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Our Top 4 Ways to Use Ylang Ylang Complete

Sometimes you come across a particular scent that seems to instantly transport you to a whole new place. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just crack open a bottle of Ylang Ylang Complete! Its exotic, tropical, floral aroma can evoke a sense of warm sun, sparkling sand, and gentle waves on the shore. The perfect get-away!

The Ylang Ylang tree is indigenous to South Eastern Asia and produces flowers with long, star-shaped petals that begin a pale green and turn to deep yellow color. Its name has been said to originate from the Malay word ylang-ylang, meaning “flower of flowers” [1].

It may also come from the Philippine word alang-ilang, which describes how these beautiful flowers hang from their branches and flutter lightly in the breeze [2].

These flowers are carefully hand-picked in the early morning hours, at their peak fragrance, and then distilled immediately [3]. The gorgeous aroma is popular in the perfumery world and has been a key ingredient in such timeless masterpieces as Chanel N°5 and Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.

ylang ylang distillery

But Ylang Ylang isn’t just a pretty smell. Its medicinal properties were recognized in the early 20th century by French chemists Garnier and Rechler and continued to be enjoyed by many people today for both emotional and beauty concerns.

So are you ready to fall in love with one of the most fragrant flowers in the world? Let’s take a closer look at why you need this lovely essential oil in your collection.

A positive attitude can make any day a great one!

ylang ylang flower

How can you even look at this bright yellow flower and not feel at least a little bit happier? It’s almost like each one of its cheerful petals are smiling at you as they bask in warm, tropical sunlight. Eloquently stated by an acclaimed registered practitioner of aromatherapy, shiatsu, acupuncture, and medical herbalism, Gabriel Mojay comments in his book, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, “Instilling us with the sweetness of peaceful paradise, yet revealing the spice of the tropical sun, Ylang Ylang both soothes and entices, opens and centers.” And such a perfect description that is.

Ylang Ylang encourages you to look at life through an optimistic lens by promoting feelings of positivity. It’s supportive to the nervous system by helping to calm feelings of nervous tension, while helping to cool down negative emotions, such as anger and jealousy, and periods of restlessness and agitation [2].

Try it in a soothing bath after a long day. Blend together 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 3 drops of Sweet Orange to 1 tablespoon of unscented body wash. Then mix in half a cup of Epsom salt and sprinkle into the tub for a sweet and uplifting experience!

ylang ylang complete can help calm and relax

Diffuse it to help reduce worry, calm the mind, and help uplift the mood. Please keep in mind that this essential oil is incredibly sweet, sometimes overwhelming so, and it is often enjoyed by diffusing it in a blend. Try it alongside citrus oil for a fun, bright fragrance! Or, pair it with woody or earthy oils, like Sandalwood and Patchouli, for something more sensual.

And speaking of sensual….

Ylang Ylang has a well-deserved reputation as an aphrodisiac [3]. Not only has it long been used in some of the most luxurious and expensive perfumes, but its sweet and sensual aroma is said to support symptoms of sexual dysfunction [1], which can encourage more intimate moments with your partner. There is a beautiful tradition in Indonesia where the Ylang Ylang petals are sprinkled onto the marriage bed of a bride and groom to symbolize their union and ignite passion.

ylang ylang complete can encourage feelings of romance and intimacy

Ylang Ylang Complete makes a wonderful addition to romantic massage oil blends. In two teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil, add 1 drop of Ylang Ylang, 2 drops of Sandalwood, and 2 drops of Bergamot. This sensual blend of essential oils is a great way to promote closeness and romance with your partner. If you find that the Ylang Ylang aroma in this blend is too strong, increase the number of drops of Sandalwood and Bergamot to 3 each.

Get a youthful glow.

Having beautiful, glowing skin is unsurprisingly something that we all want. And Ylang Ylang  Complete can help! It is also known for its ability to help prevent the signs of aging and even help promote the development of healthy skin [4]. It has a sebum-balancing effect that is great for all skin types and has a long history of traditional use to nourish and rejuvenate skin [2].

