Although Champaca Absolute is obtained from a species of Magnolia, its fragrance bears little resemblance to the flowers of those trees commonly found in North America. While Champaca lacks the lemony note generally expected from magnolia flowers, it more than makes up in a rich yet delicate creamy perfume I find very closely related to true Gardenia.
Species: Magnolia Champaca
Country of Origin: India
Magnolia Champaca, commonly called yellow jade orchid tree, is a large evergreen tree, native to the Indomalaya ecozone (consisting of South Asia, Southeast Asia and some parts of China). It is best known for its strongly fragrant yellow or white flowers. The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes.; especially in India, they are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out, and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume. Flowers are used to be floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, and for garlands. Magnolia champaca however is more rare and has a strong perfume, and is not that commonly or plentifully used.