Ylang Ylang oil - 1st Grade - Certified Organic (Cananga odorata)

Ylang Ylang oil - 1st Grade - Certified Organic
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Botanical names  Cananga Odorata

Source  Aerial parts of flowering plant

Family  Asteraceae

Origin   France

Processing Method   Steam Distillation

Description / Color / Consistency  A thin, clear, pale yellow liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma   A base note with a medium aroma, Ylang Ylang has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought-after.

Blends With  Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood.

Product Abstract

Ylang ylang essential oil which is also known by its scientific name – Cananga odorata is derived from the petals of a large tropical tree. Ylang ylang has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favourite.  It has a positive effect on immune health, blood flow and emotions, making it a natural remedy for the endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive and digestive systems. This essential oil has been commonly used for hair thickening over the centuries, but there are so many more little-known uses of ylang ylang.


Cananga odorata, known as the cananga tree, is a tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, which in the early 19th century spread to Malaysia and the Philippines. It is valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers, called ylang-ylang, which is an essential oil used in aromatherapy.The tree is also called the fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant, or perfume tree.

Harvesting/Extraction Information

The essential oil of ylang-ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang tree, which bears the scientific name Cananga odorata and is commonly found in the rainforests of certain Asian and South Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro, and Polynesia.

Common  usage

  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseborrhoeic
  • Antiseptic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Hypotensive
  • Sedative
  • Nervine


Some cases of sensitivity, nausea, and headache have been observed when ylang-ylang essential oil is taken in excessive amounts. Otherwise, when taken in recommended doses, it is non-toxic and is not reported to cause any irritation.

Key constituents

b-Caryophyllene 1.7–19.6%

Germacrene D 1.5–19.3%

g-Cadinene þ a-farnesene 1.7–12.7%

Benzyl benzoate 5.3–12.3%

Linalool 3.9–12.2%

Geranyl acetate 2.6–7.2%

(E,E)-Farnesyl acetate 0.7–6.2%

a-Caryophyllene þ ecadinene 3.4–5.8%

p-Cresyl methyl ether 0.6–5.3%

Methyl salicylate 0.6–5.3%

d-Cadinene 2.1–5.2%

Benzyl salicylate 1.0–3.9%

g-Muurolene 1.5–3.8%

a-Copaene 1.9–3.6%

Benzyl acetate 0.6–3.1%

Methyl benzoate 0.6–2.3%

a-Muurolene 0.7–1.9%

a-Cadinol  0.5–1.9%

(E)-Cinnamyl acetate  0.3–1.9%

T-Muurolol þ g-cadinol  0.4–1.5%

Geraniol 0.1–1.2%

a-Pinene 0.1–1.2%

d-Cadinol 0.2–1.0%

Quality  All ylang-ylang oils may be adulterated with cheaper ylang-ylang oils, tail fractions or reconstituted oils. The flowers of Artabotrys uncinatus (Lamk.) Merrill are sometimes mixed with ylang-ylang flowers as adulterants. They are fragrant and have a similar appearance.

Safety summary
Hazards Skin sensitization.
Cautions (dermal)  Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age.
Maximum dermal use level  0.8%

Regulatory guidelines
Has GRAS status. Maximum dermal use level of 0.8% based on IFRA guidelines for category 5 and category 4.

Organ-specific effects
Adverse skin reactions, irritation  Undiluted ylang-ylang oil was slightly irritating to rabbits, but was not irritating to mice; tested at 10% on 25 volunteers it was not irritating.

Adverse skin reactions, phototoxicity  Ylang-ylang oil is nonphototoxicAdverse skin reactions, sensitization: Of four reports of maximation tests using the oil at 10%, one produced two positive reactions from 40 individuals; in the other three there were no reactions from 25, 43 and 105 volunteers. In an 18 month multicenter study, 18 of 1,825 dermatitis patients were sensitive to 20% ylang ylang oil.

Acute toxicity  Non-toxic. Ylang-ylang oil acute oral LD50 in rats >5 g/kg; acute dermal LD50 in rabbits >5 g/kg

Antioxidant/pro-oxidant activity In one report, ylang-ylang oil showed moderate activity as a DPPH radical scavenger and high activity in the aldehyde/carboxylic acid assay. In another report the DPPH scavenging assay for ylang-ylang oil showed identical results.

Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential  No information was found for ylang-ylang oil. Estragole is a rodent carcinogen when exposure is sufficiently high. Linalool, b-caryophyllene and acaryophyllene display anticarcinogenic acticity. a-Cadinol is active against the human colon cancer cell line HT-29.

There are five types of ylang-ylang oil: ‘extra’, ‘first’, ‘second’, ‘third’ and ‘complete’. The first four are fractional distillates which are separated in the order they are collected during distillation of the flowers. Ylang-ylang complete is a combination of all four distillates, and so is the closest to a whole essential oil. It is noteworthy from a skin safety viewpoint that isoeugenol is found in Comoran, but not Madagascan ylangylang. Tail fractions of ylang-ylang can contain traces of safrole. The estragole content of ylang-ylang oils is not sufficiently high to be of concern, especially considering the presence of anticarcinogenic constituents. It is interesting that methyl salicylate is found in Madagascan, and not Comoran oils, but the amounts present do not suggest a need for restriction.

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