Kapur (aka. Borneo Camphor) is a semi-transparent white, crystalline resin obtained either by natural occurring exudate or by steam distillation from plant materials. Kapur is native to the island of Borneo and appears in some other areas of Indonesia. While similar to Camphor from C. camphora, Kapur is much more scarce and extremely prized in Asia as incense. While it has the strong 'camphor' base, it is quite complex and has more earthy and musky undertones than C. Camphora. Kapur quickly vaporizes when heated upon a hot charcoal. Only a few tiny crystals are needed to fill a room with its rich scent. The aroma has a strong cool menthol characteristic that leaves the sinuses clear. Kapur is one of our personal incense favorites. It appears to be associated with the Water element and the Moon is thought to be its celestial body.
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