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#1 Kevin Miller

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:37 PM

I'm trying to find out if there is any difference between mineral oil (sold as a laxative) and butcher block oil. The reason I ask is because a pint of mineral oil as a laxative can be purchased for $2.63 from Amazon and a pint of General Finishes butcher block oil is $8.99 from Woodcraft.

As far as I can tell both are just plain mineral oil. According to the General Finishes MSDS the butcher block oil also contains a small amount of vitamin E, but I have also seen this listed on some laxatives. Has anybody had any experience with this?

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:58 PM

From my experience, they are the same exact product (for our purposes). Even if it weren't the same exact product, the standard mineral oil works well enough that its worth buying to save significant money.
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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:47 PM

So what did you finish that cutting board with? Oh, a laxative I purchased off Amazon. :blink:

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 04:37 AM

So, is the vitamin E added to the laxative for people, and they have to list it when it's sold as a wood finish, or is the vitamin E added to the finish for the wood, and they have to list it when it's sold as a laxative?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:46 PM

I go to one of those 1.00 stores and get my mineral oil for 1.29. Right next door to it is a CVS that charges 4.29.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:51 PM

Its a marketing hype, where they label it as food grade finish. Same thing as General salad bowl finish. Its just thinned down varnish.
You can buy it cheaper at CVS, any pharmacy stores.
I recommend using mixture of mineral oil and either paraffin or beeswax as a finish for your cutting boards.
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:12 AM

Thanks for the info everybody. I'll try the plain mineral oil and save a few dollars.

So, is the vitamin E added to the laxative for people, and they have to list it when it's sold as a wood finish, or is the vitamin E added to the finish for the wood, and they have to list it when it's sold as a laxative?

I think I saw somewhere that the vitamin E was for stability.



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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:31 AM

like everyone else says, butcherblock oil is a $10 bottle of mineral oil

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 02:18 PM

Vitamin E is added to oils as a natural disinfectant and rancidity retardant.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:28 AM

I go to one of those 1.00 stores and get my mineral oil for 1.29. Right next door to it is a CVS that charges 4.29.



Thanks for the tip about the dollar store. I will have to look for USP grade mineral oil there.

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:35 AM

Its a marketing hype, where they label it as food grade finish. Same thing as General salad bowl finish. Its just thinned down varnish.
You can buy it cheaper at CVS, any pharmacy stores.
I recommend using mixture of mineral oil and either paraffin or beeswax as a finish for your cutting boards.



I agree, I make up the USP grade mineral oil and beeswax. It's inexpensive to make and keeps well in a covered container. I use it on boxes, bowls, cutting boards, wooden kitchen utensils, etc. Quick and easy to apply and looks great.

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