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INCI Name: Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil

REACH Name: Mentha Arvensis, ext.

Also known as: Peppermint Oil, Cornmint Oil, Arvensis DMO, Dementholised Oil

Disclaimer: The information provided by Khush Ingredients is a summary of information from producers.  All information is provided without warrant or liability

Used extensively as a flavouring of confectionary products and increasingly in personal care, aromatherapy, animal care and oral care products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Khush Ingredients offers several types of mentha arvensis oil at present, conventional, organic, bespoke and most commonly the dementholised oil we call Arvensis DMO.  Other by-products are menthones, terpeneless mint oil and cis-3-hexenol.  This section just looks at Arvensis DMO

We import from Uttar Pradesh region of India.  The oil is produced from the steam distillation of the gathered fresh aerial parts of mentha arvensis, grown principally in fields in Uttar Pradesh.  Our main partner in supply of this oil is B.D. Aromatics, who we have been working with since the day we started the business.   B.D Aromatics have the focus to be the perfect partner for Khush Ingredients for mints, due to their dedication to excellence in this limited product range so we are able to supply customers the specified mentha arvensis they want, including organic. Our thinking is so aligned with our partner BD Aromatics, meaning that whilst they strive to work with farmers of mentha arvensis, we all agree that as ethical suppliers, we pay a fair price for raw material and annually declare that we are against animal testing and against other exploitative practices, such as modern slavery.

Several of our customers have visited B.D Aromatics production facilities in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, and use their expertise, combined with Khush Ingredients logistics to cost effectively supply mints from our local (to customers) positioned warehouses in Europe. 

Uttar Pradesh has become the worlds largest production area for mint oils, so in India there is a specific MCX index has been established to trade the commodity. This never tells the full story but gives global buyers a benchmark to understand supply and demand situation for this, one of the highest volume essential oils.

As a crop, mentha arvensis normally has two harvests, in April/ May and again in July each year.  There is a lot of biomass associated with production of mentha arvensis essential oil and first the  farmers carry out a field distillation to produce a crude mentha oil.

Khush also understands that there is tremendous pressure on the farmers for their oils and these are not wealthy large landowners.  As such there is some temptation to adulterate the oils with synthetic components, particularly synthetic menthol, exists.  Crude mentha has around 65 to 74% natural l-menthol present.  Our customers are seeking to buy 100% natural oils, and we ensure that we and our supply partner carries out due diligence in the supply process. Such due diligence includes attending field distillations, using the same trustworthy farmers, and ability to analyse crude mentha oil for dl-menthol, a sign that synthetically produced menthol has been added.  Synthetically producing racemic menthol from a non mint source, therefore falsely declaring the oil as natural and also falsely declaring this is as a pure mentha arvensis oil.

As such, Khush Ingredients mentha arvensis oils may not to be the lowest price available, but there is a good reason for that, we strive to supply our customers with 100% natural material. 

We import directly from BD Aromatics, usually via Mumbai Port, a route that takes about 8 weeks from order to arrive in our warehouse.   The essential oil is safe enough to air freight so we can receive and deliver the oil by air within three weeks.

Shipments are confirmed after careful batch selection and pre-shipment samples are approved by us.  All our oils comply with REACH regulations for which both Khush Ltd UK and Khush BV in Netherlands are fully registered. 

Chemistry:

This is a natural product, distilled from the fresh,  flowering parts of the Mentha Arvensis plant (cornmint).  L-Menthol is extracted from cornmint to produce this dementholised oil (DMO).  Although about 20% L-Menthol has been removed through re-distillation, L-Menthol is still the largest component of this oil.

Appearance: Colourless to yellow liquid

Relative Density @ 20C: 0.8900 to 0.9100

Refractive Index @ 25C: 1.455 to 1.465

Optical Rotation @ 20C:-16.0 to -32.0

Solubility: Miscible with alcohol

Flash point: 76C

Codes:

Reach Registration Number: 01-2119973492-30-XXXX

Fully REACH Registered by Khush Ingredients Ltd in the UK, and fully REACH Registered by Khush Ingredients BV in the Netherlands

CAS No. 68917-18-0 / 68608-35-5 / 90063-97-1

EINECS No. 290-058-5

HS Code No. 3301 2590

GC Profile

Limonene                                        1.5 – 7.0%

Cineole                                            1.5% max

Menthone                                       17.0 – 35.0%

Iso Menthone                                 5.0 – 13.0%

Menthyl Acetate                             1.5 – 7.0%

l-Menthol                                         38.0 – 45%

Production

This ingredient is produced exclusively for Khush Ingredients in India.  Oil is tested to British/European Pharmacopea Monograph

Packaging

Menthone is reactive to plastic so we do not supply Arvensis in plastic containers.

1kg, 5kg Alumium, 25 or 180kg food grade galvanised steel drums

Production:

This ingredient is produced for Khush Ingredients in India. The months in bold are the main harvest periods

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Shelf Life:

Whilst we try and deliver dementholised arvensis oil within 12 months of production, the shelf life is now stated as three years but actually when stored well, mints can improve with age and a small amount of air.  Normally with annual checks, oil can remain in specification for five years plus.

Certification

Khush Ingredients supplies a certificate of analysis with every batch, identifying major components and providing the GC trace from the producer.

Safety:

This substance is widely used as a perfumery and flavouring compound.  It is generally recognised as safe (GRAS) when used at the correct levels (0.01% to 0.50%), but may be harmful if levels are exceeded.  Material Safety Data Sheet available on request.  Our customers receive a Safety Data Sheet and a sales specification with IFRA guideline usage levels.  We send this to our customers but not otherwise as we do not want you to assess the safety of other sourced dementholised arvensis oil with our carefully managed source.

Main Safety & Handling Statements:

Goods are currently shipped as UN3082, Environmentally hazardous material, however we do expect this to change over the coming years as RIFM have reported that limonene is not significantly bio accumulative. 

H302: Harmful if swallowed

H412: Toxic to Aquatic life with long lasting effects

P264: Wash hands thoroughly after handling

P273: Avoid release to the environment

P280: Wear protective gloves/clothing/eye-protection/face protection

P501: Dispose of containers according to national regulations

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