Natural essential oils have lots of therapeutic benefits. However, we don’t always care for those benefits. Sometimes, we just love a scent and want to smell it as often as possible. Pleasant fragrances like pineapple make us feel good. Naturally, we’d like to use Pineapple essential oil, but is there such a thing?
Keep reading to find out about:
- What the deal with Pineapple essential oil is.
- Pineapple fragrance and aromatic extract, with pros and cons.
- The pros and cons of a Pineapple aromatic oil.
- Steps to make your own Pineapple infused oil.
- A few beauty recipes with your Pineapple oil for hair and skin.
Is there a Pineapple Essential Oil? Pineapple Aromatic Extract vs. Pineapple Aromatic Oil
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that grows in the Ananas comosus plant. For some reason, I always imagined the fruit grows in a tree. I couldn’t be more wrong.
The pineapple grows in a shrub and can make fruits within a year and a half from plantation. That is if all the necessary conditions are met.
Brazil and Philippines are two of the major growing countries. The fruit is very woody and fibrous, which I’m sure you’ve noticed. It does however, smell divinely sweet, tart and fruity.
You cannot mistake that scent for anything else. Which is why the Pineapple essential oil is so sought after.
Unfortunately, it seems that nobody makes an essential oil out of Pineapple. It is possible though, mainly because it contains hundreds of volatile compounds. Researchers keep on discovering new ones with each new test. It appears that the region where it grows influences its chemical profile.
These volatile compounds are alcohols and aldehydes, esters, acids and sulfur, among others.
If the fruit yields a very small amount of oils, then commercially speaking, it’s not worth the investment. That is also why we don’t have Lilac essential oils. Or why Rose Otto is so very expensive.
There are two great extracting methods that could give us Pineapple essential oil. One extraction method uses an organic solvent to dissolve the aromatic compounds.
The solvent collects all the aromatic molecules. Once that’s done, it’s vacuumed and removed from the fragrance. This way, the solvent (hexane or dimethyl ether) can be reused.
The second great extracting method is the supercritical fluid extraction. It is simply known as the CO2 extraction. This method is very costly; thus, the resulting product is also expensive.
Yet, it’s the only one that can extract unaltered compounds. This matters a lot because the extract will smell very similar to the original fruit.
Read more about essential oil extraction methods.
Theoretically, you could also steam distill the pineapple. It just needs to be thoroughly dehydrated. But the fruit is so popular, and it has so many uses, that an essential oil is just not worth producing.
Plus, this method can really alter the original fragrance of the pineapple. The oxygen and heat can render the essence almost odorless.
If there were a Pineapple essential oil, I’m sure its uses would have been very diverse. The fruit itself is very rich in antioxidants. That would make the oil a good anti-aging and beauty product.
No need to despair though. If you really like the Pineapple fragrance (and who doesn’t?!), you still have options. One of them is to buy the aromatic extract.
The second option is to make your own Pineapple infused oil. If you’re interested, I will take you step by step into its making process.
Aromatic Pineapple Extract (Pros & Cons)
Volatile molecules can be isolated from fresh pineapple pulp. This means they can and are being used in perfumery.
Perfume makers can thus replicate the pineapple scent in a neutral oil base. This gives us a natural Pineapple aromatic extract or a Pineapple fragrance oil.
At the opposite side of natural extracts are the synthetic ones. The same volatile fragrant molecules can be synthesized and used commercially. Always buy from a trustworthy source and ask them about the way their extract was obtained.
What is an aromatic Pineapple extract? Depending on the way it was extracted, it can be oil-based or alcohol-based. The most popular ones are those that come from solvent (alcohol) extraction. They preserve the pure fragrance of the pineapple fruit.
The liquid is usually colorless and has a characteristic pineapple taste. The same can be said about its fragrance. It smells fresh, exotic, fruity and tart.
This means that an aromatic Pineapple extract can be used in many ways.
