DIY Vaseline

DIY Vaeline

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 DIY 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

DIY Vaseline

1/4 cup Olive oil (find it HERE)

1/4 cup Coconut oil (find it HERE)

2 TBSP Beeswax (find it HERE)

**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.**

  1. Fill a medium sized pot with water and add a glass bowl with a spout.
  2. Turn stove top to medium heat.
  3. Add oils and wax.
  4. Allow the ingredients to melt completely.
  5. Pour into container.
  6. 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 noseVaseline uses

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!

xx, Jenni


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DIY Vaseline


Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. February 20, 2014 / 7:15 am

    Wow, fun site. Found you on Pinterest today. I would be honored if you will link up some of your posts each week on Oil me Up Wendesdays at My lamp is full. My readers love natural skin care idea. Pinning this one!

  2. Stephanie
    February 20, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Hey Jenni! I’m new to your site, and I LOVE it!!! This may be a stupid question, but is the olive oil that is used in several of your recipes the normal olive oil you buy at the grocery store?

  3. shelley rutledge
    February 20, 2014 / 11:33 am

    Hello there!!
    Before I venture out to make this “Vaseline” can you tell me, how do you store it? (glass jar, plastic, air tight or not?) as well as how long does it last? does it ever go bad?

    thank you very much!!

    • February 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

      Hi Shelley, I prefer to keep mine in glass. I avoid plastic whenever possible especially when essential oils are involved because they will react with plastic. If you don’t add essential oils plastic will work if you don’t have glass though. It should last for about 6 mos. Thanks!

  4. Denise
    February 26, 2014 / 11:16 am

    I am new to your website but I LOVE it! This vaseline is a MUST for me! I thought- I will try it but I didn’t have real big expectations. Now I know I must have it with me at all times for at least hand lotion in our very cold winter weather! But I use it as lip balm too! Its fantastic!

    Thank you so much for the ideas!

  5. Denise
    February 26, 2014 / 11:18 am

    oh- and I use it on my feet! I apply it after shower in morning and by night, my feet are still super soft!!!!!!!!!! THat was not the case with any other product before.

  6. Denise
    February 26, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Made it, love it! I love it for dry hands, feet and fantastic for lips!
    Love your ideas!!!!!!!

  7. Susan
    March 3, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    When you say “fill a medium sized pot with water and add a glass bowl with a spout.” Is this like a double boiler?
    Thanks! And I love your site!!

    • March 3, 2014 / 9:52 pm

      Hi Susan, thanks! Yes, exactly! I don’t have a double boiler so I rig my own!

  8. Terri C
    May 29, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Love this, I’m so sensitive that I break out from petroleum based products . Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. Rene
    August 20, 2014 / 9:10 am

    Hi Jenni, I too have stopped using the commercial variations of Vaseline. My son has excema on his face and aquaphor helped but it never went away. And, Eos just seemed to make his lips dryer. I threw them all away. I started researching how to make my own “balm”. I made some with calendula as the main herb and it works great, his face has never looked better. I made a bunch of little pots so he can carry one as a lip balm. I just came across your recipe and it seems to be the cleanest of all the recipes I have found. I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for posting it. — Rene

    • August 22, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Rene-You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing!! I’m so glad your son’s skin is responding!

  10. H Maria
    November 19, 2014 / 12:42 am

    Discovered your site today and I can’t stay away! I have about a thousand tabs open of all your DIY solutions… I’m reading this one I know I have some old Vaseline somewhere. I’m about to dump it out and reuse the container for my Vaseline 2.0 πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Melissa
    November 26, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Hey! My husband is a boxer and I’m sure you know that boxers put Vaseline on their face before a fight or before sparing. I just wanted to double check, your Vaseline recipe will work for the same purpose right? Which is, it being harder for him to get hit/hurt from the slipperiness of the Vaseline. We only use homemade products and are very organic and natural.

    • November 26, 2014 / 2:54 pm

      Melissa-I didn’t know that! If the vaseline is used solely for it’s slipperiness then the homemade vaseline would work great-it is equally as slippery as vaseline. Good luck!

  12. Rebecca
    February 24, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I was wondering if you could tell me how you clean the bowls/spatulas/measuring spoons, etc. that you use for your DIY projects? I recently tried my hand at homemade lotion with beeswax and found that it creates quite the mess and is very difficult to get off of utensils without harsh chemicals, any tips would be appreciated, thanks!

    • March 3, 2015 / 8:10 am

      Rebecca-Hi! Yes, diys involving beeswax can be a huge mess! The key is to take a dry paper towel and wipe out your bowl thoroughly first. Then use hot water and soap to further clean the bowl. Hope this helps! Also, as far as utensils go, I use popsicle sticks or chopsticks and then throw them away after I make a batch!

  13. Josie
    March 28, 2015 / 8:52 am

    What if you don’t have both coconut oil and beeswax? Can you just use olive oil by itself?

    • March 29, 2015 / 11:52 am

      Josie-Hi! If you don’t have beeswax to thicken your oils up, you will have just an oil. The beeswax is what gives it a vaseline like consistency. If you were to drop anything from the recipe, I would say drop the coconut oil. Beeswax is pretty vital.

  14. Lesley
    May 9, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I love this, love it even more when I add some aloe butter to the recipe. I’m a converted Aquaphor user. I LOVE this for my lips.

