M.J. Nightingale
Get ready to be transported to the exotic and captivating world of Ylang Ylang, the queen of flowers when it comes to perfumes and aromatherapy. Its complexity is unmatched, and in the Comoros, it's not only a popular scent, but it's also worn alone, no blending necessary.

The distillation process and grading system of Ylang Ylang can be quite confusing, but fear not, I have a friend who's a Ylang Ylang distiller from the Comoros, Mahmoud Aboud, and he's here to give us an insider's look.

But first, let's compare the distillation process of Ylang Ylang to that of crude oil. Just like crude oil is a mixture of various hydrocarbons and organic compounds that require separation before refinement, Ylang Ylang's essential oil also goes through a similar process to obtain its various grades.

Now, let's delve into the fascinating world of Ylang Ylang distillation with Mahmoud Aboud. He'll provide us with a firsthand account of the distillation process, grading system, and everything you need to know about this intriguing flower. Are you ready to be captivated? Keep reading!
Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata var. genuina is a very particular flower, that produces different qualities of essential oils used in various products, from perfume, soap, aromatherapy, cosmetics, etc.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is produced through a fractional steam-distillation process that could take from 1-24 hours.

Normally there are five grades of ylang ylang essential oils: Ylang Ylang Super Extra, Extra, First, Second and Third.

According to the Association Francaise de normalisation (AFNOR), the Comoros is the only country that can produce Super Extra grade which is mainly used in high end perfume.

The Complete grade is obtained by the blending of all the five grades. The grades of the Ylang Ylang essential oils are determined according to the time the flowers are distillated.

In the distillation process, the number of hours the flowers get distilled determines what grade of essential oil could be produced.

The first portion of the distillation is collected after 60-90 minutes and is called Super Extra grade.
grade is obtained after 2-3 hours.
grade is obtained after 3-4 hours.
grade from 4-6 hours.
grade is obtained after 15-24 hours.

The quality of grade of the essential oil is measured with a densimeter that determines the density of the oil. Since there are no agreed standards, the quality of a given grade varies from one producer to another. However, in general the density of each grade is as following: Super Extra 0,965-0,980 degree. Extra 0,965-0,950 degree. First 0,950-0,945 degree. Second 0,945-0,925 degree. Third 0,925-0,910 degree.
Since the Complete grade is mainly used in aromatherapy, it doesn’t request a specific density.”

Mahmoud Aboud-The Ylang-Ylang Man
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