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All about Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

About the Plant

Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the Cananga odorata tree. This fast-growing tree is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. It has glossy leaves and elegant drooping flowers. In an ideal climate the tree reaches a height of around 12m although the trees are often kept low-growing to aid in harvesting.

The Cananga tree is a member of the Annonaceae family, closely related to the custard apple. This species has a rich history and an intoxicating fragrance. The fragrant bloom are harvested when fully mature, then steam distilled to extract the essential oil. This is a process that requires both expertise and respect for the plant’s natural cycles.

Cultural Significance

Ylang Ylang essential oil is symbol of love, sensuality, and tradition in many cultures. The intoxicating fragrance of Ylang Ylang flowers has been harnessed not only for its therapeutic properties but also for its role in various cultural practices.

In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flowers are commonly used in wedding ceremonies. The blossoms are symbolic of the purity and lasting love between the newlyweds. The are often woven into intricate floral arrangements as part of the marriage ceremony.  This tradition reflects the deep-rooted belief in the sensual qualities of Ylang Ylang.

In the Philippines, the flowers are strung together to create leis. These are exchanged during traditional celebrations. Ylang Ylang is also an integral part of the country’s rich tradition of “salabat”. In this custom a ginger tea is infused with aromatic flowers and enjoyed during festive occasions. The inclusion of Ylang Ylang adds a touch of elegance and sensory pleasure to these cultural rituals.

In addition to its use in celebrations, Ylang Ylang holds a special place in aromatherapy practices. Its calming and uplifting properties make it a popular choice for creating a harmonious atmosphere. It is especially valued for meditation and relaxation.


Understanding the chemical composition of Ylang Ylang essential oil helps to reveal its therapeutic and aromatic qualities.

Key Components


Known for its calming properties, linalool is a prominent component in Ylang Ylang. This component soothes the mind and promote relaxation.

Geranyl acetate

This compound adds a sweet and fruity note to the aroma. It gives a cheerful atmosphere if diffused and is prized in perfumery. With calming, anti-inflammatory properties, beta-caryophyllene is supportive to skin health.

Benzyl acetate

A natural constituent that imparts a floral and sweet scent, making Ylang Ylang a favorite in perfumery.

These components, among others, work synergistically to create a well-rounded essential oil. Note that the quality and purity of Ylang Ylang essential oil is important. the production process can significantly impact its aroma and therapeutic efficacy. This highlights the the importance of sourcing from reputable and environmentally conscious producers.


Ylang Ylang essential oil is renowned for its enchanting aroma. It is characterized by sweet floral notes that evoke a sense of tranquility and sensuality. The intensity of the fragrance can vary, and this is often associated with the different grades of Ylang Ylang oil. These are each derived from a specific distillation process.

Grades of Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang Extra (1st Distillation)

This grade is obtained from the initial distillation. Here, the most volatile and aromatic compounds are captured. Ylang Ylang Extra boasts the highest concentration of floral notes. It is ideal for perfumery and applications where a potent and distinct aroma is desired.

Ylang Ylang I (1st-2nd Distillation)

The second distillation is Ylang Ylang I. The fragrance is still rich, but slightly ‘buttery’ and ‘minty’. A little more grounding than the Extra fraction.

Ylang Ylang II (2nd Distillation)

As the distillation process continues, Ylang Ylang II emerges with a fruitier, more rounded aroma. The floral notes in this grade are still prominent, accompanied by a delicate sweetness and a touch of fruitiness that lingers gently. An organic version of Ylang Ylang II is also available.

Ylang Ylang III (3rd Distillation)

Further distillations result in Ylang Ylang III, characterized by a more subtle and delicate fragrance. The top notes retain a hint of floral sweetness, interwoven with a milder fruity essence, creating a nuanced and soothing aroma.

Ylang Ylang Complete

A rounded blend of the different fractions of Ylang Ylang essential oil gives Ylang Ylang Complete. Truly ‘complete’ and the best choice for aromatherapy.

Aromatic Experience

The aroma of Ylang Ylang is a symphony of floral, sweet, and fruity notes, creating a multi-faceted olfactory experience. The top notes are dominated by the sweet and heady floral scent, followed by subtle fruity undertones. Linalool contributes a calming and lavender-like sweetness. Geranyl acetate imparts a fruity and slightly rosy note. Beta-caryophyllene adds a subtle spiciness, enhancing the overall complexity of the fragrance. Benzyl acetate, with its floral and sweet character, complements the rich floral notes.


