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
Almond 0.00% 0.00% Juicy Pear 0.10% 0.00%
Almond Cake 2.60% 7.40% Juniper Breeze 0.00% 0.00%
Amaretto 0.20% 4.00% Key Lime Pie (Type) 2.50% 3.00%
Amber Romance (Type) 1.30% 0.70% Kumquat 0.00% 0.00%
Amber Vanilla 0.20% 1.60% Lavender 0.00% 0.00%
Angel (Type) 0.10% 0.10% Lavender Pound Cake 0.00% 5.00%
Angel Wings 0.00% 2.60% Leather 0.00% 0.00%
Apple Blossom 0.00% 0.00% Lemon Chiffon 0.00% 0.50%
Apple Cinnamon 0.60% 0.00% Lemon Drop 0.00% 0.00%
Apple Hot Baked Pie 0.40% 0.00% Lemon Lavender (Type) <0.1 0.00%
Apple Jack N Peel 0.50% <0.1 Lemon Meringue Pie 0.00% 1.50%
Apple Slices 0.00% 0.00% Lemon Verbena 0.00% 0.10%
Apple Strudel 0.50% 0.10% Lemongrass Sage 0.00% 0.00%
Arugula 0.00% 0.00% Lilac 0.00% 0.00%
Autumn Harvest 0.00% 0.00% Lily of The Valley 0.00% 0.00%
Autumn Lodge (Type) 1.40% 3.00% Lime 0.00% 0.00%
Autumn Pear 0.00% 1.70% Lime Cilantro 0.00% 0.00%
Baby Powder 1.30% 0.70% Love Spell (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Balsam & Cedar (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Macintosh Apple 0.00% 0.00%
Banana 0.10% 0.00% Magnolia 0.00% 0.00%
Banana Nut Bread 0.40% 4.20% Mahogany Woods (Type) 0.70% 0.70%
Bay Breeze (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Mandarin Cranberry (Type) 0.00% 0.20%
Bayberry 0.00% 0.20% Mango 1.90% 0.00%
Beautiful (Type) <0.1 0.00% Mango Beachwood (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Bergamot 0.00% 0.00% Mango Mandarin (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Berry Bliss <1% 1-<5% Mango Papaya 0.00% 0.00%
Berry Bramble (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Maple Pecan 10.00% 1.40%
Bird Of Paradise 0.00% 0.00% Maple Sugar 10.00% 9.00%
Birthday Cake 0.30% 9.20% Margaritaville 0.00% 0.00%
Black Cherry 2.10% 0.00% Market Herbs 0.00% 0.00%
Black Fig & Honey 0.40% 0.50% Marshmallow Madness 6.90% 8.20%
Black Rasp. Vanilla (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Merlot 0.00% 0.00%
Blackberry Amber (Type) 10.00% 0.10% Midnight Pomegranate (Type) 0.00% 0.20%
Blackberry Frankincense 0.10% 0.00% Midsummer's Night (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Blackberry Lemonade 0.00% 0.00% Mistletoe (Type) 0.00% 0.20%
Blue (men’s type) 0.00% 0.00% Monkey Farts 0.90% 0.00%
Blueberry 0.80% 0.00% Moonlight Path 0.10% 0.00%
Blueberry Cobbler 9.70% 0.00% Moose Munch 1-<5% 1-<5%
Bluebonnet 0.00% 0.00% Mountain Lake 0.00% 0.00%
Brown Sugar 0.00% 2.10% Mulberry 0.00% 1.50%
Bubble Gum 1.20% 2.10% Mulled Cider 3.30% 4.60%
Burberry Brit (men’s type) <1% 0.00% Muscadine 0.30% 0.00%
Butt Naked 4.00% 1.10% Nagchampa 0.00% 2.20%
Butter Pecan Pie 2.00% 4.60% Noel 0.00% 0.20%
Buttercream 0.00% 11.80% Nordic Spa 0.10% 0.00%
