There is only one place we feel petroleum, petrochemicals and petrolatum-based products belong. And that place is in your vehicle to make the engine run and the parts glide smoothly. Products like deodorant, moisturizers, soaps and hair care should be petroleum free.
Petroleum and all of its by-products really have no place in body, skin care or hygiene goods that we must use every day. There are just too many potential contaminants in the process by which they are made. They are listed as a probable carcinogen by the EU (European Union).
Petroleum weighs the hair down when in hair care products. It also clogs the pores of the skin instead of letting them breathe when used in skin moisturizers, lotions and creams.
The skin cannot absorb them, so it ends up clogging the pores and just “sitting” on the skin inhibiting its ability to breathe, trapping toxins and not allowing them to escape.
That is why our products are all petroleum free – our lotions, soaps, cosmetics, hair care products (a deep conditioner and natural shine enhancing shampoo) and lip balms all are totally free of petroleum and any petrochemicals that result from the process of manufacturing and mixing petroleums.
If you picked up a number of the body, body and skincare products on supermarket shelves, you would see a plethora of ingredients that are derivatives of petroleum. You may not even recognize most of them as such. Many of these derivatives are linked to endocrine disruption and organ toxicity.
The reason petroleum by-products are used in so many lotions, creams, hair products and other things we put on our body is that they are super cheap humectants. Let’s list some of these petroleum-based ingredients so that you know what you’re getting when reading your product labels.
This list is by no means 100% inclusive. It represents the most common ones that you will find going through the shelves of personal care products at most stores. You must specifically look for “petroleum free” products if you want to avoid these types of ingredients all together.
1.) Mineral oil. Don’t be deceived by the name. It sounds natural enough and harmless. It is actually quite close to the makeup of kerosene, another petroleum offshoot. Not only does this ingredient clog the pores and, but it has been linked to a variety of issues including being a carcinogen to the skin and body. It is included in a great many hair care and skin moisturizing products still today although some do advertise as being free of mineral oil because of its acne-causing reputation.
2.) Propylene glycol. This is commonly used as a humectant in deodorants, lotions, toothpaste, cleansers, soaps, and more. We explicitly left this ingredient out of our natural deodorant, natural body soap and natural acne soap for a reason. This ingredient is unfortunately pervasive in just about everything we buy today – including many processed foods like ice cream and sauces.
3.) Paraffin. You may think of this one as something you only come into contact with when getting a manicure or pedicure. It’s that waxy stuff that dries in a few seconds after dipping dry hands or feet in to it. It is a petroleum derivative as well. It is also used as an emulsifying agent in several cosmetic, beauty and skin care products.
4.) PVP / VA Copolymere. This is one that is often found in shampoos and conditioners. Our hair care products are totally free of these petroleum-based ingredients.
5.) Petrolatum, or Petroleum Jelly. This is a product in and of itself, and may also be used as a wetting agent in lipstick, lip balms and other cosmetics that are in a liquid or semi solid form.
6.) Isopropyl alcohol. This type of alcohol is actually derived from petroleum.
7.) PEG (polyethylene glycol) and PPG (polypropylene glycol). These are humectants related to propylene glycol. They keep products moist for a long time, giving them a long shelf life while they are waiting to be purchased. This is why we make our products on an as-needed basis, so they are fresh.
8.) Many compounds found in artificial fragrances. I know this is a general description, but there are a few thousand chemicals that largely go unreported on ingredient labels because they are part of a larger, protected “fragrance”. Most of the chemicals in these fragrances are petrochemicals. This means they are derived from, or a result of, other processed petroleum products.
So there you have it. Due to the questionable safety, especially when these products are used so widely and frequently on our bodies, isn’t it just safer to go without? After all, it’s not like these ingredients are great for the skin.
They trap stuff in the pores, don’t allow the skin to breathe, and generally act as poor moisturizers. Go petroleum free with your skin care and personal care body products, and you should really see and feel a difference. Our petroleum free products deliver on results and do not contain these questionable ingredients.