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Menthol crystals are a plant-derived product, 100% pure and natural.
They are obtained from the distillation of peppermint essential oil (mentha x piperita) - not to be confused with field mint (mentha arvensis) - subjected to a temperature of -22°C to achieve crystallization and thus obtain a high concentration of menthol in crystal form.
Menthol crystals are well known for relieving muscular pain when used topically, providing an analgesic effect through their anesthetic properties.
Although synthetic forms exist, most often, mint crystals are derived from peppermint essential oil.
The first step is the creation of the essential oil by mixing the plant and water to heat and transform it into vapor before cooling this vapor to recover the concentrated oil.
The second phase involves freezing the essential oil immediately after extraction to form crystals.
These phases require essential oil extraction equipment and a substantial amount of mint leaves.
Menthol crystals remain solid at room temperature but dissolve at 41.5°C.
They are soluble in alcohol or propylene glycol.
By dissolving mint crystals in a PG base, you get a very potent fresh taste and an improved "throat hit". Undoubtedly, the best e-cig additive for a menthol-flavored e-liquid!
The rule is to dissolve at one-third the amount. Thus, if you have 5 grams, you can dilute them in 15ml of PG to obtain a very refreshing mint e-liquid and a chilling effect.
You can later dilute this preparation further if the taste is too strong or use it as a DIY additive by adding just a few drops to your e-liquid to impart freshness.
For easier dilution, we recommend crushing them as much as possible before immersing them in vaping-grade propylene glycol and gently heating until dissolved.
A water bath at a temperature of about 40°C is effective.
You can try it for yourself; they dissolve slowly, including under a simple halogen lamp, becoming liquid menthol.
Another trick is to dissolve them in a small amount of alcohol and then add the solution to your e-liquid.
* Danger of menthol crystals: This product derived from peppermint essential oil is not toxic but can be irritating to the throat and respiratory tract, especially for beginners.
Hence, it is advisable to assess its intensity by starting with a reasonable amount.
What wattage to vape mint e-liquid?
We advise using them in low quantities and adjusting your resistances, especially if you are a beginner vaper. Start with high resistances of 1.2 or 1.8 ohms to get used to it.
With experience, you can then vary the resistances and wattage to find the cooling vape that suits you best and make an extra-strong mint e-liquid.
Mint crystal additive - 100% natural - for e-liquid preparation
5-gram sachet - AromTeam