Liquid paraffin comes in two forms that should not be confused with each other. They each have many uses in multiple fields and industries. One form of liquid paraffin is a highly refined form is used as fuel. The other is a very highly refined mineral oil that has various uses, such as in cosmetic and medicinal applications.

I am sure that I am not alone when saying that the latter is foreign, thus capturing my interest and in turn sending me on a fact-finding mission.

What is Liquid Paraffin?Liquid Paraffin

Liquid paraffin is a petroleum derivative that is also commonly referred to as “mineral oil”


Liquid paraffin has many uses in the medical field. Because liquid paraffin passes through the body’s intestinal tract without being absorbed, it can be used as a laxative. It is used in the penicillin production process and is also used in some eye lubricants. Liquid paraffin can be used to ease diaper rash and eczema irritation.  It is also used in various beauty products.

30 Unexpected Uses for Liquid Paraffin or Mineral Oil

1. Use as Fragrance-Free Baby Oil

Baby oil is actually mineral oil with an added fragrance. Save money on cradle cap treatment by using Revet Liqued Paraffin instead.

2. Reduce Rashes

Along with cradle cap, mineral oil can be used to prevent diaper rash and soothe other types of skin irritation such as skin burns from radiation therapy.

3. Remove Oil-Based Makeup

Use mineral oil to remove theatrical makeup with ease. Mineral oil is also great for removing makeup without pulling at the delicate skin around the eyes. As an added bonus, it also works as a conditioner for brows and eyelashes, making them less prone to breakage.

4. Moisturizer

Although there is a huge amount of beauty propaganda devoted to describing mineral oil as pure evil in a bottle, contrary to popular belief, mineral oil does not cause acne or blackheads. Its molecular structure is too large to penetrate pores, so it moisturizes by creating a barrier on top of the skin that keeps moisture in and dry air out.

6. Soften Cracked Feet

Are your heels super dry? Regularly slather your feet with mineral oil at bedtime to keep the skin supple and crack-free. (Cover your oily feet with socks to keep your sheets clean).

Dishwashing liquid, Biltong Knife, Wood Cutting Board

7. Remove Oil and Latex Paint and Primer From Skin

Using a rag that has been dipped in mineral oil, gently rub the paint spots in a circular motion to remove them from skin. Also, if you apply mineral oil to your skin before painting, the little paint specks rub right off.

8. Kill Aphids

Zap spider mites and aphids on my tomato plants using this homemade plant spray recipe of 1 part dishwashing liquid, 2 parts mineral oil and 2L water.

9. Remove Gum and Wax From Hair

Work mineral oil into the gum and affected hair until all the gum comes off easily, without pulling.

10. Season Wood Cutting Boards and Kitchen Tools

Oil-treated wood is more hygienic. Dried out wood develops tiny cracks which are a favourite hiding spot for bacteria. To extend the life of wood cutting boards, utensils, and salad bowls, wipe them down with a liberal application of mineral oil. Reapply oil until the wood cannot absorb any more. Wipe off excess oil with a rag. Mineral oil is a superior coating for wood cooking tools because, unlike olive or vegetable oils, it won't smell unpleasant after a while.


 11. Shiny Hair

If your hair is feeling dry and brittle, use a 50c size amount on wet hair and work into the hair, dry as usual and see the shine!

One final but important note: mineral oil comes in a variety of grades, so make sure that you are using food-grade and/or cosmetic-grade mineral oil such as Revet Liquid Paraffin.


Products mentioned in this article:-

REVET127 & REVET128   -              Revet Paraffin Liquid

REVETMAX750                  -              Revet Soap Dishwashing Liquid Star

TRA26301103                    -              Tramontina Knife Biltong Pocket 26301 Canivetes

TRA13235052                    -              Tramontina Board Wood CUTTING/SERVING Square

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