Mineral Oil: A Toxic Evil Lurking In Your Beauty Products


Mineral oil is a colorless, odorless petrochemical derived from crude oil (yep, the same crude oil used to produce gasoline). It’s cheap and widely available. Mineral oil serves as an over-the-counter laxative when ingested, and is widely found in lotions and other cosmetics for external use on the skin. Other names for mineral oil include petrolatum, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), liquid parrafin, light liquid parrafin, propylene glycol and baby oil.

More names for mineral oil.


Mineral oil causes elevated estrogen levels in our bodies (aka, estrogen dominance or hormonal imbalance). It acts as a xenoestrogen, a potent “estrogen mimic”, which also affects the fetus of pregnant women and nursing mothers. Xenoestrogens are administered directly to babies through the use of petroleum jelly and baby oil. Mineral oil products also lead to estrogen dominance in men, low sperm count, low sex drive, testicular and prostate cancers.

[Note: Xenoestrogens are also released from plastic food containers during microwaving, leached from plastic water containers, and found in birth control pills.]

Daily use of products containing mineral oil is linked to the early onset of puberty, various cancers (including breast cancer), thyroid disease, blood sugar issues, weight gain, irregular menstruation and depression, to name a few.

Although women undoubtedly face some level of hormonal issues with age, I have a personal theory that prolonged use of mineral oil products and long-term exposure to xenoestrogens over a period of many years exacerbates hormonal symptoms in older women.


Don’t just look for “mineral oil” on the label. Get familiar with the other names for mineral oil. This toxic ingredient is widely found in lotions and creams, skin cleansers, cold cream (make up remover), perfumes, shampoos, mascara, lipsticks, foundations and other cosmetics.

Negative effects of mineral oil in skin care.


I’m still in the process of 100% ridding my home of mineral-based products. I recently bid farewell to Vaseline and said good-bye to my formerly beloved Lubriderm body lotion. Both are xenoestrogen offenders.

Since I already keep Raw African Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil on hand to condition my hair naturally, I began to use these products on my skin. Their moisturizing effectiveness blows conventional lotions out the water and I have peace of mind that my whole family is using products that keep them safe from exposure to toxic ingredients.

Raw African Shea Butter: Shea butter has been in use for centuries. It’s most often extracted by hand, coming from the nuts of the Shea (Karité) Tree found in West Africa. The use of Shea butter in conventional  products is on the rise, but those products are highly processed, stripping Shea of its natural healing properties. These mainstream products may also contain mineral oil. It’s recommended that Shea only be used in its pure, raw form (dense and yellow in color).

Shea Butter Uses/Treatments:

  • contains Vitamin F for skin moisturizing & chapped, dry lips
  • treats eczema and burns
  • aids dark spots, stretch marks and scars
  • helps restore skin elasticity
  • deep hair conditioner
  • natural sunscreen
  • Vitamins A & E for skin balance & normalization
  • provides collagen for anti-aging benefits
  • pain reliever for swelling and arthritis
  • massage aid for muscles and stiffness
  • diaper rash treatment
  • Shea Butter Full Profile

Pure, raw Shea butter is extremely thick, yet does not clog pores. It contains the fatty acids Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic and Stearic. It will appear to be a yellow, hardened block, yet quickly melts in your hands as you rub it into your body. Shea on the lips provides superior moisturizing results compared to petroleum jelly, Chapstick, or other conventional products designed to hydrate the lips and protect from the elements. Shea is also a superb hair conditioner for all women, and is a top notch daily hair moisturizer for women of color (I use it almost everyday!).

Raw African Shea Butter is very affordable and a little goes along way. I sometime use Shea together with a few drops of Pure Jojoba Oil or several drops of Grape Seed Oil. All 3 of these natural products are found among my beauty supplies.


1. Get familiar with the myriad of names for mineral oil.

2. Examine the labels on all of your beauty products to identify the offenders.

3. Get rid of any products containing mineral oil. You just gotta!

4. Explore Shea Butter as a multi-purpose, natural alternative and research other organic cosmetics.

5. Share this mineral oil alert with your loved ones.

6. Give yourself a pat on the back for an anti-mineral oil job well done.

One free bitch slap is available upon request to anyone who ignores this critical call to action.


  1. Barbara says:

    Oooh, I am on this. I need to check a few things but thankfully my Tarte cosmetics say they have no mineral oils.
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  2. mimi says:

    Since i don’t wear make up, and use coconut oil for moisturizing when i need it, and only pure soaps, there shouldn’t be much of this around here, but i will look. Also, i will look into mixing coconut oil with the shea butter for the dryer parts of my skin.

