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10 Sources for Exotic Fragrances

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Ylang-ylang

The flowers of the ylang-ylang tree are as fragrant as they are unique.
The flowers of the ylang-ylang tree are as fragrant as they are unique.
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Ylang-ylang is sometimes called the perfume tree because of the scent taken from the flowers that the tree produces year-round. It grows in the Asian tropics and people there have infused coconut oil with the fragrant ylang oil for generations to use as a hair dressing. Like eucalyptus, ylang oil has such a potent scent that it has to be used in small amounts or else it can be overpowering. The sweet-smelling oil has calming properties and can be used in massage oils or exotic potpourris, but it's probably most commonly found in men's cologne where it adds sweet, floral notes.

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