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L-Menthol Pharma

Menthol for fresh and minty taste

BASF's pharmaceutical-grade L-Menthol is an synthetically produced organic compound.
L-Menthol can be obtained as either a white solid mass or in form of white flakes solid at room temperature.

Functionalities

Topical & local anesthetic

The product is supplied as a white solid mass. It is almost not soluble in water, but easily soluble in ethanol or diethylether. It melts around 42 °C. It smells characteristically fresh like peppermint.

  • Fresh, mint, cooling; can be used for any creation
  • Nature-identical
  • Antimicrobial activity
  • Potent penetration enhancer in skin delviery
  • Antitussive, nasal decongestant, antihistamine, expectorant, throat irritation relief, topical analgesic, local anesthetic

L-Menthol for the pharmaceutical industry

  • Patented production method ensures consistently high quality
  • Production at world-class cGMP plant according to ICH Q7A
  • Reliable supply to meet global demand
  • Commercial volumes (flakes and melt)
Product Details
Chemical name 2-isopropyl-5-methylcyclohexanol 5-Methyl-2-(propan-2-yl)-cyclohexan-1-ol (1R,2S,5R)- 5-methyl-2-(1-methylethyl)-cyclohexanol
CAS-No 2216-51-5
Molecular formula C10H20O
Molecular weight 156.27 g/mol
Description White flakes or white solid mass.
Regulatory Status Will meet current USP, Ph. Eur., JP monographs.
Registration Will be submitted (US-DMF, EDMF, J-DMF, CEP)
Applications Antitussive, nasal decongestant, antihistamine, expectorant, throat irritation relief, topical analgesic, local anesthetic.
PRD Number 30573723
EINECS Number 218-690-9
Generic Name Levomenthol, L-Menthol, 3-p-Menthanol, Hexahydrothymol, Menthomenthol
Grade GMP Pharma Grade
Applications, Description and Composition The product is supplied as a white solid mass. It is almost not soluble in water, but easily soluble in ethanol or diethylether. It melts around 42 °C. It smells characteristically fresh like peppermint.
Product name L-Menthol Pharma
Temperature Store below 30°C
Conditions Protect from moisture and heat
Retest Period 60 months
Packaging size (Article number) 0,5KG Aluminium bottle (ArticleNo: 50309092) - Sample
180KG Steel drums (ArticleNo: 50309181)
Country of origin Germany
Manufacturer incl. address BASF SE Carl-Bosch-Straße 38 67056 Ludwigshafen Federal Republic of Germany

Leading in L-Menthol production

The main production site of BASF is by the Rhine River, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Ludwigshafen is the company's largest production site, global headquarters, and the center of its research activities.

BASF’s long tradition in the aroma industry dates back to the early 80’s when it started running its own Citral production plant in Ludwigshafen.

Early 2000 the construction of a world-scale Lysmeral® production plant started.

In 2004, responding to the increasing customer demands for terpenes, BASF created a larger Citral complex with downstream (i.e. Citronellol, Linalool and Geraniol) in Ludwigshafen. And in 2012 BASF opened the world’s largest menthol production plant in Ludwigshafen. Being a well-recognized partner for the F&F industry, BASF is constantly working to strength its global footprint and increase its contribution to the aroma ingredients market. We are currently building a second aroma ingredients complex in Kuantan, Malaysia. Until 2017 a complete “Verbund” site will be installed step by step producing Isoprenol, Citral, Citronellol, and L- Menthol.

The cool freshness of Menthol: Ressource-efficient Production of the popular flavor by BASF

Menthol is the very essence of freshness. Whether in toothpaste, chewing gum or candies, the minty taste of the world's most-sold flavor ingredient can be found in countless everyday products. But menthol owes its popularity not only to its fresh taste, but also to its cooling effect on the skin and mucous membranes. This is why it is often used for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics like cooling ointments, inhalations, deodorants and shower gels. The worldwide demand of 25,000 to 30,000 metric tons per year already exceeds the available supply -- and is constantly growing because more and more new products contain menthol. BASF put the world's largest production plant for nature-identical menthol into operation 2012. A completely new process means it can be produced reliably and in consistently good quality.