Kobashi Ylang Ylang 1 Essential Oil

KOBASHI YLANG YLANG TWO OIL 100% Pure organically grown

LATIN NAME: Cananga odorata genuina.
SOURCE: Steam distilled from the flowers
COLOUR: pale yellow.
ORIGIN: Madagascar
AROMA: sweet, exotic, deeply floral and heady with a creamy note.

QUALITIES: the name means 'flower of flowers', and describes it well! Long used for its sensual and aphrodisiac properties, the fresh flowers are strewn on the beds of newly married couples. The fresh flowers are also sold in markets for personal adornment, to scent clothes and houses, and as temple offerings.

Ylang ylangs actions are soothing and relaxing, useful during times of tension and stress, also helps to soothe anger and grief. Used in many local skin preparations and ointments. Ideal for dry skin and as a hair rinse and tonic. It will help to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. An ingredient in the Victorian hair treatment oil 'Macassar'. Ylang ylang is an ingredient in Kobashi Sensual massage blend.

There are three main grades of Ylang Ylang, graded depending on the length of the distillation process. The first is called extra, then three more distillations called grades 1, 2, 3 and complete. However the grades are not easily defined as various producers run the distillation at varying time lengths. The charged still is run constantly; in the beginning Extra and One are taken, then 2 and then 3. Kobashi Ylang Complete is a mix of the total distillation. Not to be confused with the lower grades and especially cananga oil which is often passed off as Ylang Ylang. Naturally farmed.

Ylang 1, 2, 3 and complete are not an exact science as with any natural product.

It is dependent on the flowers, the time the essential oil is taken off the water and other variables.

It also depends on the sophistication of the fractionator and none can ever be exactly the same.

In theory the lower boiling, more volatile components should be higher in the Ylang 1 and the higher boiling components in ylang 2, but this can vary over the extent of range of each oil. The density will be lower in ylang 1 and higher in ylang 2. The aroma will be finer and have more punch in Ylang 1 and Ylang 2 will be deeper and not as volatile. Complete will be rounder comprising of all the elements.

Ylang complete is a full distillation without taking fractions and thus is my choice as truer to the total flower. Although, when you smell a flower in nature you are smelling more of the most volatile components. You would think that Ylang one would be closer to what it is to stick your nose in the flower. Aroma is dependent to maturity of the flower, temperature, humidity and time of day. Different people have different experience due to their own chemistry.

At the end of the day, they all have a similar chemical structure with more or less of the same components.

I would go for the Ylang complete, some like the more perfumy Ylang 1, but the preference is individual.

Prenol, or 3-methyl-2-buten-1-ol
Pinene, alpha
Pinene, beta
p-cresyl methyl ether
Methyl benzoate
Benzyl acetate
Geraniol, trans-
Geranyl acetate
+ Copaene.alpha.-
Cadinene .gamma.-
Cadinene, delta-
Cadinene, alpha
Cinnamyl acetate
Benzyl benzoate
Farnesyl acetate, (E,E)-
Benzyl salicylate

Blends well with ho leaf, Jasmin, Vetiver, Bergamot and Rose.

From the Annonaceae family (Magnolia). A tall fast growing tropical tree, growing up to 35 metres but usually kept at around 3 metres when grown as a commercial crop. It produces a long and penetrating taproot, and flowers from the second year. The flowers are numerous, large, fragrant, and pale yellow-green, getting more fragrant and yellow with age. Flowering is often year round. The best harvest often obtained during the dry season April-June. Native to tropical South East Asia. Introduced to Madagascar in the 1930's.

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