Baby oil is made from mineral oil and is often called liquid petroleum because it is a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other products which come from crude oil.
Mineral oil is used in many skincare products, but in recent times consumers have become more conscious of ingredients and many feel that mineral oil is linked to cancer and several skin diseases because it can be absorbed into the skin which is our largest organ.
Some use baby oil to treat cradle cap in infants. Others use it to add shine to hair and lock in moisture. Then there are those who simply use it for the pleasant baby fragrance.
By virtue of the fact that baby oil is not a natural oil and it is made of mineral oil, it has been on the list of no-nos for many in the natural hair community, yet several of us in the healthy hair community use mineral oil* because as with everything else, it comes down to a matter of one’s personal choice.
Perhaps cosmetic grade mineral oil* doesn’t pose any threats to health but if you are unsure I don’t think you really want to take that chance.
If you are new to healthy hair care and you mean to stay away from mineral oil, it’s best that you don’t add it to your product to stretch it a bit farther since it really doesn’t add any natural goodness to moisturize or strengthen your hair anyway.
I will however recommend applying it to your fingertips and running it through your wigs* or synthetic hair of any kind though, especially if you are looking for sheen or shine.
As I said before, the decision to use or not to use mineral oil lies with the individual, we just give you the information so you can make your choice.