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The History and Dangers of Petrolatum in Cosmetics and the Safety of Our Products - Blog Puriya

June 24, 2024

The History of Petrolatum

Let’s dive into the past and explore the fascinating journey of petrolatum, often known as petroleum jelly. This gooey marvel has been a staple in skincare since the 19th century. Picture this: Robert Chesebrough, an intrepid chemist, spots oil workers using a residue from oil rigs to heal their wounds. Inspired by this, he patents the process of making petroleum jelly in 1872. Marketed as Vaseline, it quickly becomes a household name, thanks to its ability to lock moisture into the skin.


The Dangers of Petrolatum

But hold on a second. As with many good things, there are some shadows lurking behind the glow of petrolatum:


Contamination with PAHs: Petrolatum can be tainted with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known carcinogens. The safety of petrolatum hinges on the refining process. If not done properly, harmful residues can remain.


Barrier to Skin Respiration: Sure, petrolatum seals in moisture, but it also creates a barrier that might prevent the skin from breathing and expelling toxins. This can lead to clogged pores and other skin issues.

Environmental Impact: Being a byproduct of the oil industry, petrolatum’s production is linked to environmental pollution and the depletion of non-renewable resources.


Petrolatum in Cosmetics

Despite these concerns, petrolatum remains a popular ingredient in skincare products. Why? It’s cost-effective and great at moisturizing. You’ll find it in lotions, creams, and lip balms. However, many consumers aren’t fully aware of the potential risks associated with its use.


Our Commitment to Safety

At Puriya, your safety and skin health are our top priorities. We are dedicated to crafting skincare products that are both effective and safe. Our eczema cream, for example, is free from petrolatum. Instead, we use a blend of natural, skin-loving ingredients such as:


Colloidal Oatmeal: Known for its soothing properties, it helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching.

Aloe Vera and Calendula: These botanicals calm and hydrate the skin.

Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, they nourish and moisturize the skin.


Why Choose Puriya?

Choosing Puriya means choosing a brand that cares about what goes on your skin:

Natural Ingredients: Our products are 99.45% plant-based, ensuring you get the benefits of natural skincare without harmful additives.

No Harmful Chemicals: We say no to steroids, parabens, alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum, and artificial fragrances.

Dermatologist Tested: Our formulations are safe for sensitive skin, clinically tested, and non-irritating.

Effective Moisturization: With 14 different moisturizing ingredients, our products are designed to support the skin barrier, boost hydration, and lock in moisture.

By choosing Puriya, you’re opting for skincare solutions crafted with care, prioritizing your skin’s health and well-being. Our commitment is to provide you with clean, safe, and effective products.


Thank you for trusting Puriya with your skincare needs. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out.


Warm regards,


The Puriya Team