ASEAN Cosmetics Association Statement on Mineral Oils

A recent article in the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning claims that lip glosses are dangerous. This is another “scare” title with no scientific background; Indeed, petroleum distillates are regulated under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive as well as regulations in many other countries around the World. Mineral oils are linear alkanes obtained by distillation of petrol. Based on the regulations’ requirements, only “cosmetic and pharmaceutical grade” can be used and suppliers have to submit an attestation that “the full refining history is known”; Linear alkanes (liquid paraffin) are used in toxicology as negative controls showing their safety! The chain…

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