Mineral Oil

SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that contain less than 1% Mineral Oil in leave-on products and 2.5% in wash-off products. Where a brand tests their products and/or the ingredient of concern is tested for carcinogenic contaminants, test reports confirming that the product and/or ingredients are free-from carcinogens can be submitted; SCA will endorse the product(s) containing toxic-free mineral oil with unrestricted usage provided proof of testing is provided.


CAS No: 92062-35-6, CAS No: 8042-47-5, CAS No: 68918-04-7. Mineral oil can contain Polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers. Other names; white spirits, Mineral oil, disulfonic acids, disodium salts.. "Synonym(s): DEOBASE; HEAVY MINERAL OIL; LIGHT MINERAL OIL; LIQUID PARAFFIN; LIQUID PETROLATUM; PARAFFIN OIL; PARAFFIN OILS; PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM; PETROLEUM WHITE MINERAL OIL; PROLATUM OIL; WHITE MINERAL OIL, PETROLEUM" - EWG


Mineral oils are derived petroleum. It blocks the skin, disrupting the skin's natural barrier and inhibiting it's ability to breathe. "Derived from carcinogenic-laden crude oil, a non-renewable resource that contributes to environmental damage." - Eco Store

Found in common personal care products including eye shadow, moisturiser, lip gloss, lipstick, conditioner, hair color & bleaching agents, facial treatments, styling gel/lotions, blush and concealer products. Petrolatum derivatives are used in products that target the eyes and skin though direct contact. And, "explosives, domestic use in adhesives, commercial use in lubricants and additives; and candles, lubricants, antistatic products"; And, "The total volume introduced into Australia, reported under previous mandatory and/or voluntary calls for information, for microcrystalline paraffin and hydrocarbon waxes (CAS No. 63231-60-7) and petrolatum (CAS No. 8009-03-8) was <1000 tonnes." NICNAS



  • The issue is that there are varying grades of petroleum derivatives and not all manufacturers adhere to high standards in removing carcinogenic impurities. There are currently no restrictions on importing petroleum derivatives into Australia and no mandatory testing guidelines. The term 'mineral oil' can refer to highly refined oils found in baby products or untreated less processed mineral oils that are used in engine oils, transmission fluids and gear oils lubricants.

  • Your skin is the largest vital organ that is required to work with your kidneys and liver to remove toxins from your body - anything that interferes with this vital system has a negative impact on your health. Studies conclude that because petroleum derivatives are barely
    absorbed by the skin, the application of cosmetic products containing mineral oils do not pose issues with systemic exposure.

  • Mineral oil is used in many products such as makeup, lipsticks, foundation, sorboline, baby oil, bath and body oils, body wash, sunscreen and medicinal creams to treat eczema.


"The problem is that variations in processing, and the lack of regulation in testing petroleum derivatives varies greatly. SCA campaigns for mandatory testing of petroleum derivatives to confirm that carcinogens have been removed before being permitted for use in cosmetics including lipsticks, balms, baby skin care, ointments and many other products." - Amina Kitching, Founder of SCA. "No data are available for the chemicals." - NICNAS Australian Government Department of Health, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme.

Amina Kitching