I’ve never used menthol in my soaps, but based on the online forums many men like their shaving soap to burn, baby burn! Now that I can make shaving soap with no problems, it’s time to test the unfamiliar icy waters of mentholated soaps.
Menthol crystals are made by extracting and freezing mint oils. They are a wonderful ingredient found in products like toothpaste, cough drops, balms, and chewing gum. Menthol crystals have a variety of health benefits such as analgesic, anesthetic, and anti-irritant qualities. It’s for these reasons, along with the cooling sensation, that men like this in their shaving products.
For the first batch I made, I used a small amount (too much can irritate skin) and enjoyed the cooling sensation as it wafted up from the mixing bowl. Even with a small amount, my husband classified the final soap as ‘strong’. That’s well and good, but I’m all about testing the limits. On the second batch I made, I upped the amount and it hit me hard! Even though my face was a good distance from the soap it felt like I had put my face really close to some muscle rub and kept it there for a few minutes. It’s not a good time unless eyes are watering, right? I’m pretty sure that once he tries this he’ll probably get a chilly wake up call.