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Mentha arvensis

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

Khush Ingredients and Khush B.V. are REACH registered for this product: 01-2119973492-30-XXXX

Description:

Used extensively as a flavouring of confectionary products and increasingly in personal care, aromatherapy 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 organic Cornmint oil, also known as organic arvensis oil.

We import directly 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 organic 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. 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.

We were delighted in 2017 when B.D Aromatics achieved their organic status and we started to import organic mints thereafter.

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 world’s 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 organic 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’ organic 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, organic 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. All imports ensure that B.D. Aromatics Organic Registration is up to date (EU certified by ECO-CERT) and that the eCOI procedure is complete on import.

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 natural product is a combination of volatile oils (menthol, menthone, menthyl acetate, menthofuran).

It is obtained from distillation from fresh flowering aerial parts, recently gathered, from the Mentha Arvensis plant.

Codes:

CAS Number: 68917-18-0 / 68608-35-5 / 90063-97-1

EC Number: 290-058-5

HS Code Number: 3301 2590

Packaging:

Packaged into containers of 1kg / 5kg aluminium bottles or 25kg / 180kg steel drums.

Production:

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

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Safety:

This substance is widely used as a flavouring and cooling compound It is generally recognised as safe (GRAS) when used at the right levels (0.01% to 0.30%) but may be harmful if levels are exceeded.

Extended Material Safety Data Sheet available on request.

Main Safety & Handling Statements:

H315: Causes skin irritation

H317: May cause skin allergic reaction

H318: Causes serious eye damage

H412: Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects

P210: Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – No smoking

P233: Keep container tightly closed

P240: Ground/ bond container and receiving equipment

P264: Wash hands thoroughly after handling

P273: Avoid release to the environment

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

P305 + P351 + P338: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do so. Continue rinsing

P501: Dispose of contents/containers in accordance with local/national regulations