Is Vaseline Safe for you Baby
The ingredient in Vaseline is 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly – which is White Petrolatum, USP. Petrolatum is used In industry, to lubricant for machinery. Where as we use it to relieve diaper rash, soothe chapped lips and relief dry skin. The (EWG), which is a non-profit US organization doing environmental and safety studies, says that petrolatum is an ingredient in one of every 14 cosmetic products on the market, this includes some lipsticks and about 40 percent of baby lotions and oils. I wonder why I see products being listed as Petroleum Free? Is it safe or not?
Is petrolatum safe?
Health Canada considers petrolatum non-toxic and the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), a trade organization which consults with the government on ingredients says “it’s pretty much as universally safe as any substance could possibly be.”The EWG which is that non profit organization classifies it as a moderate hazard saying that cosmetics using petrolatum need to be studied more.
The reason for more studies is because of cancer causing chemicals that are found in crude oil and its by-products. Studies have not shown any link to petrolatum and cancer, but there are many grades of petrolatum so only a highly refined petrolatum can be used for cosmetics.
David Suzuki Foundation has included petrolatum on its Dirty Dozen list of cosmetic ingredients for this reason.
In Canada and the US only highly refined grade of petrolatum can be used in cosmetics and the use of an active ingredient in over the counter drugs has even stricter controls.
So in summing up Vaseline is made with high quality Petrolatum and is safe to use.
I you want to make your own Natural Baby Jelly this recipe is so like Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum Free Jelly Recipe
For most of my lotions and creams I use a Pot of Water and put the ingredients in a glass pyrex measuring cup and place the cup in the pot of water and heat. In the bottom of the pot I have a metal rack that the glass measuring cup sits on.
- Place the Olive Oil or Castor Oil and Beeswax in a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup
- Place the measuring cup in the pot of water
- Heat until completely melted
- Allow the mixture to cool a bit before adding the Grapefruit Seed Extract or Vitamin E
- Stir well and then package into cosmetic jars
The self life of these recipes is about 1 1/2 to 2 years.
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