Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa (it’s the one that comes in the classic blue box) is in a miserable state. It seems like everyone complains about a dizzying dive in quality and general lackluster scent. However, there are other nag champas out there and Shanthimalai Nag Champa, which comes in a red box, is often cited as a good alternative.
Unfortunately, I can’t say that I like it very much. It has a odd chalky tone that is quite pronounced but is otherwise short on fragrance. I can detect some gestures in a floral direction but they are washed out and overwhelmed by the chalk. Very odd. As the fragrance is so faint I wonder if I may have a bad box.
A big disappointment.
Shanthimalai Nag Champa is widely available. Prices start around $1.50 for a 15 gram box.