Champaca essential Oil is distilled from flowers which is why it has a floral and almost fruity scent. It is used for perfume blends due to its unique fragrance. White Champaca is used as an aphrodisiac and a relaxant. In India Champaca flowers are among the valued flowers due to its attracting scent. Champaca Oil is always harvested at night since its scent is always at its best quality.
Oil blends With Champaca Oils
Champaca Oil has complementary blending with most floral Oils. Rose Oil, Jasmine, Atlas Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lovage root, Siam wood, Bergamot among others.
Chemical Constituents of Champaca Oil
Champaca oil consist of Benzyl Acetate, Red Champaca, Phenyl-Ethyl Alcohol, Linalool as well as other ingredients.
Pure essential Oil blends with 60 drops of Champaca, 55 drops of Red Orange, 35 drops of copaiba, 20 drops of aniseed, and 30 drops of cypress Oil. Combine them together in a bottle and shake well to achieve your desired quality.
Another recipe is: to combine 20 drops of fennel oil, 35 drops of Neroli, 50 drops of balsam, 40 drops of nutmeg, and lastly 55 drops of Champaca oil. Mix well to get your delight fragrance.
Champaca Oil History
Magnolia Champaca is the scientific name of Champaca plant. It is believed that Champaca plant is one of the most ancient flowering plant. It is said to originate in the Himalayas. Specimens that have been discovered as fossils have been back dated to be not less than 90 million years. Its pollination is done by beetles since it existed even before the bees pollination started.
Countries like China and India have always used Champaca for medicinal purposes in their traditions. The Champaca tree is tall and green in color with creamy or yellow flowers with around 12 sepals. As we said earlier, the flowers are picked at night when its smell is at its best quality. It is said that at night, the smell is completely divine.
The flower is the most utilized part used to produce Champaca Oil. The most common method of extraction is by the steam distillation, and the blossom is mostly pale green. It has a medium consistency. It has a top note aroma. The Initial aroma is a light buttery atmosphere with a bit of sharp edge and intensely green and herbaceous.
Due to its foreign and delightful fragrance, it is used to manufacture the most expensive perfumes in the world. Generally, Champaca Oil has a multipurpose use. It is used in the Flavoring and Perfume making industry and used almost 99% in the medicine and therapeutic and Spa industries.
Champaca Essential Oil Uses
Champaca Oil is used in temples and other places of worship. Its aroma is delightful and heavy and it is mostly used in places of worship in India. It induces a calming impact on the mind. Champaca Oil has a lingering scent, hence creating an atmosphere conducive to concentration. As much as Champaca is being used in religious places, they can as well be used in homes to bring peace and relaxing moods.
When Champaca essential Oil is sprayed in a room, the need to spray other air fresheners become meaningless. It gets rid of bad odors and smells for long. Additionally, you to can avoid using other artificial room fresheners that might be risky for your health.
It brings a calming effect in brain to avoid stress and its fragrance helps to relax body nerves. When used as a bedroom diffuser it helps one get rid of tiredness especially when you are home from job. It is considered as a superior aromatherapy product.
Champaca helps in focusing: while studying, meditating or even driving. It helps to focus on specific thought or activity in progress.
It is used as skin therapy: skin related problems can be relieved by applying Champaca Oil. The oil acts as an insect repellant and as an antiseptic when used on skin. It can also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, improving skin texture and to treat skin rashes too.
Champaca oil can also be used as a sachet when room freshening is impossible, sachets can be kept in wardrobes and corners of a house.
Use as a gift: Champaca Oil can be used as a gift because it is regarded as an exotic product. It is greatly preferred than most of commercial perfumes, hence you can give them to your friends as gifts. It has different scents and can be preferred by friends and colleagues.
Champaca essential Oil can also be used as an aphrodisiac: It has a sandalwood fragrance and hence and your partner can find it stimulating.
