What Are the Ingredients in Vicks VapoRub Greaseless Cream?

The three active ingredients in VapoRub Greaseless Cream include camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, says OTCRX4U.com. However, there is conflicting information about the exact formulation of the product, which is also identified by UPC 323900006164. Sources disagree on the percentages of each active ingredient and on the product's inactive ingredients.

Camphor, at 5.2 percent of the VapoRub Greaseless Cream product formula, along with menthol at 2.8 percent, function as cough suppressants and topical analgesics, says OTCRx4U.com. The product contains 1.2 percent eucalyptus oil, which also works as a cough suppressant. The percentages of each of the three active ingredients vary slightly according to RxZone's description, which states that camphor makes up 4.8 percent of the product, while menthol and eucalyptus oil make up 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

According to OTCRx4U.com, the product's inactive ingredients list includes the following: carbomer 954, cedarleaf oil, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate cyclomethicone copolyol and dimethicone copolyol. It also contains dimethicone, EDTA, glycerin, imidazolidinyl urea and isopropyl palmitate. Additional inactive ingredietns are methylparaben, nutmeg oil, PEG-100 stearate and propylparaben. Finally, it contains purified water, sodium hydroxide, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol and thymol, as well as titanium dioxide and turpentine oil, as confirmed by Giant Eagle.

However, RXZone lists only cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil and special petrolatum thymol turpentine oil in its description of the product's inactive ingredients.