Essential oils: Peppermint essential oil – formulating a shampoo for dry hair

It seems like people like to have a little tingle in their hair care products, so let’s take a look at how we could formulate a shampoo for dry hair with a little peppermint in it. First, let’s take a look at our surfactants! When I’m formulating for dry hair, there are three surfactants I really … Read moreEssential oils: Peppermint essential oil – formulating a shampoo for dry hair

Essential oils: Formulating with peppermint essential oil – foot care products

A big reminder before we get started formulating with peppermint essential oil – don’t put peppermint essential oil in any product in which you might soak (bubble bath, bath bombs, bath salts) or that might get close to tender mucous membranes. That lovely tingle we like on our feet doesn’t do well for other parts … Read moreEssential oils: Formulating with peppermint essential oil – foot care products

Essential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to other things

A few more things about peppermint and then we’ll do a little formulating with it! Smelling peppermint oil might be good for enhancing your memory and increasing alertness (Moss et al, 2003). Peppermint oil might be good at repelling mice and it might be good at repelling ear mites (put a little on a Q-tip … Read moreEssential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to other things

Essential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to menthol

Peppermint essential oil is composed of 38% to 48% menthol (a monoterpene alcohol), 20% to 30% menthone, and about 6% 1,8-cineole (aka eucalyptol, which we discussed in the post on eucalyptus!) Menthol is the most interesting part of peppermint as it’s the compound that gives us that cooling sensation we seek when we add it to our products. … Read moreEssential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to menthol

Essential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to digestion

Peppermint essential oil is one of the more common essential oils. It’s plentiful and inexpensive, and the minty coolness it brings to our products is most welcome (except when we’re soaking in it! Eek!) Peppermint essential oil is composed of 38% to 48% menthol (a monoterpene), 20% to 30% menthone, and about 6% 1,8-cineole (aka eucalyptol, which we … Read moreEssential oils: Peppermint – the science relating to digestion