Use ylang ylang complete to help promote healthy skin

A quick and easy way to enjoy the benefits of Ylang Ylang Complete for your skincare is to use it in a steam facial. To do this, add a single drop of Ylang Ylang into a bowl of hot, but not boiling, water and hover your face above the bowl for a few minutes. This technique has a few functions. First, the hot water will diffuse the oil, allowing you to take a few precious moments out of your day to simply enjoy Ylang Ylang’s gorgeous aroma and mood-boosting abilities.

Second, the steam from the bowl of water will open up pores, releasing dirt and bacteria from your skin. And finally, the skin-nourishing properties Ylang Ylang will infuse your skin, helping support a youthful complexion while also giving your skin a lovely sweet scent.

Enjoy strong, healthy hair.

Salty, tousled, sun-kissed beach hair might be great for a few sexy snapshots, but that’s about it. After that, it’s usually a painful wrestling match with a comb followed by about half a bottle of conditioner. Even our ancestors recognized the need to protect their hair from the damaging effects of the ocean, so what was their solution? They massaged Ylang Ylang into their hair to act as a kind of barrier against salty sea water before they swam [2].

Today, Ylang Ylang continues to be recognized for its wonderful hair and scalp benefits and can be used in oils and tonics designed to encourage hair growth and shine [1].

ylang ylang complete has excellent properties that support hair health

Try adding 7 drops of Ylang Ylang Complete into an ounce of Jojoba Carrier Oil. Apply the mixture by massaging it into your scalp. It will help to promote healthy and shiny hair and support strong and moisturized locks all year round. It’s full of organic compounds that make your hair look great, while also helping to detangle and reduce flakiness.

Learn more about Ylang Ylang Complete:

Ylang Ylang Complete Product Sheet

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[1] Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. (Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 117.

[2] Mojay, G. (2005). Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: A guide to restoring emotional and mental balance through essential oils. London: Gaia. Pg. 128.

[3] Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 631.

[4] Leelapornpisid, P., Wickette, R., Chansakaow, S., & Wongwattananukul, N. (2015). Potential of native Thai aromatic plant extracts in antiwrinkle body creams. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26665978


99 thoughts on “Our Top 4 Ways to Use Ylang Ylang Complete”

  • I just ordered som Ylang ylang. Now I’m off to try it in my hair for sure! And I e got some new ideas for the diffuser too!

    1. I love, love, love ylang ylang in my hair products. I usually use it with rosemary eo and mix it in my leave in conditioner. My curls have never been softer.

  • This article made me curious about Ylang Ylang, so I ordered it. I am so glad I did! I absolutely love this oil.

  • Will be adding Ylang Ylang Complete to a few blends calling for it to my diffuser to bring out the Sunshine smell!

  • This is some great information! I absolutely adore ylang ylang, and now I have some new ways to use it!

  • When I first tried Sensual, I couldn’t stomach something from the scent. Then I realised it was Ylang Ylang. After using it for the purpose mentioned, I’ve gotten used to the scent and liked it. Got this oil during OOTW and is using it for sleep, facial n hair. I like that it’s versatile!

  • I love ylang ylang! Funny thing is that I only love it ALONE; I tend not to enjoy blends that contain ylang ylang–go figure.

  • After reading this blog I just had to purchase ylang ylang. No regrets. AMAZING oil. Thank you for awesome blogs!

  • I bought this when it was a spotlight oil because i kept seeing the name come up when researching different oils. However, have not used it yet just waiting. I am excited to have it on hand when the right use comes along.

    1. Erin, Ylang Ylang can undergo five grades of distillation; extra, I, II, III, and Complete (PT only sells Extra and Complete). It is literally distilled into “fractions” depending on how long it spends in the distillation process. No matter what type you have, it does not alter the quality of the oil, instead, it changes the aroma and constituents (but not tremendously). You can compare their GC-MS reports to find constituent differences or reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] for more information I hope this helps!

  • I love diffusing Ylang Ylang along with vetiver overnight. I never knew it had facial benefits as well. Will definitely give this a try! Could it be used in a face mask as well? Thanks!

