One of the components of peppermint oil is menthol, master at opening breathing passages and settling upset stomachs. Ancient Egyptians used mint to cleanse and purify their homes, and America’s first colonists stocked up on mint–they believed it could cure the flu and alleviate fevers.
We’ve got better go-to’s for fighting serious sickness, but turns out mint is a good friend to skin–a powerful skin-soother and sense-waker-upper. Yes, it smells fresh, bright, intoxicating. But it’s also an anti-pruritic agent, meaning it can settle itchy, fussy skin. Mint can calm irritation from mosquito or bee bites. And because mint is a source of Vitamin A and salicylic acid, it may strengthen skin tissue and help clear up broken-out skin. Score big for mint!
Check out some of our favorite natural beauty products starring mint. They’ll leave you clean, gorgeous, and just a bit tingly.
“There’s nothing more elegant than a properly formulated soap. It’s the most beautiful lather, great skin-feel, great after-feel. You could basically eat our soap,” says David Bronner, third generation soap-maker and pure-soap guru.
The things that make this soap wildly awesome and unique are too long to list here, but we can start with Dr Bronner’s fair-trade supply chain, progressive labor practices, USDA Organic certification, crazy-cool packaging, and unparalleled integrity and quality. Plus! Gotta love that tingly feeling.
Kiss My Face Cool Mint Moisture Shave
I bought this because it was on sale at Fairway, and I’m hooked. Coconut and olive oil leave my skin way silky smooth and nick-free. Plus it’s one of those products you can justifiably feel a bit superior for taking home: paraben free, biodegradable, no animal testing, and free of artificial stuff.
Avalon Organics Peppermint Strengthening Shampoo
I’m a skeptic about beauty products and their lofty claims. A whiff of this shampoo, and I knew it could get me out of the shower feeling sparkly and awake. But could it really “strengthen elasticity of weak, brittle hair while smoothing split ends and fly-aways for radiantly renewed bounce and length?” I’m not quite sure, but I did have an unusually good hair day after I soaped up my locks with this elixir made of babassu oil, Vitamin E, wheat protein, calendula and peppermint. The bottle is made with 100% recycled materials, which is pretty cool. And I keep touching my hair, which feels all smooth, healthy, and minty.
A classic for very good reason. I always have one of these in my pocket (and purse, and desk drawer, and bedside table…), eek, am I an addict?
Beeswax conditions skin, antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes, peppermint oil leaves my mouth feeling fresh. Chapped lips suck. Problem solved.
John masters Organics Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler
Yum. I want to drink this concoction of rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and super-moisturizing coconut oil. But instead I promiscuously slick it through my hair. It’s lightweight and completely non-greasy, as conditioners go, and yet my hair feels shiny, voluminous, bouncy…great! Is it the soy proteins & borage oil? Plus I love the brand’s commitment to super-luxury quality and being kind to the earth.