Nag Champa Brand Incense – Synthetic?
I read fairly recently that Nag Champa (the brand, not the fragrance) uses synthetic ingredients in their incense blends. Looking into it a bit online, I can see how this is very likely true. The descriptions say stuff like “made with pure herbs, barks, <etc…>”, meaning that it contains some pure or natural ingredients. I do not see their descriptions saying “All natural” or “only natural” or “100%...
About Nag Champa
Nag Champa is not just a brand of incense. Nag Champa is the fragrance from India after which the brand is named. It is one of the most (if not the most) popular incense fragrances in the world. Its exotic scent is reminiscent of markets and gardens of India. Nag Champa gets its name in part from the Champa Flower (a.k.a. Plumeria), one of the key ingredients in Nag Champa incense.
Picture of a Champa / Plumeria flower:
Nag Champa Ingredients
Incense of India
Incense making in India is closely related to Ayurvedic practices. Perhaps in modern times, the use of chemicals and other not-so-ayurvedic practices have become common, though I imagine the traditional methods are still widely used.
Our friend Wiki says that Ayurvedically, the ingredients that go into incense are categorized into one of 5 classes, which are the elements: Ether (fruits), Earth (roots), Fire (flowers), Water (stems & branches), and Air...