Oshadhi is committed to responsible sourcing and environmentally conscious practices. This ensures the longevity of the Cananga odorata tree and the communities that depend on it.

Harvesting and Production

Ylang Ylang flowers are harvested with care to avoid causing harm to the tree or its surrounding ecosystem. BThe mature flowers are selectively picked so that the tree can continue to thrive and produce fragrant blossoms. The distillation process is conducted using traditional methods, often passed down through families. This ensures the extraction of high-quality essential oil while minimizing environmental impact.

How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Harnessing the aromatic power of Ylang Ylang through diffusion is a delightful way to create an inviting and tranquil ambiance. Whether you’re aiming to uplift your mood or set the stage for relaxation, Ylang Ylang essential oil can be a wonderful addition to your home.

Diffuser Blend Ideas

Romantic Evening Blend

3 drops Ylang Ylang Extra
2 drops Bergamot
1 drop Patchouli

Relaxation Retreat

2 drops Ylang Ylang II
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Sweet Orange

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your diffuser. Start with a lower number of drops and adjust based on your preference. If you have pets, ensure that the chosen essential oils are safe for them. Also always ensure that pets can leave the area where you are diffusing the oil, if needed.

Topical Application

Using Ylang Ylang essential oil topically provides a more intimate and personal experience. However, it’s crucial to dilute the oil properly and consider the grade you’re using based on your desired fragrance intensity.

Recommended Dilution Ratios

  • Ylang Ylang Extra (1st Distillation): 1-2% dilution for a potent and lasting aroma.
  • Ylang Ylang I (1st-2nd Distillation): 2-3% dilution for a balanced and fragrant application.
  • Ylang Ylang II (2nd Distillation): 3-5% dilution for a softer and milder scent.
  • Ylang Ylang III (3rd Distillation): 5-10% dilution for a subtle and delicate fragrance.

Application Ideas

Perfume Roller Blend

10ml carrier oil
5 drops Ylang Ylang of your chosen grade
3 drops Geranium

Roll onto pulse points for a natural and alluring fragrance.

Hair Serum

30ml Jojoba oil
7 drops Ylang Ylang I
5 drops Cedarwood

Apply sparingly to the ends of your hair for a nourishing and fragrant treatment.

Perform a patch test before widespread use. Avoid applying undiluted Ylang Ylang oil directly to the skin. Consult with a healthcare professional if you are pregnant, nursing, or have specific health concerns.


Incorporating Ylang Ylang essential oil into massage practices elevates the experience. It combines the therapeutic benefits of touch with the aromatic richness of this exquisite oil.

Massage Oil Blend

30ml carrier oil (such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba)
8 drops Ylang Ylang II
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Roman Chamomile


Begin with a small amount of the blend and gradually add more as needed. Warm the oil between your hands before applying it to the skin. Use long, sweeping strokes and targeted pressure on areas of tension. Pay attention to the aroma as it enhances the overall massage experience.

Benefits of Ylang Ylang in Massage

Emotional Balance: Ylang Ylang’s calming properties contribute to emotional well-being during a massage.
Skin Nourishment: The oil’s moisturizing properties can benefit the skin, leaving it feeling supple and refreshed.
Aromatic Bliss: The lingering floral aroma creates a sensory journey, enhancing the massage session.

Ensure the recipient does not have allergies or sensitivities to the oils used. Adjust the dilution based on individual preferences and skin sensitivity.


Transform your bathing routine into a luxurious and aromatic experience by incorporating Ylang Ylang essential oil. Bathing with Ylang Ylang allows you to unwind, both physically and emotionally. Be cautious when adding essential oils to the bath to avoid skin irritation. Ensure the oils are well-diluted in a carrier oil before adding to bathwater. Add the mixture to your warm bathwater and swirl to disperse.

You can enhance your experience by lighting some candles and dimming the lights for a calming ambiance. Inhale deeply as you soak, allowing the floral aroma to envelop your senses. Take this time for relaxation, reflecting on the day or simply being present.

Inhaling the aroma during a bath can promote a sense of calm and relaxation. Ylang Ylang’s properties contribute to skin hydration and nourishment. A Ylang Ylang-infused bath can be a wonderful stress-relief ritual.

