How to Use Our Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil
Ylang ylang has a strong, instantly recognizable scent which is intense, sweet and floral with herbaceous undertones with ylang ylang complete having a slightly lighter aroma than ylang ylang extra (explanations of each further below) and seems to be easier to blend.
The aroma of this oil can help provide a calming and harmonizing mental and emotional state so it is no surprise that this oil is a popular choice for diffusion and during meditation. It is also thought to be an aphrodisiac.
Important to note is that despite people enjoying the calming properties of the oil, some people actually find the aroma of a high quality ylang ylang oil too powerful and diffuse solely for the benefits without caring too much for the scent itself.
The 3 main ways to use our ylang ylang oil are:
- Diffuse – with the use of a diffuser
- Topical – through the use of a carrier oil, not on damaged skin and carry out a patch test first.
- Bathing – add 2-3 drops to any bath for a safe, calming and indulgent experience.
Why We Get Our Oil From Madagascar
Originally native to South East Asia – Indonesia and the Philippines – but has been cultivated at scale in Madagascar since around 1892.
Ylang ylang can also be more volatile from a supply chain standpoint as it is popular in the perfume industry so market demand can fluctuate, often along with quality and adulteration can sometimes be an issue. Sourcing an organic producer was just as much about trust and consistency as it was purity and this led us to Madagascar.
How it’s Extracted
The stunning yellow flowered tree grows best in hot and humid environments in light, well drained, fertile soils and blossoms all year long. About 1/2 a month to a month after the buds open, is when the flower petals turn into the bright yellow you’ve come to know, complete with their rich aroma.
A little spot on the inside of the flower lets the farmers know when to pick for optimum purity. Ylang ylang is more active during the night, so the flowers are hand picked first thing in the morning when the oil content is at its highest and before the aroma starts to decline from the heat of the sun.
The distillation approach is different for ylang ylang than for other essential oils.
Ylang Ylang Extra is typically distilled for a short period of time before the oil is extracted and this is considered to be the most therapeutic fraction and contains more esters.
Ylang Ylang Complete is essential oil that is extracted from a complete, uninterrupted distillation and contains more sesquiterpenes and often preferred for blending.
There are also grades – I, II, III – and this refers to the length of time the oil is distilled before extraction (after extra has been collected). This isn’t a measure of ‘quality’ but is to acquire different scents and constituents.
The perfume industry often uses the grades and Extra while Complete is mostly used in aromatherapy although Extra is used in aromatherapy also.
Our Commitment to Quality
Every batch of Ylang Ylang oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error… a bit like fine wine.
This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.
The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.
“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”
Aromatherapy An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, 1988, reprinted 1994, Saffron Walden, The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd., England, pp. 278-280.
What We Mean by “Organic”
Our ylang ylang oil is certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Certified organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of man-made fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides.
They were instead grown using ecosystem management methods to maintain the health of both plant and soil. There are no inputs such as genetic modification or irradiation. The benefits of organic agriculture include no pollution of the local air or groundwater and no toxic chemicals in the plant or its essential oil.
We make sure we harvest our oil while maintaining the viability of the local environment for future oil harvests.
How We Package Our Ylang Ylang Oil
Our ylang ylang oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.
During the shipping process, special aluminium canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.
We typically recommend storing your oil at or below room temperature.
The Tests We Run on our Oils To Ensure Quality
All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.
Mass Spectrometry (MS)
Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed.
Refractive Index (RI)
Refractive Index (RI) measures the speed at which light passes through an essential oil. A refractometer is the instrument used to measure the unique number, which is a combination of constituents each essential oil has, that designates how that oil responds and bends light. When an essential oil is adulterated the refractive index will be thrown off.
The chemical composition of ylang ylang varies greatly but the key active constituents are:
- Benzyl acetate
- Benzyl benzoate
- Germacrene D
A personal message from our founders
Our expert advisor connected us to the producer in Madagascar who had been harvesting and distilling ylang ylang for years. After speaking at length and in detail, we learned that they have a great plantation with optimal soil and environmental conditions, and adhere to strict organic farming practices.
He passionately explained that although they have optimal conditions to grow ylang ylang, it is their attention to detail in the distillation process that yields the high quality oil they are known for. As soon as I opened a bottle of their organic ylang ylang oil, I knew they were right.
Whether you get pleasure from the strong aroma of ylang ylang or you simply enjoy the calming, meditative benefits that the oil facilitates, I hope your experience of our oil is emotionally stimulating and enlightening. I hope the intense, sweet aroma transports you straight to the fields of Madagascar on a fresh sunny morning when the scent of the flowers fill the air for miles around.
Ultimately we believe that an oil, like the business that stands behind it, should be ethical and be exactly what it says on the tin. That’s why we only use the highest quality ylang ylang, with the highest quality extraction methods, and shipped with the highest quality packaging.
It’s also why you won’t see us throwing around buzzwords that don’t mean anything, like “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade.” When we describe our oils, we mean what we say.
We believe that the more you know about essential oils in general, the more likely you’ll want to become a part of the Sacred Soul community.
If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with our oil, I want to personally invite you to email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within the first 30 days of your purchase.
I’m betting my business on the fact that you’ll be blown away by the quality and aroma of our organic ylang ylang oil.
Either way, thanks for stopping by our site and checking us out. We hope every interaction you have with us, in person, or online is positive and memorable. Feel free to drop us a note on our contact page if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for us.
Scott Pittman & Kristan Markham
Sacred Soul Holistics