Uses & Benefits and Pros & Cons of Pineapple Fragrance Extract
- It can obviously be used as it is, as a room freshener. You can make potpourri and sprinkle some Pineapple extract on the sachet. If it’s not oil-based, Pineapple essence can also be used in an essential oil diffuser. The volatile molecules will efficiently disperse into the air.
- You can also make a Pineapple scented perfume.
- Add some drops into bath and body products for mood-enhancing effects.
- The Pineapple aromatic extract can be used in room sprays too.
- When it comes to homemade makeup, you can add Pineapple fragrance in face and body powders.
- Food grade natural extracts such as Pineapple can also be used in the kitchen. It can give yogurt or desserts aroma and flavor. It can also work well in cocktails and syrups.
- The organic Pineapple fragrance has the strongest smell of all other pineapple extracts.
- It blends well with essential oils, fruit seeds used as exfoliators, and other exotic fruit extracts. Vanilla, Coconut, Passionfruit, Mango are just a few examples. Citrus essences work especially well with Pineapple aroma.
- An alcohol (solvent) extract should not be used in candle and soap making. It has a very low flashpoint and can catch fire very fast. Keep this product away from any fire source also.
- A natural aromatic extract doesn’t mix with oils. But it can disperse well into solid substances like butters and unrefined Coconut oil.
- The alcohol can irritate the skin. It’s best to test your aromatic extract for allergic reactions first, before incorporating it in skin care products.
- Avoid all contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. The essence should not be taken internally.
- Most importantly, remember that an aromatic essence is just for the fragrance. It doesn’t have any therapeutic value.
Pineapple Aromatic Oil (Pros & Cons)
The aromatic oil can be extracted by cold press from the peels of the fruit (like oranges) and the fruit. It’s a long process and it takes a lot of fruit to squeeze out some oil, mainly because the fruit is about 80% water.
However, the puree and juice are produced and sold everywhere, so the oil becomes a byproduct.
The pineapple volatile molecules can also be extracted by infusion. This is the simplest method of capturing that lovely scent at home.
The properties of this Pineapple fragrant oil will depend mostly on the base oil you’ll be using. It is basically still a carrier oil, which means it can be used as it is, undiluted.
Pineapple Oil Benefits
- You can use Pineapple oil for hair and skin, pure or mixed with other ingredients. Essential oils or carrier oils can be added to these blends. Suggestions for pineapple oil: whipped body butter and scrubs, body and hair sprays.
- The oil can also be used for manicure and brittle nails. If the carrier you’ve used for infusion is antibacterial, the Pineapple oil can also be used for foot fungus.
- Make aphrodisiac massage blends and use them as often as you please.
- Pineapple fragrance oil can be added to soaps and some candles.
- An organic Pineapple oil blends well with citrus oils, Vanilla, Cocoa beans, Rose, Cinnamon, and Jasmine. For spiciness, you can mix Pineapple infused oil with Ginger, Pepper, Cumin, etc.
- There is always the risk of an allergic skin reaction (irritation, rash, itching, etc.). Test it on a small skin patch, on the inside of your forearm before any widespread use. Also, make sure that you’re not allergic to the base oil used for infusion too.
- Try not to consume your Pineapple infused oil without medical advice or testing. You don’t know exactly what the oil ends up containing until you have it tested.
- Use carefully (small amounts and small periods of time) on children, elderly and pets.
I’ve told you about the possibility of infusing an oil with Pineapple fragrance. Now it’s time to see how it’s made and maybe get cracking.
How to Make Pineapple Infused Oil (Steps), plus Beauty Recipes
The pineapple is very juicy (approximately 80% water). This means that a fresh pineapple fruit cannot be infused without the risk of mold growth.
Mold grows where there’s water, in as fast as 24 – 48 hours. An oil infusion needs about 2-6 weeks to extract the volatile molecules of the plant material.
Therefore, we must eliminate the water content first. And this is where my step-by-step guide to a DIY Pineapple oil begins. You’ll see how simple it is.
Here’s how to make Pineapple oil.
Tools and materials you’ll need:
- Ripe pineapple, cut in slices or pieces, or however else you prefer it.
