mineral oil

noun

Definition of mineral oil

: an oil of mineral origin especially : a refined petroleum oil used especially as a laxative

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Each product is free of parabens, dyes, fragrances, and mineral oil, making them truly farm-to-beauty counter. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 Vargas warns that mineral oil is a chronic offender, and Dr. Tanzi adds that olive oil and the oil du jour, coconut, easily clog pores, too. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Lacquered maple doesn’t need to be hydrated, but for unfinished maple, stick with a mineral oil that contains no lemon extracts, such as F-One Oil by Music Nomad. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Examples of occlusive ingredients that can cause acne are waxes, petroleum, and mineral oil. Ramona Emerson, Allure, "How to Remove Your Halloween Makeup and Face Paint Without Wrecking Your Skin," 15 Oct. 2018 To increase the life of these beauties, wash them by hand and treat them with mineral oil once in a while. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "A Few of Our Favorite Food Things Right Now," 6 Sep. 2018 In the mineral oil group, 34 percent had moderate improvement and 19 percent had excellent improvement. Korin Miller, SELF, "Does Coconut Oil Actually Work Any Magic on Eczema?," 19 July 2018 So many are loaded with mineral oil and/or parabens. Jamie Beckman, Allure, "Sasha Grey on How Her Signature Makeup Has Shaped Her Extensive Career," 14 June 2018 The campaign will identify products that are made without ingredients like surfactants (chemicals used to help clean and create suds) SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, musks, or mineral oil. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Sephora Is Launching a ‘Clean’ Beauty Section," 11 May 2018

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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mineral oil

noun

Medical Definition of mineral oil

1 : a liquid product of mineral origin that has the viscosity of an oil
2 : a transparent oily liquid obtained usually by distilling petroleum and used chiefly in medicine for treating constipation and especially formerly as a demulcent and solvent for nose and throat medication

called also liquid petrolatum, white mineral oil

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