Usually needed for moisturization and because of its wide abundance, mineral oil remains a part of products, some of which may be more harmful to skin than more naturally occurring chemicals. More specifically there are warnings against using mineral oil in conjunction with other oil-derivatives such as coconut-based products, like coconut butter, coconut oil, lauric acid, sodium lauryl sulfate, wheat germ oil, and xylene.
After an investigation into the use of lauric acid found in coconuts and sodium lauryl sulfate, it seems that this use of chemical is readily found in thousands of personal care products. The average American adult uses 9 personal care items each day and, adding to the skincare regimen, shampoo, detergent, and toothpaste there seems to be an never-ending risk of polluting your mind and body with the things found in your closet.
Although mineral oils, thought to be void of skepticism from many, are the processed byproduct of petroleum, they are modified through purification. Technically the mineral oil is not as bad as once thought, meaning green-grade for the environment and one of the safest cosmetic materials when used alone.
Coconut oil has been seen to reduce occurrence of cancers,as opposed to corn-based unsaturated vegetable oils. As a saturated product coconut oil is known to be mixed with other vegetable oils, but maintains a healthy chemical quality that has been seen to remedy many common ailments, like IBS, and it is a good antioxidant.
Looking at the benefits of coconut oil, as compared to the benefits of mineral oil, there is quite high affinity for using coconuts, however, what will it cost you? Three to five dollars for non-fragrance, baby mineral oil, and six to twelve dollars for coconut oil, seems like a fair cost for the advantages. Just remember not to mix products, this can turn relatively sensitive skin to allergy and acne.