Peppermint Essential Oil, Triple Distilled
INCI: Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Essential Oil
Parts Used: Leaves
Processing: Steam distilled
Essential oil of Peppermint generally comes in one of three forms: natural, redistilled, triple distilled. There are other variations, but these are the three basic categories. The term “natural” is a bit confusing, because it seems to suggest that the redistilled and triple distilled are unnatural, which is incorrect. They have simply been steam distilled a second and third time respectively. It would be better to describe these as: first distillation, second distillation and third distillation. The natural, or single distilled, peppermint is characterized by a rather green, herby aroma- much like you would expect a freshly crushed peppermint leaf to possess. With each progressive distillation the oil becomes less herbaceous and more intense, sweet and candy-like. It is redistilled and triple distilled peppermint oil that is going to be found in more personal care, cosmetic and food applications, as it has a much crisper, cleaner aroma that the first distillation.
These are basic guidelines for scenting bulk bases with essential oil. It is best to begin by scenting a small portion of the base with a low percentage of essential oil and to increase until you reach your desired intensity of aroma. Proper scenting requires some skill and discretion and over scenting can ruin a base. Shampoos and Gels in particular will liquefy if over scented and are virtually impossible to fix. Remember you can always add more, but you can’t remove the excess.
Astringents, Toners & Splashes: 0.25% - 0.75%
Bath Salts & Powders: 0.25% - 1.0%
Conditioners: 0.5% - 2.0%
Jellies: 0.25% - 1.0%
Lotions & Crèmes: 0.25% - 3.0%
Masques: 0.25% - 1.0%
Melt & Pour Lip Balm: 0.5% - 1.0%
Melt & Pour Soap: 0.5% - 3.0%
Serums: 0.25% - 1.0%
Shampoos, Gels, Household & Laundry: 0.25% - 1.0%