INGREDIENT

Ylang Ylang Oil

Sweet, heady and floral

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Products with this ingredient

Ylang ylang belongs to the Annonaceae plant family. The oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant by steam distillation. Ylang is a tropical tree that grows up to 60 feet tall in Java, Sumatra and the Philippines. In the local dialect, ylang ylang means flower of flowers.

Description

Description

Ylang ylang oil is either colourless or a very pale yellow. It has a heady, sweet and floral aroma and is often used in aromatherapy for its uplifting properties and for combating stress and depression.

We use this oil to create the fragrances that go into many of our products. Ylang ylang extra is the best grade and most stringent standard for quality. Our supplier in Comoros assures us that the quality of our ylang ylang extra is the best on the market.

At a glance

At a glance

Benefit
Sweet, heady and floral fragrances
Time of harvest
Throughout the year
Origin
Comoros
Ylang Ylang Oil can be found in these products
33
Products with this ingredient
Ylang Ylang Oil can be found in these products
Bubble Bar
Leaves you feeling wizard
£3.25
/ each
Perfume
Step into the light
£30.00
/ each
Gorilla Perfume
Serene and sunny
£16.00
/ each
Massage Bar
Sensually soft
£6.50
/ each

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Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) is a tropical tree that produces spidery, star-shaped flowers that have a heady floral fragrance. The highly-prized oil is extracted from the flowers by steam distillation, and is often used in aromatherapy for its relaxing and uplifting properties. Ylang-ylang has a long history of use in skin and hair care products and is widely used in oriental or floral perfumes.

The ylang-ylang tree (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) originates from the Philippines, where it grows more than five metres each year, attaining an average height of 12 metres.

Part of the Annonaceae family, it is also known as ‘perfume tree’ thanks to the highly scented flowers which yield a beautiful essential oil with a similar scent to to jasmine. The tree flowers throughout the year, but the main flowering seasons are immediately after the rain and during the dry season. The flowers are harvested during the early morning when the essential oil content is high, as they contain more essential oil at night, peaking just before daybreak. As the day progresses, the oil content rapidly diminishes, especially in strong sunlight.

Ylang-ylang essential oil is colourless or a very pale yellow with a distinctive sweet, soft, flowery scent. The floral fragrance is also believed to be an aphrodisiac, which is why in Indonesian tradition, the flowers are strewn across the bed of newlywed couples.

For some time we have been working on growing our own ylang trees in Ghana and producing our own essential oil. As this ylang-ylang plantation was originally a monoculture, growing only ylang-ylang trees, we are also introducing a more sustainable and self-sufficient permaculture set-up which works in harmony with nature.

All of this takes time, and our trees are just coming to maturity. We are still waiting for full production to begin; so far we have only produced small quantities of ylang-ylang oil. This is very precious to us, which is why we are using it in just one very special product: the reformulated Charity Pot.

We use ylang-ylang oil in Charity Pot because its calming aroma relaxes the mind and body, and is also highly beneficial to the skin. Ylang-ylang oil is commonly used to balance oily skin and treat acne and blemishes, as well as stimulating new cell growth, releasing tense muscles and smoothing wrinkles. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help to calm inflammatory skin conditions. In aromatherapy, it is used to release negative emotions, boost confidence and improve self-esteem, and it can be added to hair products to help prevent hair loss and split ends, while improving condition and shine.

“We have been working on growing our own ylang trees in Ghana, and producing our own essential oil.”

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