Product snobbery aside, who doesn’t love Vaseline? I mean it is an amazing lip balm, soothes dry, cracked skin and even removes eye make up. There’s an old commercial where they refer to Vaseline as the “wonder jelly” and claims Vaseline will take the squeak out of doors, shine your shoes and even condition leather. At the end of the commercial they call it “100% pure”. Well, technically it is-if you don’t mind slathering on a waste product of the oil industry! Vaseline is extremely refined and processed-really not my style. So you know what’s coming—–You guessed it-an all natural Vaseline recipe via yours truly! Seriously though, making a Vaseline alternative could not be easier. You only need 2-3 ingredients, that’s it!
Vaseline acts as a barrier keeping moisture in the skin and shielding the skin from germs. The problem is , petroleum jelly will trap dirt and impurities inside the skin and keep your pores from breathing. It provides a thorough barrier, protecting skin as long as the skin is extremely clean before you apply it. Using it on the face is very risky. It is highly comedogenic (will clog pores) due to mineral oil being one of the main ingredients. Not to focus on the negative but I wanted to show you a quote from my 2nd favorite doctor, Dr. Oz about the yuckiness of petroleum jelly.
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. ~~~Dr. Oz
My easy alternative has so many uses. Just to name a few…..
- Heals red chapped winter ravaged cheeks
- Removes eye makeup
- Soothes dry skin
- Moisturizes chapped lips
- Softens cuticles
- Mix with sugar or salt for an exfoliant
- Swipe it across your teeth to keep lipstick from rubbing off
1/4 cup Olive oil
**You can use 1/2 cup of either olive oil or coconut oil if you don’t have both. Coconut oil will be antibacterial and healing. Olive oil will be antioxidant rich and nourishing.**
- Fill a medium sized pot with water and add a glass bowl with a spout.
- Turn stove top to medium heat.
- Add oils and wax.
- Allow the ingredients to melt completely.
- Pour into container.
- Once cool (after about 30 minutes) stir to make a Vaseline consistency.
See?! Super easy! Feel free to add essential oils to amp up whatever you are trying to accomplish with your homemade Vaseline!
- Lavender-healing and moisturizing
- Peppermint-anti inflammatory and pain relieving
- Myrrh– heals and soothes dry and chapped skin
- Eucalyptus– decongests and soothes raw nose
Enjoy your new DIY Vaseline! There are so many uses for it! Feel good about ditching the mineral oil and petroleum-your body deserves better!