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From Petroleum to Mineral Oils

Mineral oil is a generic term used to group several petroleum derived liquids with "oil-like viscosity" manufactured by atmospheric and vacuum distillation (at temperature between ~300°C and ~700°C) of crude oil and then further refined. Unrefined crude oil is not used in the formulation of products in contact with the human body or in food related applications.


By Timothy Yasika
Regulatory Manager, Sonneborn, LLC (presentation from the 2016 AFPM International Lubricants and Waxes Conference)

Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH) is a generic, non-specific classification of aromatic hydrocarbons that provides no information regarding mutagenicity or carcinogenicity. There is no evidence to suggest that single-ring, highly substituted, sterically hindered, aromatic structures that exist in food and pharmaceutical grade refined petroleum products are problematic......

If you are already using Sonneborn products you are likely familiar with the terminology cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) and what it means. The premise of cGMP is that the quality system is based on the principles of Quality by Design instead of Quality by Inspection. Sonneborn has been committed to the practice of Quality by Design long before GMP was established by the FDA, and continues to sustain the caliber of Sonneborns QA procedures to this day.

The Sonneborn Quality Heritage ...

The idiom of the contemporary marketing gist — sustainable, organic, natural, green — conveys an emotive appeal that has come to dominate the marketing of personal care and household products. The explicit message that biochemically produced feedstock’s are inherently superior to refined petroleum-based (i.e., mineral) ones has become dogma.  Do bio-based chemicals outperform?  Are they economically and ethically superior?

Further reinforcing the popular notion that “green is good” versus traditional materials are government...