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Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (low), Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (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
● 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

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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
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature
One or more human case studies show equivocal any or allergenic effectsOpen scientific literature
any or allergies - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any irritation at moderate dosesOpen 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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation resultsOpen scientific literature
Mutagen - limited evidenceOpen scientific literature
Not likely to be mutagenic in humansOpen scientific literature

Neurotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show any effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Associated with endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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

Biochemical or cellular level changes

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Does not produces excess reactive oxygen species or other harmful biochemical changes.Open scientific literature

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
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • 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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