Botanical name: Cananga odorata.
Method of extraction: steam distillation.
There are different ‘distillates’ of Ylang-ylang oil - with them being called 'Extra', which is the top grade and then Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. The ‘Extra’ is the top grade and contains the highest amounts of esters and therefore has the sweetest odor, while the later grades have a less-sweet odor. To have a 'Complete' Ylang-ylang essential oil for aromatherapy, the 'Extra' is combined with Grade 1 and Grade 2.
In aromatherapy, typically the Extra and the Complete oils are preferred. The other fractions are generally used within fragrancing and perfumery work.
Plant part: flowers.
Scent: exotic, floral, sweet, slightly fruity.
Perfumery note: middle-base note.
Blends well with: jasmine, vetiver, bergamot, rose.
Ingredient (INCI): Cananga odorata (Ylang-ylang) Oil.
Ylang-ylang essential oil is valuable for both oily and dry skin types due to its balancing and soothing properties, and these qualities can be used in both skin care and hair care.
Added to a hair shampoo or conditioner base Ylang-ylang oil acts as a tonic to the scalp, soothes dandruff, and produces soft and shiny hair.
Recommended dilution in cosmetics: maximum 0,4%.
In diffusion, massages or bath, Ylang-ylang oil has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic while the aphrodisiac qualities is useful for impotence and frigidity.
Non-toxic, non-irritant, may pose a moderate risk of skin sensitization. Use in moderation, since its strong scent can cause headache.
|Product type||Essential oils|
|Skin concern||Fine lines & Wrinkles|
|Country of origin||Switzerland|
It is a tall tropical tree about 20 meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers and is cultivated in Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar and the Comores. The name means 'flower of flowers'. In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights. The oil was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as macassar oil. The word "anti-macassar" originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.