Butternut Pumpkin 4.40% 2.00% Oakmoss 1.20% 0.90%
Butterscotch 0.00% 3.00% Oatmeal Raisin Cookie 2.20% 3.10%
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.60% 0.00% Oatmeal, Milk & Honey 0.50% 1.50%
Cake Bake 0.00% 9.00% Oats & Honey 0.00% 4.30%
Candied Yams 0.50% 0.80% Obsession (Type) 3.20% 0.00%
Candy Cane 0.00% 5.30% Ocean Overlook 0.00% 0.00%
Candy Corn 10.00% 10.00% Ocean Waves 0.00% 0.00%
Cantaloupe 0.00% 0.00% Olive Leaves 0.50% 0.00%
Cappuccino Brulee 3.40% 2.80% Orange 0.00% 0.00%
Cappuccino Mocha 0.50% 3.70% Orange Grove 0.00% 0.00%
Caramel Apple 7.00% 4.00% Paramour 0.00% 0.00%
Caramel Toffee 3.00% 4.90% Passion Fruit 0.30% 1.40%
Caribbean Escape (Type) 1.30% 0.00% Patchouli 0.00% 0.00%
Carrot Cake 0.40% 0.00% Peach Slices 0.00% 0.40%
Cashmere 0.50% 0.00% Peaches & Cream 0.00% 2.40%
Cedar 0.00% 0.00% Pear Glace 0.00% 0.00%
Chamomile 0.00% 0.00% Pearberry 0.00% 0.00%
Chardonnay 0.00% 0.00% Peony (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Cherry 0.30% 0.00% Peppermint 0.00% 0.00%
Cherry Blossom 0.00% 0.10% Peppermint Bark 2.10% 3.50%
Cherry Blossom (Type) 0.00% 0.10% Pina Colada 0.80% 2.10%
China Rain 0.00% 0.00% Pina Colada Paradise 0.00% 1.40%
Choc Chip Cookie Dough 3.30% 4.10% Pine 0.10% 0.00%
Chocolate Milk 3.00% 4.90% Pineapple 0.40% 0.00%
Chocolate Mint 0.20% 1.10% Pineapple Cilantro (Type) 5.00% 0.00%
Christmas Cabernet 1.20% 0.00% Pink (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Christmas Cheer 3.10% 0.00% Pink Grapefruit 0.00% 0.00%
Christmas Cookie 1.00% 1.50% Pink Lime 0.00% 0.10%
Christmas Hearth 4.60% 4.90% Pink Sugar (Type) 1.80% 5.80%
Christmas Mulberry 0.00% 0.50% Pistachio Macaroon 2.70% 0.60%
Christmas Tree 0.00% 0.00% Plum Blush 0.00% 0.00%
Cinnamon Apple Berry (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Plumeria <0.1 0.00%
Cinnamon Buns 0.00% 3.00% Polo (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Cinnamon Buttercream 0.50% 3.70% Pomegranate 2.30% 0.00%
Cinnamon Stick 0.00% 1.40% Pomegranate Cider 0.60% 0.60%
Cinnamon Vanilla 6.00% 8.00% Pound Cake 1.00% 4.50%
Citronella 0.00% 0.00% Princess Jasmine 0.00% 0.00%
Citrus Cilantro (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Pumpkin Pickin 2.00% 4.00%
Ck-1 (Type) <0.1 0.00% Pumpkin Pie Spice 2.50% 0.00%
Clean Cotton (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Pumpkin Souffle 0.00% 7.00%
Clove 0.00% 0.00% Pure Seduction (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Coconut 0.00% 1.50% Quince (Type) 0.00% 0.10%
Coconut Bourbon 2.50% 6.80% Rain 0.00% 0.00%
Coconut Crème Pie 5.90% 0.00% Rainforest Blossoms 0.00% 0.00%
Coconut Hibiscus 0.00% 1.40% Raspberry 0.00% 0.00%
Coconut Lime Verbena (Type) 0.00% 0.10% Raspberry Cream (Type) 0.00% 0.20%
