Champaca or champa is one of several floral absolutes from India that is gradually being introduced into aromatherapy. Champaca absolute is obtained by solvent extraction of the fragrant, yellow-orange flowers or as an attar distilled into a base of sandalwood.
Champaca has sweet, deep, exotic floral top notes with delicate, woody, sensual, roselike undertones. Champaca blends well with most florals and citruses, and also with sandalwood, rosewood, clary sage, basil, cardamom and myrtle. Champaca gives a deep, mysterious, oriental quality to all blends.
Traditionally the flowers are offered to the gods and goddesses of India, and champaca is considered an incarnation of Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of wealth. Both stimulant and anti-depressant, champaca is useful for depression characterized by lethargy. It is grounding, warming and enhances self-esteem and confidence. It is also indicated for menstrual cramps and irregularities.
Use small amounts only: 2—3 drops in a bath or massage oil or in a mood perfume. Avoid in early pregnancy. Champaca is a gentle aphrodisiac and is used extensively in perfumery. The exotic, voluptuous and gratifying fragrance is suited to mature, sensual personalities.