Clear, active, and fresh Kemitron – world of fragrances about the mint

World of fragrances about the mint – Mythical stories and harmonious fragrances are often connected in the world of legends, as also shown here:
Hades, the ruler of the underworld fell in love with the young and pretty nymph Menthae. When Persephone, his wife, found out about it, she became jealous, and transformed the nymph into a plant, which is living on soil as creeper and was supposed to be stepped on by feet. Hades was not able to undo the transformation but he lessened the effect on Menthaes fate by giving her an enchanting fragrance which she exuded when she was touched.

The Indus delta – the birthplace of the mint
In fact, the mint was not only known to the ancient Greeks. Just as many spice, sacrifice, and medicinal plants it originates from the Indian subcontinent and spread from there into the ancient world. The Indus delta is its birthplace and also the name was probably borrowed from the ancient Indian “Manthe” which means rubbing. The Egypts knew and used it as medicinal and ritual herbage as well as burial gift. The ancient Greeks also knew how to make use of it: Mint bouquets at table were thought to stimulate the appetite, mint wreaths on the hair were supposed to prevent a hangover at drinking sessions or act as aphrodisiac.
The success story of the mint continued via the Romans and the Celts until medieval times, when Hildegard of Bingen also planted mint in her herb garden. Charlemagne had the plant grown by regulation for medicinal purposes and in England during the 17th century, mint leaves where used to keep the drinking water on ships clean.
Until today, our most numerous mint species is the peppermint. It's calming, refreshing, and antispasmodic on the respiratory organs and is used on muscular problems in everyday life or sports.

The fragrant message of the mint
Also in form of mint oil the power of the mint has been used for centuries. Clear, fresh, and active – that is its fragrant message. Mint oil is pervasive, peppery hot, and spicy, leaving a cooling effect on the skin if used in infusion minty fragrances, which is particularly noticeable with a following cold application. It is characteristic for sporty perfumes, masculine cosmetics as well as fresh and cool room and wellness fragrances.
The wide range of mint plants encouraged the experts from Wendlingen, to create an as large spectrum in their world of fragrances. They range from peppermint to the Japanese mint. For its fragrance creations, Kemitron uses a high concentration of natural essential oils. Because only they achieve the wide variety in modes of action on both body and senses. They are only supplemented with nature-identical
oils, if natural raw materials are banned or difficult to acquire for reasons of natural conservation or the protection of endangered species, or are too expensive as natural oils that the end product cannot be marketed at a reasonable price.


Usage of Kemitron fragrances in certified facilities

There are many different certifications for spa, sauna and wellness facilities. Since the certification requirements can vary immensely and there is no uniform regulation, we would like to inform you about the usage of our fragrances in these facilities.
In principle there are no specifications, which connect selected products to assigned facilities! Like in other areas, the quality of the products is of crucial relevance for systems to run easy and on low maintenance.
In this context, a lot of individual components go hand in hand: for example fragrances based on emulsifiers can leave residues and congest pipes and valves. Therefore we do not use emulsifiers as fragrance carriers at all instead we use alcohol, which volatizes residue-free and allows the fragrances to unfold in a dependable and consistent quality.(1)

The name Kemitron stands for highest quality
First-class fragrances need time to develop. To let the aroma unfold in the best way possible and therefore to ensure an unique experience for your customers, quality is of vital importance. Kemitron is well aware of its responsibilities and puts major attention to keep the entire value-creation chain from the finest selection of the odoriferous substance, to the development, through to production in our own hands. Our corporate philosophy obliges us to sustainably protect nature and the environment by handling resources carefully – namely in a holistic way, with the purchase of raw materials as well as the use of our products. We know that only high-quality oils create a long-lasting fragrance experience and therefore ensure a healthy relaxation. This is why at Kemitron we use a high concentration of natural essential oils. Because only they achieve the wide variety in modes of action on both body and senses. They are only supplemented with nature-identical oils, if natural raw materials are banned or difficult to acquire for reasons of natural conservation or the protection of endangered species, or are too ex- pensive as natural oils that the end product cannot be marketed at a reasonable price.
Sustainability on principle
All odoriferous substances and fragrances we purchase and use in manufacturing our products, are subject to the IFRA standard codex (2), which is based on scientific analyses of the RIFM (3). This sophisticated composition is one fundamental reason for the fact, that Kemitron fragrances remain stable in their intensity, even if the container has been in use for a while. We see this also as an essential contribution to a considerate handling of nature. Furthermore our Aromee products are remarkable for their high yield, efficiency and therefore for their cost-effectiveness. We have taken a conscious decision not to use water-based emulsions as well as emulsified fragrance compounds and the associated addition of preservatives. On this account we have not been informed of any health-impairing effects or other reactions resulting from Kemitron Aromee products. A confirmation will only be valid to the extent, that it can be verified that original Kemitron products were used and the dosage recommendations complied with.