How to get the best results when using Champaca Oil
Champaca Oil has a sweet earthly aroma and a powerful delightful fragrance all at the same time, however its strong scent should not be exposed to kids especially those with respiratory problems. When burning Champaca incense sticks ensure proper ventilation at home. Burning the sticks can sometimes bring a strong and uncomfortable atmosphere for some people.
Champaca Oil Shelf Life
It is advised that contamination of Champaca Oil makes is toxic and hazardous. Degradation of this Oil comes from the following aspects. When oxygen gets into the bottle containing the Oil, it reacts with some of its chemical components and becomes oxidized. This causes the Oil to be risky to use since its properties change and it becomes sensitive.
It’s life span is cut short it and hence goes bad quickly. Heat is another aspect that can alter the Oil shelf life. Volatile components escape through air when it is exposed to heat. Ultraviolet light encourages free radicals, which alters the Oil constituents and makes it go bad quickly. To avoid this, always store the oil into dark colored bottles.
Generally Champaca Oil’s essential shelf life is determined by its chemical composition. Those with constituents that oxidize faster when exposed to Oxygen go bad quickly and tend to have a short life span.
Essential Oil that contains a lot of oxides or monoterpenes hve the shortest shelf life that goes to 1 to 2 years.
Essential Oils with a lot of phenols go up to 3 years. Oils with monoterpenols or ketones, and esters have a shelf life of about 4 to 5 years. Essential Oils with a capability of lasting long contain a lot of sesquiterpenols and can last up to 6 years.
How to tell if Champaca Oil has been Oxidized
Note that note all manufacturing companies print distillation dates on their Oil products, which would help to estimate the Oil’s life span. Therefore it is always advised to shop from a trusted supplier. Keep your Oil cape tightly closed to prevent air from going in. The following are some ways to tell if your Oil has gone bad.
The fragrance of your Oil begins to change or it starts smelling “off” once oxidized. You should therefore get familiar with your perfume smell for you to able to notice when it’s gone bad.
When your Oil is oxidized, it loses it’s therapeutic quality and starts becoming hazardous. The skin becomes sensitive to it, hence develops rashes, irritation or itchy feeling, and when used for long, it makes your skin become more sensitive.
What to do with Oxidized Champaca Oil
Oxidized essential Oil is definitely not recommended for use on your skin, though they can be used for cleaning. You have to be sure to put on some gloves before using oxidized Oils for cleaning, since it can be risky for your skin.
Botanical description of Champaca Oil
Michelia Champaca is a partly deciduous plant which is green in color. It is medium sized with a height of around 50 meters tall. Has a cylindrical and straight with an approximate diameter of 200 centimeters. It also has a back smooth surface, grey to whitish in color. Inner bark is fibrous. It has simple leaf structure arranged spirally.
The flowers are short and arranged in pairs. Has large sepals usually 3-6 and yellow in color, stamens, with many anthers. The genus of this tree is named after an Italian botanist. The tree makes fruits and flowers throughout the year. Flowers are beetle pollinated. Michelia Champaca is found in lowland rainforest of up to 2100 meters altitude. Temperatures in which they thrive in is between 30 to 40 degrees centigrade and the absolute minimum temperatures is approximately 4 to 10 degrees centigrade.
Champaca Oil Market Trends
How customers identify an original Champaca Oil: Champaca Oil fragrance always has unique fragrance that combines Jasmine floral notes, lilac notes, sandalwood and lavender.
The most valuable and expensive Oil on earth is currently Champaca Absolute. Champaca Absolute is valued at around 7600 dollars per milliliters, that is approximately 20 drops. If divided by 20 drops, a drop therefore cost around $4. A full tablespoon will therefore cost around 380 dollars. It is very expensive that even the most exotic perfume brands have a refill of Champaca Oil. If you visit famous brands for perfumery like Tom Ford, a bottle of refill goes for $220 to $500. Champaca Oil sells so much because it is considered sacred in Asian countries and also known to have the most delightful fragrance properties with many therapeutic effects.