  • You had me when you mentioned Chanel 5 and Opium, two of my favorite perfumes! This is one of the oils that I purchased strictly for the scent- the other benefits are icing on the cake. It does have to be blended with another oil, in my opinion, but it is a unique and exciting aroma when used in small amounts.

  • Thank you for this article!! Yang ylang is a super new oil in my collection and I’m still learning all the benefits and ways to use it!

  • I’m going to add it to my shampoo TODAY!!! I love YY smell. Diffuse often alone or with other oils to uplift on this never ending winter here in Wisconsin!!! I am also going to make the massage oil with it to combat winter dry legs!! Thank you.

  • I have used Ylang Ylang for a while to help “set the mood.” My husband really likes it! I did not know it had uses for skin care, I am interested in finding out more about that!

  • I’ve been thinking of ordering Ylang Ylang for quite a while and will hopefully try it soon with this info! thanks PT!

  • Thank you for the tips. I have been wanting to try Ylang Ylang for a very long time. I finally bought it a few months ago but did not know what to use it for.

    1. Brings out positivity and smells wonderful. I’m interested. I love the way ylang ylang smells in synergy blends but previously only associated it with relaxation.

  • This is great info! My mom has this oil and loves it, so I’m going to send this to her so she knows more about it! Thanks so much!!

  • YY is a big fav of mine, did not know it was good for the skin too…using it in my soap as well now 🙂

  • I love having this oil in my collection. I use it, but sparingly… it does have a very strong aroma. As strong as it is… it is wonderful!

  • Wow I had no idea ylang ylang was so good for your hair and scalp. I’ll be making a hair serum with it for sure. Thanks for the tips.

  • I’ve had this unopened for a while now. After reading this blog, I think it’s time to open up and make some face and hair serums

  • I just got Yang Ylang not too long ago because I have heard so many good things about it, but now I have even more ways to use it . thanks 🙂

  • I really love ylang ylang essential oil. I’ve used it in many DIYs, diffuser and inhaler blends. It’s one of my go to for many recipes.

  • I have never tried Ylang Ylang before. I just might have to get it to try this week since it is 15% off!

  • When I first smelled this oils I hated it! So strong amd like nothing I ever smelled before but its grown on me and now its one of my favorites! I can’t wait to try the bath recipe!!

  • I have used a very inexpensive ylang ylang and not cared for it at all. I definitely want to add this to my essential oil collection. Positivity is important.

  • I really like ylang ylang, even though it is a strong scent. I’ve used it in a hormone balancing blend and it seems to help. I had not heard of using it for your hair, so I’m excited to try that!

  • I love that you educate us on each oil, especially when you’re new to oils. The cards that you send with my order helps immensely. Thank you.

  • I never knew what to use my PT Ylang Ylang for other than alone as a fragrance. Thanks for all the great ideas! I can’t wait to try them all!

  • I recently purchased ylang ylang. I am about to remake my face serum and am excited to use the recipe in this blog post.

  • I love the idea to diffuse with orange! Someone mentioned Frankincense if you don’t have Sandalwood. Will definitely try!

  • Ylang ylang is probably my favorite oil! Ill be trying the steam mask though! I never would havr thought to try it like that! I love a few drops in my hair, but I thought it was for the smell! I didnt know it was good for my hair too!

  • I really love the smell of Ylang Ylang . Had a tree around my childhood neighborhood. Gonna try the recipe for the hair. Its already added to my daily face serum.

  • Im looking forward to trying ylang ylang on my hair and scalp. I have so many issues I can’t wait to see if it woeks. Will keep y’all posted.

  • I typically use Ylang ylang as a calming oil. But, now I know its good for my hair and skin too! Cool! Thanks for this helpful blog post!

  • I’d love to try Ylang Ylang on my thick curly hair! Is it ok to use during pregnancy? I didn’t see it on your pregnancy list but have noticed other sources give it the all clear?

