Nag Champa is a quality Indian incense that is very popular around the world. The fragrance it produces is subtle, complex, yet unmistakable as it is made from the flowers and plant material of the champa flower. It is also primarily a sandalwood based incense and as such blends sweet floral aromas with stronger musk fragrant notes.
Although Nag Champa is often bought as an incense, you can also find it in soap, candles and perfume oil.
Nag Champa Manufacturers
This ‘class’ of incense is manufactured by a number of Indian companies and exported worldwide. Some of the most popular to look out for are:
Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa Incense – Made by Shrinivas Sugandhalaya
Shirda Sai Baba Nag Champa Incense – Gajalaxmi Agarbarthi Works
Tulasi Nag Champa Incense – Made by Sarathi Perfumery
Nag Champa incense sticks are usually sold by weight starting in smaller packets of 15g containing around 12 – 15 hand-made sticks.
How Champa Incense Sticks are Made
All Indian incense production tends to fall into certain classes of incense and the ‘champas’ is one of them. Nag Champa is the most famous and, as the name suggests, belongs to the champas sub-set of incense. The champas class of incense in turn forms part of the Durbars set of masala incense group meaning they are essentially a complex blend of Indian spices.
Traditional Indian champas, particularly Nag Champa incense sticks, generally contain the following properties:
Fragrance: Sweet, spicy, complex scents
Ingredients: Natural halmaddi from the Ailanthus Malabarica tree, sandalwood, champa flowers (plumeria tree), resins and spices
The incense sticks tend to be slow burning and mask stale odours very well.
Burning Incense Sticks Safely
Using incense to create a calming atmosphere is one of the major attractions when burning incense sticks at home. Naturally, it makes sense to use a purpose made incense holder to catch the ash from the burning incense stick.
It is recommended that you use an incense box burner as this holds the incense stick securely in a horizontal wooden box. It prevents the incense from being touched once it has been lit, helps spreads the incense, and can add a beautifully decorative touch to any room.