CAS number: 8012-95-1 / 8042-47-5 - Paraffin oil
"Medium penalty" in all categories.
  • Origin(s): Synthetic, Mineral
  • Other languages: Aceite de parafina, Huile de paraffine, Olio di paraffina, Paraffinöl, Óleo de parafina
  • EINECS/ELINCS number: 232-384-2 / 232-455-8
  • Classification: Mineral oil
Namely Paraffin oil is used in cosmetics as a softening and film-forming agent: it is occlusive, and creates a film to protect the skin. Paraffin oil is a hydrocarbon derivative (petroleum, coal). It is found in many products such as moisturizers, lip balms or makeup.
Criticism focuses on its origin, its very low biodegradability (pollution following its release into the wild) and its high occlusive power. It should be preferred oils of vegetal origins more neutral.
Its functions (INCI)
  • Antistatic : Reduces static electricity by neutralizing electrical charge on a surface
  • Emollient : Softens and smoothes the skin
  • Skin protecting : Helps to avoid the harmful effects of external factors on the skin
  • Solvent : Dissolves other substances
This ingredient is present in 6.92% of cosmetics.
Diaper (95.83%)
Ephemeral tattoos (93.06%)
Wax cartridge (91.8%)
Milking grease (85.88%)
Cream for braces (85%)

Products that contains it

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