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theMonk
Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 07, 2002 04:49 p.m.


Everyone I know has the incense and the oil of this smell, and so do I. i like the smell, does the whole world like that smell?
Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 07, 2002 06:46 p.m.


Nag Champa is THEBEST smell! I burn usually 3 or 4 sticks a day, even on the job!
Have tried the powder with charcoal, etc. but no quite the same as the sticks. They also make a satchet now you can put in your dresser but haven't got that yet. But, have the incense, oil, soap, powder, and candle........
Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 12:02 a.m.


Lars;
Got to admit I haven't ever smelled Nag Champa, at least as far as I know. What can I say? I'd be gratefull if you dropped a stick in the video mailer. Just hope the pooches at the P.O. don't alert to it!
theMonk
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 12:05 a.m.


Im burning a stick right NOW! and I got the oil, Im going to brew up some sitar oil to use when playing ragas on guitar since today I began my study of ragas on guitar with my tabla/vocal teacher. Its going to be great.
theMonk
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 12:08 a.m.


if you want to get a sample taste go to your local indian spice shop or local incense store and go in search for a blueish box that says something on it and has some colored paper on each end. then smell the box, but dont trust the box smell its much sweeter inside.
mash2
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 02:56 a.m.


Hi Guys..It must be..at least in every indian household..if any of you guys are allergic to smoke, then you can try a variety of jasmine..champa, i believe is from the jasmin family of plants..I have something very similar growing in my garden..produces small 5 petal flowers and the fragrance is the same as nag champa..mummy uses the flowers to make garlands for the deities in our small mandie in the house..very nice and devotional..this fragrance!!..cheers mash..
cgoodson
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 11:58 a.m.


It's my favorite for incense, all the others seem to give me a headache.
qehqeh
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 12:18 p.m.


Hey All: I found a website that will send a free sample to anywhere in the cont. US.
http://www.nutraceutic.com/tSampleContactForm.htm
Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 08, 2002 08:10 p.m.


Hi Mash......if you ever come across the exact name of that plant, let me know? Russ, threw a few sticks of the Nag Champa in your package, hopefully it will arrive intact.
Your best price for the incense that I've found in the US is at www.omimports.com
but there's a $100 minimum order. I usually get the kilo and I order my soap from them anyway.......if you're short of the minimum you can always get an extra kilo or two of the Champa and put it on ebay........
Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 10, 2002 12:30 p.m.


Lars, you're a wild man!!! A kilo huh? With that much, you could float your whole house on a cloud of Nag Champa. Wouldn't that be cool!
Ken, I've got patchouli and sandlewood too as I've always liked both, but Lars and the guys have got me convinced to try the Nag Champa. I only wish there was a local Indian shop in my bend in the valley, but alas. Only Indians here are pretty much Navajo and so forth. But they use sage as an incense, not too bad actually. A little too strong for me though.
Ken
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 10, 2002 10:36 a.m.


Hi The Monk, Lars, Russ, Mash and all,
I really like incense, always have. Patchouli was my favorite, followed by sandlewood. Yesterday, after reading your post I went next door to "Mukti Indian Groceries" and snatched up some Nag Champa Sticks, ummm, lovely, burnt one in the car on the way home and this morning the lingering fragrence was delightful. The didn't have the oil however which I intend to put in my next batch of string oil....ken
Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 10, 2002 10:35 p.m.


Hi all......
Wanna cop a key? heh heh heh.........if you don't want that much then here's a good place to get the oil and incense, etc. Also note that they carry Aparajitha Special Durbar Agarbathi incense. They're the only place I"ve found that sells it outside of India. It's Ravi & George's favorite, VERY long lasting smell (days) but smells a little like piss to me but maybe it's my imagination? This site has the Nag Champa oil in a small bottle, I don't know if the massage oil is the same kind, it may be. They have all kinds of wicca, etc. and also very nice pillboxes which make a great oil box.
www.capricornslair.com

neal
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 11, 2002 08:15 a.m.


Thanks Lars for that web-site I have been wanting to try "Ravi's" favorite incense for some time now. If you have not done so try Nag Champa's NATRAJ incense. U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E!!! Neal


Hi all......
Wanna cop a key? heh heh heh.........if you don't want that much then here's a good place to get the oil and incense, etc. Also note that they carry Aparajitha Special Durbar Agarbathi incense. They're the only place I"ve found that sells it outside of India. It's Ravi & George's favorite, VERY long lasting smell (days) but smells a little like piss to me but maybe it's my imagination? This site has the Nag Champa oil in a small bottle, I don't know if the massage oil is the same kind, it may be. They have all kinds of wicca, etc. and also very nice pillboxes which make a great oil box.
www.capricornslair.com

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Stephen
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 11, 2002 11:09 a.m.


