Menthol and essential oil mixes

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  • #23573
    Artistalisa
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    I just ordered a ton of supplies (this stuff really does get expensive, eh?). I plan on making some of the air conditioning in a tin recipe as that sounds fantastically cooling. I think my mom and brother especially would like it but I’m wondering what essential oils would mix well with menthol? I know in the post Marie said menthol is quite strong smelling and based on my memories of Vic’s vapo rub I’d have to agree. Anyone have any ideas about eos that would sweeten it up a bit or at least make it less medicinal smelling as I’d imagine the end product will be? I can’t use lavender as I’m also going to be making some for my sister and she is allergic to it. I haven’t played around too much with different oil combos so but maybe some of you have and could guide me. I do have a good amount of essential oils and have more on the way.

    #23577
    JustineA
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    I would say try something citrusy or I like the mix with a rose fragrance also.

    #23579
    Joyful
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    Menthol smells quite minty. Not like vicks. Vicks has eucalyptus oil in it, which gives it the more medicinal scent. Menthol by itself smells more like minty candy.

    #23581
    Artistalisa
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    Ok thanks for the info. Didn’t know Vic’s had eucalyptus since it’s been decades since I’ve used it. Hmm I like rosemary with mint, maybe I’ll try that.

    #23586
    Penny
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    Be VERY careful adding a citrus to the air conditioner in a tin. Citrus+sun=ARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!

    I thought vicks also had camphor?

    Mint by itself is just amazing in my opinion! When I make my imitation vicks for the winter, it always makes me sad to have to add in the other essential oils.

    #23587
    Artistalisa
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    Thanks Penny. Do realize that citrus makes one more sensitive to the sun so I’d only use things like lemongrass etc that aren’t supposed to have the same issue. And from what I understand lime if it’s steam distilled is ok. Please correct me if I’m wrong because I’d like to make some lotion with lime.

    Haven’t decided if I’ll add essential oils or not, maybe I’ll just go with the mintiness of menthol.

    #23589
    Penny
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    What I would do personally, is to whip up the recipe, decant a wee bit into a small beaker, then add in some mint. See what you think and go from there.

    It sounds vaguely familiar about the lime, but I gave up using almost all essential oils a few months ago so haven’t used that part of my brain in ages!

    #23591
    Joyful
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    Bergamot, lemon, and lime are fine in the sun if steam distilled. Bergamot can usually be found this way (bergaptene free), but I found it hard to find steam distilled lemon or lime. I usually find one that is part pressed, part distilled.

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    #23592
    Artistalisa
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    I haven’t seen steam distilled lemon. My lime says it’s steam distilled & I believe it is aura cocoa brand. Got it at a store similar to Whole Foods just FYI. Hope you are able to find some. I’ve been getting a ton of supplies & I do find sourcing ingredients to be a bit tricky. Some places carry x & y but not z. To really stock up I think I’ve ordered from 5 different places.

    #23593
    Artistalisa
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    Just reread my post & autocorrect wasn’t so helpful. My steam distilled lime is aura cacia, not aura cocoa.

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