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Madagascar Vanilla Oil

Madagascar Vanilla Oil

Vanilla planifolia


Familiar and nostalgic. Evocative and romantic. Prized since the time of the ancient Aztecs, and often used in perfumes, vanilla is one of the most popular aromas in the world, and one of the most expensive to produce.




A perennial climbing vine that grows up to 75 feet, the Vanilla planifolia plant is in the Orchid family, with yellow-white flowers that produce odorless pods or beans. Plant blooms must be hand pollinated, and it takes three to four years for the vanilla plant to begin producing beans that must be harvested by hand. The beans then go through a time consuming and labor-intensive process to allow them to fully develop their aroma and flavor. Afterward, the beans are ground into small pieces and, to preserve the natural vanilla aroma, pressurized CO2 is used in a two-step extraction process that captures the aromatic constituents from the beans to create the absolute. We combine this absolute with Fractionated Coconut Oil and the result is doTERRA Madagascar Vanilla. Fill your home with comforting magic by adding Madagascar Vanilla to your favorite diffuser blend. Give your morning coffee, tea, smoothie a delightfully smooth flavor lift with just a touch of Madagascar Vanilla. Use as a captivating personal fragrance, or add a few drops to a bath oil or body lotion to enjoy a luxurious moment as you breathe in the exquisite aroma of Madagascar Vanilla.



  • Diffuse by adding to a favorite CPTG® essential oil or oil blend.
  • Add a drop to the beverage of your choice.
  • Use as a personal fragrance.
  • Add a few drops to a warm bath.
  • Blend into a moisturizing body lotion.

Directions For Use

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

Diffusion: Add two to three drops to your favorite essential oil blend.

Internal: Add one drop to a beverage.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


Aromatic Description

Rich, creamy, sweet


Fractionated Coconut Oil and Vanilla Absolute

Main Constituents



It’s iconic. It’s sweet. It’s rare. And the aroma speaks for itself. Pure Madagascar Vanilla absolute, prediluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil, is ideal for diffuser blends and various topical applications.

Usage Tips

  • Add a drop to your next diffuser blend.
  • Include a drop or two in your personal pure-fume.
  • Use a drop with your personal care products, like shampoos, conditioners, lotions, or creams.
  • Add one drop to a smoothie.

Learn More

Where Does Vanilla Come From?

Vanilla planifolia is a species of orchid, originally native to Mexico and Central America. Though it’s now grown in tropical regions globally, natural pollination can only be done by a specific bee found in Mexico. Outside of Mexico, there’s less than a 1% chance the flower will be pollinated on its own, so farmers must pollinate each flower by hand when it blooms, and the vanilla flower typically only blooms one day a year! It’s fragile and must be pollinated in the morning, during the cooler hours of the day. If it’s not pollinated during this incredibly short period of time, it wilts, meaning the fruit doesn’t develop and no vanilla beans can be harvested later. This beautiful, labor-intensive plant is the most expensive crop after saffron. Because of this, many companies create synthetic vanilla fragrances and flavorings to save both time and money. It’s estimated that most vanilla-flavored products don’t actually contain any vanilla.

Approximately 80% of the real vanilla in the world comes from Madagascar, which has the perfect tropical climate for it to thrive. In Madagascar, thousands of people are employed in our vanilla supply chain. The harvest is a crucial source of employment for rural communities and an integral part of the local economy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® helped fund an exciting social impact project called the Mahadera Agricultural Training Center, which is being implemented in the growing and harvesting areas of Madagascar. This center, built and operated by our partners, offers a three-year training for the children of vanilla farmers, afterward providing access to further education opportunities and a more secure future for themselves and their families. The center teaches important skills, such as crop diversification and financial management.


Where Does Madagascar Vanilla Absolute Come From?

To create pure Madagascar Vanilla absolute, the vanilla pods must first go through a CO2-extraction process that involves grinding the beans into small pieces and placing them in a pressurized extraction vessel. CO2 supercritical fluid separates the components of the vanilla beans, which allows the volatile and nonvolatile active compounds to be captured and concentrated. CO2 usually behaves as a gas, so CO2 supercritical fluid is created by holding the CO2 at a temperature and pressure that allows it to behave as a liquid, which makes it an amazing, pure, and all-natural solvent!

In a separator, these chemical compounds are separated from each other, and the CO2 supercritical fluid is converted back into a gas, leaving the vanilla extract clean and free of any solvent residuals. Then, after months of hard work, the last step is using a clean, natural alcohol solvent to remove any residual waxes or other components to create the final product: pure and natural vanilla absolute. This last step also concentrates the natural vanillin, which is what gives vanilla its incredible aroma. CO2 extraction is cleaner than chemical extraction, leaves less residue, and is greener and more sustainable.

What’s the Difference between Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Absolute?

Vanilla absolute isn’t the same as the vanilla extract you might have in your baking supplies. Generally, the vanilla extract you bake with is vanilla bean extractives in an alcohol base. It contains trace levels of minerals and has a thinner consistency than absolute.

How Do I Use Madagascar Vanilla Absolute?

Madagascar Vanilla from doTERRA is a pure absolute, prediluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil for convenient topical application. That said, you can use it more than topically—you’ll be hard-pressed to find a diffuser blend that doesn’t smell even more amazing with a drop of Madagascar Vanilla.

Along with diffuser blends, Madagascar Vanilla is ideal for mixing with personal care products or making a part of topical fragrances. Its distinctly sweet, familiar aroma is beloved like few other scents!

Adding Madagascar Vanilla to a beverage, like your morning tea or smoothie, provides some extra delicious flavor. As it’s an absolute, Madagascar Vanilla is more potent than the vanilla extract you may be used to, so you’ll only need one drop!



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