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Molecule of the Month: Menthyl Lactate

By: Michael Zviely, CIC
Posted: February 15, 2010, from the March 2010 issue of P&F magazine.

Menthyl lactate has a mild, cooling, fresh, minty, somewhat burnt sugarlike and sweet menthol taste profile. It is used in minty compounds for various purposes such as toothpaste, chewing gum and tobacco; it is also used in confections, beverages, and as a peppermint booster in oral care products. Menthyl lactate is produced in two forms—a white crystalline powder and fused material; both forms are used in various applications.

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