Ylang Ylang Extra 5%
Botanical Name: Cananga odorata
Plant Part: Flowers
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Cananga odorata or Ylang-ylang, is a member of the annonaceae family of plants growing in tropical Asia. Ylang-ylang Oil is distilled from the cananga tree's greenish-yellow, starfish-shaped flowers, produced year-round. There are several grades of Ylang-ylang Essential Oil which are extracted at different times during the flower's lengthy distillation. These grades are referred to as extra, I, II, & III. The Ylang-ylang extra is drawn off during the first phase and is generally considered the best quality for aromatherapy and perfumery. However, grades I, II & III should not be considered inferior, and the premier grade is so expensive that it is rarely produced.
Color: Pale to golden yellow clear liquid.
Common Uses: Due to its ability to anchor perfumes and blend with a variety of other scents, Ylang-ylang Oil is primarily used by fragrance manufactures today. In aromatherapy, Ylang-ylang is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is often used as a substitute for the more expensive jasmine. It also evokes feelings of deep, languid calm that melt away anxiety, tension and stress. Ylang-ylang tends to predominate, so it should be used in small amounts on its own or when blending with other oils.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood, and Sandalwood.
Aromatic Scent: Ylang-ylang Extra Essential Oil has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought after aromas.
History: Ylang-ylang is often referred to as "poor man's jasmine". In Indonesia, Ylang-ylang flower petals are strewn upon the bed of newlywed couples. Ylang-ylang was a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as Macassar oil.