What Are Menthol Crystals Used For?

Updated November 21, 2016

Produced by chilling an extracted element of menthol oil, menthol crystals form through a very slow cooling process. These crystals offer a surprising number of uses in a variety of consumer goods.

Oral Hygiene

Menthol crystals are used to create a pleasing flavour in oral hygiene products such as toothpastes, mouth washes and oral sprays.


The cool and minty flavours of sweets such as chewing gum, liquorice and hard candies are created through the use of menthol crystals.


Certain medical products and pharmaceuticals offer a soothing effect thanks to menthol crystals. Examples include balms, rubs, compresses, cough drops and lozenges.

Personal Care

Perfumes, colognes, lotions, shaving balms, deodorants, oils, shampoos, gels and sprays receive a cool and refreshing fragrance from menthol crystals.


Menthol crystals are used to enhance the flavour of certain tobacco products, such as cigarettes, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco.

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