Alrighty – Mineral Oil. Is it bad for me? Should I avoid it? What’s the scoop?
Mineral oil is found in SO many products:
- hair products
- baby products
- baby oil
In fact, often the only ingredient in baby oil is mineral oil. So, it can’t be that bad, right?
Well, here’s the thing. Not only is it bad – there’s nothing good about it either!
It doesn’t sound that bad. Right? I mean, ‘mineral’ + ‘oil’ almost sounds like a good thing, until you learn that another word for it is ‘liquid petroleum’. It’s a by-product of the distillation process of turning petroleum into gasoline. (Now it doesn’t sound so good, right?)
I’m not kidding when I say there is nothing beneficialabout mineral oil. In fact, it aggravates acne, dermatitis and eczema. It even causes premature aging? What!?!Added aging to my moisturizer!
More importantly, it masks as estrogen in your body and alters your hormones – which leads to issues like depression, weight gain, thyroid issues and things we all have enough trouble with as it is already.
So, why do we use it? Because it’s cheap! It’s a cheap way to create products that slide and glide on your skin – products that make you feel like you’re being moisturized, when really it’s doing just the opposite!
So, look for it. Avoid it. Tell your friends and family to avoid it. Get rid of any products you have that have mineral oil.
Oh, and because nothing can be easy….you can’t just look for the two words “mineral oil”. There are actually dozens of other namesfor it. So, watch for all of these words below on the ingredient lists.
And, if you need a safer alternative – you know where to find me! Let me help you make a clean swap!
Alternative names for Mineral Oil:
blandol white mineral oil
electrical insulating oil
jute batching oil
mineral oil (saturated parrafin oil)
mineral oil hydrocarbon solvent (petroleum)
mineral oil mist
mineral oil, aromatic
mineral oil, paraffinic
mineral Seal Oil
oil mist, mineral, severely refined
Oil mist, refined mineral
paraffin oil (class)
f triona b
univolt N60, 80
white mineral oil
Need a safer alternative?
Let your skin breathe easy. Beautycounter Hydrating Body Lotion contains a moisturizing blend of marula and mongongo oils which are rich in essential fatty acids to revitalize and nourish skin. And the citrus mimosa scent is light, but SO wonderful!