A star ingredient in everything from cocktails to curries, mint is one of nature’s best energizers and refreshers. And the topically applied version is no exception: “According to the healing sciences of Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, peppermint is a cooling herb with mild anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic and analgesic properties,” says Stephanie Tourles, licensed holistic aesthetician, certified aromatherapist and herbalist, and author of Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey Publishing). “And its aromatherapy effect is enlivening to all the senses. It enhances mental and physical energy, and can even improve memory.” So if you’re looking to add a bit of spring to your step, tingle to your scalp or pucker to your pout, read on. You’ll find freshly minted products to try from head to toe.
(a) Love & Toast Green Tea & Mint Lip Butter ($3; loveandtoast.com) forgoes mineral oils, nourishing lips with organic jojoba and olive oils instead.
(b) Rich in peppermint, menthol, arnica and Pycnogenol, derma e Intensive Therapy Foot Crème ($20; dermae.com) not only moisturizes, but also helps to support healthy circulation.
(c) Perfect for greasy hair, Apivita Propoline Balancing Shampoo ($20; apivita.com/ usa) reduces sebum (oil) and refreshes the scalp.
(d) Apply the light fragrance Amala Aroma Apothecary Peppermint Concentrate ($20; amalabeauty.com) to pulse points for a burst of energizing aromatherapy.
(e) Molton Brown Rok Mint Soothing Hand Lotion ($28; moltonbrown.com) softens hands and leaves behind the crisp scents of basil and mint.
(f) French-milled Nest Fragrances Moss & Mint Bar Soap ($16; neimanmarcus .com) blends mint, apple blossom and oak moss into a luxurious lather.
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