Vanilla Oleoresin Absolute

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There is a certain coziness to the aroma of Oleoresin Vanilla. Think of fresh baked cookies or a rich cream sundae. Oleoresin Vanilla’s alluringly creamy aroma can help you let go of anxiety and allow stress to gently pass by.

Victoria Kay Designs's Oleoresin Vanilla is ten-fold Oleoresin and is not technically an essential oil.

We decided to offer Vanilla because its lush and incredibly recognizable aroma can almost immediately melt away worry. Throughout history, Vanilla has been used in lotions, soaps, body and hair care products, incense, baked goods, and ice cream. Most perfumes that delight the senses have a least a few drops of Vanilla. 

Native to Mexico and Central America, the climbing plant reaches about 12 feet in height and has clusters of green and yellow flowers that develop into aromatic brown pods with tiny seeds inside. The seed pods are put through a solvent extraction method to capture the oil. Fun facts: The Melipone bee, which is only found in Mexico, pollinates the Vanilla flower. In 1836, Charles Moran began hand pollinating the flowers so that Vanilla could be cultivated throughout the world.

Use this essential oil sparingly and carefully; one drop goes a long way because its oh so VERY potent, concentrated and odiferous!


- Botanical Name: Vanilla Plantifolia
- Variety: Oleoresin
- Origin: Madagascar
- Method: Solvent Extracted (the final product contains about 30% alcohol)
- Plant Part: Bean/Pod
- Note: Base
- Blends Well With: Coffee, Cocoa, Peppermint, any Citrus, Frankincense, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
- Aroma: Sweet, smooth, rich, balancing aroma similar to the aroma of Vanilla extract commonly used in baking. Its odor effect is warming, comforting and gently stimulating: a reputed aphrodisiac.
- Consistency: Thick
- Color: Deep Brown
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 4 Years


(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)

Not usually used in aromatherapy, mainly because it is extremely expensive and also because it is not a true essential oil. However, it can be vaporized as a mood-enhancing room scent. Alternatively, you may wish to make your own infused oil of vanilla which can be used as a base oil for massage. Although concentrated vanilla extract is not entirely soluble in vegetable oil, it can be used in oil-based perfumes and massage oils as long as the mixture is shaken each time before use.

(Please reference the Appendix on this site for definitions)
The medicinal value of vanilla is rarely acknowledged today, but it was at one time considered to be a stimulant, an aid to digestion and to arouse sexual desire (aphrodisiac) - especially in women.

Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with water up to 5% to minimize any skin sensitivity (not soluble in a carrier oil). Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.


CAUTION: May provoke sensitization reactions in some people.

- Safe for which ages?: 2+
- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes
- Safe for breastfeeding?: Yes
- Safe for dogs?: Yes
- Safe for cats?: No info available, but probably not

Kids Max Topical Dilution: 1% (only dilute with water up to 5% - not soluble in a carrier oil)

Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle sizes, etc.

NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.

Safety Guidelines & Explanations:

Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (Book) by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.

Please see the following websites for different uses & safety:


Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.


The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using our Vanilla Oleoresin Absolute. Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.