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Ylang Ylang - Essential Oil of Romance

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Written by Marijo Cuerrier
Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment Brand Manager

I was enjoying lunch in a local restaurant today with a friend. At the end of the meal I reached for my coat on the back of my chair and there behind me stood a tall grey haired gentleman, holding my coat open for me to slide into. This subtle gesture of respect was a gentle reminder for me that February is the month of love. Many patrons in the restaurant commented on his kindness. It got me thinking of how the scents that we as women wear often define who we are and also affect those around us.



This week I thought I would focus a bit more on the many strengths of Ylang Ylang essential oil. The scent of Ylang Ylang is not easily forgotten. Originating from the floral blossoms of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang is considered to be an aphrodisiac. Its essential oil is widely used in perfumery (such as Chanel No. 5) and in Indonesia, Ylang-Ylang flowers are spread on the bed of newlywed couples.

In addition to its romantic association, Ylang Ylang is used extensively in skin care. We chose Ylang Ylang as one of the key ingredients in our popular Deep Hand Hydration. It helps to ease muscle tension; balance sebum (oil) production and regenerate irritated, dry and damaged skin. And if that isn't enough, the scent of Ylang Ylang gently promotes ease and well being, helping to chase anxious or aggressive feelings away.

What does all of this have to do with my lunch time interaction? I was wearing our Deep Hand Hydration at the time. It helps to keep my winter hands soft - but maybe the subtle scent of Ylang Ylang drifted to the table next to me, prompting a post-valentine romantic gesture.

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