What is vanilla absolute? (Liquor/vodka?) I've never heard of this one...
An absolute is when oil is extracted from the plant using a solvent. An essential oil is when it's been extracted from the plant using steam distillation or in some cases being cold pressed.
This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog about Peppermint Essential Oil, especially its discussion I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.
I too loved the article on Peppermint Essential Oil, I as well loved the article How to use essential oils - a beginners guide.
In my opinion the vanilla is not optional. It's definitely needed to recreate the scent.