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Nag Champa Incense, Oil, Candles and Soaps

Updated on July 30, 2010

Nag Champa is one of the most popular scents in the world and is commonly used to fragrance incense, candles, soap and perfume oil. This scent originates from India and conjures up images of mystical yogis and the 1960s with nag champa incense smoke wafting through the air.

Nag champa is a mixture of herbs, spices, oils and usually contains some sandalwood. The flowers of Champa trees, commonly known in the western world as Frangipani have a very sweet and strong fragrance, which is said to attract snakes. The Indian word for snake is nag, hence the name Nag Champa given to the fragrance.

Nag champa incence sticks have a sweet and earthy natural smell which is good for covering up cigarette smoke and other unpleasant smells. Although there are many different scents of incense available, nag champa has long been one of the most popular and is easily found in a variety of stores included health food stores, new age stores and stores specializing in goods from India and Nepal.

Nag Champa Incence

photo by globetrotter1937 on flickr
photo by globetrotter1937 on flickr

Incense fragranced with nag champer can be bought in the form of nag champa sticks or nag champ cones. The sticks are most common and will usually burn for about 30 minutes. You need to use a special incense burner to catch the ash and protect your furniture from the burning stick. Each brand of incense will have a slightly different blend which results in a different fragrance effect.

One of the most popular brands is Sai Baba Nag Champa incense which is made in India and is one of thehighest fragranced and best quality types of incense available. It is available in different box sizes and is perfect for using during meditation, yoga or just to scent your home.

Nag Champa cones can be burned on any metal or fire proof material or you can buy incense burners designed to hold cones. They consists of pure incense, unlike the sticks which have a bamboo core. Incense cones usually burn for a little longer than the sticks and they are less messy but they can be harder to light.

Nag Champa Soap

As well as incense, this fragrance is used to perfume a number of other substances, one of them being soap. Nag champa soaps have a lovely natural fragrance that is great for either men or women and will leave the scent on your skin for a subtle all-day perfume.

Most nag champa scented soaps are made from natural materials such as glycerine and natual perfume oils, so are perfect for people who do not like to use chemicals and harsh products on their skin. This soap is commonly sold in health food shops and cosmetic shops specializing in natural products.

Nag Champa Oil

Nag champa oil is another common use for this fragrance and has a variety of applications from using as perfume oil or for massage to scenting handmade soaps and candles. Many perfumes use nag champa oil as one of the fragrances in their composition.

Nag champa perfume oil comes in different qualities and is often diluted with a vegetable base oil. The highest quality oils will be the most highly scented and last for longer and can be mixed with another oil for massage. Nag champa perfume is a great scent that is not too cloying or sweet and has a slightly exotic feel to it.

Nag champa candles

For those who love the scent of nag champa but don’t like the smoke from incense, a nag champa candle is the answer. These candles will give a warm earthy scent to your home without any smoke and will burn for several hours before they need replacing. The highest quality candles use a high proportion of nag champa fragrance oil in their composition.


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