The name ylang ylang means “flower of flowers.” The tree grows as high as 60 feet and can be found in Sumatra, Java, Madagascar and the Philippines. Because of its exceptionally heavy rainfall and fertile ground, the finest ylang ylang comes from the Philippines, although Madagascar produced around 66 tons of this precious oil yearly during the 1950s.
Ylang ylang is personally one of my favorite essential oils, one I have used extensively. I like to put a drop on my pillow or use it as a perfume. The scent is heavy, sweet and sensual. Perfumers regularly use it due due its lovely fragrance. It is also used as a fixative and a modifier. It blends well with lily, violet and jasmine. It can often round out harsh notes in perfume compositions.
Ylang ylang also blends well with lavender, rosemary and sandalwood. It has a soothing effect on emotions and is effective in controlling oily skin. It is believed the scent affects the nervous system by calming anxiety, frustration, stress and depression.
It’s also an aphrodisiac scent. It has euphoric properties and is known to relax a nervous partner. In Indonesia, ylang ylang flowers are scattered on the beds of newlyweds to promote desire.
Men love the scent of ylang ylang. Whenever I’m doing demonstrations or classes, every time I place my Nourishing Moisture Cream with its scent of ylang ylang under a man’s nose, he enjoys the scent. This is almost without exception. I then like to tell them, “It’s used as an aphrodisiac.” They always smile.
For these reasons, I use ylang ylang oil in my original cream for dry skin, original facial lotion and hydrating mist.Give ylang ylang a try! Ylang ylang’s in Lily Farm Fresh Hydrating Moisture Mist, Balancing Facial Lotion and Nourishing Moisturizing Cream.