Ylang ylang’s name means ‘flower of flowers’ due to its amazingly complex floral scent and is pronounced ee-lang ee-lang. The tropical cananga or ylang ylang tree yields fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers and is cultivated in Java, Sumatra, Reunion, Madagascar, and the Comores. In Indonesia, the flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights. Ylang ylang essential oil has a sweet, exotic floral aroma and a slight yellow color.
The essential 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. There are different pressings of ylang ylang oil – 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 are less sweet. The oil from ylang ylang is widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes (i.e. Chanel No. 5).
Ylang ylang is known for its euphoric, aphrodisiac, sedative, antidepressant, and stress-relieving properties. A soothing, balancing and calming oil, ylang ylang is useful for anxiety, frustration, and overwork. It has a balancing and stimulating effect on the skin and works to correct sebum production and also stimulate hair growth.
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We are back from our marathon three day weekend at the Festival of the Arts and it was a great success! Our testing station for our body butters and organic solid perfumes drew in crowds of people. We received lots of comments from people on how our body butters deeply moisturized their skin and how long the aromatherapy scents lasted. We had several return customers who tried our body butter early in the day and then came back in the afternoon to purchase (after several hand washings!). Bergamot/Ylang Ylang (our spicy orange floral aroma) was a surprise hit with customers and one of our top sellers for the weekend. Vanilla/Lime was touted as an “ice cream” or “key lime pie” scent and many people thought it smelled good enough to eat!
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I just received news today that our Pampering Gift Set has been included in Dermascope Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide in their November issue! Our Pampering Gift Set includes a Cocoa/Lime Hemp Lip Balm, an Aromatherapy Bath Salt, and a Whipped Sugar Scrub and retails for $35. Each gift set is packed with full size products in a white gift box with white crinkle cut paper and a ribbon that matches the color of the scent. An enclosure card is also included, which you can personalize with your own greeting. Both gift sets are available in our four signature aromatherapy scents:
Bergamot/Ylang Ylang: exhilarating and inspiring
Bourbon Geranium: stress relief
Lavandin/Litsea Cubeba: relaxing and uplifting
Vanilla/Lime: comforting and refreshing
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