Treehugger Points Out the Oil in Our Every Day


Before I started writing about natural beauty products, I never thought petroleum-based products were so bad. I mean, we all grew up with petroleum jelly soothing our diaper rashes and later, our chapped lips. Then I started reading labels like a Jane Austen novel, and label after label showed petroleum-based ingredients.

So I started talking about this with everyone I knew. “Did you know there is petroleum in your lipstick?” and “Sure, go ahead and wash your hair with a side of cancer” became common phrases I uttered to my friends. After realizing I was going to probably die alone, I decided to tone it down.

But not today! Treehugger just released a list of “50 Surprising Fashion and Beauty Products Made from Oil That You Probably Use Every Day (Even if you are Green).” They compiled four great lists of all the petroleum ingredients in your bathroom, closet, makeup bag, and purse. There is petroleum in your sneakers, bra and socks. There is petroleum in your shampoo, toothpaste and tampons. There is petroleum in your hairspray, eyeliner and eye shadow.

So be sure to check out this list and see if it looks like your bathroom, or makeup bag, or closet. I did – and yep, there’s petroleum!

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Katherine Butler

Katherine Butler is the Beauty Editor of EcoSalon and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.