Copal is natural resin, with a white, pale yellow appearance and a scent reminiscent of frankincense and lemon. It is most often used as incense for cleansing and purification
The word copal comes from the Spanish word copalli which means incense, a task for which copal can in fact be employed. Polymerisation can progress significantly through the body of the resin. In some cases the surface of the copal fractures and crazes due to the surface shrinkage prompted through the initial evaporation of the turpenes.
Significant copal deposits exist in Columbia, South America in the Santander province. This material is less than 1000 years old. Copal deposits also exist in:
Africa (North, East and West) – Borneo, Congo, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar,Sierra Leone and the Congo.
Asia – Damar.
Australia – Allendale Victoria.
Indonesia – Sumatra
Japan – Mizunami.
South America – Brazil & Colombia