orchid vanilla

The Boy Who Launched The Vanilla Industry

Réunion, a departement of France, is a small island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and south-west of Mauritius. The island is famous for its vanilla. Called “bourbon” after the island’s former name, the vanilla comes from orchids’ pods which are sweetly scented and ideal for perfume and food spicing. Unfortunately, this particular variety of orchid is pollinated naturally only by a small bee, Melipona. And the bee lives only in its habitat of Central America.

Réunion has the perfect climate for vanilla orchids. But when the first rooted cuttings were shipped to the island, they failed to produce pods, because they had not been pollinated. A 12-year-old enslaved boy, Edmond Albius, developed a way to pollinate each orchid by hand. Edmond’s technique made vanilla profitable to grow outside of its native Mexico, and is still used around the world, including on Réunion. Which means you need to thank a hard-working orchid pollinator every time you taste or smell real vanilla.

20 Questions

Tagged by: @sim-pi , @sandy-sims and  @simsoflove  thank you for the tag guys and sorry for being this late <3

  1. Name: Frida
  2. Nickname: Don’t have it
  3. Zodiac sing: Virgo
  4. Height: 1,67 m
  5. Orientation: Straight
  6. Ethnicity: White
  7. Favorite fruit : Bananas
  8. Favorite season: Autumn
  9. Favorite book series: I honestly feel little ashamed for this but i don’t have one 
  10. Favorite flower : Orchid
  11. Favorite scent: Vanilla
  12. Favorite color : Purple
  13. Favorite animal: Owl
  14. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa: Coffee
  15. Average sleep hour : 3 - 4 
  16. Cat or dog person: I love doggies and kitties equally <3
  17. Favorite fictional characters:  Tyrion Lannister  ( GOT and ASOIF )  Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin (Gotham)  Michonne  (TWD) Regina Mills (OUAT) and Niklaus (Klaus) Mikealson ( TO)
  18. Number of blankets you sleep with: Zero i sleep only with sheet 
  19. Dream trip: Japan
  20. Blog created: Sometimes in June last year 
  21. Number of followers: 275 thank you all so much <333

Thank you @lillelester for tagging me!

Rules: Answer the questions and tag 20 followers you would like to get to know better!

Name: Eleanore

Nicknames: Ellie

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Height: 5′3

Orientation: Straight

Nationality: Canadian

Favorite Fruit: mango, avocado, blueberry, peach

Favorite Season: summer and fall

Favorite Book: Hard to decide, all the books in the Heroes of Olympus series?

Favorite Flowers: Roses, orchids, peonies

Favorite Scent: vanilla, floral, fresh linen

Favorite Color: black, mint, 

Favorite Animal: doggos

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: All of them

Average Sleep Hours: 7 and a half - 8 

Cat or Dog Person: Both

Favorite Fictional Character: Hermione, Annabeth, 

Number of Blankets I Sleep With: Okay this is pretty insane but I sleep with 4 blankets

Ideal Trip: In the city next to the ocean (Singapore is perfect for this)

Tagging: 20 in my followers list, they are

@agastopiaphan @spacetime-psd @snowflakephan @snow-phan @heavenslester @helllointernet @cozyphil @i-am-your-highlady @moonbeamphil @laibalumosaur  @damnhowxll @softylester @serenephil @audritrash @monstermunch321 @a-lonely-trash-can  @howellscrunchynuts @levithespacegay @juliaisthebatman  @savagelester

🌕Meet Your Local Witch Challenge!🌊

ESSENTIALLY, THE RULES ARE: Answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better!  

I was tagged by the wonderful @naomi121406, if you don’t follow her, check her blog out! Wonderful mermaid related posts, really cool readings, very sweet. 

