Mineral Oil

INCI Name
Mineral Oil
Ingredient origins
Hydrocarbons
Role
Emollient
Common name
Mineral Oil
EWG score
What is EWG score?
The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
Nasty
This ingredient has been classified as hazardous to health, and is not used in ecostore products.
Ingredient details
Mineral oil is an ingredient that is derived from crude oil and has gone through many stages of processing and refining. The term ÔMineral oilÕ is used quite broadly and so can refer to highly refined oils such as those used in baby products as well as untreated/mildly treated oils used in engine oils, transmission fluids, gear oils etc. These unrefined oils can include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHÕs) and are classified as carcinogenic to Humans by the IARCii. This can get a bit confusing as people use this information and apply it to all Ômineral oilsÕ including the highly refined kind used in personal care, cosmetic and baby products. This kind of mineral oil however, is usually regulated and has to pass tests to prove it has been refined enough and does not include these carcinogenic impurities. Even though the mineral oil used in cosmetics and baby product is not the same or as dangerous as other, unrefined carcinogenic mineral oil, it does still come from carcinogenic-laden crude oil, a non-renewable resource that contributes to environmental damage. The petrochemical industry contains many potential hazards for the environment, and may impact it at different levels: air, water, soil, and consequently all life on our planet. Pollution is associated with virtually all activities throughout all stages of oil and gas production, from exploratory activities to refining, wastewaters, gas emissions, solid waste and aerosols generated during drilling, production, refining and transportation. This is not taking into account the detrimental impacts that oil spills have on whole ecosystems, and the social impacts of the petrochemical industryiv. REFERENCES: ii) PETROLEUM ENGINEERING Ð DOWNSTREAM - Environmental Impacts Of The Oil Industry iv) MINERAL OILS, UNTREATED OR MILDLY TREATED IARC