ilang-ilang…Ylang Ylang


Shakespeare once said “A rose by any other name..would smell as sweet”.

Personally i feel the quote goes pretty well with Ylang Ylang oil’s mention.

We’ve heard, used the oil using & knowing different namesCananga odorata, commonly called Ylang-ylang (eelang-eelang),

For your in-depth information….cananga tree, ilang-ilang, kenanga (Indonesian), fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant or perfume tree,is a tree considered extremely precious for its perfume.

A few less known facts about Ylang Ylang-

Where did it originate?



 Organic GRAS

How do you classify these?

Cananga Odorata Genuina Essential oil

What are it’s other names?

True Ylang Ylang essential oil, Cananga essential oil

Well…do you know how is this amazing oil obtained?Ylang Ylang Oil is obtained through distillation of the flowers using steam and segregated into different levels (extra, 1, 2 and 3) in accordance with the distillation that we obtain. The first of everything is comaparatively the purest and neatest and it hence applies for this oil too!  A good example of the manipulation of essential oils can be seen with Ylang Ylang essential oil. Ylang Ylang essential oil is generally sold in a number of grades – extra, first, second and third. Extra is the most expensive and chemically can be judged by its ester content. This, however, can be easily manipulated.

How do we decide as to what grade is the oil? It depends on the kind of distillation and the manner in which it is done. The “extra” is derived from the oil being taken at a given time, say two hours after the start……No’s 1, 2 and 3 following respectively.

The aroma of it is exquisite and it is almost impossible to re-produce it by any other inauthentic means. It is though quite often amalgamated not only with Nos. 1, 2 and 3 but with other chemical components such as Vanillin and Methyl Benzoate.

There is no apparent definition for Ylang 1 and 2 and they are generally used in cutting other grades. Ylang 3 is quite intriguing because it is cheap and is usually used in soap perfumery but is also frequently adulterated not only with chemicals but also other materials such as Amyris,cedarwood et al.

hmmm….There is another type of Ylang Ylang named “complete” which is probably obtained by continuous distilling of the Ylang Ylang flowers with water. Actually……complete may simply mean a mixture of the other varieties of Ylang Ylang.

Other considerations with Ylang behind the scene would have been the type of flowers used, only the true yellow flowers give the desired result. Indiscriminate picking of immature blooms is not uncommon. Distillation should have been immediate to avoid fermentation and off notes. There is a difference between material distilled into hot water rather than heating from cold. The length of distillation is important, perhaps 20 hours or more. All this again will vary upon the type of still and process.

Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Organic Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil is calming, relaxing, soothing to nervous system, and anti-spasmodic.
  •  Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil assists in balancing the equilibrium and heart function, high blood pressure, palpitations, tachycardia, arterial hypertension, general tonic, diabetes, mental fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hair loss, reducing hyperpnoea (abnormally fast breathing), general skin care (wrinkles, balancing oily skin), poor self esteem.

A sweet smelling oil in the true sense…in all names…in every form…

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Ylang Ylang oil’s less known

Stimulant it is

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