Petroleum and Petroleum Byproducts in Cosmetics?! NO Thank You!

Petroleum and petroleum byproducts are in cosmetics?! More often than you might think. . . .

Petroleum is a naturally occurring fossil fuel formed over time; it's a mix of hydrocarbons that can be refined into various substances that have many uses: From gasoline to lubricants, plastics to cosmetics, petroleum and its byproducts are everywhere. They're stable--meaning they can have long shelf lives--and cost-effective.

When it comes to fueling cars and modern life, it's a lifeblood. But when petroleum byproducts, such as mineral oil and petrolatum, find their way into skincare and cosmetics, they create a protective barrier, keeping skin hydrated and soft. Texture-wise, they help products obtain a super smooth texture that's loved in skincare and cosmetics.

However, concerns exist with petroleum and its byproducts; many are concerned about the potential environmental impact of extracting and refining petroleum. In makeup, some may find that petroleum byproducts, especially mineral oil, can be heavy and pore-clogging: Clogged pores and potential breakouts are an undesirable potential effect of using petroleum and its byproducts in cosmetics.

Heal Yes! instead entrusts plant-based oils and waxes such as jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and plant-derived waxes like candelilla and carnauba. They, too, provide similar moisturizing and protective qualities but without the potential downsides petroleum products bring to the table. You will never find petroleum or its byproducts in Heal Yes! products!