Ylang Ylang essential oil is incredibly labor-intensive to produce.  This could explain why genuine Ylang Ylang essential oil is higher in price.  Before a tree can be harvested, it needs to grow for three to four years.  Once that age is reached, the process can begin.

Primarily  I love to use Ylang Ylang essential oil for its magnificent, sweet intoxicating scent.  This essential oil is well known for it’s calming and soothing scent, used in perfume blends and skin creams.  As you will find out, Ylang Ylang has an interesting story.  Our collective purchase of this oil along with other essential oil blends ensures that lives are changed for the better…….

On the island of Nosy Be, just off the northwest coast of Madagascar, the branches of ylang-ylang trees stretch out parallel to the ground.  The careful growers purposefully prune them that way to make it easier to harvest the tree’s blossoms.  But even as the blossoms become easier to reach, sustainable income from their harvest continues to be a difficult problem to solve.  Doterra and their on-the-ground partner are now working to empower those who produce Ylang Ylang - the growers, harvesters, and distillers - to change their own circumstances, starting with their income.

I love the concept of Co-impact sourcing, where partnerships with the people on the ground in these countries are empowered and involved with the growing and harvesting process.  The partnership ensures fair treatment for growers or harvesters, which is usually jeopardized by middlemen.  Growers who create a quality product and then continue to improve it are rewarded for their efforts.  Not only do they receive a fair wage, but in return for producing higher-quality oil, they are rewarded with an annual bonus.  They can invest more in expanding their production capacity by putting in new distillation units and getting more growers into cooperatives so they can be better organized to reach higher production volumes.

Why Ylang Ylang?

Since the late 1800s, ylang-ylang, or Cananga odorata, has been grown in Nosy Be, and from these trees comes some of the highest quality Ylang Ylang oil in the world.  Originally introduced to Madagascar by French perfumers when it was a French colony, Ylang Ylang

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has a very refined process of distillation.  As the perfume industry needs very specific scents a specific method was developed unique to this oil.  Ylang-Ylang is divided into several different profiles.  Ylang Ylang I, II, III, extra and complete.  This means that different weighted molecules come off during differing times in the distillation process, with top notes first, and bottom notes last.  For my research into Doterra’s Ylang Ylang, I found out that they use the complete profile.  For the essential oil that we all know and love Doterra requires the complete profile so that there is no separation of aromatic molecules, thus ensuring that we receive the complete array of compounds produced by the delicate flowers for its full therapeutic benefit.  Perfumers, on the other hand, prefer separation for specific fragrance profiles.

This precious oil is often used for its mood-lifting properties as well as for promoting healthy-looking skin and hair.  Ylang Ylang is one of the primary oils in the Console blend for its ability to soothe emotions.

The Intricate Process:  

Ylang Ylang essential oil is incredibly labor-intensive to produce.  Harvest time peaks from December to March.  Before a tree can be harvested, it needs to grow for three to four years.  Once that age is reached, the process can begin.

  • When flowers become yellow with a red center, they are ready to be picked.  The trees must be harvested multiple times over a five to six-week period.
  • Harvesters collect the flowers and bring back their filled baskets to be weighed.  They then create a pile on a platform and write their names next to their pile for record-keeping and payment.
  • The flowers are then delivered to a nearby distillery where they must be distilled within 24 hours.
  • Like all flowers, ylang-ylang must be distilled in a hydrodistillation process, meaning they are placed in water and boiled to create steam that contains the oil.  This process takes 24 hours to complete, with workers keeping up hand-fed fires to fuel the distillation process.
  • Ylang Ylang’s complete essential oil is then ready to be sent out.

What does this mean for you?

Incorporating Ylang Ylang essential oil into your personal skin cleansing and moisturizing routine ensures healthy glowing skin.  The aroma is endearing and smells slightly different on everybody depending on their own physical chemistry, but the smell is always sweet.  Genuine Ylang Ylang essential oil is part of a sustainable way of keeping people employed and empowered in their own countries.  Ylang Ylang is just one of many scents that are cultivated, distilled, and turned into useable, valuable essential scents that make a difference to a world where anxiety is rising as quickly as the temperature and oceans.  We can do something to save our planet by the way we consume and spend.

Annie’s blend for the diffuser: 

  • 4 drops of Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops of Grapefruit
  • 2 drops of Lemon

Place in your standard 250ml diffuser tank with water.  Use to change the vibe in your office, lounge and family room.  Energizes and uplifts. Enjoy.