Now on to the questions: 

Name- Danielle ✌🏻

Nicknames: Dani, Polar Bear, Jake (inside joke with friends)

Zodiac Sign: Libra, I have to do research on sun and moon and all that fun stuff 

Height: 5′10″

Orientation: Asexual 

Nationality: Canadian, Polish, Ukrainian, Dutch 

Favourite Fruit: Raspberries, because I relate to them. You always think they’re sweet, but they can be bitter a f. 

Favourite Season: Fall/Winter

Favourite Book: 1984 by George Orwell (WHICH WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A PREMONITION) 

Favourite Flower: Orchid 

Favourite Scent: Vanilla, gingerbread, fresh water (streams or lakes) and the centre of a healthy forest

Favourite Colour: Dark, royalty purple

Favourite Animal: Dolphins or sharks. Majestic a f. Cuddly. Have you seen the cookie cutter shark?? Look up the cookie cutter shark. That little bean needs more love, such a cinnamon roll.  

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Cocoa: Is all of the above an option??

Average Sleep Hours: 8 to 10 if I want to function like a human being 


Favourite Fictional Character: Oh shit. Do I have one? It takes a lot for me to love a character. Maybe Jay Gatsby?? Oh shit but there’s Hamlet. Hmmm

Number of Blankets you Sleep With: Umm… five??? I like being cosy. I’m a human muffin okay, best when warm. 

Dream Trip: Paris, then journeying across the French countryside by train 

Blog Created: Oh gosh… 2015? Idk. Don’t go to the beginning of my posts. It’s all so cringe worthy. 

Number of Followers: 532, with no porn blogs thank God. 

Alrighty, time to tag some followers. Idk if I have twenty OFFICIAL witch followers, so I’ll tag ten. If you like a lot of my witchy reblogs, there’s a good chance I’ll tag you anyways. 











Anyways, I’ll just be chilling here. Feel free to send things to my ask box! Xoxo ❤

Originally posted by debbie-sketch

And don’t worry dream anon! I’m going to get down to answering your interpretation request tomorrow! 

Tagged by @evansjily

Rules: answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better!

Tagging: @bela-talbot @potter @winterhayl @dailyprophet @johnslupin @lvnalovgood @nimphandoratonks @vixenevans @lilyevians @timeturnr @storyenthusiast @hermionegrarnger @devoutdean @papajensen @pronqsie @wirchester @veinslikefeathers @gryffindorkx @lupinlaughed @umfleur

Name | Bridget
Nicknames | Bridge or Bridgie
Zodiac sign | Capricorn
Height | 5′5″
Orientation | Asexual lesbian
Nationality | American
Favorite fruit | Apricot
Favorite season | Autumn
Favorite book | The Glass Castle
Favorite flower | Orchid
Favorite scent | Vanilla
Favorite color | Green
Favorite animal | Snake
Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa | Coffee
Average sleep hours | 8
Cat or dog person | Cat
Favorite fictional character | Charlie Bradbury
Number of blankets you sleep with | 4
Dream trip | Netherlands
Blog created | April 2015
Number of followers | 866

Spells of Craft Formulas

Here is an oil recipe that I came across a while ago. I absolutely love it and I hope that you will too. You can use it for the upcoming full moon!


Within the three days prior to the actual full moon, but not after! Gather the ingredients required, along with a pestle and mortar to blend them in. If desired, you can use your cauldron, and some sort of crushing or mixing tool.

1 ounce (about 30 grams) of the finest sandalwood powder you can find (santalum album)

5 grams (a marble sized nugget) of amber resin. (NOT the stone! The soft, sweet smelling resin that is often imported from India, available at health food stores, and of course herb and Witch shops.)

3 drops of vanilla essential oil. (NOT the perfume or fragrance oil, only true vanilla from the orchid [Vanilla planifolia or Vanilla aromatica] If this is cost prohibitive or unavailable, use real vanilla extract available at most any grocery store.)

Preferably outside, under the actual full moon, or indoors near a window where the moon is visible: Fill the mortar or cauldron with the sandalwood powder, and crush the amber into it with the pestle or tool of your choice.

