% 0%
Fruit Slices 0% 0% Tree Lighting 0% 0%
Fudge Brownie 0.65% 3.5% Tropic Wind 0% 0%
Gardenia 0% 0% Tuberose 0.6% 0%
Gardenia Lily 0.0001% 0.05% Tulips 0% 0%
Georgia Peach 0% 0% Tuscan Herbs 0% 0%
Ginger & Lime 0% 0.0211% Twilight Woods 0.35% 0.4%
Ginger & Pear 0.7% 0% Vanilla Macadamia Nut Coffee 3.5% 12%
Gingerbread 4.4% 4.5% Vanilla Bean 9% 3%
Gingersnap Pumpkin 0% 3% Vanilla Cardamom 6.5% 8.5%
Grandma's Kitchen 0.1% 0% Vanilla Cotton 3% 6.8%
Granny Smith 0% 0% Vanilla Maple Pecan 4.49% 4.75%
Green Tea 0.0627% 0% Vanilla Satin 1.9% 13%
Green Tea & Cucumber 0% 0% Venice Peach Bellini 0% 0.1%
Grey Dawn 0% 0% Verbena Bamboo 0.07% 0%
Hansel & Gretel's House 4% 3.2% Very Sexy For Her 0.03% 0%
Happy Holidays 0.05% 0% Victorian Christmas 1.0092% 0.0083%
Harvest 0.25% 0% Vineyard 1.25% 0.35%
Hawaiian Blast 0% 0% Warm Vanilla Sugar 4% 0.15%
Hazelnut 8.7% 10% Watermelon 0.19% 0.15%
Hazelnut Coffee 2% 2.5% Watermelon Lemonade 0% 0%
Heaven Scent 0% 0% Welcome Home 0% 0.2%
Herb Garden 0% 0% White Cake 4.59% 1.97%
Hershey's Chocolate 3% 3% White Cherry Blossom 0.1% 0%
Hibiscus Guava Fresca 0% 0% White Christmas 0.6% 0%
Hollyberry 4.85% 5.05% White Ginger & Amber 0.0003% 1.1%
Home For The Holidays 0% 0% White Linen 0.5% 0%
Home Sweet Home 0% 0% White Nectarine & Pink Coral 0% 0%
Honey 0% 5.7% White Tea & Ginger 0% 0%
Honey Lavender Gelato 1.1% 0% Wild Cherry 1.3% 0%
Honeydew Melon 0.5% 0% Wind Swept Shores 0% 0%
Honeysuckle 0% 0% Wine & Roses 0.1% 0%
Hot Cranberry Tea 0.6% 0% Winter Hideaway 0% 0%
Hydrangea 0.2003% 0.1% Wisteria 0% 0%
Iced Pear Margarita 0.05% 0.04% Yuletide 0.02% 0.02%
Iced Tea 0% 0.0235% Zanzibar Clove 0% 0.8%
Indian Sandalwood 0% 0.23%
Indian Summer 0% 0%