Peppermint extract is good for more than just flavoring homemade desserts. It can be used outside of the kitchen in a number of unique and surprising ways. Some are refreshing while others are enticing, but they all have one thing in common. They are highly fragrant and desirable. Some make great DIY gifts, and others are ideal for personal use.
Do not use peppermint extract on the skin before testing it first. Apply a small amount on the inside of your arm. Wash it away after a few minutes, and look for signs of irritation before using any of the following homemade skincare products. In any case, use commonsense, and be sure to keep all extracts and related products away from kids and pets.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub for the Face and Hands
Homemade sugar scrub beautifully softens and exfoliates the skin, but it is even better with mint. Combine one cup of granulated sugar with one teaspoon of peppermint extract and one-third of a cup of olive oil. Store it in a clear glass container with a snug lid. If desired, label it for gift giving purposes. The jar can be dressed up with a colorful ribbon and a homemade tag. It will stay fresh and fragrant for weeks on end. To use the product, apply a small amount to moistened skin. Use a dampened facecloth in a gentle circular motion to remove and refresh dry skin.
The scent of peppermint extract is intoxicating, and it instantly freshens stale air. When seeking unique alternate uses for your fragrant pantry favorites, make DIY scents for your home. Apply it to cotton balls or batting in decorative fabric or yarn sachets. Hang the pouches in a sunny and/or breezy location. They will fill the area with the unmistakable fragrance of fresh mint.
Peppermint shampoo not only smells great, but it feels fabulous too. It naturally invigorates the scalp while leaving behind a clean fresh fragrance. Dry shampoo can feel just as fantastic, and you can make it by blending three-fourths of a cup of oat flour with one-half cup of baking soda. Essential oil is suggested by some when fragrance is desired, but oil is not a good choice for dry shampoo. Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract instead. Blend the mixture well, and store it in a container with a tight lid. Work a small amount into the scalp, and brush away any excess powder. It will save a tremendous amount of time and money.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Green Living Experience