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Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil

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Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil

Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil

Spearmint oil is a clear essential oil with a minty green aroma derived from the spearmint plant (Mentha spicata). We use this ingredient to add flavour or fragrance to some of our products.

Mentha spicata (also known as Spearmint, Garden Mint or Mentha viridis), is a herb native to Europe and Asia, but grown in gardens around the world. These perennial plants grow to around 100cm tall, with square stems and serrated-edged leaves. The highly aromatic leaves can be steam distilled to produce spearmint oil, which has many uses and is reported to have antimicrobial and antioxidant activity. Spearmint oil contains low levels of menthol and menthone in comparison to peppermint oil, making it a milder option with a similar flavour, and a popular choice for many mint flavourings and fragrances.

Botanical name: Mentha spicata

Other names: Spearmint Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis Leaf Oil

Chemical class: Essential Oils and Waters

Main constituents: Carvone, Limonene, Eucalyptol, beta-Pinene, cis-Dihydrocarvone, Dihydrocarveol


Snoussi, M., Noumi, E., Trabelsi, N., Flamini, G., Papetti, A., & De Feo, V. (2015). Mentha spicata Essential Oil: Chemical Composition, Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities against Planktonic and Biofilm Cultures of Vibrio spp. Strains. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 20(8), 14402–14424.

Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. 2021-09-22.

INCI Name:
Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil
Ingredient origins:
Flavour, Fragrance
Common name:
Spearmint Oil
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.