Called Peru Balsam, as it was formerly exported from Peru ports, but El Salvador is the only country in the world producing Peru Balsam resin.

Nelixia’s products

• Peru Balsam resin

• Fairwild Peru Balsam resin

• Coming soon: Peru Balsam Resinoïde


Know the source

Working directly with 135 Balsameros, divided in 4 different regions of la Costa Balsamera of El Salvador

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Involve and respect

• Improve safety by training on best practices and contracting of an insurance policy for our producing partners.

• Increase visibility and long-term commitments to our producers: Continue perpetration of the know-how by motivating younger generation to keep the tradition going.

• Pre-financing the producers.

• Stabilizing prices through a cost structure, as Nelixia’s clients are also committing to long-term contracts.

• Traceability form the producer to the client.

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Empower communities

Implementation since 2018 the Fairwild Certification with one cooperative:

- Increase production of 20% while respecting sustainable practices

- Income improvement of 15% thanks to the Fairwild premium

- Long-term commitment of volumes

About Peru Balsam

Nelixia Peru Balsam


Myroxylon balsamum pereirae is a tree native form Central America, growing up to 34m in height and can live for more than 300 years… El Salvador is the only country producing Peru Balsam resin in the world. The main production region is located along the South Coast of El Salvador, known as “Costa Balsamera”.

Production is so particular and ancestral, that the know-how is transmitted from generation to generation. Cardamom is a shrub with leaves of 2 to 3 meters high, comparable to reeds.

Nelixia Peru Balsam Value Chain

Our value chain

Peru Balsam resin harvest is amazingly unique and can only be performed by a skilled Balsamero.

In a first time, tappers climb the balsam trees with a torch, they heat the bark just on certain sides of the trunk, permitting easy bark-removal. They know exactly the size of the incision they need to do to preserve the tree. After a few days, they place a piece of rag over the incision and the balsam starts exuding into it.

Rag and bark pieces are then boiled separately and pressed using an ancestral method. This operation yields crude balsam, which is then purified.


Peru Balsam Resin

Nelixia empowered local producers to purify directly in the production area the crude resin.

The purified resin is then analyzed at Nelixia’s facilities according to client’s specific needs, filtered and exported.

Fairwild Peru Balsam resin

Nelixia implemented thanks to it certifiable fundamentals methodology the Fairwild certification since 2018