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Menthol

Definition: Menthol

The menthol found in lip gel, balm, and even soap is a crystalline alcohol derived from mint oils thus shares the odor and properties of peppermint. Application stimulates your cold-sensing nerve endings, and the cool feeling is from the activation of those senses. (If you don't believe me, put on a mentholated product outdoors on a crisp day – you'll feel other cold sensations as even colder!)

In addition to soothing dry skin, it's also a common active ingredient in topical anesthetics and anti-itch creams since it relieves pains from burns and stings. Still, some people complain that products including menthol irritate their skin. Find out a couple possible reasons when you

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Since menthol's part of the alcohol family, it shares skin-drying properties common with other alcohol-based products. Some people with dry skin are more affected by this dehydration and find the results to be more chapped and irritated than soothed.

Another reason is that menthol quickly penetrates the skin's layers and can easily carry other chemical compounds with it. There's a chance that it's actually one of the other ingredients in the product causing the irritation, not the menthol itself.

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sscalley80 sscalley80 7 years
I was wondering if you had any info as to preparing a salve with menthol? The only info I found was using menthol crystals. Do you have any info? Thanks
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 7 years
I have a CO-Bigelow chapstick with menthol in it and it makes my breath smell good. It tastes great and it makes my lips tingle.
emalove emalove 7 years
Mmmm, I love menthol lip balms. They feel so soothing on the lips.
beautygotogirl beautygotogirl 7 years
Favorite lip balm with menthol = Carmex. Also contains a low percentage of salicylic acid to help exfoliate lips so they are always as-smooth-as-can-be making lipstick and gloss go on nicely.Try Philosophy's body wash in Candy Cane to take that menthol sensation beyond the face!
beautygotogirl beautygotogirl 7 years
Favorite lip balm with menthol = Carmex. Also contains a low percentage of salicylic acid to help exfoliate lips so they are always as-smooth-as-can-be making lipstick and gloss go on nicely. Try Philosophy's body wash in Candy Cane to take that menthol sensation beyond the face!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
Love that feeling in a lip balm
Bolly Bolly 7 years
I love menthol lip balm! I just makes me feel so clean.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 7 years
Cool! (pun intended) ;-)
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 7 years
Cool! (pun intended) ;-)
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