Sometimes called Katrafay, or Katrafray, or…well, no one seems to agree on the “common” name of this uncommon oil.
Distilled from the bark of an oversized Madagascar shrub, Katafray is historically used in Madagascar to relieve the pain of rheumatism. It is said to be anti-inflammatory, useful for pain relief. It is also said to be soothing for inflamed skin. For inflamed muscles or tendons I have seen recommendations that it be blended in St. John’s Wort Infused Oil.
A major skin care company is praising the humectant properties of Katafray oil, that it intensifies the effect of any moisturizer for dry skin.
Because of its high level of sesquiterpines (over 70%) Katafray makes a wonderful perfume oil. Although it is a middle note, not a base note, it anchors and extends the life of perfume blends. The aroma is dry and woody with a sweet, powdery dry down.
Safety: Robert Tisserand advises that there are no known hazards