Menthol Crystals USP Grade
Menthol crystals produced naturally through Mint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil extraction. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color. Solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. Menthol crystals give a fresh, cool and tingling sensation to lotions, creams, ointments and balms. These menthol crystals which are a white or clear crystalline substance are soluble in alcohol and propylene glycol and they are miscible in oils.
Menthol crystals have many uses. They can be found in many industries such as oral hygiene, candies, pharmaceuticals, personal care, perfumery, and tobacco. They naturally have a strong minty odor to them. And, their usage percentage in a product can vary anywhere from .2% to 10% depending on the end product that is being formulated.
Point of Interest
Menthol contains local anesthetic, antipruritic, analgesic, antispasmodic and anti irritant qualities. The use of menthol in bath and body products can actually engage the cold sensitive receptors in our skin and provide a cooling sensation. This same sensation can also occur from inhaling menthol as well as ingesting it.
Appearance and Odor: Colorless, hexagonal crystals, usually needle-like, fused masses or crystalline powder with a pleasant peppermint like odor.
Melting Point: 42°C-44°C
Storage: Room temperature. Air tight container.