- Glass jar(s) with lids.
- Carrier oil (neutral smelling or something you know you like). For the sake of this guide, I will use fractionated Coconut oil. I just love the oil and its faint characteristic fragrance. Fractionated Coconut does not solidify and goes very well with pineapple fragrance.
- Cut the slices or pieces of pineapple and soak the juice with a paper towel.
- Place the pineapple slices into the dehydrator and turn it on at 50C (122F).
- Leave the device on overnight. It should take about 16 hours to completely dehydrate. The fruit should feel hard and dry. If that’s not yet the case, leave it to dehydrate a few more hours. It usually depends on the device you’re using. The manufacturer should give all the necessary details about dehydrating foods. E.g.: the right time and temperature.
- Disinfect one jar in boiled water or rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely before starting to infuse your oils.
- Once that’s done, break the dry and dehydrated pineapple in smaller pieces into the jar.
- Fill half the jar (or more) with pineapple pieces, then add the fractionated Coconut oil. Make sure you leave a bit of room so you can shake and swish the content later.
- Place the lid tight on the jar and store it in a dark and cool place.
- Now comes the waiting part.
- All you need to do is swish and shake the jar every day for at least 2 weeks.
- You can check if the aroma is as intense as you like after these 2 weeks. You can then continue infusing for up to 6 weeks.
- If the dehydration was complete, there will be no mold or rancidity in the jar. If there was any water in the jar or in the pineapple, there may be signs of mold or rancidity during the infusion process. If that happens, you will have to start all over again.
- Your pineapple infused oil is ready when you’re satisfied with the fragrance.
- When that happens, you will have to strain the oil into another disinfected, clean jar.
- The end product should look yellow-golden compared to the fractionated Coconut oil.
- If you’ve used an already yellow oil, it might be difficult to see the change in color. Just know that it’s there.
There you have it! Your own Pineapple infused oil can now be used in as many ways as you like. You can make oil-based perfumes and sell them or gift them away. I’m sure that a Pineapple perfume gift set would make many women happy.
Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory and soothing, nourishing and moisturizing. This makes your Pineapple oil great for skin and hair care.
This Pineapple oil can also be used to scent bath products or make candles and soaps. Because of all the lye interactions, the pineapple scent may fade away in a handmade soap.
One downside is that you can’t use Pineapple infused oil in a diffuser. Carrier oils can’t be diffused because of their fatty acid content. They’re not volatile and so they can only clog the device and shorten its life.
Pineapple Oil Beauty Recipes
I think it’s time to have some fun with your new infused oil. You’ve worked and waited a lot for this moment. Make yourself a quick beauty recipe to test the oil and enjoy the beautiful scent of pineapple.
Pineapple Massage Lotion Recipe
- Pineapple infused oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
- Vanilla extract: 5 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 5 drops
Mix these ingredients and give the blend a good shake before each use. Apply small amounts on the back, shoulders, neck, etc. and use gentle strokes.
Pineapple Oil Face Mask Recipe
- Pineapple infused oil: 1 tablespoon
- Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
Mix the ingredients, warm the blend and apply on clean, damp skin. Rinse it off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.
Pineapple Oil Hair Mask Recipe
- Pineapple infused oil: 2 tablespoons
- Cinnamon essential oil: 5 drops
Warm the mixture and apply on the scalp with gentle massage movements. Keep the hair under a shower cap for at least half an hour, then rinse with warm water and shampoo.
What have we learned so far? We know that pineapple is a good plant material for all sorts of extracts. The most common one is the Pineapple aromatic extract. It can be natural, from natural, bioactive sources or synthetic. The GC/MS report of the product should be able to remove all doubts.
We’ve also learned that there is no Pineapple essential oil, although it’s not impossible to extract it. However, we have the option of making our own Pineapple infused oil in a very simple manner.
Would you give it a try? I’d be very curious to find out more about your experience with Pineapple extracts. So, don’t hesitate to leave me your comments.