dissolving Menthol

for a natural serum... is there a way to dissolve (incorporate) menthol  (1%) so it is not floating around in droplets?  Is there a "natural" way of doing this. Menthol is being used for a cooling /tingling effect.

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  • yes/no

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    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
  •  try dissolve it in Ethanol, butylene glycol (ecocert) , Propanediol (Zemea) before incorporating
  • Propanediol will work fine:add below 45C.
  • Will also dissolve in Eucalyptus oil with warming
    UK based, Over 20 years in Toiletries, After a 5 year sabbatical doing cleaning products, back in the land of Personal Care
  • is there anything else I can use that is propanediol or oil based? 
  • What exactly do you mean by "natural serum" ... that could either be a water-based serum, an oil-based serum or an emulsion ... the answer all depends on what type of serum you are developing.  The answers above all assume a water-based serum, but is it?
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    Provides Formulation Development and Lab-Scale Contract Manufacturing Services.  See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com

  • Thanks for asking. Yes a water based serum that be used on the on the privates as well other areas. 
  • edited February 5
    A serum for the private area containing 1% menthol? Isn't that too much? It seems rather painful to me. Also, is this a cosmetic? 
  • This is not final concentration.  I am just starting there.
  • I would advise that you perhaps start at 0.1% and work your way up from there until you reach the optimal pain/pleasure threshold.  Agree with Doreen ... 1% Menthol on privates ... ouch!
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    Provides Formulation Development and Lab-Scale Contract Manufacturing Services.  See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com

  • @Chemist5000 refer to this discussion posted by @Belassi

    IKINTST and the bad shower gel

    it has something to do with menthol in shower gel that set the lady privates on fire  :D
  • is there a suggestion for a water soluble menthyl lactate or something that will cause a tingle effect?
  • Peppermint essential oil does the tingling effect plus the cooling. Dont think is water soluble but maybe if you incorporate it in some Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum might help.
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