Use CLOCKWISE or DEOSIL blending motions. Focus on the energy of the full moon, or if you are making the incense for a specific spell, focus on the goal of that spell alone. You can incorporate your favorite words of power or chant while doing this.

When the powder is smooth and consistent, add the vanilla, one-drop at a time while saying your chosen words of power, (which is best) or the following (which will suffice in most cases): Drop of moon, grant my boon.

Blend in the drops in the same way you blended in the amber resin. Place the mixture in a clear glass jar with an airtight lid. Keep it away from heat, sunlight, and moisture. Charge it under the light of the full moon on the three days prior to it becoming actually full.

The full moon light penetration is the reason for not storing this in an opaque jar. It is ready for use immediately, but can be charged more if desired.

Bought vanilla grass (pandan) with roots today in the Asian supermarket. The leaves of this plant are used to give a vanilla aroma to rice, cake, curries and what not and it is easier to grow indoors than vanilla orchids (and easier to come by). I will wait until the cutting is growing healthily before i pull of leaves to make vanilla grass essence, because i don’t want to kill it right away. Until then i’ll have to make do with the dried black pods.

Tagged by @edmundpevxnsie, thank you!


Nicknames: Zebra

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Height: 5′2″

Orientation: Heterosexual

Ethnicity: 50% Caucasian 50% Asian

Favorite Fruit: Mango

Favorite Season: Fall

Favorite Book: There are so many books I love so I can’t choose.

Favorite Flower: Orchids

Favorite Scent: Vanilla

Favorite Animal: Wolves

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Cocoa: Hot Cocoa

Average Sleep Hours: 11:00pm - 6:30am

Cat or Dog Person: Dog Person

Favorite Fictional Character: Edmund Pevensie (But I love all the Pevensies so it’s super hard to choose.)

Number of blankets: I own?? 4, maybe.

Dream Trip: Either Hokkaido, Japan, or South Island, New Zealand.

Blog created: 1 February, 2017

I tag @peterpevensje @highqueenaime @justnarnianthings @penfullofwordsaheadfullofstories @sheisthehighqueen @edmundsass @plummerpolly and anyone else who would like to do this!

Tagged by @jeonnings  Thank you honey :)

Rules: Answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you would like to get to know better!

Name: Kristýna

Nicknames: Kris, Kristy, Kikina, Krystal, K.

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Height: 172cm 

Orientation: Straight

Favorite Fruit: I have so many: apples, bananas, mangoes, oranges, cherries, pomegranates

Favorite Season: Spring and summer

Favorite Book:  We Children from Bahnhof Zoo

Favorite Flower: tulips, roses, orchids

Favorite Scent:  cinnamon, vanilla, orange, lavender, chocolate lol

Favorite Colour: Black

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Beverage: Tea  I guess

Average Sleep Hours: I have to go for a walk with my dog in the mornings so about  7-8 hours

Favorite Fictional Character: Damon Salvatore haha

Number of blankets you sleep with: 1

Dream Trip: I really wanna go to the US and S. Korea

Blog Created: I’m not sure but I think it was December 2013, I used to be a Zayn Malik blog and i’ve been blogging about BTS for like two weeks?

Number of Followers: 13k+

Tagging :) @minblush @fykook @mewchim @ohhjungkook @fy-jungkook @jeonbase @jung-koook @jungkookfortunekookies @jimiyoong @softykook @chimcheroo @jungkook-gifs @jiminrolls @jeonify @bwichim @cowjimin @jeondiary @sweaterpawsjimin @satellite-jeon @mintsugakookies


@hauntedmonmouth @gangseyys @evanngeline i was tagged in 2 different ones so i’m just combingin them here! thanks for tagging me :)

