How Mint Extract Can Enliven Your Beauty Routine

How Mint Extract Can Enliven Your Beauty Routine

Emily Clayton headshotPosted by Emily Clayton, guest blogger

Many find mint to be an uplifting herb, and the aroma of mint extract can revive a weary mind. If you need to settle your upset stomach, refresh your breath, or garnish your meal, choosing mint could potentially give you instant contentment. It can also be added to your beauty products.

Believe it or not, there are over twenty-five different species of mint around the world. Which images and aromas do you normally think of? A few of the following will surely come to mind.

Hand lotion and toothpaste often include a minty fresh aroma, but face and hair cleaners should be given a chance to shine, too.

Culinary recipes and oral care products are known for their mint extract, but many beauty products benefit as well. Mint essential oils can be added to products, but they can also be used to create your own homemade face and hair cleansers.

Mint Species to Know and Love

Three of the most common mint species include spearmint (Mentha spicata), field mint (Mentha arvensis), and peppermint (Mentha x piperita). Of the three, field mint is the most bitter and releases an earthy mint odor. Spearmint is the culinary mint of choice, whereas peppermint is the sweetest, both in taste and scent, and is commonly found in packaged foods and health and beauty products.

A pure mint extract from these herbs contains varying levels of menthol, which is the key active ingredient. Another form of extraction involves soaking the leaves in alcohol, but pure essential oil extract contains just the natural leaf oils. mint leaves

Beauty Products and the Enticing Mint Aroma

Mint is appealing on so many levels, and your search down the health and beauty aisles is frequently rewarded with new mint products full of promising benefits. From shampoo and toothpaste to body lotion and mouthwash, it is hard to resist that minty fresh scent. Like many people, I can’t fight the appeal. Some of my favorite mint products include organic shampoos and body lotions, and natural toothpaste. Especially in winter, the aroma of mint follows me wherever I go. People have asked me, “Why does this room suddenly smell like mint?”

Mint essential oils have an anecdotal history of being helpful for indigestion, headaches, dry skin, and even thinning hair! For those who have the time and patience, you can even use the mint extract to create your own foot scrub or body butter.

If you find that store-bought products contain irritating ingredients, or you want to try your hand at making your own beauty supplies, a homemade face wash or shampoo is a terrific starting point.

DIY Mint Face Wash

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup filtered water (or prepared herbal tea such as chamomile, lavender, or green tea if desired)
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tsp jojoba/grape seed oil (use 1/2 tsp for oily skin)
  • 1/2 tsp witch hazel
  • 5-10 drops peppermint oil

Be ready with 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils—such as lavender, chamomile, or rosemary—and a 4oz glass bottle (foaming dispenser top if possible).

First, pour the liquid Castile soap into a glass bowl. Slowly add the water or prepared herbal tea. Then, add the jojoba or grape seed oil and witch hazel. Choose your essential oils and drop in the amount you’ve prepared. Stir the mixture.

Pour your face wash mixture into the glass bottle, and you’re ready to feel amazing.

DIY Mint Shampoo

Gather the following:

  • 1/4 cup filtered water (or prepared herbal tea such as chamomile, lavender, or green tea if desired)
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba or grape seed oil
  • 5-10 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils (such as lemon, rosemary, or tea tree)
  • 4-ounce glass bottle (foaming dispenser top if possible)

Start by pouring the liquid Castile soap into a glass bowl, and slowly add the water or prepared herbal tea. Then add the coconut oil. Stir slowly until any lumps are gone and the mixture is homogeneous. Once it’s sufficiently blended, pour in the jojoba or grape seed oil.

Choose your best essential oils and drop in the required amount. Give the mixture another gentle stir. Then pour your shampoo mixture into the glass bottle. Face-Wash---Shampoo

Store the face wash and shampoo in the fridge until you need it; they should last three to four weeks. Remember that beauty products have unique interactions with the face, body, and hair. What works for you may not work for your friend, mom, or sister. Play around with the recipes to adjust the ratio if needed. And of course, have fun! I hope your skin and hair takes on a healthy, beautiful glow.

Remember also that homemade products are more susceptible to bacteria! Take precautions to help avoid contamination.

Have you tried to make your own beauty products with mint? Tweet @TomsofMaine to share your tested product recipes, or leave us a comment below!

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