- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
- Products with this ingredient are allowed for use in EWG VERIFIED but must meet use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsPersistence and bioaccumulation (low) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Mineral Oil is a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|lip gloss||332 products|
|lip balm||199 products|
|eye shadow||137 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||91 products|
|hair color and bleaching||77 products|
|hair styling aide||69 products|
|hair treatment/serum||61 products|
|hand cream||59 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||56 products|
|recreational sunscreen||53 products|
|eye liner||42 products|
|lip plumper||42 products|
|styling gel/lotion||36 products|
|brow liner||26 products|
|diaper cream||25 products|
|baby oil||25 products|
|body oil||23 products|
|facial cleanser||22 products|
|bar soap||22 products|
|lip balm with SPF||21 products|
|sunless tanning||20 products|
|lip liner||17 products|
|body wash/cleanser||16 products|
|hair removal waxes||16 products|
|tanning oil||12 products|
|baby lotion||12 products|
|body firming lotion||12 products|
|shaving cream||11 products|
|facial powder||11 products|
|foot moisturizer||11 products|
|setting powder/spray||11 products|
|around-eye cream||10 products|
|hair spray||10 products|
|after shave||9 products|
|damaged skin treatment||9 products|
|beard care||9 products|
|makeup remover||8 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||7 products|
|skin fading/lightener||7 products|
|cuticle treatment||7 products|
|serums & essences||7 products|
|baby sunscreen||7 products|
|nail treatment||6 products|
|hair relaxer||6 products|
|after sun product||5 products|
|liquid hand soap||4 products|
|makeup primer||4 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||3 products|
|eye makeup remover||3 products|
|body spray||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||2 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||2 products|
|foot odor control||2 products|
|pore strips||2 products|
|beard oil||2 products|
|hand sanitizer||2 products|
|depilatory (men's)||1 products|
|baby soap||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|baby bubble bath||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|body art||1 products|
|fragrance for women||1 products|
|makeup removing wipes||1 products|
|body cleansing wipes||1 products|
|beard cleanser||1 products|
|hair perm||1 products|
|nail glue||1 products|
|Human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics|
|Possible human immune system toxicant or allergen||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as medium human health priority||Open scientific literature|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in people||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be persistent||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Open scientific literature|
|Cancer - limited evidence||Scorecard.org Toxicity Information|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Open scientific literature|
|4094 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
- AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
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