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Mentha Piperita Flower/Leaf/Stem Water.

What is "Mentha Piperita Flower/Leaf/Stem Water" and what is its utility?

This refers to the I.N.C.I. designation for thepeppermint hydrosol. Among the many varieties of mint, peppermint is the richest in volatile aromatic molecules, which gives it its characteristic refreshing scent. Its hydrosol has a purifying and astringent action. Due to its slightly acidic pH, it visibly tightens the pores.

Mentha Piperita Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, or peppermint water, in short.

Peppermint is a herbaceous plant, obtained after the spontaneous hybridization of watermint and spearmint. With a rather invasive cultivation, it propagates through its vigorous underground rhizomes.In history, mint is inscribed in Greek mythology. According to legend, Hades, God of the underworld and darkness, fell in love with the river nymph, Mintha, and made her his mistress. Hades' wife, out of jealousy, trampled Mintha with her heel and transformed her into mint. Moreover, this plant is an integral part of many ancient rituals; for example, it was used in black magic to alleviate fevers.

Thepeppermint hydrosol is obtained by hydrodistillation. This technique allows for the extraction of two distinct fractions: theessential oil and thehydrosol. Derived from the same plant, these two compounds have similar properties, but the hydrosol is less concentrated in active species because the aromatic essences are present in smaller quantities. Therefore, it can generally be used without contraindications by children and pregnant women, unlike the essential oil.

Note : some peppermint hydrosols may contain a significant amount of terpenic ketones (menthone) and should therefore not be used by pregnant and breastfeeding womenas well as children under 3 years old.

The benefits of peppermint floral water for the skin.

When applied to the skin, the'peppermint hydrosol has a purifying and astringent effect. Due to its slightly acidic pH, it visibly tightens the pores.It also stimulates blood circulation, making it effective against diffuse redness or to soothe razor burn and post-hair removal irritation. In addition, its immediate cooling effect relieves sunburn and reduces feelings of discomfort. Thanks to its purifying properties, it is also recommended for problematic skin and reduces blemishes.Thus, peppermint hydrosol is suitable for all skin types, particularly combination to oily skin, with enlarged pores and/or blemishes.

The Typology peppermint hydrosol.

Our peppermint hydrosol is obtained through hydrodistillation from peppermint leaves sourced from organic farming, grown and harvested in France. Containing no menthone, it does not have any contraindications for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children under 3 years old. We recommend applying it to the entire face in the morning and/or evening, using a cotton pad or directly with your fingers, before the serum and/or face cream.

Source:

  • FAUCON M. "Traité d'aromathérapie scientifique et médicale, les hydrolats" (2018).

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