Botanical name Michelia champaca L.
Synonyms Golden champa, champak
Processing Method Steam Distillation
Color/Consistency Reddish Brown transparent liquid & unique and appealing fragrance
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma Rich, velvety, suave, vanilla-sweet floral with warm, dense, peach/apricot-like notes and spicy tea- and hay-like undertones; the rich, sweet floral and tea/hay notes remain in the long drydown.
Blends With Agarwood, Black Pepper, Carnation, Cedarwood (Atlas), Cardmom, Clove Bud, Coriander, Galbanum, Jasmine, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orris, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Violet Leaf, Ylang-Ylang.
Michelia champaca is native to the Philippines and the Indonesian islands, but now also grows in places far west of its origin - India, southeast China, Réunion, and Madagascar; the flowers are a beautiful deep orange-yellow borne on a medium-sized slender tree related to the Magnolias.4 In many areas where it thrives, the flowers are used for ornamental purposes and for worship in temples.
In Theravada Buddhism, champaca is said to have used as the tree for achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi by seventeenth Lord Buddha called "Aththadassi. According to Tibetan beliefs, the Buddha of the next era will find enlightenment under the white flower canopy of the champaca tree.[
The tree thrives best in damp climate and requires deep moist soil. It is moderate light demanderand is sensitive to frost. Natural regenration is usually plentiful around the mother trees. The tree flowers in hot and rainy weather and seeds late in august.
Flowers in general, and Champaca in particular, benefit from CO2 extraction for an important reason: numerous monoterpene hydrocarbons detected in the essential oil are not found in the CO2 extract and appear as artifacts or decomposition products during distillation. The CO2 extract of Champaca is free of solvent residue, contains far less waxes, is chemically superior to a distillate, and has a closer fragrance profile to the fresh flowers
Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Methyl linoleate 10.0–18.0%
Methyl anthranilate 2.1–9.0%
Methyl benzoate 1.0–5.0%
Benzyl acetate 0.1–4.0%
Methyl palmitate 2.0–3.0%
Ionone oximes 0–3.0%
(Z)-Linalool oxide (pyranoid) 0.2–2.5%
2-Phenylethyl acetate 0.4–2.0%
Benzyl alcohol 0.3–2.0%
Quality May be co-extracted with (cheaper) ylang-ylang flowers.
Hazards None known.
Contraindications None known.
Maximum daily oral dose in pregnancy and breastfeeding 555 mg
Maximum dermal use level in pregnancy and breastfeeding 17.5%
Our safety advice
Our restrictions for pregnancy and breastfeeding are based on 34.0% 2-phenylethanol, with an oral limit of 2.7 mg/kg/day, and a champaca absolute specific gravity of 0.96.
Adverse skin reactions No information found. 2-Phenylethanol is a very low risk skin sensitizer.
Acute toxicity No information found.
Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information! found for orange champaca absolute, but it contains no known carcinogens.
The plant is commonly found in S.E Asia, and the absolute is produced in India and Thailand. A CO2 extract is also made.