Personal Inhalation

Personal inhalation offers a convenient and discreet way to enjoy essential oils throughout the day. Whether you’re seeking emotional balance or a quick pick-me-up, personal inhalation can be a valuable addition to your daily routine.

Aroma Pendant

Place a drop of Ylang Ylang on an aroma pendant. Wear it throughout the day for a subtle and continuous aromatic experience.

Aromatherapy Inhaler

Add 5 drops of your chosen Ylang Ylang oil to the wick of your inhaler stick. Inhale deeply whenever needed for a quick mood boost.

Start with a minimal amount of oil and adjust based on personal preference.

Contraindications & General Safety

Hypersensitivity: Individuals with known sensitivities to floral aromas or specific components in Ylang Ylang should exercise caution.
Pregnancy: Pregnant individuals should consult with a healthcare professional before using Ylang Ylang, especially in the early stages.
Patch Test: Before widespread use, perform a patch test to check for skin sensitivity.
Dilution: Always dilute Ylang Ylang before applying topically to prevent skin irritation.
Moderation: Use Ylang Ylang in moderation to avoid overwhelming the senses.

Specific Safety Notes for Ylang Ylang Grades

Ylang Ylang Extra and Ylang Ylang I are potent, so use sparingly in personal care products. Ylang Ylang II and Ylang Ylang III are generally gentler and suitable for broader applications. By adhering to these safety considerations, you can fully enjoy the benefits of Ylang Ylang essential oil.

Blending & Recipes

Integrating Ylang Ylang into your daily life offers a myriad of possibilities. You can craft personalized perfumes and create soothing skincare blends. Let’s explore some delightful blending ideas to inspire your aromatic journey.

Sensual Perfume

10ml Jojoba oil
4 drops Ylang Ylang Extra
2 drops Jasmine
2 drops Sandalwood

Apply to pulse points for a captivating and alluring fragrance.

Calming Pillow Mist

50ml Distilled water
3 drops Ylang Ylang II
2 drops Lavender

Mist lightly on pillows before bedtime for a tranquil sleep environment.

Floral Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup Coconut oil
6 drops Ylang Ylang III
4 drops Bergamot (use the FCF type for bath and skin use)

Add to your bath for a relaxing and aromatic soak.

Uplifting Room Diffusion

Mix equal parts Ylang Ylang I, Sweet Orange, and Grapefruit for an energizing atmosphere Add a few drops to your diffuser and enjoy.

Experiment with these blends or create your own. Keep in mind the various grades of Ylang Ylang to tailor the intensity of the fragrance to your liking.

Bring Ylang Ylang Into Your Life

Discover the beauty of balance and tranquility of Ylang Ylang. The allure of its sweet floral notes and the warmth it brings to your moments. Ylang Ylang, with its versatile applications, opens a fragrant gateway to personal well-being and sensory pleasure. Whether you’re diffusing its alluring aroma, blending it into bespoke creations, or indulging in its soothing embrace, Ylang Ylang invites you to curate moments of aromatic bliss.

Testimonials and Experiences

Gabriel Mojay says that Ylang Ylang oil allows us to:

“…inwardly unify and so outwardly merge”.

Energetically, a cooling oil which calms restlessness and agitation. Perfect for a sensual bedtime routine and a restful night.

To learn more about the production of Ylang Ylang essential oil watch Oshadhi founder Malte Hozzel’s enchanting video profile:

Oshadhi’s Ylang Ylang Essential Oils

Ylang Ylang Complete Organic (3030): This is the one you probably want for aromatherapy: a beautifully-crafted rounded blend of the different fractions. It absolutely feels ‘complete’.

Ylang Ylang Extra Organic (3041): The ‘Extra’ comes from the first part of the distillation. This one has the most powerful top note, ethereal, light and playful with immense complexity. An immediate ‘hit’ to the limbic system when inhaled. The organic one has more top notes.

Ylang Ylang I Organic (3026): Distinctly ‘heavier’ than the Extra, with a buttery, minty, rich, saturated, more grounding effect.

Ylang Ylang II Organic (3027) and Ylang Ylang II (3029): Richer and somewhat fruitier than III. Great to use in a skincare blend.

Ylang Ylang III Organic (3028): Distinctively missing the ethereal top notes of the earlier fractions, yet with a charming simplicity and directness.