The Ylang-Ylang tree is common on the Philippines and in parts of Indonesia, can grow up to 20 meters and belongs to the custard apple plants (Annonaceae), which are not that well known in this part of the world. The big blossoms are first white, then yellowish-green and later orange-red. They exude a strong, infatuatingly exotic perfume, which especially in the night-time attracts many moths.
The perfume oil extracted from the blossoms has been a treasured resource for the perfume industry since the 19th century (the world-famous "Chanel No. 5" contains among other ingredients Ylang-Ylang). The Ylang-Ylang perfume is renowned for its relaxing and simultaneously exhilarating effects, making it one of the most valued sensual scents. In Indonesia, it is a tradition to decorate a newlywed couple's bed with Ylang-Ylang wreaths.
In Combination with high-quality rich oils, the Ylang-Ylang's effect is clearing for all types of skin.