  15. charity
    December 30, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Do you add the essential oils with the other oils or after removing from heat?

    • January 1, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      Charity-I remove from heat first since e.oils can be sensitive to high temps.

  16. Shannon
    January 22, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    My 7 month old daughter has some eczema on her legs and I’ve been using olive oil to moisturize then a purchased but organic non-petroleum jelly to lock in the moisturize (ingredients: sunflower oil and beeswax) so this recipe is exactly what I was looking for! I’d like to add lavender, how many drops would you recommend? Thanks!

    • January 27, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Shannon-I’m glad you found what you were looking for! I would add about 15-20 drops per 4 ounces! Thanks and good luck!!!

  17. Ola
    February 26, 2016 / 1:39 am

    Hi, I was wondering, does using beeswax on skin attract insects like ants.


    • February 28, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Ola-I have loads of beeswax products all over my home and have never had an ant problem so I would say no. πŸ™‚

  18. Gina
    April 20, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Hi Jenni
    I am planning on making your homemade DIY Vaseline. I have purchased some pure vitamin E oil and wanted to know how much I can add? Also how much essential oils should I add? & lastly I had thought to use Bergamot, is that ok?
    Kind regards,

    • Jenni
      April 28, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Gina! I would add 1-2 tsp of viatmin E. I would add a total of 15 drops of essential oil per batch (4 ounces). Bergamot is fine but it’s a citrus oil and it could cause your skin to be sensitive to the sun so it really depends on when and where you use it. Hope this helps!

  19. Autumn
    April 28, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Hi! My daughter has eczema to the point where her skin in cracked in one area. I want to add three of the essential oils you mentioned but am new to the EO world. Would I use 15 drops of each oil? I want to use lavender peppermint and myrrh. Is it ok to use all 3?

    • Jenni
      April 28, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Autumn-Oh, poor thing! That’s gotta hurt! Yes, you can add 15 drops all together so 5 drops each. I hope this helps sooth her. She’ll need to apply it often and be consistent. Good luck!

      • Autumn
        July 17, 2016 / 5:23 pm

        FOLLOW UP:

        I just wanted you to know after a patch test with 75 little patches on her back, a blood test for allergens and a prick test where they pricked her arm with 50 tiny needles ALL the medicines the prescribed made her condition WORSE. This was before I found your blog, which was found out of desperation and with tears in my eyes for my poor itchy, embarrassed of her skin, crying child. πŸ™ The only thing that gave her relief was your recipe. I took her in for a follow up after using EO jelly for a month and her dermatologist (who was named one of the best in the city) was in awe of how clear her eczema was, when I whipped out my EO jelly and told him that his prescriptions gave her horrible reactions and I threw them all away he was in shock. We only use EO jelly now on her eczema, it made her skin CALM and not inflamed and it cleared up for awhile. We still have a little bit more testing to do because we are trying to determine if she has a strange allergy, and summer is horrible for flare ups, but the EO jelly is the ONLY thing that gives her relief. Thank you for sharing with us! And as always this is just my experience with my child I always recommend other moms that are reading follow the advice of a doctor, however, I offered to allow her dermatologist to test the jelly, he said he had no need to; the results prove themselves. πŸ™‚ I’m going to try an alternate recipe for summer flare ups as the heat in Texas seems to make it worse but we love our jelly! πŸ™‚ Thank you Jenni for sharing your gift!

        • Jenni
          July 18, 2016 / 12:04 pm

          Autumn-Thank you for sharing this! Blogging is a funny thing-I don’t always get to hear the success stories but I keep going because I know my recipes are simple and natural and have helped me. It means the world that you took time to tell me this. I’m so excited that your daughter has found relief with my recipe! Good luck this summer!! Big Hugs to you and your daughter!

  20. Amanda
    August 13, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been a religious Vaseline user all my life and I’ve recently started learning about the negative effects/ingredients.

    • Jenni
      August 26, 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Amanda-You’re welcome!!

  21. Bronwyn
    January 22, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. I am currently undergoing Effudux treatment and have a raw and painful face. Was told to apply a layer of Vaseline to help keep the lesions moist. Made your version and couldn’t be happier…Next time I am add Cera Bellini wax as I have that in my cabinet. Love your posts.

    • Jenni
      January 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Bronwyn-Ohhhh sounds so painful! I’m so glad you’re not using vaseline! My recipe is so so so healing thanks to that coconut oil! Good luck!

  22. maria casillas
    January 28, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    i love you blog, thank you for share !!!

    • Jenni
      January 30, 2019 / 7:56 am

      Maria-You’re welcome!!

  23. Randy
    February 8, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Your posts and recipes are wonderful, thank you. I just googled and it looks like soy wax is comparable to beeswax for a vegan alternative. At least according to Google.

    • Jenni
      March 4, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Randy-Thank you so much! For a vegan version of this I would suggest Caranuba Wax. It does take longer to set up and tends to be harder but it is plant based.

  24. Chely
    May 21, 2020 / 9:18 am

    Why did Mine came out hard? I just did coconut oil and beeswax. It didn’t come out Vaseline consistency.

    • Jenni
      May 21, 2020 / 5:43 pm

      Chewy-You have to mix it after it has totally hardened. That’s the only way it will give you a vaseline consistency. I use a tongue depressor/popsicle stick to do this.

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