Guide to the Best Vanilla Essential Oil CO2 Extraction Process in 2022


CO2 Extraction Machine Buyer’s Guide

As you can imagine, not all supercritical CO2 extractors are made the same.
For more than 30 years, we have customized many CO2 extraction machines (Tabletop CO2 Extractor) for many companies and university laboratories (1 lb CO2 extractor). Because each customer’s CO2 extraction process requirements are different, there are almost no identical machines.

How many liters of CO2 extraction vessels are needed?

The first factor that determines the size of the CO2 extraction vessel is the daily working hours of the plant, which determines the daily extraction batch. The vessel size of the CO2 extractor depends on the biomass to be processed per day.

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How many separators are needed?

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Waxes separation and Light oil separation in 1st separator;
Light oil separation in 2nd separator;
To trap lightest and volatile compounds in 3rd separator.
It is important to choose the right vessel size that will meet your current needs as well as future demand.

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How many pressure is best for your CO2 extraction process requirements?

The choice of CO2 extraction pressure is a changing factor. If the extraction pressure is too high, the useless substances in the plant will be extracted, such as wax and chlorophyll. If the extraction pressure is too low, the extraction time will be increased.

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How can the minimum operating costs be achieved?

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About CO2 extraction experiment

This is a small experiment of CO2 extraction of vanilla essential oils. The CO2 extraction equipment used was: Supercritical CO2 extraction machine L-05

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods


  • Grind vanilla orchid pods into powder, about 85g.
  • Pulverization degree: 80 mesh

Pulverize size effect in vanilla oil CO2 extraction process

The pulverize size of the vanilla raw material has a significant effect on the extraction process and efficiency.

Vanilla essential oil is generally stored in vanilla plant cells. If it is not crushed, the resistance of the cell wall will slow down the extraction speed and reduce the extraction amount. The CO2 fluid diffuses into the vanilla tissue as soon as possible, thereby improving the extraction rate. Too fine particle size will aggravate the thermal effect of the SCF-solid interface and block the mesh. Although the damage to the plant cell wall is more thorough at this time, it increases the accumulation of vanilla raw materials. The density and permeability become poor, so that CO2 only passes through the material layer along the line with low resistance, forming many pinholes, making the extraction significantly uneven. At the same time, it is also possible that under the action of pressure, it will quickly form dense lumps, which will affect the yield of essential oils at light level, and make extraction impossible due to the sudden increase of pressure difference before and after the extractor.

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods

co2 extraction process step one

  • Low pressure (14MPa) extraction for 25 minutes
  • Separate the kettle to obtain a light yellow liquid
  • Nothing obtained from the second separation kettle
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Separate kettle 1
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Separate kettle 2

co2 extraction process step two

  1. 1.Medium pressure (20MPa) extraction for 20 minutes
  2. 2.Separate kettle 1 to obtain dark full spectrum liquid
  3. 3.Separate kettle 2 to obtain a small amount of white liquid
  4. 4.High pressure (28MPa) extraction for 20 minutes
  5. 5.Separating kettle 1 and separating kettle 2 did not get any material
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods
Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods


Final extract

There is residue in the nozzle of the separation kettle, and there is also residue in the internal pipeline

Extraction residue

Name Crushed vanilla Separate the extract of kettle one Separate the extract of kettle twoWeight About 85g 5g 3g Total: 8g.


The extract was 93 grams, which was only 85 grams after crushing.The final separation tank 1 obtained only 5 grams. Because there are too few extraction materials available for testing, the test data may be inaccurate (the machine nozzle and pipeline will have extraction liquid residue, weighing and measurement errors), and the best test volume is recommended 2 kg of raw materials.

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods

Our company has done Hainan vanilla extraction for a research in Hainan Province, China, and the final separation-extraction rate is about 5-8%;

After testing, we agreed that the raw material extract in this test has a higher yield than Hainan’s vanilla

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods

Analysis of CO2 Extraction Process of Vanilla Essential Oil

Raw Pulverize

The extraction efficiency of vanilla tissue essential oils essentially depends on the contact between the extraction solvent and vanilla cell membrane phospholipids and cytoplasm, the mutual solubility efficiency and the mass transfer rate of essential oils diffused through the solvent system through the cell wall.

To improve the extraction rate of vanilla essential oil, the key is to destroy the continuous water film at the interface between cells and organelles, so that the extraction solvent and vanilla essential oil can be effectively contacted and dissolved in each other.

In the process of supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla essential oil, when there is still a small amount of water in the dry vanilla powder material, the supercritical CO2 fluid will bring the water to the vicinity of the outlet of the extraction tank, so that the vanilla powder will quickly freeze under high pressure. block, affecting the permeability of supercritical CO2 fluid and the extraction process.

Although the supercritical CO2 fluid has better mass transfer performance and faster diffusion rate, since the controlling step for the final transfer of the solute in the solid to the supercritical CO2 fluid phase is the diffusion rate of the solute in the solid, which depends on the solute The magnitude of the diffusion coefficient in a solid and the size of the solid.

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods

The effect of extraction pressure on the CO2 extraction process

In the supercritical CO2 extraction process of vanilla essential oil, when the pressure is between 10MPa and 60MPa, the yield is relatively stable, but the content of non-volatile components (such as wax) increases with the increase of pressure. Increased loss of components (oil), CO2 extracts at high pressures (greater than 300bar) will be paste-like.

Therefore, choosing the right extraction pressure is especially important in the vanilla essential oil CO2 extraction process.

Supercritical CO2 extraction of vanilla orchid pods

The effect of extraction temperture on the CO2 extraction process

The solubility of vanilla essential oil varies with temperature.

With the increase of temperature, the thermal motion speed of molecules increases, the probability of mutual collision increases, and the probability of association increases;
The increase in temperature increases the volatility of the solute and increases the diffusion coefficient;
As the temperature increases, the density of CO2 decreases and the ability to carry substances decreases.

When the temperature increased from 40 ℃ to 60 ℃, the main components, especially the volatile components of vanilla, were significantly reduced due to the high temperature flash volatilization under the carry of CO2, and the extract of high temperature extraction operation contained more water.

The high temperature process may increase the volatility of the water, but it is not conducive to the extraction of terpenes (such as vanilla odor) and oxygenated derivatives. In addition, if the extract is a heat-sensitive active ingredient, a lower temperature extraction should be considered.

In fact, the increase of extraction rate under high density CO2 is mainly due to the increase of surface wax and other undesired components.

Adjusting the dissolving ability and selectivity of supercritical CO2 fluid is beneficial to overcome the technical difficulty of extracting non-volatile components entrained in one-time extraction and separation. Under the condition of CO2 density lower than 0.6g/cm3, it is possible to extract as many essential oil components as possible, and other non-volatile components except surface wax will not be extracted.

When the CO2 density is too high, such as higher than 0.85g/cm3, not only the extraction rate decreases, but also the technical difficulty is caused by the increase of the extraction amount of waxes and triglycerides.

Therefore, it is important to adjust the temperature and pressure in the CO2 extraction process of vanilla essential oil.

In the test three months later, we also verified the truth of this CO2 extraction process.

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