YlangYlang (Cananga odorata) is a tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, and in the early 19th century spread to Malaysia and the Philippines.
It is a fast-growing tree of the custard apple family Annonaceae. Its growth exceeds 5 m per year, and it attains an average height of 12 m in an ideal climate. The evergreen leaves are smooth and glossy, oval, pointed and 13–20 cm long. The flower is drooping, long-stalked, with six narrow, greenish-yellow petals, rather like a star in appearance, and yields a highly fragrant essential oil.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers, preferably when picked very early in the morning and can take up to 18 hours for the distillation process to complete.
This fragrant oil has a rich floral scent and is highly prized in the perfume industry and is a favourite in cosmetic products. It has a middle/base note.
As the steam distillation begins for ylang ylang the very first hour or two the oil that is distilled is what is called Ylang Ylang Extra. That being collected very first and is considered the best for use in perfumery and aromatherapy. It has the best notes of the distillation process.
During the next few hours they will extract in order and by designated amounts of time Ylang I, II and III.
Again, collecting the distilled oil from each time fraction for the various grades of Ylang Ylang oil. As the distillation process continues less oil is extracted until after 12-18 hours all oil has been extracted.
Ylang ylang complete is either be the total of all the oil collected during the many hours of distillation or a blend of each of the 4 fractions as they were distilled then blended together in various proportions to give a certain smell quality.
This rich oil has a calming but positive and uplifting effect.
Its romantic scent is pleasing and delicate.
It has very good nourishing properties and is anti inflammatory –making it useful in reducing skin inflammation and used in skin products aimed at eczema. YlangYlang has a balancing effect on sebum production making it great for both oily and dry skin.
The chief components of the essential oil of Ylang Ylang are benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate linalool, caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate, p-cresyl methyl ether and other components known as sesquiterpenes, all of which contribute to its aroma and medicinal properties.
High quality Ylang Ylang oil has been shown to hold a high percentage of active constituents called terpenoids. Isolated terpenoid derivatives show promising results in treatment of several skin disorders as an alternative natural therapeutic agent.
YlangYlang is rich and nourishing with a romantic scent, making it is a very popular oil.
It is a favourite in perfume products and Aromatherapy.
YlangYlang is frequently used in hair and skin products for its beautiful scent and nourishing properties and is great in bath products and soaps.
YlangYlang has a balancing effect on sebum production making it great for both oily and dry skin.
It is great in massage blends and useful in room fresheners, oil burners and diffusers.
Ylang Ylang Complete
Ylang Ylang Extra
Ylang Ylang I - 1st Grade
Ylang Ylang II - 2nd Grade
Yland Ylang III - 3rd Grade