  • name - molly
  • nicknames - i had the worst nickname in middle school which was dorkasaurs that was horrible. i also get called mole and that sucks, so please just call me molly 
  • zodiac - virgo
  • height - 5'3"
  • hogwarts house - i’ve been having an identity crisis lately so idk if im a ravenclaw or if im maybe a gryffindor??? you guys tell me
  • ethnicity - white
  • fave fruit - watermelon
  • favorite season - autumn definitely
  • favorite book(s) - oh my goodness well the raven cycle obvi, but i also love all for the game and six of crows
  • fave flowers - i don’t know probably orchid???
  • favorite scent - vanilla. i am such a hoe for vanilla scented items
  • favorite color - this is so emo omg but i really love grey
  • fave animal - i really like the idea of animals but then when they are around me i don’t know what to do 
  • coffee, tea, or hot cocoa - definitely coffee
  • favorite music - i have been in love with lorde’s new songs, but i just listen to 8tracks constantly, so i don’t always know what i’m actually listen to? songs that remind me of the raven cycle???
  • average sleep hours - haha that’s funny
  • favorite fictional characters - oh my god gansey is just my boy i love him 
  • number of blankets you sleep with - 1
  • dream trip - i just really want to go everywhere harry potter was filmed like just take me everywhere.
  • blog created - so i actually created a cheerleading tumblr in like 2013 but i forgot the password lol. but this one is from 2014 i think?
  • number of followers - a sad amount for how long i’ve been on this damn website lol
  • what made you get tumblr - well back when i thought i was going to become a competitive cheerleader (it’s actually hilarious) i really wanted a tumblr for some reason. then i forgot it and made a new one for teen wolf. shout out to all the people who followed me when i was argents-angel bc this blog took a turn haha

im going to tag @ravenclawboys @ginweasleys @rihardgansey @ohbrekker @auroremus @blusargrnt @bleuhenrietta and anybody else that wants to do this!!

ive been tagged,

thanks @spicy-meme-satan

Name - Rachel my dudes
Nickname - yurio
Zodiac - aries
Sexual Orientation - pansexual
Ethnicity - im white as fuck
Favorite Fruit - raspberries, blackberries
Favorite Season - winter
Favorite Flower - dont really have one, but based on a quick google search of flowers, i like blue orchids
Favorite Scent - vanilla
Favorite Animal - puffins and cats
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate - never had tea so hot chocolate
Cat or dog - cats.
Dream Trip - iceland, or any visit to my friends
Number of Followers - 225 (holy shit)
What do I post about - a lot, mostly fandom stuff and classic tumblr humor
Do I get asks on a regular basis - not really, but my inbox isnt exactly empty rn
Favorite Band - arctic monkeys and panic! at the disco
Aesthetic - light blue, space, and forests
Fictional Character I’d Date - yoosung kim
Hogwarts House - ravenclaw

now i gotta tag 20 people,,

@gladial @skatekiss @nekvma @soulmistin @sugar-dabby @june-beans @fandomstuffdoeshappen @deadtsu @the-english-anon @trunchmunch @class-s @aph-iceland @cleavepool @phandaredhetalia101 @aggressiveflyingpizza @rawring-rainbows

thats only 16 so if u see this then say i tagged u in it and do it i guess


I was tagged by @lillelester and @celestinehowell thank you!!!

Rules: Answer the questions and tag 20 followers you would like to get to know better!

Name: Vanessa

Nickname:: Nessa, Nessie (but call me whatever you like really)

Zodiac Sign: libra

Height: 5′4

Orientation: who knows not me  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ethnicity: german

Favorite Fruit: ehh none (picky eater here)

Favorite Season: summer

Favorite Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Favorite Flowers: roses, orchids

Favorite Scent: vanilla, chocolate, coconut, strawberry, laundry detergent

Favorite Color: royal blue

Favorite Animal: doggos, turtles

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: hot chocolate or fruity tea

Average Sleep Hours: whether 3 or 12 there is no inbetween

Cat or Dog Person: dogs!!!!

