- A base of wood powder and charcoal powder
- The Halmaddi paste, made from the resin of Ailanthus triphysa, an evergreen rainforest tree: A hygroscopic paste, it slows down the rate at which the incense burns
- Champa flower
- Benzoin resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis)
- Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
- Indian sandalwood (Santalum album)
- Vanilla: Added to tone down the halmaddi and provide a subtle sweetness
- Other oils: Added to accentuate the scents
- Honey or water
About Nag Champa
Satya Nag Champa was first made in 1964 by a family-owned company called Shrinivas Sugandhalaya. Satya Nag Champa gained popularity both within India and around the world, becoming the world’s most popular incense. The company grew and the founder’s two sons joined Shrinivas. One son ran the production factory in Bengaluru (Bangalore) while the other oversaw sales and marketing from their office in Mumbai. After the death of their father the sons inherited the company and very little changed.
Recently Shrinivas Sugandhalaya was split in two, with each brother taking half of the original company. A court case in India decided that both of the new companies could continue to make and sell Satya brand products, the most famous of which being Satya Nag Champa. We now have Satya Nag Champa made by Shrinivas Mumbai and we also have Satya Nag Champa made by Shrinivas Bangalore. Legally, they are both genuine "Satya" brand products but they aren’t the same incense.
The Bangalore product is the original Nag Champa made in the same factory by the same production team, using the same recipe, production technique and ingredients – nothing has changed. This is the Nag Champa that millions of people all over the world know and love – and this is the one that we stock.
The Mumbai product is not the original Nag Champa. It’s made in a new production facility by the team who previously were responsible for sales and marketing. The Mumbai Nag Champa is not hand-rolled, but is instead machine-rolled (Bangalore continues to hand-roll all its products – just as it has since the beginning). No one knows if Mumbai uses the same recipe – some ingredients may have been changed to allow for machine-rolling. All we can say is we have tried both versions and there is a difference.