Baby vapor rub

RenKBRenKB Member, PCF student
What would an appropriate fragrance level be for a baby vapor rub (like the Vicks product)? Having a hard time striking a balance between safe for the skin and getting effective vapors. I appreciate any insight!


  • The scent in Vicks comes from the menthol,  not a fragrance. The menthol also acts as a cooling agent/ analgesic. 
  • Camphor, eucalyptus and menthol.
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    edited November 2018
    Firstly, I am sure we all know that in the US this is an OTC Drug, not a Cosmetic. It must be produced, tested and labeled as an OTC Drug. It requires an OTC Registered Labeler (manufacturer).

    As has been pointed out, the fragrance comes incidentally from the counter-irritants in the product. If you want to know the levels used, simply look at the Drug Facts label. These materials and their levels are listed this they are considered the "actives" in the OTC Muscle Relief product. Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications.
  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    The Vicks Vaporub uses a combination of Camphor, Eucalyptus and menthol as the active ingredients but this is not suitable for children under 2 and not really recommended for children under six years.

    The Vicks BabyRub (aka Vicks Baby Balsam) uses a combination of rosemary, eucalytpus and lavender as a fragrance in a petrolatum base. It is a non-medicated formula and doesn't actually make any claims except for moisturising and soothing. It is essentially a massage aid and not designed to help with nasal congestion.

    If you just want to make the non-medicated product then just refer to the IFRA standards for baby creams and lotions each of the essential oils you want to use.

  • RenKBRenKB Member, PCF student
    edited November 2018
    Thank you everyone! And yes, for clarification, was looking at the baby rub that uses fragrance, not the OTC product.
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