Latin Name:  Cananga odorata
Part of Plant: Flower
Country of Origin: Madagascar
Method of Production: Steam Distillation 

Ylang Ylang essential oil is produced by the steam or water distillation of the freshly picked blossoms of the Cananga odorata tree.  A member of the Annonaceae botanical family, the Cananga tree is a tropical evergreen tree native to Asia.  This essential oil is unique in that it is split up into fractions at different times in the distillation process.  That results in different chemistry and aroma for each fraction of oil.  These fractions are known as Extra Superior, Extra, First, Second, Third, and lastly Complete which is a combination of fractions. The oil is popular for its use in perfumery and is one of the key ingredients in the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5.


Ylang Ylang essential oil blends well with most floral, wood, and citrus oils.  Due to its strong aroma, it is another oil that is best used as a small part of a blend.  It is popular in perfume blends, especially date night blends, that include Jasmine, Damiana, or Rose.  Also, try blending with oils like Lavender, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Cedarwood Patchouli, Orange, Frankincense, and Neroli for a calming and relaxing aroma to diffuse at the end of a long day.  


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 0.8%

Possible skin sensitization.  Do not use topically on children under two or on sensitive, diseased, or damaged skin.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



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Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy