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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

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

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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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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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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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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