Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to Identify Petroleum Based Products

How to Identify Petroleum Based Products

Petroleum based ingredients are everywhere, and it can be very difficult to find products that are petrochemical, and paraben free. While it is nearly impossible to completely avoid products containing petroleum, you can take a step in the green direction by becoming more aware of what chemicals are in your cosmetics, clothing, and food. Here is a list of common petrochemical ingredients to watch out for.

  • Paraffin Wax
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Ethylene Oxide (any ingredient that contains ‘eth’ such as: laureth, myreth, ceteareth, oleth)
  • Diethanolamine
  • Ethanolamine
  • Butanol - (any ingredient that contains ‘butyl’)
  • Ethanol - (any ingredient that contains ‘ethyl’)
  • Propyl - (any ingredient that contains ‘propyl’)
  • Methanol - (any ingredient that contains ‘methy’)
  • Parfums

Synthetic Fabrics:

  • Acrylic
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Spandex
  • Latex
  • Rayon


  • Mineral Oil
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Olestra
  • tert-Burylhydroquinone (TBHQ)
  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Artificial food coloring


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