Coffee 0.00% 0.00% Raspberry Violet 0.00% 0.00%
Cool Citrus Basil (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Red Currant 0.30% 0.00%
Cool Cucumber 0.00% 0.30% Red Hot Cinnamon 0.00% 0.00%
Cool Tropical Breeze (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Red Velvet Cake 0.10% 11.20%
Cool Water (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Roasted Chestnuts 9.20% 0.00%
Coriander & White Lime 0.00% 0.00% Rootbeer 0.00% 0.80%
Coriander Rosewood 0.00% 0.00% Rose Petals <0.1 <0.1
Cornucopia 0.60% 0.80% Sage & Citrus 0.20% 0.10%
Cotton Blossom (Type) 0.00% 0.20% Sage Leaf 0.00% 0.00%
Cotton Bouquet 0.00% 0.00% Salted Caramel 6.00% 8.00%
Cotton Candy 0.00% 9.50% Sandalwood 0.00% 0.00%
Country Breeze 0.00% 0.00% Sandalwood & Ginger Apple 0.00% 0.00%
Cowboy 0.00% 0.00% Sea Breeze 0.00% 0.00%
Cranberry 3.00% 3.00% Sea Petals 0.00% 0.00%
Cranberry Chutney (Type) 0.10% 0.00% Sensual Amber (Type) 1.30% 0.70%
Cranberry Kettle Corn 0.10% 5.80% Sex On The Beach 1.60% 0.00%
Cranberry Marmalade 4.40% 0.00% Smell Of Christmas 0.00% 0.00%
Cranberry Peppermint (Type) 0.20% 0.00% Smoke Eliminator 0.00% 0.00%
Creamy Vanilla 12.00% 0.00% Snickerdoodle 11.30% 5.30%
Crème Brulee 2.70% 7.10% Sparkling Mandarin Tangerine 0.00% 0.00%
Cucumber Melon (Type) 0.00% <0.1 Spearmint 0.00% 0.00%
Dauntless 0.00% 0.00% Spiced Apple 0.40% 0.00%
Dickens Christmas 0.00% 0.00% Spiced Pear 0.40% 0.00%
Downy April Fresh (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Spring Rain 0.00% 0.00%
Drakkar Noir (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Spruce Orchard 0.80% 0.70%
Dream Angels - Halo (Type) 0.20% 0.10% Stargazer Lily (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Dreamsickle 6.20% 6.20% Storm Watch (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Early Sunrise (Type) 0.10% 0.10% Straw. & Cream 3.00% 2.00%
Egg Nog 0.00% 4.30% Straw. Cheesecake 0.50% 0.00%
Egyptian Sheets 3.00% 1.50% Straw.&Champagne (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Endless Love (Type) 0.20% 0.00% Strawberry 2.60% 0.00%
English Ivy <0.1 0.00% Strawberry Kiwi 0.00% 0.40%
Eternity (Men's Type) 0.00% 0.00% Sugar Cookie 2.60% 2.60%
Eucalyptus 0.00% 0.00% Sugar Plum Spice 2.40% 0.00%
Exotic 0.00% 0.00% Sugared Cronut 2.00% 5.00%
Fall Festival 0.00% 0.10% Summer Creamsickle 0.00% 0.00%
Fierce (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Sun & Sea 0.00% 0.00%
Fig 0.00% 0.00% Sun Ripened Rasp 0.00% 0.00%
Fireside (Type) <0.1 <0.1 Sun Ripened Tomato 0.00% 0.00%
Firewood 0.10% 0.00% Sunflower 0.00% 0.20%
Flowering Dogwood 0.00% 0.00% Sunwashed Linen (Type) 0.10% 0.00%
Forbidden Fantasy (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Sweet Holiday Blend Coffee 7.00% 3.70%
