It is only since the beginning of the sixties of the past century that ylang-ylang oil is being distilled in the island of Luzon, P. I. The first to take up this distillation was F. Steck3) a German apothecary in Manila, and the uncle of Pablo Sartorius, whose name is still associated with the firm that makes a speciality of this oil. Of the larger distillers of that early period, J. Witte and von Westernhagen should be mentioned.

In Europe it was the Parisian apothecary F. Rigand4) who contributed to make known this oil. However, ylang-ylang oil did not become widely known until the world's fair in 1878, when it was exhibited in Paris by Oskar Reymann and Adolf Roensch of Manila.