I love essential oils and used to work with them a lot during those periods in my life where my head behaved and could stand scents without propelling me into headache/migraine hell. There was actually a period of time when I developed and sold my own fragrance oils and bath soaps. Nowadays it’s hit or miss with me and more often than not, hit – but in the negative way. But there are some essential oils that don’t trigger wanna-cut-off-my-head-and-bury-it episodes and Peppermint Oil seems to be one of them.
Simply Earth provided this Peppermint Essential Oil to me complimentary in exchange for an honest review. They shipped it quickly, but my singular concern with the way they shipped it is their packaging, as it was shipped in mailer that didn’t provide much protection. Even though they put a layer of bubble wrap around the bottle, I think it could have been better protected, especially these days with the post office literally throwing things around like the contents are indestructible (I’ve seen them football toss packages marked fragile… like one of mine when dropping it off. So yeah. :/ ). So I would recommend to them to maybe at least consider a bubble mailer in addition to the bubble wrap. It did arrive intact though.
The label is simple, which plays along with their “Simply Earth” brand name. Their Amazon description for the oil is as follows: “100% Pure – Non-Toxic – No Additives – Unfiltered and Undiluted with No Fillers; Botanical Name: Mentha Piperita | Aroma: Minty sweetness | Origin: India | Plant Part: Herb; Packaged in the USA […] Euro dropper cap included; Simply Earth is a small, eco-friendly, purpose-driven, family company; 100% satisfied or your money back. We stand behind our products.”
I also like that on their label they say: “You helped save a life. 7.5% of every purchase goes to support an awesome non-profit of the month.” On their promotion page (non-Amazon) they state: “We donate 13% of the profit from every product purchased to organizations that are rehabilitating trafficking victims because the average age of these beautiful woman is 13 years old.”
This oil comes in the amber bottle, 15 mL size with a euro dropper. If you aren’t familiar with a euro dropper, here’s a pic:
Basically, what it does is control the flow of the drops depending on how much of a tilt you have and the thickness of the oil. This also makes it “cleaner” so that you don’t have to actually touch the contents except for the drops that land on your finger or hand or wherever you are applying the oil – lessens the chance of contamination and bacterial growth.
This oil smells a lot like peppermint patties, or peppermint candies. I have another brand that smells greener and stronger, but this may/will vary depending on sourcing of oils.
I use an activated charcoal and coconut oil instead of traditional toothpaste and add a drop or two to that before applying it to my toothbrush. Peppermint oil is also supposed to be good for headaches – sadly, doesn’t work on many of mine. There are many benefits that each essential oil reportedly has and you can find out more about the benefits of Peppermint oil from these links: Organic Facts, WebMD, Dr. Axe, HealthLine, Live Strong, and there are many other sources on Google.
An important note, when you’re working with 100% essential oils, you want to be sure that you don’t use them at full strength. Some of them can be caustic. You’ll want to dilute it in some sort of carrier. Also, not all of them are food grade, so be sure that if you’re planning on ingesting them, you do some research first.
Other tips for essential oils:
- Don’t shake, instead take between your palms and gently roll.
- Store in a cool dry place. Many of them are temperature sensitive.
- They do have a shelf-life and will not last forever. Do your research, each oil has their own shelf-life.
- Make sure you’re getting 100% essential oils. If it says fragrance oil, then chances are it’s diluted with something else.
- Always do a small skin patch test before using over a larger area of your body.
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is a true accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
If you are interested in trying this product for yourself, it is available on Amazon in a 15 mL bottle for $4.99 + $2.99 shipping (current at the time of writing this post).