Friday, September 15, 2006

Ylang Ylang

The essential oil of Ylang Ylang was one of the first essential oils I buyed. The smell of Ylang Ylang oil is intense sweet, flowery, exotic and somewhat fruity. Ylang Ylang came originally from the Philippines but also growing now in Java, the Comores and other places. The Ylang Ylang "extra" is the first distilled oil and the best oil for fragrances. To obtain 1 kilo essential oil there is needed 50 kilo's of Ylang Ylang blossoms.

Ylang Ylang is used in a lot of perfumes in Chanel no5 it is an important note. It has volatile notes that easily can be detected in the top notes of a perfume but it also give powdery sweet, flowery notes in the base.

The essential oil of Ylang Ylang has a positive influence on high blood pressure and helps when you breath to fast. It helps you to calm down. A few drops in your shampoo gives you shiny hair and your hair will smell delicious. Ylang Ylang oil is also perfect to relax the muscles of your face. Blend some drops in your face cream and massage your face with it. Your face will look more relaxed and fresh. Ylang Ylang has a sensual smell and is perfect to use in an aroma burner to create a romantic enviroment. Some find the scent of the oil a bit to sweet and heavy, you can mix it with some lemon oil to make the oil smell lighter.

I like to use Ylang Ylang oil in combination with Bergamot and linaloewood or Howood(instead of Rosewood oil to safe the forrest of the Amazone), this is a classic top note combination of many fragrances. Ylang Ylang is also an important note for creating Carnation and Lilly of the Valley. I like the combination of Ylang Ylang with Sandalwood, Jasmine, Mimosa, Tuberose, Orange blossom as well and so many more, it's an easy oil to combine with other notes.


FrankieCee said...

Hi Jenny, ylang ylang is also one of my favorite scents. I love its sweet, heady, almost narcotic fragrance. I find I can't use too much or it will overpower all of the other oils. I never even thought a botanical extraction could smell so wonderful. I almost feel that I would use it in everything, lol, but I don't want to overdo it, so I don't. It's an oil that is definitely at the top of my list.

Parfume Moderne said...

Yes, Ylang is a wonderfully intoxicating scent. Also nice is a good quality Cananga, which is closly related to Ylang. It is good that you mention som eof your favorites to pair it with. There are so many ways to use this oil. And the substitute oils like that for Rosewood, which is also used extensively in luthiery. Being a musician as well as perfumer, I own several rosewood guitars, and other stringed instruments that incorporate Rosewood. The Brazilian is the most costly, and only used for special order instruments. Indian Rosewood is more common now.
I am not sure if there is a symbiosis occuring between the use of Rosewood for it's wood and Rosewood for it's oil, but it is an item that has peaked my curiosity.
Oops, I have gotten off track.......

Jenny said...

Hi Frank, when I first smelled Ylang Ylang I was hooked to the wonderful smell. I was just beginning with the making of perfumes and it was a very easy oil to use, perfect for beginners. You know some man don't like the smell of it they find it too sweet.
It's true you could use it in almost every perfume but when overdoing it it will overpower the other scents.

Jenny said...

Hi well I don't know your name yet,
What is your favorite combination of Ylang Ylang? I love your blog by the way and wow the bottles look so nice, the labels fit with it perfectly, good job! I will place your blog in the Links sector.
You make an interesting point here. I think it doesn't matter if the trees are used for the essential oil or for their wood.

Parfume Moderne said...

In my fragrance JoJo, I pair Ylang with
Jasmine, G., a sharp folded (distilled) Key Lime,
and coffee absolute, with an Indian Sandalwood base, in a Mimosa infused alcohol.
I also like to pair sweet florals like Ylang with drier oils such as Galbanum , Cabreuva and Cypress. , as well as Elemi or Pink Peppercorn: or go in the opposite direction and pair it with another sweet oil such as Honey Absolute or Tuberose, set against something rustic like Violet leaf or Hay Absolute. . .
Or even Cassie (which to me smells like wet hair)..
Yes the name is confusing. I get that all the time It is
just Z.
or ZZ if you are cursing at me.
and if grandmother wer still alive it would be a firm crisp Elizabeth!

Jenny said...

Hi Z, Ylang Ylang with coffee absolute sounds interesting. I think the Jasmine grandiflorum makes the ylang a bit lighter and more flowery. I never tried the combination of Ylang and Elemi, I will try that ones. Never noticed the wet hair smell in Cassie though, but I do find the Ciste(Labdanum) oil smell like wet hair.

Fred Wood said...

I have a very old formula od the Eau de Cologne Farina which belonged to one of my grandparents. If anyone is interested I would be pleased to post it.
Fernando Silva

Helen said...

Hi Jenny! You've been quoted for Stop & Smell the Perfume: How Scents Convert into Feelings!