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Peppermint bushBotanical Name: menthe piperita

Description:

An herb that grows to 3 feet and can only reproduce by root propagation.  Peppermint has been in use for hundreds of years all over the world.   The essential oil is extracted from the entire plant.

Peppermint Technical Information

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Non-therapeutic Uses:

Kills insects and parasites, used in toothpaste and aftershaves.  It is a classic candy flavor. 

Fragrance Family: Minty
Perfumery Note: Top

Fragrance Description:

Refreshing and cooling, mint is a widely recognized fragrance.  It is an uplifting fragrance that assists with mental clarity and emotional refreshment.

Jen’s blending notes:

Peppermint doesn’t “blend” so much as co-exist with other scents. It is a top note that ALWAYS sits on top.  It does smell nice with certain other oils, but the unique minty fragrance is persistent.

I use peppermint sparingly unless the mint is the point.  There is an interesting dynamic with other oils that have a sweet component, like balsam peru, which makes it smell like a candy.

Jen’s soapmaking notes:

No noticeable acceleration, actually slows trace so it could be useful when accelerating oils are present (like some of the fruit oils).  Even though the flash point is relatively low, peppermint seems to survive saponification pretty well.