Baby oil has been on the market in the United States for nearly 80 years. In 1938, Johnson & Johnson introduced the product as a massage oil for babies. Since then, it has become a household product enjoyed by everyone in the family for its soft smell and moisturizing properties.
But wait. Baby oil is made from mineral oil, which does not moisturize. In fact, it impedes the skin’s ability to hydrate. It creates a thick barrier on the skin, suffocating pores and wreaking havoc on the body’s largest organ.
Mineral oil is used as the basis for many cosmetics because it is very inexpensive. It is also unfortunately very bad for the skin and is considered a group one carcinogen in its untreated or mildly treated state. Luckily, there is a great alternative to baby oil that you can make yourself at home.
DIY baby oil starts with argan and sweet almond oils. Combine four ounces each in a bottle or glass jar. These oils alone provide the gentleness you desire from baby oil while also adding true moisture. For that tell-tale baby oil scent, you simply need a few essential oils.
The baby oil scent is a combination of rose, vanilla, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, and bergamot. Use only one drop at a time when scenting your product until you achieve the scent you desire.