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Ylang~ylang ~ Exotic Practicality

The aromatherapy world is no stranger to ylang-ylang essential oil, and hopefully, after reading this you will be a bit more familiar with it too. 

Ylang~ylang is an essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy for relieving anxiety, colds, depression, fever, headaches, muscle tension, and much more. In fact, ylang~ylang essential oil is a fantastic stress reliever and is even known to improve mood.

Sounds too good to be true? This study conducted in 2013 tested the effects of ylang~ylang essential oil on stress levels and mood. With the help of 36 female volunteers, this study helped to prove that ylang~ylang essential oil use leads to lowered stress levels, improved concentration levels, energy, and self-esteem. So what does this mean for you?

If you’re having one of ‘those mornings’ and coffee isn’t doing the trick, some ylang~ylang in your life just might.

History of Ylang~Ylang: The Ancient Hair Product Now a Chanel No. 5 Ingredient

Now that we have sparked your curiosity, let’s start from the beginning…where does this stress~relieving essential oil even come from? Ylang~ylang essential oil comes from the Cananga odorata tree, a tropical plant commonly found in the rainforests of Asia and the South Pacific.

What is in this oil that makes it so incredible?


The main constituents of ylang~ylang oil are linalool, geranyl acetate, caryophyllene, p-cresyl methyl ether, methyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, and other sesquiterpenes. This composition is the driving force behind ylang~ylang oil’s many health benefits. Caryophyllene, for example, is recognized to be an anti~inflammatory and analgesic, an alcohol craving reducer, a cancer fighter, and an anxiolytic and anti~depressant.

In short, these organic compounds are what make ylang~ylang essential oil so potent and powerful.

With a scent sweet and unique enough to even catch the attention of Chanel, the iconic brand is known to use the ylang~ylang essential oil in its signature Chanel No. 5 formula, which contributes to that floral, exotic scent perfume aficionados know so well. 

Ylang~ylang essential oil is quite safe to use. However, pregnant women and children should consult with a doctor before using it topically or otherwise. Besides this, there should be no reason to hesitate before sensibly incorporating this amazing oil into your daily routine. After all, the indigenous people of Asia and the South Pacific islands certainly didn’t hesitate…

Before Chanel No. 5, there was the first Indonesian hair product…that’s right, ylang~ylang essential oil was used centuries ago in Indonesia to thicken and add more volume to hair. In the Philippines, the village healers used the ylang~ylang plant as an ointment to treat cuts, burns, and bites. The oil was also used in many other South Pacific islands as a key ingredient in “Makassar Oil”, which became popular during England’s Victorian era.

The indigenous people of the South Pacific were naturally attuned to ylang~ylang's remedial benefits, and today it is still a valuable essential oil that is used for a wide range of purposes.


So, what are these 'wide range of purposes' you may ask?

With such a distinct and sweet exotic scent, ylang~ylang essential oil is most commonly used in fragrances, perfumes, and cosmetic products.

Ylang~ylang essential oil is also used in treating high blood pressure, promoting relaxation, and even as an aphrodisiac (possibly a good reason as to why the use of ylang~ylang essential oil in wedding ceremonies is popular in Indonesian culture ). 

With such a variety of ways to use ylang~ylang, there is an abundance of health benefits to be enjoyed by adding this beauty to your life. Some are :

  • Helps relieve inflammatory problems
  • Reduces microbial growth
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Inspires the heart 

Ylang~ylang is an asset in the treatment of various skin types.


It helps the skin to maintain a healthy balance of naturally occurring oils while keeping the skin looking moisturized and plump. It can encourage healthy aging of the skin and even fight against the development of certain skin disorders¹. 

Application to your entire body via way of a good formula can help you take advantage of ylang-ylang’s relaxing, skin~restoring qualities, nourishing and calming the skin and senses.

Ylang-ylang is a staple in the world of aromatherapy and has been praised for its bountiful health benefits for centuries. We are excited to offer your skin and senses this wonderful delight in our 001 (Whipped Body Mousse) full~body formula

References : 


Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, and Bioactivities of Cananga odorata (Ylang-Ylang)