A colourless to pale yellow liquid with a strong, fresh, slightly sweet peppermint aroma that is produced by steam distillation of the flowering tops and leaves of the Peppermint plant.
There are so called flower waters available that are made by adding essential oils or an extract to water. These are not flower waters or hydrolats and are inferior to this genuine hydrolat which is produced by steam distillation.
This hydrolat has had no preservative added to its bottle so please take care to not contaminate it.
Mentha piperita Water
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Peppermint Water are:
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A cooling action that is perfect to use on sunburned skin. It also helps to keep summer insects away. It has a natural antiseptic quality.
Very useful to use after sport or a gym workout where it can be used in a blend as an analgesic for tired muscles as well as an all over body spray to refresh, deodorise and cool.
It calms irritated skin such as after shaving and also helps to avoid ingrown hairs. Use in after shaving gels , creams and lotions.
Useful for all irritated skin conditions but use diluted with other calming ingredients.
It tightens open pores and revives dull complexions. Excellent to use in rejuvenation gels and water based serums.
Using a diluted spray directly on the scalp will stimulate the microcirculation which can improve the potential for hair growth.
Use 1% to 20%.
Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only products.
Heat stable so can be used in Stage 2 (water stage) when making creams and lotions.
Hydrosols are very prone to fungal contamination. Store them in the ‘fridge if you can and never leave the tops off the bottles whilst you are working.
Blend with other flower waters at the recommended dilutions for refreshing and tonifying facial mists.
Do not use on children under 3 years old. Because this is a strong hydrolat, we recommend not to use more than 20% in your finished products.
Cooling Foot Gel
Stage 1: (above 70°C)
10 % Rice Starch
58% Cold Spring Water
20% Peppermint Water (Organic)
Stage 2: (below 40°C)
5% Moringa Oil
1% Preservative Eco Plus
1% Petitgrain Essential Oil
Weigh all Stage 1 materials into a stainless steel bowl and place into a saucepan of boiling water (double boiler/bain marie). Bring up to a temperature of over 70°C whilst stirring.
When the Rice Starch has hydrated and formed a thick gel, remove from the heat and cool down quickly in a pan of cold water. Keep stirring whilst it cools.
When the gel is under 40°C add the Stage 2 ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.
Stimulating Scalp Spray
Stage 1: (room temperature)
20% Peppermint Water
53% Bottled Spring Water
10% Bio Energiser
3% Wu Zhu Extract
Stage 2: (room temperature)
1% Preservative 12
0.5% Palmarosa Essential Oil
0.5% Cedarwood Virginiana Essential Oil
Combine all Stage 1 ingredients together.
Blend the Stage 2 ingredients and ensure they are thoroughly solubilised.
Combine Stage 1 and Stage 2 and shake well. Bottle into a spray bottle and label.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a digestive to soothe dyspepsia, cramps and flatulence. It is still listed in the British Pharmacopoeia for the same uses.
It makes a soothing spray for insect bites as well as an insect repellant especially when storing linens.
Also used as a breath freshener and room spray for it antiseptic qualities as well as being cleansing and stimulating.
Peppermint is a hybrid mint that is a cross between Water Mint and Spearmint.
Distillation was believed to have been developed in Arab alchemists in 8th Century Spain. Therefore, Peppermint Water (as opposed to a Peppermint tea or infusion) can only date from after that time.
It appears in 13th Century Icelandic medical texts but it was not in European medical use until the middle of the 18th Century.