Oil Properties It has an exotic, sweet smell and is slightly yellow in colour. Origin It is a tall tropical tree about 20 meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers and is cultivated in Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar and the Comores. The name means ‘flower of flowers’. In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights. The oil was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as macassar oil. The word “anti-macassar” originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture. Extraction Ylang-ylang oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by water or steam distillation. The first distillation is called Ylang-ylang extra, which is the top grade. An absolute and concrete are also produced by solvent extraction. Chemical Composition There are different ‘pressings’ of ylang-ylang oil – with them being called ‘extra’ and then 1st, 2nd and 3rd pressing. The extra is the very first pressing and contains the highest amounts of esters and therefore has the sweetest odor, while the later pressings have a less-sweet odor. The ‘extra’ is not used in aromatherapy, but used in the perfume industry and to have a ‘complete’ essential oil for aromatherapy, the ‘extra’ is combined with the 1st and 2nd pressings to form the complete ylang-ylang essential oil. The ylang-ylang oil supplied by us is the best quality ‘complete’ oil that can be purchased. Precautions It is classed as a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil, yet could cause sensitivity have been reported and excessive use of it can lead to headaches and nausea.
Supplied in 10ml amber glass bottle with dropper and tamper evident cap.
MSDS & Allergens cert available on request.
This extremely fragrant essential oil has a calming effect on the mind and body.