Benefits of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil for Skin and Hair

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In the quest for the best skin and hair care routine, you’ve probably come across ylang-ylang oil. It’s one of those ones that pop up in lots of different (and expensive) skin and hair care products. And there’s a good reason. Ylang ylang essential oil (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) has plenty of benefits for skin and hair, like hydrating dry skin, enhancing hair growth and preventing hair loss. Not only that but it smells amazing too. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to spend all your money on fancy products with harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of ylang ylang essential oil for your skin and hair, and how you can ‘DIY’ it into your routine.

What is ylang ylang essential oil 

Ylang ylang oil is extracted from the star-shaped flower of the Cananga Odorata tree. It’s known for its calming effect, anti-inflammatory properties, and unique tropical fragrance. It’s often called the ‘perfume tree’ because of the sweet scent of the ylang ylang flowers. this makes it a popular ingredient in perfumes and skincare products.

Yellow Ylang Ylang flower close up

Not just that though, it also helps to combat acne, soothe irritated skin, and regulate oil production, leaving your skin refreshed.

Ylang ylang: balancing skin care

Ylang ylang essential oil is also a good balancer. If you’ve got excessively dry skin and the beginnings of fine lines because of it, then ylang ylang is a good choice. Its ability to promote blood circulation can help reduce the ravages of time and toil. And while I can’t promise you’ll look 21 again, it might at least make your skin act its age.

It’s also super hydrating and soothing.

Since we’re on the subject of balancing, it also works well for oily skin. Blend ylang ylang essential oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil, and it’ll help balance oil production. If your skin is even a little bit sensitive or oily then you’ll find the anti-inflammatory properties in ylang ylang oil useful. That calming effect means it reduces redness and irritation, and I’ve also found it to be good for rosacea too.

Ylang ylang essential oil benefits for hair

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Stimulating hair growth

That blood circulation-boosting effect will also work for your hair. Ylang-ylang oil can improve blood flow to your scalp, which in turn stimulates hair follicles, promoting hair growth. By nourishing the scalp and combating oxidative stress, this oil helps strengthen hair not only making it healthier but also helping to prevent hair loss.

Nourishing dry hair

Ylang ylang is a great hydrating option for dry, lacklustre hair too. If you use it as a natural hair conditioner, It’ll actually condition, rather than just sitting there on your head, smelling vaguely of chemicals. A few drops of ylang-ylang oil can also make a huge difference for those with dry scalps.

Using ylang ylang essential oil safely

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As usual, this is the safety “I’m not a doctor; this is not medical advice” bit.

To avoid unwanted mishaps, do a patch test before you use ylang-ylang essential oil and make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions. Essential oils are, well, essential, which means concentrated. So always dilute a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice, apply it to a small area of your skin and wait for 24 hours. 

While ylang-ylang oil boasts anti-inflammatory properties and a calming effect, it can cause possible skin sensitivity to sunlight so be careful. Also, avoid applying it directly to sensitive areas and keep it out of the reach of children.

Warning over. 

Whatever your skin type, ylang-ylang oil is a great natural alternative for all kinds of issues when used safely. So be mindful, and your skin and hair will thank you for it.

Enjoying the benefits of ylang ylang essential oil for skin and hair

So, as promised, here are just a few recipes that you can use to bring ylang-ylang oil into your skin and hair care routine. 

DIY blends and applications

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Calming face mist:

Mix together for a refreshing mist that’ll soothe skin irritation. Perfect for a hot day and will also promote better sleep at night.

Nourishing hair mask:

  • 4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Combine for a deeply hydrating hair treatment that promotes hair growth and scalp health. For best results, massage into the scalp and length of hair, stick it under a shower cap and let it absorb for at least 20 minutes. You’ll get super soft hair and the coconut will give it a kick of protein.

Balancing skin serum:

  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil

This one is pretty good at regulating oil production and calming inflammation for all skin types. Apply to face and neck after cleansing and toning, then add a moisturiser on top to seal in the nourishing benefits.

Skin and hair hydrating mix: 

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil 
  • 10 drops of ylang ylang essential oil 
  • 2 or 3 drops of lavender (if you’re feeling adventurous) 

This one has extra hydrating benefits for dry skin and hair. Massage in and leave it on for at least 30 minutes or overnight for deep conditioning. Rinse and reveal the masterpiece that is your radiant self.

Hydrating face mask:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt
  • 2 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Honey has exfoliating and antibacterial properties – way better than a harsh cleanser. Mix together and apply to your face avoiding your eyes, relax for 10 -15 minutes and rinse your super soft skin. 

Nourishing hair mask:

This mix also has a lovely rustic woodsy smell and is a great conditioner. Rosemary oil has also shown itself to be just as effective as Minoxidil. So if you want to encourage hair growth this is the one to go for.

Mix together and massage into hair and scalp to stimulate circulation and encourage absorption. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes, allowing the oils to penetrate the hair shaft.

Alternatively, if that’s too much bother, just add a drop or two to your shampoo. You still get that clean feeling but it’s a little less harsh. 


Ylang ylang is one of my favourite essential oils to add to natural DIY skin and haircare recipes. The best part is, you know exactly what’s in them. Ylang ylang essential oil has tons of benefits for tired skin and dull hair without any nasty chemicals. It’s fragrant, moisturising and completely natural so why not give it a go? Let me know if you try any of the recipes or if you have any to share!

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