Natural beauty and well-being

16 April 2012

Why I do not buy beauty products containing mineral oil

If you look closer at the composition of mainstream/classical beauty products (body lotion, oil, face cream etc..), you will very often notice that "mineral oil" or "paraffinum liquidum" or " petrolatum" is at the top position of the list, which means that it is the "base" or main ingredient of the product. Wondering why?

Mineral oil is:  -  highly refined
                    -  super cheap for the manufacturers
                    -  really easy to use
                    -  stable over time

But here is the "drama". Have you thought if mineral oil is good for your skin and is a "real cosmetic" ingredients? not really? Let me clarify it for you.

Paraffin is:    -  made of hydrocarbures 
                    -  useless at providing any benefits for the skin
                    -   lacking of vitamins and nutrients
                    -  occlusive for the skin
                    -  not well tolerated if you have an allergy-prone type skin
                    -  totally "anti-beauty oil"

It is very easy to check the "quality" of a beauty product by looking at whether or not the product contains mineral oil or paraffin.

To conclude: I personally always opt for face cream or body lotion that contain organic virgin plant oils such as olive, jojoba, or sweet almond oils (or others) as their main carrier
The gentle extraction method preserves the quality and the content of each oil, ensuring that vitamins and fatty acids are conserved. 
A real plus your skin: botanical nutrients + protection!



  1. Great post! I hope more people will be more aware of what they actually buy in the future.

  2. Thanks for the post!Is this the answer for my question?:D This topic is my concern anyway:)

  3. Excellent post! I actually read a comment on youtube today where someone replied to a video saying that mineral oil is ok as minerals are from the earth! As you can imagine, he got a lot of feedback on that comment....!! Makes you wonder how many other people think this way though x

  4. This is so true, there is no place for mineral oil in beauty products. Why would any one want it over a plant oil? It's beyond me, great post!

  5. Thank you for the information! It's really useful, I will try to learn more about the ingredients inside every products :)

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  7. This is a very informative post. I've noticed that products with mineral oil in it always tend to clog my pores and cause me to break out. Now I know better to read the ingredient list first.

  8. This is a really good informative post. I am really trying to be more aware of products that I am using. I didn't really know anything about mineral oil but I am happy you've pointed it out so I can look for products that don't contain any.

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