Copal Azur was launched in 2014 by New York perfume retailer/niche fragrance house Aedes de Vensutas.
It was inspired by the copal-laced air from Tulum’s ancient temples that swirled around Karl Bradl while he was cycling on the Yucatán Peninsula's east coast.
Since copal cannot be used in perfume, Duchaufour used three different frankincense extractions and threaded them throughout the fragrance to invoke copal. The smell of copal smoke vacillates between notes of lemon and pine. It launches Copal Azur, giving it a bracing and piney start that pulls you into the fragrance. A lick of salt and ozonic notes filter through the resin and put you at the beach. The scene changes from the beach to the tropical jungle as it settles on my skin. The frankincense shifts from coniferous to woody, while aromatic cardamom, resinous and minty, makes it warm and green. Patchouli, sweet and woody, and myrrh balsamy, earthy and a little anisic, complement the frankincense perfectly and help create the feel of wet, woody marshes. The frankincense is softened at the base and sweetened with amber, which links to the almond aspect of copal before it’s all smoothed by Tonka bean, making the drydown creamy, rich and lush.
Notes: copal, ozone, salt, frankincense, resin, cardamom, patchouli, myrrh, amber and tonka bean.