Mayan incense rising from age-old temples. Lashes of sea spray and whiffs of the jungle where the jaguar lurks. AEDES ...DE VENUSTAS COPAL AZUR exhales the lush, spiritual vibes of sacred Tulum.
Strikingly similar to frankincense, copal, whose name means “incense” in Nahuatl, can be extracted from a variety of trees native to Central and South America. And much like frankincense in Ancient Egypt or Greece, it was burned by the Mayans and Aztecs to “feed” the gods. Today, it is still used in Mexico for spiritual purposes. Since copal resin cannot be used as a perfume ingredient, three different extractions of frankincense are used to conjure it from top to base notes, making up an extravagant 30% of the formula.
AEDES DE VENUSTAS co-founder Karl Bradl was drawn to its scent while cycling on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula through copal-laced air towards the natural reserve of Sian Ka’an, which translates as “Gate to Heaven.”