The bold, romantic and spicy fragrance of ylang ylang is luxurious on its own, but does exceptionally well when blended with other fragrances for added depth and dimension.
-Ylang Ylang - Cananga Odorata, is a small flower from the buds of the cananga tree. The tree grows fast exceeding 5 meters per year and attains an average height of 12 meters. It grows in full or partial sun, and prefers the acidic soils of its native rainforest habitat. Making Sub Saharan Africa its ideal place. The leaves are long, smooth and glossy, often over looked in the African mighty jungles. The flower is greenish yellow (rarely pink), curly like a starfish, and yields a highly fragrant essential oil. A related species is Cananga fruticosa, which is a dwarf ylang ylang that grows as small tree or compact shrub with highly scented flowers. Ylang ylang can also be cultivated and harvested in temperate climates under conservatory conditions. Its fruit is used as an important feed, dietary supplement for birds, such as imperial pigeons and numerous species of doves.
- The name Ylang ylang is native to the people of the nile, meaning wilderness, alluding to its natural habitat, or the word ilang, meaning "rare", suggestive of its exceptionally delicate scent. The plant is also native to Philipines and Indonesia, perhaps finding its way through ancient commerce and barter practice. Its widely grown in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
- The Tagalog speaking people of Philipines seem to share same attributes for the use of the fragrance, the fragrance is rich and deep with notes of rubber and custard, and bright with hints of jasmine and neroli. The essential oil of the flower is obtained through steam distillation of the flowers and separated into different grades, 1, 2, 3.
The main aromatic components of ylang ylang oil are benzyl acetate, linalool and p-cresly methyl ether and methyl benzoate, responsible for its characteristic odor. The essential oil of ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy. It is widely used by natives of Africa to relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered an aphrodisiac.
The oil from Ylang Ylang is widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes (like Chanel no.5). Ylang ylang blends well with most floral, fruit and wood smells. In Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, ylang ylang flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples. In Philipines, its flowers, together with the flowers of the sampaguita, are strung into a necklace and worn by women and used to adorn religious images.
-Ylang Ylang makes about 29% of the African country of Comoro's annual global exports. It is a common ingredient in the motion sickness medicine, MotionEaze.
- 4 oz