Cananga Essential Oil (Cananga brandisiana)


Cananga may also be referred to as Ylang-ylang, Perfume Tree, Cananga, and Cadmia. It is typically processed in Indonesia using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the flowers.


Cananga Essential Oil is sometimes used as an economical substitute for Ylang Ylang Oil in fragrancing applications.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Exotic Floral Fruity Sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): Ylang-ylang, Perfume Tree, Cananga, and Cadmia
  • Synonyms(s) for Cananga brandisiana: Cananga latifolia, Canangium brandisanum, Unona brandisiana, Unona latifolia

  • Botanical Family: Annonaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cananga
  • Major Compounds: B-Caryophyllene, a-Caryophyllene, Germacrene D, delta-Cadinene, Linalool
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Countries of Production: Indonesia
  • Indigenous Country: Asia such as Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and some other islands of Indian Ocean, mainly the Comoro, Nossi Be, and Madagascar islands
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Flowers
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Depression Insect Bites Nervous Conditions / Tension Parasitic Skin Infections Sedative Skin : All types Skin : Oily Stress

Therapeutic Benefits of Cananga:

Analgesic Anti-anxiety Anti-depressant Anti-inflammatory Anti-microbial Anti-oxidant Anti-septic Aphrodisiac Calming Cooling Hypotensive Nervine Sedative Tonic

Other Uses for Cananga:

Oily Skin/Hair, Insect Bites, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Nervous Tension, Stress

Flavor Enhancer Fragrance Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Cananga:

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.

Tisserand and Young indicate that there is generally a moderate risk of sensitization. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.8%. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 229.]

Safety Precautions for Cananga:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.