10 Recipes with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – Cananga odorata

Gorgeous flower gorgeous scent. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like this oil and even though it’s a floral, men still love it because of it’s very deep basey scent. Of course I’m generalising but I want you to know that men can love floral oils and women can love herbs and woods, and vice versa. If you want to get your partner in the mood for some loving (whether male or female), then choose this amazing oil.


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Wh!at a gorgeous flower


For more specifics on this beautiful plant and oil check out my previous article here. For now let’s get into it!

1. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“I Love Myself”

You better!

Ylang Ylang    2 drops

Bergamot      1 drop

“Tropical Breeze”

Feel summery and delicious even in winter –

Ylang Ylang    1 drop

Jasmine 3%    3 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

“Release Frustration”

Ylang Ylang     1 drop

Frankincense   2 drops

“Not a care in the World”

Ylang Ylang          1 drop

Petitgrain              1 drop

Cedarwood Atlas  1 drop


Artsisan diffuser


2. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“You WILL Be Mine”

Ylang Ylang     8 drops

Mandarin         8 drops

Black Pepper   6 drops

Juniper            4 drops

“My Corner of The World”

Enjoy your own space and your own company –

Ylang Ylang      8 drops

Lime                 8 drops

Lavender          6 drops

Clove               3 drops

“Sexy Love Bedroom Disco”

Ylang Ylang                  8 drops

Sandalwood Mysore    6 drops

Orange                       11 drops


Body oils make lovely legs


3. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”


“Life is Beautiful”

Ylang Ylang                      3 drops

Marjoram                          3 drops

Roman Chamomile 3%    4 drops * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

“Nourish and Repair”

Skin can benefit from Ylang Ylang –

Ylang Ylang         2 drops

Lavender             2 drops

Patchouli             2 drops

Peru Balsam        1 drop

“You WILL Be Mine – The Musical”

Ylang Ylang                  3 drops

Cedarwood Virginiana  2 drops

Pink Grapefruit             3 drops

Lavandula stoechas, my own pic thanks yes it is wonderful

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas.See my article about intention.

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10 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – Cananga odorata

  1. Hi Suzanne,
    What a pleasure & a relief to read your post this morning. I’m packing to leave LA & head back to Santa Fe. I was feeling very frustrated that I had not accomplished all.
    I added together ‘Release Frustration’ & ‘Not a Care in the World’. Feeling much better & getting on with it.
    Look forward to ‘Nourish & Repair’ back in the mountains. €8^)

  2. Hi Suzanne,
    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve left a couple of comments in the last month, but they don’t seem to have been saved to the site. Will check back to see if this one sticks.
    (Sympathies. I’m having lots of tech stuff here.)

      • Yay! We’re in touch.
        Just a note to say I love the Ylang blends & have shared them with several friends.
        May 7: we had a little surprise snow today. I dipped into the spices.
        xx from the northern hemisphere, J

  3. Hello, love your post. Very useful! I have a question. I have vetiver and ylang ylang oils at home and need a third oil to add to them. Could you please suggest something sweet for me?

    • Hi Megirl my first feeling is orange oil. Sweet and light, it goes well with both oils. Use more orange, way less ylang ylang and only a drop or two of vetiver. Blends often take a while to come together and will smell different a week down the track. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

    • Great Karen. Basically my rule is anything goes with anything. Sometimes it means guy be the case you need to adjust the ratios but don’t be afraid to chuck them all together and see what happens . Good luck!

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