As mentioned in our previous blog article, peppermint essential oil is extremely versatile to the extent that it is massively used in hundreds of industries particularly in cosmetics and aromatherapy. This is because the oil delivers a cooling and refreshing effect that many of us love. Thanks to its main components – menthol, menthone, and eucalyptol – we can now enjoy its incredible benefits that are mostly present in thousands of products.
In skincare, peppermint essential oil is great at cleansing the skin and making it look spotless. Aside from its cooling components, the oil also contains vast amounts of antioxidants and minerals including calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C that are beneficial for the skin. Blemishes, dark spots, discolouration, and blemishes are not a problem with peppermint essential oil as it works by gently removing the presence of skin imperfections and making the skin appear radiant by promoting skin elasticity.
All of these add up to a myriad of reasons why peppermint essential oil should be added in skincare or cosmetic products including soaps, bath bombs, face creams, moisturisers, lip balms, shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste, and many others.
Check out these DIY applications with peppermint essential oil!
DIY Facial Wash
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 2/5 of a bar of chopped, unscented glycerin soap
- 2 cups of water
Heat the 2 cups of water in a small pan until it boils. Take the pan from the heat and add in the chopped bars of unscented glycerin soap. Stir until the bars of soap is mixed with water. Cool for 5-10 minutes. Then, add in peppermint and lemon essential oil. Stir the mixture for 3-5 minutes. Finally, pour into clean pump bottle.
- 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 32 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 1 cup of castile liquid soap
Add in the castile liquid soap into a clean, used shampoo container or pump bottle. Pour the peppermint and rosemary essential oil into the container. Seal the container and vigorously shake to mix the ingredients. Add in distilled water and mix again.
DIY Facial Toner
- 16 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2/3 cup of warm water and 2 cups of water
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- Mix the warm water and honey in a small vessel. Stir until the honey is completely thawed. Add in peppermint essential oil, water, and apple cider vinegar. Stir again. Then, store in a small container.
Peppermint essential oil is greatly related to spearmint essential oil for their nearly similar properties, however, one should be able to distinguish their difference as peppermint has a minty, sharp, and strong scent, whereas spearmint has minty yet subdued fragrance.
Do a skin patch test first
When using essential oils to your skin, keep in mind that taking cosmetic precautions, such as skin patch test, should be administered first before anything else. This prevents further complications that you definitely do not want to have on your skin.