Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil derived from petroleum. It's a popular ingredient in skincare products because of its excellent skin-conditioning properties. Mineral oil forms a protective barrier on skin's surface that helps to prevent moisture loss, soothe dry or irritated skin and improve skin's overall hydration. It's commonly found in products like lotions, creams, baby oils and makeup removers, where it can improve product texture and performance. Concerns around the potential health risks of mineral oil primarily involve possible contamination with harmful substances, but these risks are generally considered low in highly refined cosmetic-grade mineral oils. Concerns also include its limited biodegradability and potential harm to the environment when disposed of improperly, since it’s derived from non-renewable fossil fuels.


Paraffinum Liquidum


Mineral oil is derived from crude oil, a naturally occurring fossil fuel formed from the remains of ancient marine plants and animals. It undergoes extensive refining processes to create the purified, cosmetic-grade mineral oil used in skincare and cosmetic products.


Mineral oil is generally well-tolerated on skin, but it may feel heavy or occlusive to some and in rare cases, lead to skin irritation or breakouts.


Creates Moisture-Rich Skin

It forms a protective barrier on the skin's surface that reduces water loss and helps lock in moisture.

Contains Emollient Properties

Mineral oil helps soften and smooth skin and leaves it feeling hydrated.

Protects against Environmental Damage

It creates a barrier that shields skin from external factors like harsh weather conditions and pollutants.

Relieves Irritation

Mineral oil can provide relief to irritated or sensitive skin by forming a soothing layer.

Removes Makeup

Mineral oil helps dissolve makeup and impurities on skin.

Heals Wounds

In medical settings, it's sometimes used to protect and promote the healing of minor wounds and burns.

Improves Product Texture

Mineral oil can improve the texture and spreadability of creams and lotions for easier application.