Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata)


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Copaiba is a stimulant oleoresin obtained from the trunk of several pinnate-leaved South American leguminous trees (genus Copaifera). The thick, transparent exudate varies in color from light gold to dark brown, depending on the ratio of resin to essential oil. Copaiba is used in making varnishes and lacquers.

The balsam may be steam distilled to give copaiba oil, a colorless to light yellow liquid with the characteristic odor of the balsam and an aromatic, slightly bitter, pungent taste. The oil consists primarily of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons; its main component is β-caryophyllene.  The oil also contains significant amounts of α-bergamotene, α-copaene, and β-bisabolene.

Copaiba is also a common name for several species of trees of the legume family native to Tropical Africa and North and South America.

Note: Middle to Base Note, Good Fixative

Aroma Families: Balsamic, Woody

Aroma: Somewhat sweet, mild, soft woody, slightly spicy-peppery aroma with modest tenacity.

Blends Well With

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Emerald Cypress CO2 Extract ( Callitris columellaris)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Grapefruit Pink (Citrus paradisi)
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminium sambac)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Rose Damask Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families

Balsamic, Woody


Warm amber balsamic notes with hints of a mossy citrus undertone and intermittent reminiscences of frankincense.

Aromatic Note

Base to Middle


Not Known.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

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