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Copaiba Balsam

Scientific Name:  Copaifera officinalis

Country of Origin:  Brazil

Synonyms:  Copahu balsam, Copaiba, Copaiva, Jesuit's Balsam, Maracaibo Balsam, Para Balsam

Plant family:  Fabaceae(Leguminosae)

Plant Parts Used: resin

Extraction Method:  Essential oil is collected by dry distillation from the crude balsam.

Physical Characteristics:  viscous, yellowy-brown or greenish grey liquid

Aroma:  the crude balsam has a mild and woody slightly spicy odor, where the oil has a mild sweet, balsamic-peppery odour.

Main Note:  Base Note

Main Constituents: 90% caryophyllene

Blends well with: cananga, ylang ylang, vanilla, jasmine, violet and other florals.

Safety Precautions: Relatively non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization.  Large doses cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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