Codex petroleum jellies are the purest in the world.

They can be used as an excipient or active ingredient. Their protective, healing, moisturising and softening properties are highly prized in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Neutral and inalterable, Aiglon’s petroleum jellies retain their moisturising power. Obtained by blending highly hydrogenated raw materials, these are not “petrolatum”.

Their high degree of refining bestows on them a purity which exceeds products of vegetable origin. Unlike petrolatum, our petroleum jellies are not on the CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reprotoxic) products list of the Cosmetics Directive, nor do they appear in the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging).

Aiglon and Synteal’s Codex petroleum jellies conform to the EP, Codex, BP, USP, DAB, JP pharmacopoeias.

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6 key strengths of Aiglon petroleum jelly

The petroleum jellies made by Aiglon are of unequalled purity, with specific characteristics recognised by specialists, the market and consumers.

The purity of petroleum jellies is defined by pharmacopoeias. In 2003, the pharmacopoeias of different European countries were standardised. However, the requirement level of the French Codex Pharmacopoeia is substantially higher than the current European Pharmacopoeia. The Codex petroleum jellies manufactured by Aiglon maintain this level of quality. The actual test results are significantly higher than the standards in force (US Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia…).

Test results show that Aiglon petroleum jellies have inherent cosmetic qualities. Volunteers reported that their skin was thoroughly moisturised (90.5%), soft and supple (90.5%), smooth and elastic (71.4%). Explication: petroleum jelly is the renowned reference for moisturising, and it is commonly accepted that good moisturisation is a defence against wrinkles, skin sagging and premature aging.

Petroleum jelly has the consistency and creaminess of fats of vegetal or animal origin, but has the considerable advantage over these as being absolutely stable, neutral and unalterable. It does not go rancid and is odourless and tasteless. The opposition between a “good natural“ and a “bad chemical“ or between a “natural product” and a “synthetic product” is unfounded.

NB: Perfectly tolerated on the skin, petroleum jellies are abundantly present in cosmetic formulations in a wide variety of concentrations ranging from 1 to 95%.

In contrast, for cosmetic formulations that are vegetal oil based, often allergenic and comedogenic, it is recommended not to exceed the threshold of 5% of vegetal oil in the formula..

Unlike vegetal and mineral oils, petroleum jelly retains its moisturising capacity even in emulsions. A study was done on three water-in-oil emulsions made respectively from petroleum jelly, paraffin oil and sweet almond oil. It was shown that in the emulsions based on paraffin oil and sweet almond oil there was important water loss during the first thirty minutes, whereas for petroleum jelly-based emulsions the water loss is minimal or almost inexistent.

Petroleum jellies obtained from blending highly hydrogenated products, as is the case for Aiglon petroleum jellies, are not “petrolatum”. Their high degree of refinement confers an unequalled purity. Aiglon petroleum jellies, being a blend, are defined by three INCI names: “Paraffinum Liquidum”, “Cera Microcristallina” and “Paraffin”. In contrast to “petrolatum”, Aiglon petroleum jellies do not appear in the CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction) product list of the Cosmetics Directive, nor do they appear in the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging).

A clinical study showed that Aiglon petroleum jellies are non-comedogenic (do not cause comedones or blackheads).