Ylang Tincture is a Beautiful Perfume

by | Nov 13, 2014 | Anya's Garden Perfumes, natural aromatics, raw materials of perfumery | 4 comments

I’ve blogged about tincturing the ylang-ylang flowers in my Miami garden. They only smell highly fragrant after the sun goes down, and the next morning the scent retreats into the stems, where the tree protects it from the hot sun.

The big, deep yellow ylang flower is the type I harvest for the tincture. The smaller, green flower with its petal curved around the ripe flower is immature, and needs a day or two to reach the maturity of the prized ylang.

The big, deep yellow ylang flower is the type I harvest for the tincture. The smaller, green flower with its petal curved around the ripe flower is immature and needs a day or two to reach the maturity of the prized ylang.

This tincture captures the high, sweetest notes of what is called the “Chanel No. 5” tree. If you’ve ever read about the women of the Philippines wrapping the fresh flowers in their hair to scent it, this is that scent. No heat was used to extract the scent, so it is at its purest height of beauty.

The scent is richest at midnight, and that’s when I pick the flowers. The workers on ylang-ylang farms won’t go into the fields at night, so the flowers that make it into the distillation vats are not as richly-scented as mine. I’ve seen photos of their harvest, and the flowers are mostly green. Mine is bright yellow, and the scent difference between them and the inferior green flowers is very noticeable.

I was originally going to use this tincture to make perfume, but after much consideration decided it was so rare that I would share it with others so that they can enjoy the pure essence of organic ylang flower tincture. This is a great present to give to yourself, especially if you live in a cold climate and have never experience the ‘right off the tree’ scent of ylang.

I am offering the limited edition of ylang tincture in half-ounce/15ml bottles. You will have the chance to experience the truest ylang-ylang scent you have ever smelled, the scent of the flowering tree, captured in organic sugar cane alcohol.

Limited Edition of the Premier Harvest of Organic Ylang flowers, Miami, 2014

Limited Edition of the Premier Harvest of Organic Ylang flowers, Miami, 2014

I had some artistic fun with the dark shadow on the Ylang Tincture font – it represents the midnight harvest, so dark and challenging. I had to wear a hat with lights in the brim so I could see the flowers, which are tucked under sweeping branches and long leaves, and a beekeepers veiled hat over that to keep the moths and gnats from my face. It was worth it!

The black reference also carries over to the tincture itself. It’s as black as night! With light shining on the edges of the bottle, some brown color appears, much like seeing someone with black hair in bright sunlight. But viewed straight on, the tincture is black and opaque. How enchanting!

Please visit my website to obtain your bottle of this limited edition first harvest by clicking here. 

I am delighted and eager to share this wondrous tincture with you!

4 Comments

  1. Cher

    Anya,
    Your offer is deeply exciting and I am especially glad you left it to its own glory (by not using it in a perfume). I will certainly be ordering this shortly.

    Cher
    Aromapothecare

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  2. Yitzkhak Yishayahu Kaufman

    Sounds amazing!
    What ratio of flowers to alcohol did you use? and what % is the al strength
    I would love to try to make some.
    YYK

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  3. Renée

    Wow love this post ,
    I noticed it was from 2014 .
    Do you still offer this product .
    Would love to order your latest
    I live in Canada and it’s cold tight now

    Reply
    • Anya McCoy

      Yes, the tree keeps providing the beautiful flowers for tincture. 2014 was the first year, I add a note 6to supplement the label as to the current product

      Reply

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