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January Oil of the Month: Massoia Bark

Plant Therapy is all about making our customers happy and thinking outside the box. When the recent vanilla shortage left us without that sweet, buttery, decadent scent, we came up with Peru Balsam for December’s Oil of the Month. For January, we have a different yummyness (technical term).

Massoia Bark, whose botanical name is Cryptocaria Massoy or Massioa, is steam distilled from the bark of the Massoia tree. This exotic beauty comes to us from Indonesia.

Massoia Bark, whose botanical name is Cryptocaria Massoy or Massioa, is steam distilled from the bark of the Massoia tree.This oil is valued for it’s unique scent, which is perfume-like. It has a buttery, sweet scent. It reminds me of a pastry shop or cookie.

The main constituent within this essential oil is Lactone. It is what is responsible for the creamy, coconut-like aroma. The Lactone, a rare constituent in essential oils, is  also responsible for the irritation to the skin. Consequently, we do not recommend Massoia Bark for kids, nor for topical use. It is meant for diffusing and aroma only.

Click Here to download the Massoia Bark info sheet.

This calming and decadent essential oil is great for emotional needs and to pamper yourself.  It is not for little runny noses. It is not for cleaning. It is not for toenail problems. Massoia Bark is simply a great diffuser oil that works great while you are soaking in the tub, while you are dreaming of your next vacation, and while eating chocolates!

Here is a diffuser recipe for just such an occasion
If you are a member of Plant Therapy’s Oil of the Month Club, how have you enjoyed Massoia Bark? Let us know in the comments section!

32 thoughts on “January Oil of the Month: Massoia Bark”

  1. I am in love with this oil! So much so that I am scared to use it because I can’t replace it 🙂 Please make it a permanent part of your collection!

    1. We are so glad that you like it! Yes, it does have that scent and can be customized in a blend with other delicous smelling oils 🙂

  2. I love this oil! This is definitely one of my new favorites. It’s like a vanilla coconut scent, LOVE! I wish I could add it into products but just being able to enjoy the scent in a diffuser is great! I would love to purchase this oil if made available!

  3. I actually don’t particularly like this oil, to me it smells like rawhide. You know like when you’re checking out at a pet shop and they have those bins of rawhide treats for your dogs, that’s what this oil smells like to me. This was my first oil of my subscription. I’m not mad about it, everyone has their own preferences and senses and i still use it. It just gives me something to hope for in February.

  4. This oil smells so delightful!! I wasn’t too crazy about it just smelling it from the bottle, but once diffused it has a lovely scent. I opened the bottle for the first time last night and I guess when I sniffed from the bottle that I accidently touched it to the tip of my nose. Within 3-4 minutes I had a terrible reaction to it. I’ve never felt pain like that on my face!! It was like a blow torch being held to my nose/mouth area. I slathered some coconut oil on my face several times over the next hour and it finally subsided. I’ve never ever had a reaction like that to any of my oils (which are all PT) but I’m guessing the reaction was from the Lactone. I was so afraid I might be allergic to it and wouldn’t be able to enjoy it, but after diffusing today, I’ve had no problems at all. So just a warning to anyone reading this – DO NOT let even the smallest drop touch your skin, especially your face. Other than that, I absolutely am in love with the scent of this oil. And I just love getting the surprise oil every month with OOTM club

    1. Thanks for sharing, April! Massoia Bark is a significant skin irritant, which is why we recommend it for diffusion only. I’m sorry that you had to endure that, I’ve had similar accidents myself… it happens to the best of us. I am glad to hear that you enjoy diffusing the oil, it truly has a very unique aroma. 🙂

  5. I LOVE this oil and use it EVERY day! I’m almost out 🙁 Please make this an oil available on your site!!!!! Thank you!

    1. We’re so glad that you’re loving it Kimberly! Feel free to reach out to our Customer Service team at 1-800-917-6577 to see if we have any extra bottles available for purchase 🙂

  6. I’m not a fan of this oil. I used it once in my diffuser and now my diffuser permanently smells like buttery coconut. I’ve tried cleaning my diffuser. But it’s still the same. It even effects the smells of other oils that I diffuse. Kind of disappointing. Any pointers on how to get rid of the smell in my diffuser?

    1. Some people have recommended using vinegar to wipe out the inside really well. There are some concerns with using vinegar in the diffuser, however. We generally recommend sticking to the cleaning directions included in your instruction manual. We’re sorry to hear you were not a fan of this oil, though. 🙁

      1. Thank you for your quick response. I will try with vinegar. This oil is the only oil I have disliked so far. And I have gathered quite the collection. I look forward to next months oil.

  7. While I don’t reach for this one often, it’s always a treat when I do. I usually diffuse it with sandalwood or cedarwood himalayan, and a citrus oil (orange or lemon) for a very sweet, beachy, woodsy scent. LOVE.

  8. I love this buttery oil! Just made the diffuser blend in a jar with some pink salt b/c I have kitties, so I give it a little shake and open the lid for a quick “hit”.

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