Although they smell nothing alike, in terms of aromatherapy, ylang ylang is vetiver's twin. They are centering, grounding, an antidepressant, and help the user to focus. While ylang ylang hits the high floral notes, vetiver is strong and earthy.
“In my opinion, ylang ylang and vetiver are two essential oils that act identically. When I am frazzled and unfocused, I grab one of these two for the same reason. But for me, the end result is that they are both my “go to” essential oils when I am feeling overwhelmed.” -Susan Siemers, Owner and Founder, Ceres & Co.