Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name in the Philippines of Michelia Champaca, a tree whose fragrant, magnolia-like flowers together with those of Canangium odoratum, yield an essential oil highly valued for perfumery, and when digested in cocoanut-oil yield the Macassar oil of commerce. See champak and Michelia.
“Sacred flowers such as champaca, rose, saffron, bakula, and others have been hydrodistilled into sandalwood oil with the use of degs for perhaps five thousand years.”
“So I will stick to the traditional jasmine, rose, orange blossom, tuberose et al for now, and indulge in exotic scents such as champaca, osmanthus, boronia, kewda and other aromas that I wasn’t exposed to until I became a perfumer.”
“But I suppose that what it shows is that you can take champaca out of the wild but you can't take the wild out of champaca.”
“It truly is a gorgeous, couture version of champaca.”
“I just received a sample of champaca essence from a supplier, and was shocked at its wonderfully wild, raggedly complex edge and a lurking filthiness under the surface.”
“I suspect that what gives the silken blend of champaca, jasmine and orchids that ragged, dry, windswept edge is the broom note in Beige, it was hawthorn.”
“I love champaca absolute but have never bought any to play with because it's so...complex.”
“I have champaca essence from a different purveyor and it is narcotic, sweet and lush, but nothing at all like the one I got yesterday.”
“It is just a little too pretty and little too simplified for champaca, but if that would make the West understand and appreciate champaca more - perhaps it is a good thing.”
“At the same time, it is way fruitier than champaca absolute is, which make the name a bit misleading.”
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