Copaifera Officinalis


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Copaifera Officinalis at a glance

  • Type of flowering plant native to South America
  • Can have emollient, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Long used in traditional medicine
  • Used in wound healing in clinical settings
  • Contains volatiles terpenoids that can irritate skin

Copaifera Officinalis description

_Copaifera officinalis_ is a type of flowering plant, also known as the copaifera balsam, that’s native to areas in South America, including Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia. Long used in traditional medicine, research is finding that it has value for its ability to soothe inflammation and fight off microbes. This makes it valuable for wound healing in clinical settings, but not for daily skin care. As with most plants, which part of _Copaifera officinalis_ is used has a big impact on how it affects the body. Some parts of its leaves and oil have emollient and healing properties. However, its oleoresins, which are obtained when the plant components are treated with a type of solvent, contain volatile terpenoids that can irritate skin. Knowing which part of the plant is being used in the skin care product you’re using can make a big difference!

Copaifera Officinalis references

  • Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, January 2024, pages 315-338
  • Frontiers in Microbiology, December 2019
  • Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, January 2019, pages 1-20
  • International Journal of Molecular Science, May 2018, page 1511

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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