Champaca comes from a large evergreen tree with fragrant flowers and is native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the primary components of the Nag Champa incense blend.
- Botanical Family: Magnoliaceae
- Other Common Names: Champak, Michelia champaca, Red Champaca, Orange Champaca
- Part of Plant Used: Flowers
- Method of Extraction: Solvent Extraction
- Variations: Related to Magnolia, which is sometimes called White Champaca. It is primarily extracted as an absolute by solvents or by C02 extraction.
- Chemistry: Champaca is comprised primarily of esters and other alcohols including: 2-phenylethanol, methyl linoleate, indole, and methyl anthranilate.
- Perfumery: used in natural perfumery
- Reproductive: has aphrodisiac properties
- Emotional: uplifting, euphoric, and emotionally balancing
- Spiritual: Associated with higher states of consciousness, expanding intuition, decisiveness, and clarity when it comes to spirituality and the self.
- Scent Profile: Middle note with a sweet narcotic floral with hints of smokiness
- Longevity: The aroma of Champaca can last up to 100-200 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Floral, Narcotic Floral
- Blends well with: Amyris, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cistus, Clove, Coriander, Davana, Frankincense, Galbanum, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Opopanax, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Violet Leaf, and Ylang Ylang
Products Using Champaca Absolute
- Caution: maximum dermal use of 17.5% during pregnancy and lactation.
- No known hazards or contraindications.
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