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Cananga Essential Oil

Cananga Essential Oil is sometimes used as an economical substitute for Ylang Ylang Oil in fragrancing applications. Aromatically, Cananga Oil resembles Ylang Ylang Oil, but it is less floral and is commonly described as being greener than ylang ylang. Though Cananga Essential Oil is sometimes treated as an inferior cousin to Ylang Ylang Oil, there are those that prefer its aroma.

Cananga Oil
Cananga Oil
    

Botanical Name: Cananga odorata / Cananga odorata var macrophylla

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Flowers

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Floral, sweet, slightly woody.

Cananga
Cananga

Cananga Oil Uses: Oily skin/hair, insect bites, high blood pressure, anxiety, nervous tension, stress, fragrancing. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-65; 103.]

Constituents: Caryophyllene, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, farnesol, terpineol, borneol, geranyl acetate, safrol, linalol. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 103.]

Safety Information: As with ylang ylang, be careful when first using Cananga Essential Oil as it may cause headaches for some individuals, especially if diffused in high concentration.

Lawless indicates that Cananga Oil is primarily non-toxic, but should be used with caution on those with sensitive skin. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 103.]

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