"Oil Oozes through Your Life" (NYTimes, June 26, 2011) makes consumers aware of the pervasiveness of oil in our day-to-day lives. In addition to the gas tank, petroleum has diverse uses including basic hygiene products to food additives. Its virtually impossible to imagine a non-usage of petroleum products...especially when you read this list of petroleum dependent products:
- Perfume - not enough roses in world requires use of petroleum based floral scents
- Lotion-many facial products from Oil of OLay to Vaseline rely on petroleum
- Hair Dye - look for words "propylene glycol"
- Cosmetics - many products contain oil derivatives
- Deodorant - look for the words "polyethylene"
- Toothpaste - look for the words "propylene glycol" (this is antifreeze in another form)
- Detergent - oil lifts oil, so it is common in stain-lifter detergents
- Vitamins - pill capsule shells that dissolve in stomach are usually petroleum derived
- Ice cream - if it has "vanillin", it is oil-derived artificial flavoring
The pervasiveness of petroleum in everyday products should be of some concern, but more importantly, it is better to be aware of petroleum products usage in your food, home and life...