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?

A wide variety of fragrances surround visitors during a visit to a sauna or spa, and they are used there for a reason. fragrances influence our mood and health.

If fragrances are to be purchased for the sauna, wellness or spa area, however, the choice is immense. One of the decisions to be made here is whether to use alcohol- or emulsion-based fragrances. These definitely have differences, which we would like to explain today:

In fragrance solution and fragrance concentrate, the essential oils are dissolved in alcohol. Due to their composition and the largely continuous evaporation process, alcohol-based fragrance solutions can be used very sparingly and thus economically. They are quickly and completely absorbed by the vapor. Contact times are short. Residues in the steam bath only occur if the steam contact time is too short or the dosage is not adjusted to the steam flow.
Excess amounts of the solutions are also quickly absorbed, and the specific odor of the essential oil arrives unaltered in the steam bath cabin. In the sauna, the fragrance solution evaporates without residue on the stone, the fragrance remains stable and can spread with the steam in the cabin.

In contrast, in fragrance emulsions (fragrance milk), the essential oil components are dissolved with the aid of an emulsifier and water. Since these emulsions are usually produced in mixing processes, a high emulsifier content is required for this.
The evaporation process is significantly less favorable in the case of fragrance emulsions. This is because the water portion condenses only incompletely, while the emulsifier (up to 20% of the emulsion) does not condense at all. The non-evaporated portion of the fragrance emulsion remains in the line and impedes the steam flow or runs as a greasy distillate from the steam nozzle into the booth. However, since a larger part of the essential oil is bound in the emulsifier or in the emulsifier-water mixture, this part flows off unused together with the distillate. In saunas, the emulsion leaves a layer on the stones.
In order to maintain the same fragrance intensity, this increases the consumption by up to several times the amount used in comparison with the solutions.
The amount used can be reduced even further if the dosing arrangements are unfavorable, e.g. if the steam contact times are too short.
Alcohol-based fragrance solutions allow quality monitoring by simple means, whereas this is virtually impossible with emulsions. Thus, parts of inferior essential oils (so-called "terpenes") as well as inadmissible emulsifiers (e.g. technical emulsifiers) can be incorporated into emulsions. This can lead to reddening of the mucous membranes and skin irritation during use.
Non-homogenized emulsions tend to segregate quickly, meaning that the oil and water phases separate from each other and the oil floats on top of the emulsion. If they are segregated, even remixing (intensive shaking) does not help; they can no longer be mixed completely uniformly.
Phase separation results in considerable differences in the quality of fragrance supply to the room when dosing emulsions, since the aqueous phase contains no essential oil, but the oil phase floating on top consists of the essential oil components. In addition, the different composition of the phases also leads to sticking of the metering pumps and the steam nozzle.
Likewise, the inherent odor of the emulsifier can override the specific odor of the essential oil. In addition, emulsifiers and aqueous solutions often distort the plant character and reduce the properties.
Immediately after opening the container of the fragrance emulsions, germination begins, which is accelerated by storage in warm rooms. This can be delayed by the addition of preservatives. Thus, emulsions have a shelf life of about 6 weeks.
Alcohol-based fragrance solutions do not have this germination problem. They remain stable in their mixture and the fragrance intensity remains the same, even if a container is in use for a longer period of time.
The use of fragrances in saunas, steam baths, warm air and aroma cabins supports the preventive health properties of the application. Therefore, care should be taken to ensure that fragrance solutions contain mainly natural essential oils. Alcoholic solutions enhance the characteristic radiance of the essential oil and support its properties, the plant character is preserved.
In summary, this means that we at Kemitron always use alcohol instead of emulsifiers (emulsion or emulsion milk) as a fragrance carrier in the manufacture of our Aromee products, and for good reason: with very good fragrance development, alcohol supports the quality and leaves no residue on the sauna stone or in the pipes of the steam bath.