YLANG YLANG 1°
|INCI: ||Cananga odorata|
|Flavouring according to EC regulation 1334/2008|
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YLANG YLANG 1°Cananga odorata (Annonacee)
Origin: Comoro Islands
Also known as cananga, ylang-ylang is native to Indonesia and the Philippines. It's a large tropical tree that grows to a height of twenty metres. Its natural habitat is rainforest. It has long, dark, glossy, lanceolate leaves with undulate margins. It blossoms in spring and autumn, with large, highly fragrant greenish-yellow flowers with long, curly petals.
The essential oil is mainly produced in the Comoro Islands and is obtained from the water distillation of the freshly picked flowers. It is a light yellow liquid with a warm, pungent, sweet floral scent thatís creamy and enveloping. It is usually fractioned into three grades, each a different quality of oil.
Ylang-ylang oil combines well with the essential oils of agarwood, Bergamot, Frankincense, Rose, Rosewood, Sweet myrrh and Vetiver.
popular herbalist tradition)
An excellent natural fixative, essential oil of ylang-ylang is non-toxic and non-irritating. It should be used in moderation, however, as its heady fragrance can induce headaches and even nausea.
In the Victorian era, ylang-ylang oil was the base ingredient of a well-known scalp lotion called Macassar oil, a stimulant that was applied to encourage hair growth.
An effective remedy for oily and/or irritated skin thanks to its toning properties, ylang-ylang oil is also an excellent disinfectant and anti-septic. Itís also an effective remedy for insect bites. But itís most renowned as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Itís widely used as a fragrance component and fixative in perfumes, cosmetics and soaps, especially those with a floral or exotic note. Itís widely used as an aroma in the food industry (especially beverages and sweets).