Cananga odorata, commonly known as ylang-ylang, is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, specifically in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is believed to have originated on the islands of the Philippines and Indonesia. During the colonial era, various plants and crops were introduced to Madagascar, where we source ours from, including ylang-ylang, to explore their economic potential and suitability for cultivation in the country's climate.
Ylang-ylang oil has a sweet, floral, and slightly spicy aroma. Its scent is rich, exotic, and often described as heady, intense, and sensual. It has layers of floral notes with hints of jasmine, neroli, and banana-like undertones.
Ylang-ylang is a Base note in the Floral family. It blends well with other floral essences, oriental spices, and citrus notes. It is often featured in floral, exotic, and sensual fragrances.
Ylang-ylang oil is available in different grades, referred to as extra, first, second, and third. Each grade represents a different distillation period, resulting in varying levels of fragrance intensity and longevity. The "extra" grade is the most sought after and is commonly used in high-quality perfumes.
The ylang-ylang flowers produce different fractions during the distillation process, each with a distinct scent profile. These fractions, known as "heads," "hearts," and "tails," have different aromatic characteristics and are often used separately or blended together to create various fragrance compositions.
Ylang-ylang has been used in perfumery for centuries and is highly valued for its intoxicating scent. Its cultural significance is reflected in the use of ylang-ylang in perfumes that aim to evoke sensuality, romance, and exoticism.
Ylang-ylang is highly esteemed in Indonesian culture and is commonly used in various rituals and traditions. In Bali, the flowers are often used to make offerings and decorate temples during religious ceremonies. They are also associated with weddings, symbolizing love and fertility.
Ylang-ylang, locally known as "Ilang-Ilang," is considered a national flower in the Philippines. It holds cultural importance and is commonly used in traditional ceremonies, such as weddings and religious festivals. The flowers are often strung together into garlands or used as decorations during special occasions.
Ylang-ylang is used in traditional Malay medicine and is believed to have therapeutic properties. The flowers are also used in traditional Malay weddings as decorations and fragrant adornments.
Ylang-ylang is the national flower of the Comoros Islands and is deeply ingrained in their culture. It is often used in wedding ceremonies and as a symbol of love and good fortune. The islands are a significant producer of ylang-ylang essential oil.
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Please note this product format is a small vial that contains roughly 20 drops of scent concentrate. This can be purchased à la carte but is intended to be used with our Perfume Kit.
Latin Name: Cananga Odorata
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Country of Origin: Madagascar
We are a natural perfumer; all of the scents in our library are derived from plants.
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