- 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 ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
SYNONYMSDEOBASE, HEAVY MINERAL OIL, LIGHT MINERAL OIL, LIQUID PARAFFIN, LIQUID PETROLATUM, MINERAL OIL, MINERAL OIL HYDROCARBON SOLVENT (PETROLEUM); MINERAL OIL (SATURATED PARRAFIN OIL), PARAFFIN OIL, PARAFFIN OILS, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, PETROLEUM WHITE MINERAL OIL, PROLATUM OIL, and WHITE MINERAL OIL, PETROLEUM
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||330 products|
|lip balm||252 products|
|eye shadow||164 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||88 products|
|hair color and bleaching||74 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||59 products|
|hair treatment/serum||59 products|
|body firming lotion||57 products|
|hair styling aide||55 products|
|eye liner||46 products|
|recreational sunscreen||43 products|
|hand cream||39 products|
|styling gel/lotion||38 products|
|lip plumper||35 products|
|body oil||31 products|
|brow liner||30 products|
|baby oil||28 products|
|diaper cream||24 products|
|facial powder||24 products|
|lip balm with SPF||24 products|
|body wash/cleanser||22 products|
|bar soap||20 products|
|sunless tanning||18 products|
|foot moisturizer||16 products|
|lip liner||16 products|
|tanning oil||14 products|
|facial cleanser||14 products|
|hair removal waxes||13 products|
|setting powder/spray||12 products|
|makeup remover||11 products|
|baby lotion||9 products|
|hair spray||9 products|
|around-eye cream||8 products|
|skin fading/lightener||8 products|
|shaving cream||7 products|
|nail treatment||7 products|
|after shave||7 products|
|damaged skin treatment||7 products|
|makeup primer||7 products|
|after sun product||6 products|
|cuticle treatment||6 products|
|hair relaxer||6 products|
|serums & essences||6 products|
|beard care||6 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||5 products|
|baby sunscreen||5 products|
|bubble bath||4 products|
|eye makeup remover||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||3 products|
|foot odor control||3 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||2 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||2 products|
|liquid hand soap||2 products|
|body spray||2 products|
|foot cleansing||2 products|
|BB cream||2 products|
|pore strips||2 products|
|beard oil||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|
|fragrance for women||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|
|Cancer - limited evidence||Scorecard.org Toxicity Information|
|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.
- 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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