EWG level: 1-3
Mineral Oil is a clear liquid that is used in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products. This is a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons produced from the distillation of petroleum. It is refined to meet specifications appropriate for its use in cosmetics and personal care products, pharmaceuticals and food. Mineral Oil is used as a release agent for baking pans and trays. Cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found. This is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. It is sometimes used as a laxative.
Its functions are: Fragrance Ingredient; Hair Conditioning Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Emollient;Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive; Skin Protectant; Solvent; Antistatic; Perfuming; Skin Protecting
Allergies Concerns, “Human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen – strong evidence (only for )” (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics)
“Cancer – limited evidence (only for products that may be aerosolized (airborne))” (National Toxicology Program)