Camphor Laurel is a distinctive timber. It has striking colour varigation - ranging from a pale cream to dark greens and greys. It has a dinstinctive smell (that some people like.) It's easily avalible. It's cheap. It's commonly used in medium grade custom furniture. Some people absolutely love the stuff.
But for me... I don't like it. It's hard to match colours. It's hard to tolerate the smell. It's an imported exotic which doesn't reflect beutiful native timbers. But that's just me.
And then there's other people who really don't like it. http://www.camphorlaurel.com/ - 57 Reasons why Champhor Must Go.