11 Uses for Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

by Melissa Chichester

Let us introduce you to ylang ylang, the gently invigorating essential oil that is a gift to us from the aptly named “perfume tree.”

Fun Facts

Ylang ylang oil is extracted from flowers on the Cananga odorata tree that is native to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, but also grows throughout the Pacific islands. Inhabitants of the Molucca Islands in Indonesia used ylang ylang as an ingredient in their famous hair oil: Macassar oil, whose popularity eventually spread to Victorian England. In 1960, when asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe famously replied, “Chanel No. 5.” This iconic perfume was released in 1921 and is still popular today with ylang ylang as one of its top notes.

The Scent

Ylang ylang oil is distinctly aromatic, but its sweet scent is surprisingly fruity! Because of its versatility, ylang ylang is widely used in perfumery and blends well with citrus scents like grapefruit, floral scents like lavender, and woody scents like sandalwood.

Here are 11 ways to enjoy peaceful ylang ylang oil.

Appalachian Sunrise Diffuser Blend

Awaken your senses and uplift your mood with this rejuvenating blend in your favorite aromatherapy diffuser.

Peacefully Pampered Clarifying Facial Toner

Brew tea, and let cool to room temperature. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake until mixed. Mist onto face or a cotton pad, and pat all over the face.

Cruising the Blue Lagoon Body Lotion

Add all ingredients to a small bowl. Mix well with a spoon, or for a whipped texture, a hand mixer. Slather onto dry skin to replenish moisture, and store in an airtight glass container.

Sun-Kissed Skin Sugar Scrub

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Massage as needed onto dry arms and legs, paying close attention to knees and elbows. Rinse with warm water and store the remainder in an airtight glass container.

Cupid’s Secret Massage Oil

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and rub onto arms and legs as needed.

Sleeping (Not-So-Much) Beauty Face Mask

Revitalize tired skin by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl, and applying to skin. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

The Horizon of Madagascar Diffuser Blend

Combine all ingredients in your favorite diffuser for a tranquil aromatherapy experience.

Queen of Samoa Bath Salts

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients until combined. Add three tablespoons to warm bath water as the tub is filling up to disperse the oils. Soak and relax!

Bacon at the Beach After Sun Gel

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and massage onto skin after a day in the sun.

Laka’s Hidden Wish Pulse Point Perfume

Mix all ingredients and dab onto pulse points, including the wrists, behind the ears, inside the elbows, and behind the knees.

Elixir of Venus Nighttime Facial Oil

After cleansing, mix all ingredients and pat onto skin for overnight hydration.