Copaiba Balsam

Copaifera langsdorffii Desf.


Our Copaiba Balsam has a somewhat sweet, mild, soft woody, slightly spicy-peppery aroma with modest tenacity. It is known as one of the most inexpensive natural fixatives; indeed, its main use in perfumery is for that purpose.[1]


Selected size SKU:255-015 - Copaiba, Balsam 15 ml (1/2 oz)

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59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Our Copaiba Balsam has a somewhat sweet, mild, soft woody, slightly spicy-peppery aroma with modest tenacity. It is known as one of the most inexpensive natural fixatives; indeed, its main use in perfumery is for that purpose.[1] However, its lengthy history of use by indigenous peoples is rich and extensive, portraying a veritable host of applications.

The stately Copaibas are impressive, densely branched, leguminous trees found mainly in South America with more than 35 species that have adapted to the continent’s unique terrain. When tapped, in the same manner as Sugar Maple trees, they yield a thin, clear and colorless oily resin that thickens and darkens upon contact with air. The balsamic resin, similar in consistency to Sandalwood oil, is collected for several days after which the tap is removed and the hole sealed with clay; the tapped trees are left to rest for three years between extractions. The abundant resin (up to 40 liters annually[2]) may be filtered for use as lamp oil or as fuel for diesel engines, hence the nickname ‘diesel tree’. Copaiba Balsam is preferred by some to the distilled oil, as it doesn’t require branches or whole trees to be cut, but more importantly, it contains vital diterpenes that do not appear in the essential oil.

The balsamic oil of Copaifera langsdorffii (Copaiba) is composed primarily of the heavier sesquiterpene and diterpene hydrocarbons, and the dominant compound, beta-caryophyllene. It is well suited in formulas for chest and muscle rubs, calming massage blends, skincare and aftershaves, or as a versatile fixative middle to base note in perfumery.  

1 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 190-1.


3 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 190.

4 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 259.

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3 Reviews


Customer Reviews

This the one


First, I don’t even know why I purchased this particular oil but I am glad I did. I’ve had this oil for a little while but had never used it. This weekend I decided to use this essential oil and a couple others I hadn’t used. The scent is amazing. I used it in a cleansing bar I’m making for men and I cannot get over how good it smells. It’s masculine without being too strong. If my man wore this, I’d be all over him. I highly recommend it.

Review by Amanda 6/14/2023

Strong, Spicy Pepper


Eden describes this as "somewhat sweet, mild, soft woody, slightly spicy-peppery" - well, I'll beg to differ on that note! My impression from this batch was not soft or slight; it was a full-on blast of black pepper, like Tellicherry peppercorns fresh cracked and inhaled at close distance. I put a few drops on my wrist and took a whiff every 15 minutes or so for several hours, but I couldn't escape that pepper impression even after a long drydown. There's something else underneath the pepper, of course, something a little akin to motor oil, but that sharp spiciness dominates for me. To my nose, this oil is more "peppery" than the Black Pepper oil offered by Eden, which has a warm, chocolatey drydown. All that isn't to scare people away from this oil; I could see it being a great addition in small quantities to add bite or edge to a blend. And this being a very affordable oil, I've purchased a 30ml container to age, as I'm very curious how this oil will mellow and refine given a decade or so in cold storage. But as it is, this is most definitely a "less is more" oil.

Review by Daniel 3/3/2021

Ultra-masculine, leathery, motor-oil sharp with uncanny tangy dry-down


Wow! I did not expect that from a tree resin with a name that sounds like "Copacabana"! I thought Vetiver was the ultimate masculine scent. No. So far, this is it!! And I expected something reminiscent of amber. Not even close. This smells very sharp and strong and overpowering at first sniff from just touching the very tip of the vial tester to the back of my wrist. It reminded me instantly of an overpowering mixture of motor oil and benzene... with the leather jacket thrown in for good measure. It conjured up visions of a certain 50's "method" actor in his white t, black leather jacket and biker cap, in that bikers movie where he was the One who was "Wild"... if you catch my drift. :) Definitely conjures up a greasy 1950's gas station in the middle of nowhere, probably in the Zone that happens at sunset. As of now, I'd say this is not for me, even though I favor woodsy scents and stir clear from the overly feminine scents, but this swinging the pendulum in the polar opposite direction. But I can only imagine smelling this properly blended on a guy. That might be... wow! It's really good quality. Surprisingly, the dry-down happened very fast, and it turned very tangy, the "motor oil/turpentine" odor yielding to something very tangy. A plus: I had no allergic reaction to this. Even though it's not for me, I can tell it's very high quality, love that it's wildcrafted/unsprayed and it's very very intriguing. For guys who are into decidedly masculine scents: try a sample, it might blend very well with black pepper. If I ever take the wrong turn on a deserted road and find some greaser wearing this outside that 50's gas station sprung out of nowhere, it might be too intoxicating to resist..!

Review by Black Pepper 9/7/2020

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