Copal Santo

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Essential Oil

Copal Santo

Botanical Name : Bursera Copallifera

Origin : Mexico

Olfactive family : Ambery

Harvester : Darmex

Harvested part : Resin

Main application : Diffusion

The Essential Oil of Copal Santo (Bursera Copallifera) is extracted from the resin of a Palo Santo native from Mexico. Its harvest is very original since the white resin is recovered in large leaves of agaves which are attached under the part of the tree that we come to incise. A product as rare as it is precious, part of what we call the resinous notes. More precisely, its fragrance is terpenic and aromatic, like a subtle olfactory mix between pine needles and sap that sometimes stick to the fingers. At first it annoys, before becoming a comforting smell that we like to keep.

Copal Santo is a bit of all this at the same time, an exceptional essential oil that we never tire of breathing several times a day in a diffuser or on a wet wipe and that accompanies us at every moment to fight against our fears and our daily worries.






An exceptional resinous note, Copal Santo essential oil is piercing, zesty and ethereal when it takes flight. Very quickly, it resembles the terpenic effects of conifers, evoking pine needles, but especially its distant cousin incense. A rich bridge between radiant aromatic notes and deeper, ambery and woody ones, the fragrance stands on its own : a raw olfactory jewel.


Notes :

Top, Heart

Associations :

Mandora / Jasmine / Palo Santo
The copal can play several roles, sometimes honored in quantity, or very effective in linking various notes (floral, fruity, woody …)

Creations :

Copal Santo Essential Oil is relatively unknown in Western perfumery. It is more generally used in South America, even if it is not found in any famous composition. It is nevertheless a privileged ingredient of House of Matriarch perfumes.


Main emotions

Need to be reassured ? This Copal Santo is rich in Monoterpenes, slightly reminding a fresh side of thorns, which will accompany you when you need confidence to face the hazards of life while acting on your fears.


• Everyday worries
• Helps to fight against phobias
• Public speaking
• Lack of self-confidence

Tips for use

• 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser
• a few drops on a ceramic pebble to place in a closet or a living room
• on a wet cloth, let it infuse, inhale deeply several times a day

For more details and to know if an oil is right for you and the best use for you, do not hesitate to contact an olfactotherapist.



• Antiseptics and atmospheric disinfectants +++
• Antivirals, immune stimulants +++.
• Respiratory decongestant +++.
• Anti-inflammatory, analgesic +++.
• Blood and digestive stimulant ++.

Tips for use

For your safety and that of your loved ones, consider consulting a professional aromatherapist.

In food

The essential oil of Copal Santo does not currently have a FEMA number*.

*The FEMA number is an international food safety number. It is essential to be able to use them in the kitchen, without it, you are not allowed to consume them. Le Sourceur rejects any responsibility in case of non respect of these rules. Essential oils are also very concentrated, a single drop is often enough to flavor your cold dishes, when we consider a maximum of 2 to 3 drops on a hot dish. Be careful with their use in cooking, too much of them can be dangerous or even fatal. If in doubt, contact a specialist.

Product Information

General Characteristics

Type of cultivation : Incision of the Copal Ancho tree
Harvest : Between August and September
Extraction method : Hydrodistillation
Production capacity : >100kg per year
Type of product : 100% pure and natural essential oil

Organoleptic characteristics

• Light yellow oil
• Terpenic and amber scent
• Appearance Liquid

Main Components

• Limonene – 29%
• alpha-Pinene – 20%
• p-Cymene – 10%
• alpha-Phellandrene – 15%
• beta-Phellandrene – 6%

Physical characteristics

• Density: 0.840-0.870
• Flash point : 49°C


• Limonene
• Linalool

Product references

CAS registry Number : Not defined
Batch Number : BCC/MEX/DAR/0522
Shelf life : end of 2025


Essential oils are sensitive to UV radiation and to the progressive evaporation of their constituents. It is therefore imperative to keep them in a colored glass or aluminum bottle with a tight seal at a temperature between 5°C and 40°C.

WARNING : Before any use of essential oils read imperatively the precautions for use.

Flammable liquids and vapors /Causes skin irritation / May cause skin allergy / In large quantities: May be fatal if swallowed and enters respiratory tract / Harmful to aquatic organisms, causes long-term effects / IF SWALLOWED: call a POISON CENTER or doctor immediately / Do not induce vomiting / IF ON SKIN: wash with plenty of soap and water / If irritation or rash occurs: seek medical attention (keep container available)/ Keep away from direct heat / Keep out of reach of children / Do not use on pregnant or nursing women and children under 6 years of age.

The information provided on the Le Sourceur site is intended to be informative. They are derived from laboratory research and books published by health professionals but can in no way replace a doctor’s prescription. Le Sourceur declines all responsibility for self-medication.


On the internet

Anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activities of Bursera Copallifera
Darmex : Bursera Copallifera
Wikipedia : Bursera


Kathy Vandevelde for her expertise in olfactotherapy
Adrien Blanc for his expertise in perfume

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