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Vanilla Is Like Me

Updated on August 5, 2013

Vanilla Is An Essence Of Life

I love vanilla. Vanilla is a scent, an essence, a spice, a flavor, a flower, a bean. You can wear it, admire it or taste. It has so many delectable shapes and forms and appeals to all of our basic instincts. Vanilla is like holidays. Vanilla is like perfume. Vanilla is like cupcakes. Vanilla is like me.

I wear vanilla body spray, use vanilla body wash, bake vanilla cupcakes with, you guessed it, vanilla icing. I didn't even realize for years that I was vanilla's top fan. I didn't set out one day and say okay, this is my fragrance and my trademark. But it is. After years and years, vanilla is still my magic.

Vanilla vs Chocolate
Vanilla vs Chocolate

Vanilla is Exciting

Vanilla is exciting. It gets your taste buds going, it makes you think happy thoughts. It puts a smile on your face. Yet at the same time it's soothing and healing and relaxing.

Unlike Chocolate. Chocolate is wonderful. I love chocolate but it's more dramatic. Just the sight and smell of chocolate makes your cravings go crazy, makes you hungry, makes you obsessive and needy. Chocolate candy and cupcakes and chocolate scented candles make you supercharged. That has its place in my world. But it's just not the essence of my world. Like Vanilla.

My Personal Vanilla

I discovered a long time ago that perfumes were just way too much for me. I never want to be that person everyone wrinkles their nose at when they walk by or has people gagging in a restaurant. A touch of perfume on a special occasion can go a really long way, but I wanted something for the everyday. Something only barely noticeable. But nice. There and memorable, but in a good way.

Not only did I like most women put in a busy day being a working Mom but I'm also a firefighter at any odd time of the day or night. Talk about working hard and sweating. I found that when I use my personal vanilla body spray the harder I worked, the better I smelled. Just because you do a tough and dirty job doesn't mean you have to smell like it, right!

Bodycology Toasted Sugar Fragrance Mist for Women, 8.0 Ounce
Bodycology Toasted Sugar Fragrance Mist for Women, 8.0 Ounce

Not only did I like most women put in a busy day being a working Mom but I'm also a firefighter at any odd time of the day or night. Talk about working hard and sweating. I found that when I use my personal vanilla body spray the harder I worked, the better I smelled. Just because you do a tough and dirty job doesn't mean you have to smell like it, right!

 

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae With Chocolate Sauce and A Cherry On Top - Enjoy Life!

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae With Chocolate Sauce and A Cherry On Top - Enjoy Life!
Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae With Chocolate Sauce and A Cherry On Top - Enjoy Life!

Vanilla Essence Bodycology

There's a full line of Bodycology Brown Sugar Vanilla. Wonderful body wash, lotions and sprays so you can keep the wonderful fragrance coordinated throughout your day and night. Now a close runner up is the vanilla cupcake line, but I don't find that one is all about the vanilla so I stick to the Brown Sugar Vanilla.

They are wonderfully affordable so go ahead and try all of them. Or give them as terrific gifts for holidays and birthdays.

Bodycology Moisturizing Body Lotion Toasted Sugar -- 12 oz
Bodycology Moisturizing Body Lotion Toasted Sugar -- 12 oz

Vanilla moisture right after your shower or bath every day goes a really long way

 
Bodycology Toasted Sugar Foaming Body Wash
Bodycology Toasted Sugar Foaming Body Wash

Vanilla bubbles and foam makes for a wonderful refeshing body wash

 
Bodycology Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Brown Sugar Vanilla -- 16 fl oz
Bodycology Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Brown Sugar Vanilla -- 16 fl oz

Wash with vanilla or take a relaxing bubble bath surrounded in lovely fragrant memories

 
Vanilla and Nutella Cupcakes
Vanilla and Nutella Cupcakes

Vanilla and Nutella Perfect Together

Vanilla is my favorite but I love chocolate too. Sometimes when I'm baking and entertaining I think it's really fun to mix the two wonderful flavors and aromas together. My latest dynamic vanilla and chocolate duo were vanilla and chocolate nutella cupcakes.

So easy and so delicious and everyone satisfied their sweet tooth. My home was a combination of heavenly aromas and happy family and friends.

The recipe is easy. Take your standard favorite cupcake recipe or you can use mine at: Cupcakes the Sweet Treat We Love as the base.

Keep about a third of the batter to the side, fill the cupcake liners not more than half. Mix yummy Nutella into the cupcake batter you didn't use and blend well. Then drop into the cupcake batter in the liners. Bake as usual. Top with your favorite frosting, mine of course is Vanilla Frosting and enjoy!

