Friday, August 9, 2013

Mineral oil vs. Petroleum-free Baby Oil

Every time there is a big petroleum oil spill in the gulf, we see how it endangers that ecosystem. We quickly see images of people using dish washing
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liquid as a cleansing agent in an effort to save the lives of the goo-coverd animals. Yucky goo... you sure wouldn't go swimming in this black goo, nor would you let your baby come in contact with it either.

What does this visual image have to do with common, everyday baby oil? The main ingredient in the majority of big brand baby oils is mineral oil, which is a distilled by-product of petroleum (that black goo). So, this begs the question, if you would save an animal from an oil slick, why would you consider slathering a distilled version of the same yucky goo on your baby?

Admittedly, a baby covered in black goo is a bit of an exaggeration, but hopefully you get the point. So, next we should consider how well mineral oil actually performs as skin moisturizer, before making any further decisions. First, the molecules of mineral oil are too large to be absorbed into the skin. Basically, mineral oil creates a barrier that moisture and air can't pass through. It is kind of like applying a plastic coating to your skin (another interesting visual image) - it will keep the skin's existing moisture trapped, but it does not attract or add any additional moisture. This is another missed opportunity for poor old mineral oil to be considered a good moisturizer. Whereas it may have some valid uses, moisturizing is not one of them.  

So, why do the well-known brand name baby oil companies use mineral oil as their main ingredient in their so-called moisturizing baby oils? Honestly, I'm shrugging my shoulders and rolling my eyes as I speculate on possible answers to that question. What do you think?

If you are thinking you wouldn't want to use a petroleum-based baby oil, then what should you use?  We have the perfect solution for you! The Butter Bath Company's
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Additionally, this product was created to address a special dietary need for my very special grandson who is on a ketogenic diet for seizures. So, our Petroleum-free baby oil has been designed to be suitable for use with a ketogenic diet, it is also gluten-free and vegan!  But, mostly it just feels AMAZING! It glides on effortlessly, it soaks in quickly, it is super rich, and wonderfully long-lasting! This is a true moisturizer! You can baby your skin perfectly with our Petroleum-free Baby Oil! And, as always, all products from The Butter Bath Company come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So, skip the petroleum goo, and instead go "goo-goo" over The Butter Bath Company's Petroleum-free Baby Oil with almond oil and chamomile.