Mineral Oil is derived from Crude Oil
Mineral Oil is 100% synthetic. It is a by-product of the process used to create petroleum products (gasoline). Other names include: Paraffin Oil, Liquid Paraffin, Paraffinum Liquidum and Liquid Petroleum.
The leading Skincare Brands use Mineral Oil because it is cheap!
Many brands selling a ‘Natural’ ethos and skincare for babies and pregnant women use Mineral Oil because there is nothing cheaper! It is used in many family skincare products e.g., Johnson’s Baby Oil, Vaseline, Nivea, Bio Oil, Palmer’s. Mineral oil costs 2% of the price of standard Olive Oil.
It does more Harm than Good to our skin
There is no reason to use Mineral Oil over a plant-based oil. It coats the skin like plastic and clogs the pores. It interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. This can slow down skin function and cell development, potentially resulting in premature aging.
It Contaminates our Bodies
Your body cannot metabolise or breakdown mineral oil so this contaminant builds up in our cells over time. A trial looking at fat and milk samples from 142 new mothers (Innsbruck Medical University, 2011) showed that ‘mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal skin absorption’.
It is highly flammable
The BBC UK (2017) reported that skincare containing paraffin has contributed to dozens of fire deaths across the UK. In extreme cases, Eczema and Psoriasis treatments (e.g., E45) have contaminated bed linen making it flammable. The medicines regulator has updated its guidance and says all creams containing paraffin should carry a warning.
Say ‘No!’ to Mineral Oil and the companies who use cheap petrochemical fillers in our skincare and opt for pure botanical plant oils that will nurture, protect and soothe your family’s skin.
Botanico Vida, A 100% Natural Formula
Botanico Vida’s ‘Omega Oil and Balm’ were laboratory formulated to offer 100% natural, specialist skincare. Independent clinical trials have proved their effectiveness for dry and irritated skin, stretch marks, ageing skin, burns and sun damage. A complex fusion of numerous botanical oils including, olive, coconut, rosehip, argan, avocado, sunflower plus calendula, a healing herb used for cuts grazes and burns since the time of the ancient Greeks, combine to deliver a beautiful, soothing skincare solution for the whole family. The crowning glory of the formula is Sacha Inchi, a plant ethically sourced and sustainably harvested from the mountains of Peru. These remarkable seeds contain the highest concentration of omega oils of any known plant source, in particular Omega 3, the essential nutrient for brain, heart and skin health.