Copaiba oil is harvested from a tree, Copaifera Langsdorfii, native to South America. The raw material is called Copaiba Oleoresin. It can be further distilled to create Copaiba essential oil. The production of Copaiba represents approximately 95% of Brazil's oil-resin production industry.
The Copaiba resin we use in White Witch Regenerating Skin Balm has a beautiful golden colour and the consistency of honey. It smells very similar to pure undiluted Sandalwood essential oil.
While searching for botanicals with potential for use in natural perfumery, we came across copaiba resin.
The oleoresin would have been traditionally used by natives of South America for pouring onto open wounds, to create a barrier against infection and to accelerate healing. It would have also been taken internally for sealing stomach ulcers. In scientific studies it has been shown that the beneficial effects of Copaiba are due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-tetanus, antiseptic and antihemorrhagic properties. The oleoresin is harvested by tapping the tree trunks, making this a sustainable rainforest resource.
White Witch chose to use the oleoresin rather than the more commonly available essential oil. The resin used in White Witch Regenerating Skin Balm has been sourced directly through local people in Brazil, to ensure it is ethically harvested and bottled. The trees grow wild on land which is untreated by chemical fertilizer or pesticides and it is produced and shipped in small fresh batches.