Peppermint is a very useful herb. Among other things, it is said to ease digestion, minimize gas and bloating, relieve tension and migraine headaches, and even improve your sleep. Personally, I've never tried it for any of those things, but I do know that when I sniff peppermint, my energy level spikes and I perk up.
As we close in on the end of the weirdest year ever, you may be in need of a little pick-me-up. In that case, you've come to the right place. Let's take a look at 10 minty fresh products made by American artisans, who also happen to be (coincidentally — wink!) Indie Business members.
1. Fabric Mask Refresher, by Perfectly Natural Soap (Virginia)
Maker: Shaen Goetsch
Reusable fabric masks are a sad reality way of life these days, but what makes it worse is the mid-day stale breath smell they get. Time to combat that! Perfectly Natural Soap's mask refresher contains essential oils blended into a neutralizing spray. One squirt banishes the funk and has you breathing easy once again. Try the seasonal Candy Cane scent!
2. Vanilla Mint Lip Balm, by Good Flower Farm (Tennessee)
Maker: Rachel Carpenter
Deeply moisturizing, once you try their lip balms, you won't want any other! Handcrafted in a base of rich coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax, your lips will receive nourishment without leaving a greasy feeling. Comes in an eco-friendly biodegradable cardboard tube.
3. Peppermint and Grapefruit Handmade Soap, by LyKeStead Farms (Pennsylvania)
Maker: Lydia Jennifer
Spring into the holiday season with this festive soap made with natural oils and colorants. Handmade on a small farm in Pennsylvania, many oof the ingredients used in this product were organically grown on the farm. This peppy Peppermint and Grapefruit essential oil soap contains oils of olive, castor, coconut, and sustainably sourced palm oil.
4. Awaken Body Polish, by Blossom's Barn (Illinois)
Maker: Ann Stoll
This perky scent will brighten your mood, while polishing away the dry, scaly skin of old, revealing new and baby smooth new skin. Awaken is a spearmint eucalyptus scent, perfect for the winter holidays!
5. Wonder Wash Hand Soap, by My Alchemy Skin Care (Illinois)
Maker: Rebecca Adams
Wonder Wash is just what you need to keep your hands clean and germ-free during the cold and flu season. Rich in essential oils, this product is a bathroom, kitchen and workplace essential. It should also be in your purse. The fragrance is decidedly “holiday,” with with a pleasant hint of peppermint.
6. Peppermint Vanilla Pit Perfect, by Bubble and Bee Organic (Utah)
Maker: Stephanie Greenwood
Pit Perfect glides on clean, dry, and smooth. The formula is loaded up with tons of wetness-absorbing arrowroot powder, organic sunflower oil for a gentle glide, and a touch of organic beeswax to keep it solid. A pinch of baking soda helps fight odors without irritating skin and organic essential oils and extracts lend a pleasant scent and keep body odor at bay. It really is Pit Perfection!
7. ICEBREAKER Beard Oil, by Whiskey ‘N Hardtack (Pennsylvania)
Maker: Holly Warren
This product is a brisk hit of winter for your beard! The essential oil blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and lavender will definitely leave you wondering what hit you. The natural formula is rich in nourishing oils that penetrate beard hair, leaving facial follicles healthy-looking and not greasy. Each bottle is handcrafted in small batches. Proudly made in the USA.
8. Peppermint Mocha Soy Candle, by Essentials North West (Washington)
Maker: Andrea Jacques
Just call this your favorite holiday beverage in a candle! It's a decadent swirl of peppermint and chocolate, with a touch of mocha and a hint of creamy vanilla. Made with 100% soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and a phthalate-free fragrance blend. Available in travel tin sizes and classic glass jars with lids (shown). Jars and tins may be cleaned and re-purposed once the candle is has been enjoyed.
9. Full Spectrum Total Hemp CBD Oil, by Ology Essentials (Tennessee)
Maker: Kayla Fioravanti
Ology Essentials’ Full Spectrum Total Hemp CBD Oil contains a full profile of cannabinoids, as well as all of the hemp plants’ terpenes, lipids, and nutrients. Choose the flavor “Cocoa Mint” to get the full holiday minty effect! Get back to homeostasis with this powerful hemp CBD oil by adding it to your daily routine.
10. Inspiration Roll & Go Oil, by Ruministics (Missouri)
Maker: Hannah Hon
Easily fits in a bag, purse or pocket for use as a roll-on on the go; at home, at work or when you're in your special creative zone…wherever you happen to be! Peppermint reigns in this scent profile, while notes of tea tree, thyme and eucalyptus help to bring your life back to focus. Comes in a 10 ml glass roll on bottle for convenient application to wrists, temples and neck. Use anytime and anywhere!
Questions for discussion and sharing
Peppermint. Some people love it. Others — not so much. But what matters is you. What do you think of the scent of peppermint? Do you love it in your self-care products? Let us know in the comments!
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