(1) Also read our blog post “Fragrance solution or fragrance emulsion in sauna and steam bath?”on our homepage www.kemitron.de under Company -> Blog
(2) IFRA: International Fragrance Association – A glo- bally accepted, recognized and self-regulating system of the industry, based on risk assessments carried out by an independent Expert Panel.
(3) RIFM: Research Institute for Fragrance Materials – The RIFM Database is the most comprehensive, worldwide source of toxicology data, literature and general information on fragrance and flavor raw materials.

 


Fragrance solution or fragrance emulsion in sauna and steam bath?

Fragrances are deployed in saunas or spas to surround visitors, because fragrances influence our mood and health.

However, if fragrances for sauna, wellness, and spa areas need to be purchased, the range is huge. One of the decisions that have to be made is whether alcohol or emulsion-based fragrances should be used. These differ on a number of points, which we would like to explain:

In a fragrance solution or fragrance concentrate, the essential oils are dissolved in alcohol. Due to their composition and the substantially continuous evaporation process, alcohol-based fragrance solutions can be used very economical and efficient. They are fully absorbed and quick by the steam. Contact times are low. Residues only occur, if the steam-contact-time is chosen too short or if the dosage is not matched to the steam flow.
Excess-amounts of the solutions are also absorbed quickly. The specific aroma of the essential oil reaches the steam bath cabin unadulterated. The fragrance concentrate and the fragrance solution evaporate in the sauna on the stone without leaving any residues the aroma remains stable and can spread throughout the cabin with the steam.

On the other hand, the shares of the essential oils in fragrance emulsions (fragrance milk) are dissolved with the help of an emulsifier and water. Because emulsions are mostly manufactured in a combined system, a high share of emulsifier is necessary.
The evaporation process for fragrance emulsions is significantly more unpleasant since the water share only evaporates incomplete, the emulsifier (up to 20 % of the emulsion) not at all. The not evaporated share of the fragrance emulsion remains standing in the pipe and impairs the steam flow or runs as greasy distillate out of the valve into the cabin. Since a greater part of the essential oil is attached to the emulsifier or to the emulsifier-water-mixture, this share of it drains off unused together with the distillate. In saunas an emulsifier-layer remains on the stones.

To receive the same fragrance intensity, the consumption of the application quantity can be increased by a multiple compared to the solutions. The usage may be further reduced if the dosage arrangements are not favorable, i.e. if the steam contact times are too short. Alcohol-based fragrance solution enables a quality monitoring using simple methods, in comparison to emulsions, where monitoring is practically impossible. Therefore in emulsions can be incorporated shares of inferior quality essential oils (so-called “terpenes”) as well as inadmissible emulsifiers (i.e. technical emulsifiers). If used, this can lead to skin irritations and reddening of the mucous membrane subsides.

Not homogenized emulsions tend to unmix fast, which means that the oil and the aqueous phase separate, the oil floats on top of the emulsion. If they are unmixed they won’t get completely consistent again, not even by subsequent mixing (intensive shaking). Due to phase-separation significant quality differences in the fragrance supply of the cabin occur, since the watery phase doesn’t contain any essential oil, the layer floating on the surface however, consists of essential oil shares. Additionally, the different composition of the phases leads to adhesion of the steam pump and the steam valve.

Also the inherent odor of the emulsifier can superimpose the specific aroma of the essential oil. Furthermore, the emulsifiers and water-based solutions often distort the typical nature of plants and reduce their characteristics. Immediately with opening of the fragrance emulsion containers, contamination starts, which is accelerated by storage in warm rooms. This can be delayed by adding preservatives. Therefore Emulsions are durable for six weeks.

Alcohol-based fragrance solutions and fragrance concentrates don’t have this contamination problem. They stay stable in their mixture and the same in their odor intensity, even if a container is in use over a longer period.

The use of fragrances in saunas, steam baths, hot air- and aroma cabins support the characteristics of the application. Therefore, attention to the fragrance solutions for containing mostly natural essential oils should be paid. Alcoholic solutions intensify the characteristic radiance of the essential oils and support their properties while the nature of the plants is preserved.

This means summarized: for a very good reason Kemitron only uses alcohol instead of emulsifiers (emulsion or emulsion-milk) as fragrance-carrier for its Aromee products: with a very good fragrance development, alcohol supports the quality and leaves no residues on the sauna stone or the pipes of the steam bath.