Close your eyes and you can smell the scents of the tropical island Mayotte. Ylang Ylang is the emblematic flower that best represents Mayotte, a French island in the Mozambique channel. Its perfume is captivating making Ylang Ylang one of the most popular flowers among great perfumers. The essential oil made from it has a heavy sweet scent that is part of some of the best-known perfumes. In the 90s Mayotte exported 14 tons of essential oil a year. Now the island has to compete with flowers coming from the Comores Islands and Madagascar. As a result, the producers in Mayotte are trying to save the production of this exceptional flower and maintain their exceptional know-how.
This is a report on the bewitching scent of the tropics