Mineral oils are used in various qualities in cosmetics, for example as liquid oils or solid waxes. They are particularly well-suited to many cosmetic products on account of their excellent skin compatibility, their distinct moisturising and protective qualities and their high levels of cleansing performance. They also have film-forming and water-repellent properties.
In addition, they can provide a certain firmness to the cosmetic product and protect the skin from moisture loss.
What is MOSH? Is it safe?
The mineral oils used in cosmetic products are, from a chemical point of view, saturated hydrocarbons, known as MOSH (Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons). Before using them in cosmetic products, mineral oils and waxes are cleaned to a high level. This ensures that any risk to health and carcinogenic potential in particular are excluded by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
What have you got to say about the latest results from the Stiftung Warentest product testing foundation?
NIVEA takes the latest results from Stiftung Warentest and their interpretation seriously. We are checking the results in detail. NIVEA believes there is also a need for clarification in the analysis method used by Stiftung Warentest. There have been some considerable differences between the results made public by Stiftung Warentest and the findings from the manufacturer’s corresponding internal investigations.