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Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption and Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

MENTHA (MINT) ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA (MINT) LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA (MINT) OIL, MENTHA ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL EXTRACT, MENTHA PIPERITA AMERICAN HERB OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA LEAF OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA OIL EXTRACT, MINT ESSENTIAL OIL, MINT LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, OIL OF PEPPERMINT, OILS, PEPPERMINT, PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL, PEPPERMINT LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL, PEPPERMINT LEAF OIL, PEPPERMINT OIL, PEPPERMINT OIL EXTRACT, PEPPERMINT OIL; PEPPERMINT OIL; PEPPERMINT TERPENES, and WILD PEPPERMINT OIL

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Peppermint oil is a volatile oil obtained from the plant Mentha piperita.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo135 products
lip balm126 products
conditioner116 products
lip gloss85 products
toothpaste72 products
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hair treatment/serum64 products
body wash/cleanser56 products
bar soap55 products
facial cleanser52 products
lipstick50 products
moisturizer49 products
antiperspirant/deodorant48 products
mask36 products
mouthwash35 products
foot moisturizer32 products
bath oil/salts/soak30 products
tooth whitening30 products
sunless tanning28 products
facial moisturizer/treatment21 products
liquid hand soap20 products
lip plumper17 products
shaving cream16 products
muscle/joint soreness15 products
body oil15 products
hair-loss treatment14 products
serums & essences14 products
hand sanitizer14 products
hair styling aide14 products
beard oil13 products
toners/astringents12 products
foot cleansing12 products
foot odor control11 products
bubble bath11 products
hand cream10 products
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recreational sunscreen8 products
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beard care7 products
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after shave4 products
body spray4 products
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vapor rubs3 products
baby shampoo2 products
oil controller2 products
baby bubble bath2 products
cuticle treatment1 products
baby lotion1 products
makeup primer1 products
baby wipes1 products
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baby soap1 products
around-eye cream1 products
detangler1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
nail treatment1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
821 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.

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Hazard score

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