Forever Romance (Type) 0.00% 0.10% Sweet Jasmine Vine 0.00% 0.00%
Frank & Myrrh 2.80% 0.10% Sweet Mandarin & Chili Pepper 0.00% 0.00%
Freesia 0.00% 0.00% Sweet Nothings 0.00% 1.00%
French Market 0.20% 0.00% Sweet Pea (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
French Vanilla 0.00% 7.70% Sweet Potato Pie 5.10% 1.00%
Fresh Baked Bread 0.50% 0.50% Sweet Snow 5.50% 11.10%
Fresh Cut Grass 0.00% 0.00% Sweet Temptations (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Fruit Slices 0.00% 0.00% Swiss Miss 0.80% 2.40%
Fudge Brownie 0.70% 3.50% Teak Bamboo 0.60% 0.00%
Gardenia 0.00% 0.00% Tommy (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Gardenia Lily (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Tree Lighting 0.00% 0.00%
Georgia Peach 0.00% 0.00% Tropic Wind 0.00% 0.00%
Ginger & Lime (Type) 0.00% <0.1 Tropical Fruit Salsa 0.00% 0.00%
Ginger & Pear 0.70% 0.00% Tuberose 0.60% 0.00%
Gingerbread 4.40% 4.50% Tulips (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Grandma'S Kitchen 0.10% 0.00% Tuscan Herb (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Granny Smith (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Twilight Woods (Type) 0.40% 0.40%
Green Tea <0.1 0.00% Van. Macad. Nut Coff. 3.50% 12.00%
Green Tea & Cucumber (Type) 0.00% 0.00% Vanilla Bean 9.00% 3.00%
Grey Dawn 0.00% 0.00% Vanilla Cardamom 6.50% 8.50%
Hansel & Gretel'S House 4.00% 3.20% Vanilla Cotton 2.30% 4.50%
Happy Holidays <0.1 0.00% Vanilla Maple Pecan 4.50% 4.80%
Harvest (Type) 0.30% 0.00% Vanilla Satin 1.90% 13.00%
Hawaiian Blast 0.00% 0.00% Verbena Bamboo <0.1 0.00%
Hazelnut 8.70% 10.00% Very Sexy For Her (Type) <0.1 0.00%
Hazelnut Coffee 2.00% 2.50% Victorian Christmas 0.00% 0.00%
Heaven Scent 0.00% 0.00% Vineyard (Type) 1.30% 0.40%
Herb Garden 0.00% 0.00% Warm Vanilla Sugar (Type) 4.00% 0.10%
Hershey'S Chocolate 3.00% 3.00% Watermelon 0.20% 0.20%
Hollyberry 4.90% 5.10% White Cake 4.60% 2.00%
Home 4 The Holidays 0.00% 0.00% White Cherry Blossom (Type) 0.10% 0.00%
Home Sweet Home 0.00% 0.00% White Christmas 0.60% 0.00%
Honey 0.00% 5.70% White Ginger & Amber (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Honeydew Melon 0.50% 0.00% White Linen (Type) 0.50% 0.00%
Honeysuckle 0.00% 0.00% White Nectarine & Pink Coral 0.00% <0.1
Hot Cranberry Tea 0.60% 0.00% White Tea & Ginger (Type) 0.00% 0.00%
Hydrangea 0.20% 0.10% Wild Cherry 1.40% 0.00%
Iced Tea 0.00% <0.1 Wind Swept Shores 0.00% 0.00%
Icicles 0.00% 0.00% Wine & Roses 0.10% 0.00%
Indian Sandalwood 0.00% 0.20% Winter Hideaway 0.00% 0.00%
Indian Summer 0.00% 0.00% Wisteria 0.00% 0.00%
Inner Peace 0.00% 0.00% Yuletide <0.1 <0.1
Jack Frost (Type) 0.20% 0.20% Zanzibar Clove (Type) 0.00% 0.80%
Japanese Cherry Blossom <0.1 0.00%      
Jasmine 0.00% 0.00%