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Ylang-ylang essential oil: The sweet fragrance of the cananga tree

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Ylang-ylang is a tree closely linked to the world of fragrances. The essential oil resulting from the distilling of its characteristic yellow flowers brings sweet notes with a unique oriental touch to the compositions of the perfumers who have the pleasure of working with it.

This native plant of India and the Philippines grows mainly in rainforests and can grow up to 12 meters (39 ft) high.

The flowers of this tree are strongly linked to the traditions of the countries from which it is native, where they have been appreciated for their aesthetics and aroma for many centuries. In Indonesia, these flowers are spread on the beds of newlyweds while, in the Philippines, they are used as an ornamental and perfume element for religious statues.

The essence of this tree is part of the composition of countless popular perfumes and its odour intensity is such that it gives this tree its Latin name— Cananga Odorata (Scented Cananga).

The ylang-ylang essential oil is valued not only for the development of fragrances for perfume and cosmetic industry but also for the aromatisation of beverages and food. In Madagascar, it is common to find ylang-ylang-flavoured ice cream and it is nowadays a flavour that can be found in specialty ice-cream parlours all over the world.

It is the versatility of this essential oil that makes it a perfect choice for the development of many different projects.

At Destilerías Muñoz Gálvez we use the ylang-ylang essential oil in the design of fragrances intended for applications that require the exotic, alluring touch that only the cananga flower can provide.