Loading... Please wait...


Petrochemicals in Your Cosmetic Creams



toxic.jpgDo you love that creamy, silky smooth feel of your commercial moisturizer? Did you know that that texture is most likely made with petrochemicals? Corporate interest has created a world where petrochemicals are the norm. These compounds are cheaper and easier to produce. Nature can provide better alternatives but usually it is too expensive to mass produce and sell with good profit margins. In case you didn't know, petrochemicals include gasoline, and crude oil. Yuck!

Many products that are marketed as "natural or organic" contain petrochemicals. Crude oil is natural after all. In a study of personal care products marketed as "natural" or "organic" (uncertified), U.S. researchers found 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant in 46 of 100 products analyzed.( http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics---peg-compounds-and-their-contaminants ) 1,4-dioxane is a know carcinogen.

Some contain polyethylene glycol (PEGs) or mineral oils which are compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and functions as a "penetration enhancer,". This means it increases the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product — and other harmful ingredients. Petrochemicals are carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, may interfere with human development and usually contaminated with highly toxic 1,-4 dioxane. They bioaccumulate and do not easily degrade. They can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.

Bio-oil is a prime example of a product that is marketed as healthy and made of botanical ingredients but has a minimum of three petrochemicals listed in the first few ingredients, and this is excluding the fragrance and colour (which are also petrochemicals). The main oil is Paraffinum Liquidum. Also known as liquid paraffin or refined mineral oil. If you want to fade scars without petrochemicals, use natural oils like coconut, sweet almond, avocado and jojoba oils. Natural, healthy and chemical free! Our ZCC Anti-Aging Daytime Lotion will also do the trick :)

Here is a list of Petrochemicals used in cosmetics:

•Paraffin Wax

•Mineral Oil




•Anything with PEG (polyethylene glycol)

•Anything ending in ‘eth’ indicates that it required ethylene oxide (a petrochemical) to produce e.g. myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth

•Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)

•Butanol and any word with ‘butyl’butyl alcohol, butylparaben,butylene glycol

•Ethanol and word with ‘ethyl’ ethyl alcohol, ethylene glycol,ethylene dichloride, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetracetatic acid),ethylhexylglycerin

•Any word with “propyl” – isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol,propylalcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine

•Methanol and any word with ‘methyl’methyl alcohol, methylparaben,methylcellulose

•Parfum or fragrance – 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum


View Comments


There are SO many benefits to using Coconut Oil on your skin! It isn’t jammed full of water or petroleum by products like many commercial cleansers and lotions. Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids with crazy, awesome medicinal properties! It can sooth bug bites, speed up healing, help with [...]

Read More »


Many cosmetics on the shelf today are tainted with heavy metals. Most of the time, the contamination begins with the ingredients that are being used to add colour. For example, coal tar dyes(p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by five digits) P-phenylenediamine is used in some hair dyes; other colours are used in a variety of cosmetics."They have the [...]

Read More »


We handcraft our products in small batches with ingredients that are healthy for your skin and sustainable for the earth. Our mission is to synchronize people with planet by creating products that work with nature creating a symbiosis between people and nature. We create all our products with the intention to do only good. [...]

Read More »


Zephyr Creative Cosmetics (ZCC) is luxury, small batch, handcrafted vegan mineral makeup and skin care products, that are hand made with clay for the eco-conscious consumer. People who enjoy a lifestyle of health and sustainability, and that care about the products they use on their skin as well as their ecological footprint.The ingredients that we use [...]

Read More »

Amazing Healing Properties of Iris Florentina

I just got back from another world, a tropical paradise with the most amazing colour plants. They inspired me to create some new tropical shades (coming next month!). Cuba may be politically controversial but the flora and fauna are not. I was amazed at the variety of colour and texture of Cuban plant life. As I wandered around taking pictures [...]

Read More »

One Ingredient Miracle Multi Use Balm

This is a very easy, one ingredient recipe, but I find it to be one of the most useful. I use it as an eye makeup remover, moisturizer, lip conditioner, and to minimize stretch marks and scars. My husband uses it to shave with, and has since not had any in grown hairs. All you need is a [...]

Read More »

Creating Natural Cosmetics

At first I found natural cosmetic formulating very challenging. Mostly because you have very little materials to work with and you must create a product that is as good or better at performing than the synthetic competition. I have been making natural cosmetics for years using very few, excellent performing ingredients such as kaolin clay, jojoba, and mica. I equate [...]

Read More »

DIY Skin Repairing Night Serum and Rose Water and Glycerin Toner

DIY Rose Water and Glycerin TonerEasy to make toner for normal to dry skin types. A toner is used as a final step in your cleansing routine. It usually has some astringent, like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar, in it to help tighten pores, and break down excess oil and grime. If you have dry or mature skin, [...]

Read More »

Look Years Younger With This Simple Natural Beauty Routine

Considering one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.  Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, [...]

Read More »

chat iconOur newsletter

Stephanie Storm, Creative Designer, Artist, Nature Obsessed.

Recent Updates