You want the best for your bundle of joy, but “is baby oil vegan?”.
The answer is that while some baby oil brands are vegan, others are not. Lucky for you, I have done all the leg work when it comes to figuring out which brands are a green light to buy and which you should avoid!
Below, I will share with you as much relevant information about baby oil as possible so that you can take this knowledge and reap the benefits of using a vegan-friendly baby oil.
Main Ingredients In Baby Oil
When looking down the aisles of your local store, most baby oils that you’ll find have two main ingredients. These two ingredients are: mineral oil and fragrance.
Safer, and most-likely vegan-friendly oils have ingredients that are more natural. For example, Baby Bee Nourishing Oil (A Burts Bee product) contains large traces of apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, and wheat seed oil (amongst others). These natural ingredients are healthier options when compared to mineral oils, and can offer greater benefits.
What To Watch Out For?
Believe it or not, the two ingredients you should be the most worried about when it comes to baby oil are in fact those two main ingredients we mentioned earlier: mineral oil and fragrance. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is actually fairly simple.
Mineral oil, according to this article from Naturally Nourishing, is actually a byproduct of distilled gasoline that in turn is made from crude oil. It’s merely marketed as “mineral oil” so we instinctively think it’s healthy.
The reality is that when we rub mineral oil on our skin, we’re creating a thin layer that blocks the absorption of nutrients into our body. To put it simply, mineral oil clogs up our pores which isn’t good for our health.
You also might be wondering why is mineral oil in baby oil to begin with, if it’s not healthy? Essentially, it’s because we have a large supply of it and it’s cheaper to use it in various products as opposed to disposing of it.
The other ingredient you should be wary of is fragrance. While some vegan baby oils will have fragrance in them, you want to make sure whether the fragrance is synthetic or not. According to this article from Beauty by the Batch (which discusses baby oil extensively), checking to see if the fragrance is synthetic is incredibly important.
And because companies have to include every item and whether it’s synthetic or not (with virtually no exceptions), you shouldn’t have to worry about something being synthetic if it is not stated to be so on the label. In fact, you can even find baby oil brands that are fragrance-free.
Bonus: To learn some vegan baby oil products that are good in treating some baby skin problems check out the video below.
What Baby Oil Brands Are Vegan/Cruelty-free?
Luckily, there are many companies out there who produce safe, vegan and cruelty-free baby oil. While we won’t be able to list every single one of them, some of the more notable brands include (but are not limited to):
- Baby Bee Nourishing
- Weleda Calendula
Additionally, you can also look for locally made baby oils from farmers market or stores that support local goods. Best of all, you can ask the shop owners yourself if the products they are selling are animal cruelty-free.
What Baby Oil Brands Are Not Vegan/Cruelty-free?
Unfortunately, the majority of baby oils you see at a grocery store or supermarket are not going to be vegan-friendly because they are not cruelty-free.
This means that many major baby oil brands, such as Johnson’s (created by a company that sometimes tests its products on animals) are not viable options for someone who is trying to live a completely vegan lifestyle.
As mentioned earlier in the article, it is important to do some research before buying baby oil; check to see if the company that produces it condones animal testing.
Can I Make Homemade Vegan Baby Oil?
While finding a baby oil that is both vegan and good quality can be frustrating, don’t worry, you can also make your own if you have some spare time.
According to the Organicauthority.com, all you have to do is use one of the following base oils:
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Olive Oil
And if you would like to add a little bit of fragrance, there are certain essential oils that you can use and that are safe for use by both adults and children. Some of those are (but not limited to) are: Lavender, Chamomile, Rose Otto, Tea Tree, Neroli, Orange.
Bonus: To learn how to make a lavender baby oil check out the video below.
As you can see, answering the question of “is baby oil vegan or not?” is actually not terribly difficult; always look for the cruelty-free bunny logo in the packaging.
Whether it’s for a child or an adult, your health and skin are important. Therefore, make sure to take your time when choosing a product in order to ensure that it’s really the best choice for your needs.
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