Working directly with 135 Balsameros, divided in 4 different regions of la Costa Balsamera of El Salvador.
Most product is traceable to the harvesters.
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”. Ancestral know-how transmitted from generation to generation.
Peru balsam resin harvest is 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 jon 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.