I know that Shalimar, our local Indian grocery, sells all kinds of agrabathi and Nag Champa for very cheap. If you are not so lucky to have a good Indian shop in your area you might try a head shop. Louisville's head shop sells Nag Champa, although a bit more pricey than Shalimar. They even sell toy sitars, but I wouldn't want to have to render a raga with one.
Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 11, 2002 01:12 p.m.


Yeah, I've checked out our local head shop. The stuff they sell there smells worse than a ripe gabage can! Goes right along with toy sitars I would think.
Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 11, 2002 08:41 p.m.


Russ, what were you REALLY doing at the head shop? C'mon now.....fess up! Heh heh....

You know I'm kidding of course.......

Stephen
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 12, 2002 06:16 a.m.



Russ (Jul 11, 2002 01:12 p.m.):
Yeah, I've checked out our local head shop. The stuff they sell there smells worse than a ripe gabage can! Goes right along with toy sitars I would think.

Down here in the Bluegrass state we call that smell "skunk". And we call toy sitars, "toy sitars".

Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 12, 2002 10:40 a.m.


Er,um,well,uh, head shops are the only place here to find essential oils like patchouli or sandlewood. Heh Heh.... They never heard of Nag Champa though.

I'm from Georgia, and our name for that smell was something along the lines of fecal material, ya know? Most people I knew called a sitar a real funny kind of gee-tar you got to sit down to play. You should have seen those guys when I played mine at Georgia Southern University back in my undergrad days in the early 70's. It was a hoot!

Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 22, 2002 11:13 p.m.


Just had to keep the Nag Champa thread going........
Just got 'jumbo sticks' of it from that link I posted earlier. Each one burns for 8 HOURS!! Incredible.
Also would like to very highly recommend another kind from the same company called "Super Hit", very sweet smell......

theMonk
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 23, 2002 01:21 a.m.


How many flavors does the company that makes the Nag have?
Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 23, 2002 10:00 a.m.


I just ordered Nag Champa's 9-sampler pack, so they make at least 9 different types. Indeed, CL does offer a good choice of not only incense but burners as well.
Lars
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 23, 2002 06:15 p.m.


Monk,
I think they have 20 or 30 different kinds but Nag Champa and Superhit are the best......

theMonk
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 23, 2002 10:41 p.m.


Wow 20 or 30, thats more than I could dream of. Ill check out this superhit your speaking of.
K.K.
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 25, 2002 11:53 a.m.


Hi All: This discussion about incense has brought back memories of an incense that I bought in the late '60s or early '70s. I have no idea what it was called, or where it was made. I bought one box of it at a head shop in Whittier. We use to cruise Whittier Blvd in our vans lookin' for.....well that's another topic. My stash ran out about 10 years ago. Last week I emailed 15 incense companies on the net with no luck, thought I'd give you guys a try. It came in a rectangular box app. 3" X 4" X 3/4" The incense was a very unique shape, "isosceles trapezoid,� each piece being app. 1" long, 5/8" at its bottom side and 3/8" at its top side, and app 1/4" thick. The pieces were a bright pink color and very light in weight and easy to break, very fibrous. The scent was so unique, it's undescribable, sorry. If anybody has run accross this stuff, please let me know. Thanks - K.K.
theMonk
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Jul 25, 2002 05:28 p.m.


Have you been back to the head shop to see if they stock it or know what they have previously stocked? I havent ever seen any incnese in such a shape. Ill keep my eyes Peeled
Russ
Re:Is Nag Champa the most famous smell ever? Aug 01, 2002 01:07 p.m.


Hey Monk;
I'm through 5 of the 9 Nag Champa sampler pack. Another one I could recommend is the Royal. Its a little musky, not a sweet one. So, good for a change of pace. The "feeling" I got from it when first lit was more serious or even spiritual. So, this would be a good one to light in an area used for meditation, or while listening to (or playing) a rag like Malkauns or Lalit. The only one I can't really recommend so far is N.C. "Natural". I didn't get a thing from it.
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