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.
* 25 lb quantities are currently unavailable due to limited availability of peppermint oil.