Most natural oils have very complex chemistries and are full of aromatic molecules. For this reason, concentrated natural oils are often irritant to skin and can never be used pure. Hence the dilution.<br />
Paraffin has a predictable composition so the finished product will contain fewer "surprises" and since it's neutral, it won't alter the scent in any way.
The fact something is distilled from petroleum doesn't make it automatically worse than something natural. Take castor oil seeds for example: ingesting four of them is enough to kill you. Nicotine is also natural and no one would say smoking is good for your health.
Purified mineral oil even has medical uses. It used to be administered as a laxative but these days, it's mostly used in veterinary medicine. One use is that it can coat parasites and asphyxiate them.
The refined grades of paraffin oil used in cosmetics these days won't clog pores. Pore clogging is more of an issue with fats that have a high iodine number: those are prone to solidify as they oxidise. That doesn't happen with paraffin but it does happen with most natural oils.
The immense amounts of packaging that female beauty products use cause far more damage to the environment than any paraffin they contain.
Unlike motor oils, paraffin isn't full of burned-up carbon and heavy metals so, don't expect it to be serious pollutant. Remember that even your faeces are pollutants in that they supply extra nutrients to algae and their grow will diminish oxygen levels in rivers and so, kill fish.
You meant beeswax in chocolate, as to give a shiny appearance? It's harmless.
Isn't paraffin wax made of paraffin oil? it is used in all kinds of chocolate recipes.
Don't think for a minute that the government cares about our well being it is all about who is paying off who.
why shouldn't it be?
why wouldn't it be biologically degradable? it's just fat :)
it's fat :) very stable fat. petrol is biological too, remember?
petrol was once vegetables...