Nag Champa

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Nag Champa is a fragrance of Indian origin, based on a combination of frangipani (plumeria) and sandalwood.[1][2] It is used in incense, soap, perfume oil, essential oils, candles and personal toiletries,[3] and is common in ashrams. It is a popular and recognizable incense fragrance.[4][2]


A number of flower species in India are known as champa or champak:[5]

Any of these—Magnolia champaca,[4][6] Plumeria,[7] or Mesua ferrea[5]—may be used to prepare the perfume mixture for Nag Champa scent.

Nag Champa perfume ingredients vary with the manufacturer, though generally they include sandalwood and frangipani.[2] Other ingredients will depend on the finished product. A perfume-dipped incense would have different ingredients to a masala incense, which would have different ingredients to a soap or essential oil.[3]


  1. ^ Tomás Prower (1 Oct 2015). La Santa Muerte. Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 99. 
  2. ^ a b c Alaric Albertsson (8 Nov 2013). To Walk a Pagan Path. Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 232. 
  3. ^ a b Som Nath Mahindru (1992). Indian plant perfumes. Metropolitan. p. 107. 
  4. ^ a b "Halmaddi - India". Equinox Aromatics. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Beer (1999). The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs. Serindia. p. 50. 
  6. ^ Stephanie Rose Bird (2006). Four Seasons of Mojo: An Herbal Guide to Natural Living. Llewellyn. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7387-0628-3. 
  7. ^ Tess Whitehurst (2013). The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties. Llewellyn Worldwide. pp. 295–. ISBN 978-0-7387-3194-0. 

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