The Nag Champa perfume was originally manufactured in the Hindu and Buddhist monasteries of India and Nepal. It is traditionally made from a sandalwood base, to which are added a variety of flower oils – including that from the flower of the Champac tree. Each monastery has its own secret formula which is revealed to no-one outside the order! The sacred tree belongs to the magnolia family, and grows to about 30m in height. Its flower is yellow and star-shaped, and as well as being the source of the perfume, also gives a yellow dye. Frequently planted in temple grounds, the wood is used for making sacred images, drums, etc.
And as well as producing the famous blue packet Nag Champa incense, from those beginnings has grown a whole family of Nag Champa inspired varieties of incense, each one notable in its own right.