Favorite Fictional Character: Dexter Morgan, Gregory House

Number of Blankets I Sleep With: currently it’s two

Ideal Trip: somewhere really hot with a beach

Tagging: ehhh sorry i feel annyoing tagging people so none today

Intwenty questions
I was tagged by @oblivioncalls . thank you, you’re so cool!

Rules: Answer the 20 Questions and tag 20 amazing followers you would like to get to know better.

Name: Hedwig
Nickname: uhmm don’t really have one I guess… My family still calls me a smurf sometimes or People call me Heddo
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Height: 5′6 (172 cm) im not good at converting
Orientation: Bisexual
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Favorite Fruit: strawberries and nectarines and pears 🍓🍑🍐 ohh and watermelon 🍉🍉🍉
Favorite Season: Fall… And spring.. Because pretty, yes
Favorite Book: Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig
Favorite flower: orchids?
Favorite Scent: Coconut, vanilla and lavender
Favorite Color: purpleeeee and darkyellow and burgundy
Favorite Animal: Hmhm every animal 😁 😇
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: tea
Average Sleep Hour: 4-6
Cat or Dogs: Both
Favorite Fictional Character: Doctor Who
Number of Blankets 2 or 3
Ideal Trip: Roadtrip through Japan, and then.. Around the world 🌏🌎
Blog Created: march 11th 2014 around that time at least
Number of Followers: 207
Gender: Female
Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw
Favorite singer/band: Patd!, Bastille, The Beatles, TØP , Greenday… Im not good at decisions
Dream job: artist, or archeologist
What made you create a tumblr: the idea of having a space to shatter my thoughts without others judging

Okay here the tagged
@taxicab, @diff-rent , @suicide-is-my-father @ikklepeachy @cloudiebub @cloudybub @fluorescent @goghflora @bitter-sweeet-symphonyyy @hipster-and-thoughts @p-a-r-a-n-0-i-d @vanish @date @indieteen @thatsthat24 @guitarstheband-blog @bastillesmiths @panic-at-the-disco-is-rad @twenty-one-and-dun @beautifulsinnings
And everyone I forgot, or just wants to do this 😇😇😇

Tagged by: @phantasmagoricalcoffee

Rules: Answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you would like to get to know better.

Name: Not putting my real name. Online I usually go by Lunetta or Scarlett

Nicknames: Silva, Silvy, Star

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Height: Either 5′5 or 5′4 (162 cm to 165)

Orientation: I’m pan :3

Ethnicity: Latina (and some other stuff)

Favourite Fruit: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries

Favourite Season: Either spring or Autumn


Favourite Flower: ahh fuck now i gotta choose; either roses or orchids

Favourite Scent: vanilla, baking cakes, fresh popcorn

Favourite Color: THEY CANNOT BE RECREATED; color of asphalt after rain, color of clear water on a perfectly sunny day

Favourite Animal: CATS I LOVE CATS

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate: I mean it depends???

Average Sleep Hours: 8 - 9

Cat or dog person: Cat

Favourite fictional character: Either aph Latvia, or aph Norway

Number of blankets you sleep with: all of the blankets

Ideal trip: EVERYWHERE (I want to be a world traveler) 

Blog Created: September 2016 (like the 17th or something)

tagging: @cthulhuludraws @kartoffelz @eat-my-garbage

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One last sneak peek at the RPG soaps before we list them all tomorrow!

Pictured from top left to bottom right:
Bard (cypress berries)
Mage (cotton and vanilla)
Druid (barnwood and moss)
Cleric (peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary)
DM (whiskey, clove, and ginger)
Paladin (lemongrass, green tea, sandalwood, and ginger)
Ranger (basil, herbs, and pine needles)
Rogue (jasmine, orchid vanilla, rosewood, and musk)!

Along with the soaps, there will also be roll-on scent versions so you can smell like your favorite class all day long.