Ylang ylang is the name given to both a tree (Cananga odorata) and its flower. The essential oil extracted by steam distillation from the fragrant ylang ylang flower is used extensively in perfumery, generally as a heart or middle note.
How to Pronouce It
Ylang ylang is pronounced "EE-lang EE-lang." Where It's Found The ylang ylang tree is native to the rainforests of tropical Asian countries, primarily Indonesia.
What it Smells Like
Ylang ylang oil is beautifully fragrant, with a heavy, sweet, slightly fruity floral scent.
Other Uses of Ylang Ylang
In aromatherapy, ylang ylang is used for its stress-relieving, anti-anxietal, and mood elevating properties. Like jasmine and rose, the scent of ylang ylang has long been considered an aphrodisiac, and ylang ylang scented massage oil is believed by some to be an effective topical remedy for sexual dysfunction.
Ylang Ylang Fragrances to Try
Some women's fragrances that feature ylang ylang in their composition include Chanel No. 5, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanilla, Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang, Estee Lauder Amber Ylang Ylang, Givenchy Amarige Ylang Ylang, Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps, and Parfumerie Generale Ilang Ivohibe.
Perfumes for men that feature ylang ylang include Hermes Bel Ami, Hermes Vanille Galante, Amouage Silver Man, Yves Rocher Samarkande, and CK One Scene.