Vanilla vs Chocolate

Vanilla vs Chocolate has to be one of the oldest and greatest debates around! Vanilla lovers unite in our unofficial poll won't you vote for your favorite. Maybe we will find out that chocolate reigns supreme after all!

Think cupcakes, vanilla or chocolate frosting? If you were making an ice cream sundae would it have vanilla or chocolate ice cream, would your pudding be chocolate or vanilla?

Vote For Your Favorite Today Is It Vanilla or Chocolate?

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Bobby Flay Loves Vanilla Milkshakes!

Bobby Flay demonstrates how to make the vanilla milkshakes that he loves. Classic vanilla ice cream shakes, vanilla based banana foster shakes, vanilla blackberry nutmeg shakes.

Nothing vanilla shakes it like Bobby Flay from Food Network!

Vanilla Drinks

You can drink your vanilla in cans, cups or mugs now too. With wonderful flavored vanilla chai teas, lattes and coffees you can have a vanilla pick me up anytime of day or night.

Big Train Vanilla Chai, 1.9-Pound Cans (Pack of 2)
Big Train Vanilla Chai, 1.9-Pound Cans (Pack of 2)

Enjoy a creamy blend of honey, vanilla, black tea and exotic spices. Delicious hot of iced! Just add water! Drink Chai, Embrace Life. Be inspired, Refresh your body and soul! 99.8% Caffeine free. Made in USA.

 
Victorian Inn Instant Cappuccino, French Vanilla, 32-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 3)
Victorian Inn Instant Cappuccino, French Vanilla, 32-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 3)

French Vanilla Cappuccino Just add water This convenient instant mix combines refreshing FRENCH VANILLA flavor with coffee to give you a quick cup of hot cappuccino as soon as the mood strikes you.

 

Vanilla Extract

Who hasn't used vanilla extract in their baking? Vanilla extract is way less expensive than actually using vanilla beans and a small amount of it added to your batter gives your delicious cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies and pastries that unique and aromatic blend that makes your home smell like heaven for hours after your baking is done.

Even when I use a boxed mix to do some baking, I will add even a half a teaspoon to the batter for that extra wonderful delicious taste.

Vanilla extract adds the taste of Vanilla and enhances all of the other flavors in your recipe. Vanilla extract has kept up with the dietary needs of people everywhere offering not only pure vanilla extract but also organic, gluten free and alcohol free extract so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful taste, aroma and yumminess of vanilla.

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 32 FL OZ
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 32 FL OZ

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract brings out the creamy, dreamy vanilla taste your baking is looking for.

 
OliveNation Alcohol Free Gluten Free Vanilla Extract 8 oz.
OliveNation Alcohol Free Gluten Free Vanilla Extract 8 oz.

This exclusive product was developed especially for the cook who prefers to eliminate alcohol and gluten from favorite recipes without compromising on flavor. The delicate flavor of this pure vanilla has another great advantage in that its flavor will be maintained even under high baking temperatures. It can be used in any recipe that calls for vanilla extract.

 
Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla 8 Oz Bottle
Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla 8 Oz Bottle

Clear vanilla flavoring from the Wilton masters of baking perfect for cakes, icings and special treats. It won't change the color of your deliciousness and is very affordable too.

 

Vanilla Scented Candles

Set the mood. Energize and de-stress at the same time with vanilla scented candles. My favorite are the flameless candles since I'm a firefighter and love their safety factor but if you are going to use traditional candles please don't forget candle safety! Candles are safe products, but unless they are used safely and watched carefully, they can lead to an accidental fire. Please visit the National Candle Association Website for some really important information on candle safety at: National Candle Association Safety Rules

You can read more about my experiences and thoughts as a firefighter at: Firefighter Gifts: The Brotherhood Bond on Squidoo.

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, French Vanilla
Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, French Vanilla

French Vanilla candle fills the air with the heady fragrance of oils extracted from tropical orchids.

 
Glade Candle, Lavender and Vanilla, 4-Ounce
Glade Candle, Lavender and Vanilla, 4-Ounce

Infuse light, warmth and scent into every room in your home. Glade Candles have a way of boosting your spirits and helping to dissipate the troubles of the day. Choose from a wide variety of unique fragrances or try fragrance combinations-these everyday candles are easy to mix and match. Enjoy quality fragrance at a great value.

 
Sterno Home Inglow 2.5-Inch Tall Flameless Rustic Votives Vanilla Cream Scented Candle, Cream, 2-Pack
Sterno Home Inglow 2.5-Inch Tall Flameless Rustic Votives Vanilla Cream Scented Candle, Cream, 2-Pack

Flameless vanilla cream scented candles are made of wax, give off a light glow and they are totally safe. You get peace of mind in every way possible.

