Bio Oil Ingredients

Just saw an ad for Bio Oil on the TV and thought I'd find out more. The ad was talking about it's use for reducing scars, and seeing we're getting more and more into creating naturally-based products, it's always interesting to see what's out there and what we can learn from. 

So, now I'm sitting here a bit shocked as I've just been on the Bio Oil site and checked out the ingredients. A number of the ingredients are those commonly in use in the cosmetic industry, and many of them haven't been assessed for safety in cosmetics - but that's no surprise - most ingredients commonly in use in cosmetics today haven't been tested for safety! Go figure!

Anyway, here are the ingredients as listed today on the Bio Oil site, and my comments in brackets. Please excuse me if my science isn't Einstein level, I'm just looking for simple, beneficial ingredients I'd be happy to put on myself and the kids. And keep in mind this could be any commercial product, it just happened that I saw the Bio Oil ad tonight and decided to look up its ingredients.

  • Paraffinum Liquidum (basically "mineral oil", a petroleum byproduct, and according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics "CFSC" a product with concerns for human use)
  • Triisononanoin (a penetration enhancer...not enough studies done to know full effects)
  • Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (an ester of Cetearyl Alcohol (q.v.) and 2-ethylhexanoic acid)
  • Isopropyl Myristate (according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics it's a potential skin irritant amongst other things)
  • Retinyl Palmitate - (vit a...according to the CFSC, the use of this ingredient is restricted in Canadian cosmetics and there are a number of concerns about its use)
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (vit e...this ingredient rates as a "moderate hazard" at the CFSC)
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (ah, chamomile...interestingly, it rates as a low hazard on the CFSC's database)
  • Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil  (from the plant we all know and love, a low hazard ingredient)
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil (another low hazard ingredient) 
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract  (and another low hazard ingredient)
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and yet another low hazard ingredient)
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (another low ranker...which is a good thing!)
  • BHT (what is BHT I wondered, I've never even heard of it! Thank goodness for the CFSC and their consumer cosmetic database. Apparently BHT rates a 6 - a moderate hazard in their rankings. It's a "known human immune system toxicant", "one or more animal studies show brain & nervous system effects at low doses", and if you're interested, I sugget you take a look at for even more info on this ingredient.
  • Bisabolol (the primary consitutent of the essential oil from German interesting to know how it' s extracted or if it's the synthetic version)
  • Parfum ( tell me if you know what this stands for, I thought it was another name for a preservative, but on the Bio Oil site they say they don't use preservatives)
  • Amyl Cinnamal (is a fragrance that rates a 5 on the CFSC's hazard rating scale, it's another ingredient you should really check out for yourself ) 
  • Benzyl Salicylate (uh oh, this rates a 6 on the scale and is on the EU banned and restricted list)

I'm taking a breath half way down the ingredients list as I'm getting a headache!   

  • Citronellol
  • Coumarin
  • Eugenol
  • Geraniol
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (well geez, that doesn't sound good does it!?! )
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (oh geez, I give up with all this gobbledygook!)
  • CI 26100

Here's what sounds good to me: organic coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), organic olive oil (Olea europaea), organic jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis), sun melted beeswax (Cera alba), hand-spun raw honey, organic evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), organic rosehip oil (Rosa canina), organic chamomile  (Chamaemelum anthemis nobile) ...that's what we put in our Farm Balm. That's it. It doesn't need a fragrance because the coconut oil is just divine. It doesn't need a preservative because there's no water (though we do recommend you use it within 6 months to a year).  It doesn't need a lab, because it's as close to its natural state as possible - made by nature with just a little bit of human help. It just needs skin to go on!

Bio Oil is marketed for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin, dehydrated skin. But do yourself and your family a favour, before you reach for manufactured cosmetics, check your kitchen cupboard for some edible oils you can put on your skin instead. Simple solutions offer real solutions to a lot of the world's problems including pollution and health. It's worth giving simple and natural a try.


Thank you, you saved me a lot

Thank you, you saved me a lot of research as I had been curious on its ingredients that were not shown on the bottle. Where do I get "Farm Balm" sounds great.

Hi Julie, there are a few

Hi Julie, there are a few others I'm trying to find out the ingredients for too, like SKII products, but I just can't crack the code. The packaging is only in Japanese and I can't find any information as to what's in it...that can't be good!

We've just started selling online at: or you can email us directly ( . People have asked us to do a larger size too, so you can also get double the size for $15.95. Is it for a dermatititis or you just want a natural moisturiser?