Flower of flowers, ylang-ylang is worthy of a princess’s care. Its long, delicate petals must be distilled as the steam releases the fragrant particles. This method of extraction, when traditionally done, requires between 12 and 20 hours of heating. BeHave has designed a specific machine which reduces the heating time to 50 minutes. Besides saving on wood, a necessary resource used for cooking by the local populations, this process produces a very beautiful essential oil since the finest particles of fragrance are not damaged. It is a method of extraction that only yields small volumes.
In Bali, ylang-ylang is the flower of a life. Its sensual and voluptuous scent embodies love and is associated with numerous Balinese rituals. The perfumed yellow ylang-ylang flowers are traditionally worn in the bride’s hair and scattered on the wedding-bed.
Origin: ylang-ylang comes from Southeast Asia and more exactly the Philippines. Today it is grown mainly in Java, Mayotte and Madagascar.
Plant: also known as "witch's fingers" due to the form of its branches, ylang-ylang grows very fast and can produce more than five kilos of flowers a year. It blooms all year long but the most important period is from May till December.
Production: ylang-ylang flowers are distilled in a tank filled with boiling water. The plant vapors rise towards a tube which cools the mixture.
Olfactive family: floral.
Olfactive notes : floral, creamy, sensual, intoxicating, exotic, natural.