Champaca Oil was used traditionally at temples and wedding ceremonies to give a delightful scent to the event. The product has a high demand that even multimillionaire companies are in need of it. The second best-selling perfume in the world is “Joy” and it has Champaca absolute Oil as the main ingredient. Many companies include Champaca Oil because of the way it has gained popularity in the whole world. No other product competes with this exotic essential oil.
If you ever want to invest in such expensive Oil, always make sure that you carry out a thorough research, and purchase a USDA regulated organic Oil. Be cautious on many companies out there trying to sell fake Champaca Oil. It’s always recommended to look up Amazon reviews before buying products.
Differentiate between Counterfeit and Genuine Champaca Oil
When you go to purchase an essential Oil, sometimes it is hard to tell between a counterfeit one and a genuine one. Very simple tests can tell if the Oil is pure or whether chemicals have been added to it. The “paper” and “bottle test” are some of the tests used though not 100% sure, it gives a sure estimate of water test or even its feeling. These two methods will be discussed as follows to avoid buying counterfeit Oils from fake companies.
You need a white printing paper and the Oil you wish to test. Put one or two drops of Oil on the paper and let it dry. A ring should be left behind without any impurities. If a ring is left and some residue ids seen, then automatically it’s not genuine Oil.
This would be the test that will do best of course. When Oil is added into water, it does not dissolve. You can always get a cup of distilled water into a clear glass and add some few drops of Oil to be tested into the glass and stir. Give it some time so that the Oil can evaporate, if leaves behind a whitish color into the water, then the Oil was not pure, but if the water remains as clear as it was, then the Oil is Pure.
Other assumption methods includes: The feel, the design, the packaging, USDA approved, quality compared to quantity are discussed below.
This method is easy to use but it is less accurate. If it is your first time to do this, place few drops of the Oil on to your finger and compare it to Olive Oil. Impure Oil will leave a sticky or greasy feeling on your finger unlike the pure Oil.
If the Oil is designed with a plastic or rubber dropper, the chemicals might end up reacting with it and with time, the Oil will become impure. It should come in a glass container with a calibrated dropper system that regulates the number of drops coming out of the bottle and keeps the Oil fresh throughout its lifespan.
The packaging is also important in keeping the Oil safe from losing its quality. If it has a poor packaging, heat, oxygen and other factors that can cause it’s quality to deteriorate will affect it because of the poor shield. Standardized packaging should be of dark bottles that can prevent ultraviolet rays from entering the bottle. Never buy one that are packed in plastic bottles.
USDA Certified Oil
In the United States of America, organic Oils that are 100% pure have to be certified by USDA. When purchasing a product, it is always important to ensure that they are USDA certified. Some companies will always just note “pure Oil” while that isn’t accurate at all.
Quality versus Quantity check
The price product should always correlate, if the cost is lower than the standard price, you should be suspicious on the product. If the Oil is more expensive, then the Oil is pure, but take note that some companies always try to scare off their customers with extremely high prices. You should always compare prices of this product from different companies so as to take note of the normal prices and see how they correlate.
Recommendations on Champaca Oil Purchase
If you ever feel any doubt when purchasing Champaca essential oil, find reputable companies and check for customer’s reviews especially on amazon and other reputable markets. Otherwise, you could always find it from your trusted supplier.
It’s always recommended to take time to understand essential Oils before start purchasing or utilizing it. The first step is always to consult a qualified aromatherapist who will help you in the know-how of these Oils and give a proper prescription. Always try to research information on your desired product, find its background information, and find details on its chemical contents, its background and history. Be keen when buying this commodity to avoid purchasing a counterfeit. Check on its shelf life and most importantly, the production dates.
Follow instructions on the usage properly to avoid contamination of your product. As we saw earlier, failure to do so might end up making your skin sensitive. If your skin becomes sensitive, even pure essential will still be a little sensitive on your skin. Understand the common names given to Champaca essential oil to avoid confusing it with other products. Understand the type of oils that Champaca blends with so as to achieve maximum benefits of this product.