descriptionSold by weight. Menthol Crystals (Mentha arvensis), steam distilled. These are clear, colorless, crystals with an odor resembling that of peppermint. The crystals are soluble in alcohol, essential oils and vegetable/nut oils, but almost insoluble in water and glycerin. The use of Polysorbate 20 is recommended for water applications. Melting point 41 C to 44 C (105.8 F to 111.2 F), boils at 212 C (413.6 F). Menthol crystals start to evaporate at 21 C (70 F). The crystals contains not less than 99.4% menthol.
WHAT YOU MAY EXPECT DURING HOT TRANSPORT TEMPERATURES: You may find that the crystals have melted while in transit to you, they may arrive totally or partially liquid. Place the container in a cool place and the product will quickly return to a partially solid form. You will not be able to re-create the crystals which were shipped to you, the product will now be a partially solid product which you must break up by banging on a counter the plastic bag in which they were shipped or by gently hitting the bag with a rubber mallet. We will not accept returns because you received melted, partially melted or solid menthol crystals NOT in loose crystal form. We have no control over temperatures while in transit to the customer, when this product left our air-conditioned warehouse it was in its crystal form. Be sure you understand this before you order during hot weather, we are located in very hot S. Florida.
Menthol is the chief constituent of peppermint oil; it is responsible for its odor and taste and the "cooling sensation" when applied to the skin and mucosal surfaces. Mentha piperita contains up to 50% menthol and Mentha arvensis contains 70-80% menthol. Menthol crystals should be kept in a cool place in a well-capped container. Menthol is the solid constituent of oil of peppermint, to which its characteristic odor is due, and was formerly known as peppermint camphor. Menthol is obtained by subjecting the distilled oil of peppermint to a temperature of -22 C, (-7.6 F.) by the aid of a freezing mixture. The menthol crystallizes out in satiny crystals and the mother liquor is removed while the low temperature is maintained.
Menthol and its derivatives can also be added to various peppermint-type compositions to enhance the cooling and freshening effects. Menthol is used in pharmaceutical, confectionery and flavoring industries. In ointments, liniments, and solutions menthol crystals are employed in strengths ranging from 5 to 20 per cent. The crystals are commonly applied to cosmetics, salves and balms which are created to assist in coughs, congestion, upper respiratory problems, and the flu. Menthol crystals are great inhalants by themselves and are easily combined into recipes. Add several drops to a bowl of hot, steamy water and carefully inhale the soothing vapors through the mouth and nose for stuffiness and bronchitis. Once you have converted the crystals to liquid, use a few drops on the tiles of the walls surrounding your shower (not on the floor!) and the menthol will be released by the steam created by the hot water. Externally, it is employed as a local analgesic. Diluted and rubbed on the skin, it produces a sensation of cold, followed by numbness and partial anesthesia; it first stimulates the nerves, conveying the sensation of cold, and later penetrates the skin and paralyzes the nerve endings. Known ingredients of Vicks VapoRub: Camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, cedarleaf, nutmeg, thymol and turpentine.
Menthol crystals are soluble in alcohol, EOs/FOs and oil, but almost insoluble in water and glycerin. Use rate: 1 part menthol to 3-4 parts Polysorbate 20.
Because menthol and alcohol are very strong it is important to keep the temp no higher than 41deg. C (106 deg. F). Menthol crystals start to evaporate at 21 deg. C (70 deg. F) so you will get a whiff just before they hit that melt point. Best to remove and let them finish melting off heat to avoid the vapors.
If used in soapmaking, it might be best to put them in the oil phase so that they don't interfere with the action of the lye in the water phase. In whatever recipe you will use menthol crystals, make sure they are well stirred and dissolved to avoid skin reactions.
Statement from the manufacturer of our Menthol Crystals: Menthol Crystals manufactured and supplied by us is 100% natural and pure. It is extracted by freezing the oil of Mentha Arvensis. Our Menthol crystals are not synthetic and are produced without synthetic solvents. The crystals do not contain any chemicals, pesticides or alcohol, they're GMO free.
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 (6 Reviews)
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Reviewer: Barb Murphy (Holt, MI) 2.7.2014
I bought some menthol crystals a while back from another place and they were nowhere near as minty and intense as these from Camden-Grey. I have been trying to re-create the intense mint tingle you get from using c-----x lip balm, without success. I added a tiny piece of menthol crystal to some raw shea butter with peppermint essential oil and yowza!!....exactly what I was hoping for.
Reviewer: Josefa Wilson (Baton Rouge, LA) 12.31.2013
Very Powerful and Effective
I use this in my standard sore muscle balm recipe. It is very strong and gives a great "cooling" effect to the area. I don't have to use much in my recipes to get the full effect. I get many, many compliments that folks love it for colds and flues - it really clears out the sinuses. It melts very easily.
Reviewer: jason blyden (cruz bay, VI) 11.28.2010
I used this in my shampoos and my customers loved it. I give it a thumbs up!
Reviewer: Sara Bunn (youngsville, NC) 7.19.2010
Very, VERY strong Peppermint scent, I caution others to use it very sparingly. A tiny bit goes a long way. It came in a plastic bag tucked inside another plastic bag, surrounded by other items I had ordered that were wrapped in layers of bubble wrap and I could still smell it before I opened the box. Will overpower most other scents unless they are also very strong, like one of the mints, Eucalyptus, or Citronella. Gives a delightful "tingle" in CP soap.
Reviewer: Kenya Buford (Clovis, CA) 5.13.2010
I used this in a hair cream I made, and it was very potent. I used about a half of a crystal in my batch, and it did the trick. A little went a long way.
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