For the Love of Vanilla

Think about the products you’ve used since you woke up this morning: the toothpaste on your toothbrush; the yogurt with your breakfast; the fragrance on your dresser; the pills in your medicine cabinet. The taste that lingers on your tongue long after you’ve rinsed and spit and the note that scents your skin well into your workday is none other than that old sensory refrain: vanilla.

A signature flavor that’s easily overlooked but that would be sorely missed, vanilla is the steady hum of the olfactory and gustatory worlds, a base note that serves as the foundation for many beloved sensations and that flourishes on its own […]

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