  3. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for this great info and reminder. I always try to use natural products but sometimes get lazy (yes, I know, hard to believe) but want to be a bit more diligent especially when it comes to my girls (ages eight and two).
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  4. Adrienne says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add. Thank you for the permission to give a bitch slap. I am more than happy to do so and then will just present the pass you have provided. You are making the world a better place in so many ways :)
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  5. merri says:

    i just started using argan oil. it’s expensive but you use literally just a drop or two. it straightens out my hair, which i’m not sure if i like or don’t like…
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  6. willpower says:

    Thats exactly why we started using doTERRA beauty products and coconut oil to take off makeup. Healthy safe and natural. How you been liking my samples?

  7. Lawd!!! I had no idea! And we put Vaseline on babies ALLA time. I have used it on my girl’s lips occasionally. Thanks for the report!
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  8. Allywan says:

    Do you have the links to the studies that show the consequences of daily use? I’d be interested in reading them.

  9. Emergefit says:

    Must have missed this one. Excellent.
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  10. Evelyn says:

    Hi Josie,
    This is great information. I mostly use natural products, though. I love using black soap, shea butter and coconut oil, oh yeah and jojoba too.

    Thanks for the info!
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  11. nylse says:

    this was very informative; i’ve noticed that the growth of my women whiskers have slowed down, but i wasnt sure why. i’ll have to watch the vaseline intake – actually get rid of it. but i just got a lovely body butter for christmas and the main ingredient is mineral oil…what to do?!!!

    have a wonderful new year…glad i found your funny and inspirational blog.
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    • yumyucky says:

      nylse, thanks so much for your visits to my blog this year. Always glad to see you here! As for the body butter, it sounds amazing, but ((sigh)) if it were me, I’d have to chuck it. Ain’t that terrible??? :(

  12. mjgrice says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have been aware of the horrible effect of mineral oil for some time now. I am super conscience of what I put on my kids’ skin and always watch on the ingredients for mineral oil as well as other toxins that the FDA doesn’t bother to regulate.

  13. Sylvia says:

    Thanks for the post. It is awesome! I noticed that my chin hair kept growing and I always wonder if it was because I use make up everyday. I will check the label for the ingredients. But so far, has any of you a recommendation for a healthy make up?

  14. R Moore says:

    I love your posts and videos. I just turned 40 this past August and ttc after a miscarriage in 2nd trimester 2 yrs ago (little boy). Doc said he didn’t know why. I noticed you had a baby when you were 36? I’m going to research and try getting rid of mineral oils…you got any tips or info about conceiving?

  15. R Moore says:

    Oh, forgot to say thank you for caring enough to post this for us women!

  16. Bella W. says:

    Oh my! MY favorite lotion from Suave with shea butter is a no good! It’s literally the second ingredient (MINERAL OIL). I thought it did wonders for my body but apparently not! Good bye! Now I just have to check everything else especially all my suave products! there’s so many names though. any way to remember them all for when I’m out buying products?

  17. vrushalee says:

    Thanks but i still did not get ur point of removing facial and chin hair permanently.U have stated about bad effects of mineral oil.Please help me.I am having lot of hair on upper lip and chin area,like thick damn hairs.I am getting treatment for hormonal P COD problem.But I can afford Lazers treatments….Please tell me some solution to remove these unwanted hairs from my sensitive skin….

  18. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much I too have notice a few facial hairs not many but one is to many for me,lol but yes there a few and I to got out mt tweeter n begain pulling them out I just really hated to see them but I will be on a mineral oil spot check from this day forward and I am also going to give this great infor to a very dear friend cause she it a little bad and you can really see it on her face in her chin area thank you so much again I will share with other ladies I know thank’s

  19. Jesse says:

    Have you tried other oils that don’t require using gloves? Olive oil? Canola oil? Vegetable oil?

    • yumyucky says:

      Hi Jesse. I use coconut oil, shea butter and, most recently, almond oil. The almond oil is a new addition that’s working out nicely, but I have to order it online. Not easily found in stores, unless you can snag it at a beauty supply store. But I find they tend to overcharge for their oils. I don’t consider canola or vegetable oils an option for skin.

  20. Jason B says:

    I think I’m about to try some shea butter. I need to start using more natural products.
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    • yumyucky says:

      Hi Jason. Yessir, get on the natural products right away. That crazy ingredients in drugstore stuff is messing with men’s hormones, too. My husband and son both sue 100% natural shea butter that I get on Amazon. I also use coconut oil, which is fantastic.

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  22. Gary Laabs says:

    How was the testing done that showed that mineral oil was actually causing the problems suggested? Those things listed are not easy to test.
    Just curious.

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    Great Info… Got me thinking of so many things I can toss!! What do you recommend as a deodorant alternative?… Lemon comes to mind

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