Ylang Ylang in Madagascar
Ylang Ylang oil has several different grade profiles—Ylang Ylang 1, 2, 3, “extra,” and “complete.” Each of these profiles contains different aromatic molecules that come out of the flowers during different stages of the distillation process. Although perfumers primarily prefer to use oil from the early profile stages, doTERRA requires the “complete” profile to ensure that all compounds from the Ylang Ylang flowers are included in the oil.
Ylang Ylang Growers
Because growing, picking, and distilling Ylang Ylang is a long, intensive process, a great collective effort among harvesters is required. Ylang Ylang growers and harvesters have often struggled to receive fair treatment, particularly when dealing with middlemen and brokers. Without a guaranteed buyer, distillers are forced to sell their oil to the highest bidder, which typically results in volatile prices and unstable markets.