    1. Jenni, we have very strict standards on what we claim to be safe for pregnancy, nursing, young children, etc. Ylang Ylang just does not quite make our list for pregnancy safe oils, but feel free to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] if you’d like more information 🙂

  • This made me go to my roller and apply some as I read this…I just love Ylang Ylang! I have always used it straight but I plan on trying it with the Sandalwood and/or Patchouli…does it matter which sandalwood?

  • I made a massage oil with it and it smells heavenly, especially after a few weeks in the blend. I didnt realize that it is good for hair though. I will try this. Thank you

  • I am going to have to figure out how to enjoy the smell of this one. I love all it can do for me but the smell…

  • I love the aroma of ylang ylang, and using it in my hair care products. I am excited to use it in a facial steam! I especially like it blended with cedarwood in the diffuser to calm down and relax after a long day.

  • This is one of my favorite essential oils already! I can’t wait to try it in steam facial!

  • I’ll need to make a hair serum after reading this. I had no idea it was good for hair. Thanks for the info

  • I love ylang ylang diffused at night with vetiver and cedarwood. I didn’t know about the hair benefits, though! I’m going to try that.

  • I knew ylang ylang was a good detangler for hair but I didn’t know you could use it in oil to strengthen and add shine. I can’t wait to try the facial steam! I’m going to heat some water right now!! Thank you for all these tips. Fantastic as always!

  • It is also used for lowering high blood pressure. Put it on the sides if your neck, over your heart, palm of left hand, base of left ring finger, above left elbow and bottom of left ring toe. These are flex points.

  • Great read! I just ordered this for my spotlight oil. I can’t wait for it to get here and try it out. 🙂

  • I had no idea about the benefits to hair and scalp or skin. I am axious to try both techniques. Thanks for the info!

  • This oil is every penny worth. Buy it with confidence! you will not regret it! A perfect aid in so many situations!

  • I just knew the ylang ylang is cananga… I have a cananga tree at my house.. Smell really nice. Use in my car for a natural perfume.

  • I just ordered my first Ylang-ylang because of this article. I can’t wait to try this oil. Thank you for the information!

  • Thanks for the information. I never knew there were so many uses for ylang ylang including hair growth.

  • I am excited to try these recipes!! Can you substitute for the sandalwood in the massage oil? I don’t have that one…. yet.

  • I can’t wait to try some of the skin care tips with this oil. I’ll be doing it this weekend since there is more snow in the forecast! Great tips, it is much appreciated. I currently use this as part of a romantic blend in my diffuser.

  • I adore this oil and now have several new ways to use it! I am definitely going to do the steam facial this weekend to help with some acne flare ups! And then perhaps the bath to follow. 🙂 Thank you for the education PT.

  • I love ylang ylang. It is a HAPPY staple in my life. It helps when i am feeling hormonal to uplift my mood. It also seems to calm me down when i am turnt up! LOL

  • I just tried the orange mixed with ylang and it is just the best scent ever! I also followed the suggestion for using it for healthy hair and I smell fantastic and my hair is shining. I love the info on this blog.

    1. Question: After massaging the Ylang Ylang and Jojoba into scalp, do you rinse it out or leave it in? Thanks

  • I did not think about using this in a steam or on my hair. Great ideas that I am in need of right now. I’ll be trying these soon.

  • Wow. This made me want to go open my bottle of ylang ylang and just sniff it. I’ll definitely be trying out these recipes.

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to try joaba oil with the Yy .I live in a dry climate and I have curly hair so I think this will be really helpful.

  • I love the smell of Ylang Ylang! I use it with Clary Sage to help balance my hormones. Never knew it was good for facial, I can’t wait to add it to my face care.

    1. I’ve been looking for a floral oil that’s not too pricey & now that this is a spot light oil, I need to get it. Plus, all the different ways of using it is great! Thanks for the info!

  • Yang Ylang has such a deep, rich smell! I don’t use it very often because it overpowers a lot of other oils but when I do I use just one or two drops in a blend of about 10 total drops. I really like it mixed with citrus and clove eo’s. I am going to try the bath blend in this blog post tonight and I can’t wait! Thanks for all the great information, PT!

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