White oil, commonly known as mineral oil, appears as a colorless and odorless liquid. It is a mixture that contains higher alkanes obtained from a petroleum distillate.
White oil is obtained from the distillation and refining of crude oil in an oil refinery.
White oil is used in the culture of oocytes and embryos in IVF. Additionally, white oil is used as mild laxatives and livestock vaccines for pets and livestocks.
White oil is commonly used in the manufacturing of baby lotions and cosmetics. It is also used in production of eyelashes to prevent breaking when applied.
White oil has an E number of E905a and is widely used as a preservative for wooden cutting boards and utensils. However, it is not approved to be used in food products within the European Union.