 
Sterno Home Inglow by 4-Inch Flameless Round Vanilla-Scented Pillar Candle with Timer, Cream
Sterno Home Inglow by 4-Inch Flameless Round Vanilla-Scented Pillar Candle with Timer, Cream

This Inglow Round Pillar flameless candle can be used anywhere in the home even where you wouldn't use a burning candle. This scented wax pillar comes with a realistic wick design . and includes a built-in timer that will automatically turn the candle on for five hours at the same time every day. Glows and flickers like a real candle, creating authentic candlelight effects and fits all standard 3 inch diameter candle holders. Flameless candles avoid the mess and danger of real candles.

 

Vanilla On Ice!

Vanilla on Ice, Ice Baby video featuring who else but Vanilla Ice!

Vanilla Clean and Fresh

Now you can vanilla clean and freshen up your home with the warm fragrance of home in a million different fun and inexpensive ways. Imagine after you dust a wonderful, soothing yet not overpowering fragrance of vanilla in your home. Whether you use a Swiffer Wet Jet for your floors, a multipurpose cleaner in all of your rooms or just line your garbage can with vanilla scented bags, you can keep your house fresh and clean with happy scents like vanilla even when your not baking!

Mr Clean with Febreze Fresh Scent Multipurpose Liquid, Lavender  Vanilla & Comfort,  32-Ounce
Mr Clean with Febreze Fresh Scent Multipurpose Liquid, Lavender Vanilla & Comfort, 32-Ounce

Mr. Clean with Febreze Fresh Scent Lavender and Vanilla Powerful Multi Surface Cleaning Helps Eliminate Odors.

 
Glad OdorShield Drawstring Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Fresh Vanilla, 13 Gallon, 40 Count (Packaging May Vary)
Glad OdorShield Drawstring Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Fresh Vanilla, 13 Gallon, 40 Count (Packaging May Vary)

Vanilla scented garbage bags perfect for eliminating odors and even makes your garbage can smell good.

 
Swiffer 180 Dusters Refills with Febreze Lavender Vanilla & Comfort Scent 16 Count
Swiffer 180 Dusters Refills with Febreze Lavender Vanilla & Comfort Scent 16 Count

Vanilla scented Swiffer Dusters Refills trap and lock dust and allergens* with thousands of fluffy fibers. That's because each fluffy, flexible fiber features Dust Lock Adhesive™ that traps and locks dust away for good.

 
Swiffer WetJet Multi-Purpose Floor and Hardwood Cleaner Solution with Febreze Refill, Lavender Vanilla and Comfort Scent, 1.25 Liter (2 Pack)
Swiffer WetJet Multi-Purpose Floor and Hardwood Cleaner Solution with Febreze Refill, Lavender Vanilla and Comfort Scent, 1.25 Liter (2 Pack)

Swiffer WetJet Multi-Purpose Cleaner solution reveals more shine than a mop. It dissolves tough, greasy and sticky dirt and has a light, fresh fragrance to leave your house smelling clean. It dries fast with virtually no streaks or residue. On glossy ceramic tile, hardwood, and laminate floors.

 

What's your favorite flavor and scent? Are there more vanilla products we can love and won't you please share them with us!

Do You Love Vanilla Too?

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    • pauly99 lm profile image

      pauly99 lm 

      5 years ago

      Yep. Am into all things vanilla. Heck, chocolate ain't bad either. Will be starting my morning with a french vanilla coffee!

    • Carashops profile image

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      I love vanilla. I feel settled when I'm burning a vanilla scented candle.

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @maryseena: A fellow Vanilla lover with their own vanilla vines! That is amazing!

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @Fox Music: Thank you for visiting my vanilla lens chocolate lover, but I do agree Music is food for the soul, love your lenses!

    • Fox Music profile image

      Fox Music 

      5 years ago

      Chocolate all the way - Thank you for sharing this delicious lens "Vanilla Is Like Me"

    • maryseena profile image

      maryseena 

      5 years ago

      I love vanilla, not only that, we grow the vanilla vine and hand pollinate the flowers to promote bean setting. As a matter of fact, we have cocoa trees too, but we have to buy processed cocoa products as we cannot process the cocoa beans ourselves.

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      6 years ago

      @RedShoesGirl: yay a vanilla loving friend, we are way outnumbered but have great taste! thanks for visiting my lens and for the Like too, love your lenses!

    • RedShoesGirl profile image

      RedShoesGirl 

      6 years ago

      yup. I am a totally vanilla person. I love it more than chocolate.

    • Bonfire Designs profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonfire Designs 

      6 years ago

      I love Vanilla!

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