Ylang Ylang – A Three Word Buzz

Natural scent lovers from far and wide I salute you! Do love love the heady fragrance of Ylang Ylang or is it a bit too strong for you? As a deep oriental floral, it is very basey in its fragrance and because of this I find my male friends quite like it too. I think it’s one of those essential oils that is polarising so I’d love to know your thoughts.

The Ylang Ylang flower, Cananga odorata is spidery in appearance and its vibrant yellow colour also resonates with the Solar plexus chakra. In classical aromatherapy it can be used in skincare, may help to relieve tension and anxiety and can create a sensual feminine mood. 

There’s one thing for sure, this oil has a distinct and powerful scent, and here are some Australian perfumers and “noses” to give you their 3 word buzz on this unique oil.



Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here: suzannerbanks.com.au

Digital downloads of my book Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils:

Barnes & Noble      Booktopia AU      Amazon UK



Spidery Ylang Ylang flower



Who are you and what are your 3 words for Ylang Ylang essential oil?




Kim Landsdowne-Walker from Temp L D’or:

sensual, exotic, beauty




Jocelyn Fullerton from Cult of Scent:

tropical, lilies, chilling out




Ylang Ylang flower
photo credit photo credit: Zaqqy J. Sexy Curls.. via photopin (license)




Julie Nelson from Aromatique Essentials:

sexy, playful, femme fatale




Candace Gabelish from Pearl Perfumery:

passionate, tropical, intoxicating




Bright, pretty Ylang Ylang flowers




Suzanne Banks from banksbotanicals:

exotic, heady, sensual




Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies:

thick, creamy, luscious




The Results – from most popular to least:

  1. exotic, tropical
  2. sensual, sexy, femme fatale
  3. intoxicating, heady
  4. passionate, playful
  5. luscious, creamy
  6. chill out

So I’ll give you an extra hint – this oil is fantastic for getting you in a sexy mood, helps you connect with your femininity and resonates with floral exotic explosions. It is deeply luxurious and has can help even out skin tone and help speed scar tissue recovery.

This is a beautiful oil! Do you love it?


Essential Oil Recipes for the Gentleman

Please check out my new book REVELATION! – Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

Barnes & Noble      Booktopia AU      Amazon UK

and many other stores worldwide as a Kindle and Paperback


Essential Oil Recipes for the Gentleman

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

It’s not only presumptuous, but very outdated to suggest that a particular oil or scent is more suited to a woman or a man. I have male friends who love geranium and woman clients who don’t like lavender. It comes down to (as always) preference, and that’s why there are so many perfumes and colognes in the world. There must be an infinite number of scent combinations possible with and infinite number of personal preferences. Just remember when we are talking about essential oils, it’s not just about the scent but the therapeutic properties too. In my previous post “Electrifying Essential Oil Body Blends – for the Ladies” I create some wonderful oil blends specifically for women. In this article I will do the same for men. Hope you enjoy it.

Try oil after you shave - or even before!

Try oil after you shave – or even before!

Face Moisturiser and After Shave

The last thing you need after shaving with a razor is an alcohol filled splash. You have just taken off the hair and at least a layer of skin, so it’s best to go with soft creams and oils. Even if you don’t shave, using oils on your face with enhance the appearance of your skin, keep it hydrated and make you smell gorgeous. Some people even use oil in place of shaving cream, and it can work well. Oil will then be left on your skin and in your pores and extra moisturising may not even be necessary.

“Shaken, Not Stirred”

This blend is for the face and even one teaspoon will last a few days. In a little dish add one teaspoon of oil (apricot kernel oil, rosehip oil, camelia oil, almond oil) and then add:

Lemongrass                  1 drop

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Lavender                       1 drop

Dip your fingers in to mix the formula, then use a few drops, rub between fingers and apply to your face. Less is best to start with then use more as required


“Resistance is Futile”

A blend to tap into your positive powers and smell divine at the same time. In one teaspoon of oil add:

Sandalwood   1 drop

Orange           2 drops



A blend to help your skin after drinking or lack of sleep. In one teaspoon of oil add:

Bergamot      2 drops

Patchouli       1 drop


You don't have to use synthetic perfume

You don’t have to use synthetic perfume

Body Oil and Natural Scent

There are lots of men who are into natural products and it’s easy to create natural scent. Similar to how the face moisturiser is made, you can also make oils for your body and use these like a cream -all over your body, or simply use a bit on your arms, chest and neck in place of cologne. Here are a few recipes designed for the body:

“I’m Pumped”

An after gym oil for all over your body. You don’t need to use much, just smooth the oil between your palms first. The more hair you have the more oil you will have to use because the hair follicle will absorb a lot!

In 4 teaspoons of oil (this time use a heavier oil like sunflower, almond, grapeseed or even olive) add:

Rosemary    3 drops

Lemon         6 drops

Marjoram     1 drop


“I’m Getting My Suave On”

For a night out….

In 4 teaspoons of oil (this time use a heavier oil like sunflower, almond, grapeseed or even olive) add:

Grapefruit                   8 drops

Cedarwood Virginian  1 drop

Ylang Ylang                1 drop


You can feel like this when you use essential oils

You can feel like this when you use essential oils

Natural scents are wonderful for everyone! A man’s skin will benefit from the therapeutic properties of essential oils: skin renewal and hydration, easing muscle tension, easing stress, keeping the mind alert and general well-being.

And always consider the meta physical properties too: awakening the soul, stimulating happiness, connecting to the universe and your purpose in life.

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


copyright suzannerbanks 2013