What do you know about Ylang Ylang?

March 24, 2017



Another week and another beautiful Essential Oil to discuss. Alright, first things first.....it's pronounced ee-lang ee-lang. It's a tropical aromatic tree which originated in the Philippines and has now spread throughout Tropical Asia. It's also known as the flowers of flowers.


Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) is used for many things. On the Hawaiian Islands it's mixed with coconut oil to create a mixture they call 'borriborri' which is rubbed onto the body for its aroma and protective abilities. The mixture is also used to protect women's hair from the sea salt. Ylang Ylang has been called the poorman's Jasmine.  Jasmine is one of the most expensive Essential Oils on the market, which is used mostly in perfumes but also had some great skincare benefits.  Ylang Ylang can be a pretty good substitute for your routine and your wallet. 


  • Aphrodisiac
  • Euphoric 
  • Calming
  • Regulator
  • Harmonizing 



The emotional attributes of Ylang Ylang are, if nothing but alluring. It has been known to help soothe and reduce anxiety. Ylang Ylang helps dispel anger, negative emotional states, helps build self confidence by bringing feelings of inner trust and releases endorphins in helping to reduced pain and create a euphoric mood. Ylang Ylang is considered to be one of the best aphrodisiacs and relievers of nervous tension. As a regulator Ylang Ylang is known to be balancing and harmonizing. It's known to have an incredible ability to calm the heart and the mind. Research conducted showed how Ylang Ylang can reduce the pulse rate while at the same time it increases alertness and arousal. 


Ylang Ylang has been used in the industry primarily in perfumes for its floral, sweet, and sensual notes. However Ylang Ylang is a great Essential Oil to use for your skin.  Ylang Ylang is a great balancing Essential Oil which is perfect for regulating sebum production. So, if you have oily/combination skin, like so many people do, or you're going through a hormonal shift that is throwing your skin out of whack; Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is a perfect natural way to balance out your skin. 

Ylang Ylang is also a great Essential Oil to help maintain moisture in mature skin and dry/irritated skin. Acne problems? Ylang Ylang is antimicrobial so it's good for clearing up acne and fighting off bacteria that causes acne and overall irritation. 


Here are a few quick ways to incorporate Ylang Ylang into your skin care routine. 

  • Add a few drops to your moisturizer 
  • Add it to your DIY creations for added benefits 
  • Make your own "borriborri" oil 
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with distilled water for soothing room spray

INTERESTING NOTE ON YLANG YLANG Ylang Ylang is not a whole Essential Oil! What does that mean? Let's explain.... while distilling this beautiful Essential Oil Ylang Ylang, unlike most Essential Oils, is extracted multiple times. This means that parts of the Essential Oil is fractioned off from the whole and each "fraction" or "grade"is different in its aroma and potency.  

This process happens throughout the 

distillation process. The first extraction happens after the first hour creating what is known as "Extra" this grade or fraction is said to be more aromatic and has higher levels of esters. Ester is a compound results from the reaction of an alcohol with an acid. This compound regulates the nervous system and is the most relaxing, balancing, and calming. 

Therefore making "Extra" the most calming version and also more aromatic. 

The second extraction happens during the 2nd -3rd hour creating what is known as "Complete" or "1"  which has more sesquiterpenes and esters. Sesquiterpenes are a compound that is present in all Essential Oils. They are known to delete bad cellular memory and are less volatile.  Sorry, I know that was a lot a random chemistry thrown in there but there really was no way around it. They're a little chemistry in everything whether we like it or not. 

This process continues in the 5th-6th hour and the 9th-10th hour. 

The "Extra" and "Complete, 1" versions are the more expensive so when you go to purchase your very own know that bit of information matters. 

Incorporating Ylang Ylang or any Essential Oil can be incredibly simple and definitely useful. Essential Oils are overall a great way to improve your home and your skin. 

Want to continue to learn more? Stay tuned for next week's blog when we talk about Patchouli and dispel a few myths about this controversial Essential Oil. Sign up for updates and follow us on Instagram: shiaskin or let us know what you think in a tweet! @shiaskin

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