We all have a half used bottle of baby oil we rarely use lurking in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Mine got left there because we don’t have a baby, she grew up and left home ten years ago. We keep it there for ‘just in case’ (Ahem, I think we may need to re read this post on decluttering!). However, it’s time to dig out that bottle of usefulness, there are many surprising uses for it in our everyday lives.
What is Baby Oil made from?
Generally baby oil is 98% mineral oil and 2% fragrance. Mineral oil is a by product after refining crude oil and other petroleum products. It is an inexpensive, clear, tasteless and odourless liquid that is plentiful. It is also known as liquid paraffin and liquid petroleum. The ingredients of Johnson’s Baby Oil are:
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- Glycerin (moisturiser)
- Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier)
- PEG-12 Dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer used to give a smooth feel and assist spreadability)
- Sodium Lactate (moisturiser)
- Citric Acid (PH adjuster)
- Sodium Benzoate (preservative)
Household uses for Baby Oil
Here are some of the Really Useful jobs that a bottle of baby oil can tackle:
- Remove soap scum from the shower or bath
- Rub it around the edges of sticking plasters to give you pain free removal
- Unjamming a paper shredder
- Removes the sticky labels off bottles and jars
- Removes paint from skin
- Polish for golf club heads
- Shines taps and car wheels
- Cleans grease and fingerprints from stainless steel
- Untangles jewellery chains
- Ease stuck zippers
- Makes homemade fire starters. Soak cotton wool balls in baby oil and keep in a zip lock bag ready for your next BBQ!
- It makes a good mosquito repellant
- Eases chewing gum out of hair
- Quietens noisy hinges
Natural Baby Oil
If I was looking for baby oil to use on an actual baby or my own skin then a paraben free, synthetic fragrance free, totally natural product would be my choice.
Baby Oil can be a key component in your beauty routine. It makes an excellent alternative to shaving foam/gel. It’s an effective make up remover even removing stubborn waterproof mascara. As a moisturiser it locks moisture into the skin by creating a protective barrier. If you find using oil alone a bit too slippery, although it is non-comedogenic (does not clog or block skin pores), then just mix it with some body lotion. You can also use baby oil as:
- Use as a cuticle oil
- Use as a massage oil
- Rub on exposed skin to protect it from the cold
- Add to a bubble bath for extra skin softness
- Mix with sugar to create a natural skin exfoliator
As you know parabens are my own enemy (take a look here!) and so I like to use paraben free natural products where possible and paraben free baby oil is easily available. The ones listed below are totally natural.
Organic Baby Oil by Pur Babies
So, now you know how Really Useful baby oil can be, I think that half bottle from the back of the cupboard can stay. Add a natural baby oil to your shopping list to add into your beauty routine for silky smooth baby soft skin.