Learn about petrolatum and if it's safe.

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About petrolatum

Petrolatum is a petroleum-based chemical. It is also commonly known as petroleum jelly. It is found in consumer products like cosmetics and personal care items. These include:

  • lip balms
  • moisturizers
  • hair care products
  • baby care products

Safety of petrolatum

We assessed the health and environmental risks of petrolatum through a chemical risk assessment. We looked at whether it is safe in:

  • products used as intended
  • the amounts used in consumer products

Our assessment shows that petrolatum is not harmful to our health at current levels of exposure.

Ongoing protective measures

Only highly refined petrolatum is used in products sold in Canada to avoid potential health risks.

Labels on cosmetics must list all ingredients. By checking the labels, you can choose items that do not contain petrolatum.

Also use products as stated by the manufacturer.

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