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Yin & YlangYin and Ylang

Yin and Ylang is a feminine perfume with bright citrus topnotes, a luminous floral heart, and a cozy base of Mysore sandalwood, natural oakmoss, patchouli, amber, and musk. High in naturals, this scent features a beautiful floral blend of jasmine sambac absolute, tuberose absolute, and a special complete ylang oil. See the Perfumer’s Comments below for the story of the scent’s creation in collaboration with Cafleurebon.

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Fragrance Notes: Bergamot, blood orange, soft aldehydes, beeswax absolute, ylang complete oil, jasmine sambac absolute, tuberose absolute, rose damascones, ginger CO2, Mysore sandalwood oil, oakmoss absolute, amber, patchouli, vanilla, musk.

Yin and Ylang Sonoma Scent StudioRelease Notes: Released March 2014.

Usage Notes: Contains natural low-atranol oakmoss and natural citrus oils (blood orange and bergaptene-free bergamot); do not use if you suspect you have skin allergies to oakmoss or citrus. Citrus oils can increase skin sensitivity to the sun, so it is best not to use perfumes that contain citrus oils on areas of skin that are going to be in the sun. Citrus oils also age more rapidly, so store your bottles in a cool, dark spot and use within a year or two.

Yin and Ylang AwardsPerfumer's Comments: Early in 2013, Michelyn Camen, Editor In Chief of Cafleurebon, asked if I would be interested in working on her idea for a scent called Yin And Ylang. She had in mind a beautiful feminine scent that featured an ylang note and that had both yin and yang aspects to it. I had experimented with several white floral ideas for a few years but had not finished them, and I looked forward to returning to the theme.

Yin and Ylang Sonoma Scent StudioI liked her idea of a soft floral scent that was classically beautiful. Although it has become a cliché to speak of the high quality of ingredients in perfumes, this formula lives up to that description; it is 92% natural with a base of organic grain alcohol and contains generous amounts of many precious materials such as rare Mysore sandalwood oil and a tuberose absolute that costs over $14,000 per kilo. The ylang oil is organic and is what is known as a complete oil rather than a fraction. The topnotes of ylang can be hard to work with, so I used some bright citrus oils to help transition into the floral heart. The moss and woods combine with musk, amber, and vanilla to create a soft but long-lasting base. The beeswax absolute adds a natural honeyed pollen note to the floral heart, and the damascones add bright fruity notes. Many thanks to Michelyn for the inspiration, concept, and name for this fragrance. You can read more about the scent development backstory on Cafleurebon.