Natural Alternatives to Petroleum Jelly

Updated 04/10/19
01 of 06

Nervous About Petroleum Jelly? Try These Natural Alternatives

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It's common to see models touting how Aquaphor or Vaseline is their life, their miracle beauty savior. But it's normal to be concerned about the safety of petroleum-based ingredients in your skin care products. After all, in its most natural state, petroleum (also known as petrolatum,) can be refined into gasoline. Thankfully, there are natural alternatives. We've figured a couple of safe products to try, and, if you’re ambitious, a few recipes you can concoct on your own. Keep in mind, though, you'll need a double boiler for all of them.

02 of 06

Waxelene, $35

Waxelene, a petroleum jelly alternative.
Waxelene, The Petroleum Jelly Alternative. Photo: Courtesy of Waxelene

Waxelene, with its familiar-sounding name, is marketed as the number-one petroleum jelly alternative. The claim? Whatever you use petroleum jelly for, Waxelene is the natural substitute—for everything from moisturizing skin, reducing diaper rash irritation, to protecting against chapped lips. The list goes on.

Waxelene's cruelty-free ingredients include vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary and organic soy. The beeswax is unbleached and raw, which means it retains all of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant benefits. Rosemary oil improves blood circulation, and with its anti-bacterial properties, works as a natural preservative. Natural unrefined vitamin E oil also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect and rejuvenate skin cells.

Waxelene softens the skin, and thankfully it does so without the waxy, greasy feel (and smell) of petroleum jelly. 

03 of 06

Jao, Goe Oil, $49

Jao's Goe Oil
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Another brand that went out of their way to create a product similar to Vaseline, Jao really hit it out of the park with their Goe Oil. Made of Jojoba oil, but containing 28 natural ingredients, it's managed to make a name for itself online as one of the best alternatives to petroleum jelly.

Jao's Goe Oil is semi-solid, but is light and absorbs into the skin easily. Like petroleum jelly, it's multi-purpose, so it's great to have around in case you need something moisturizing that goes on slick. Plus, it smells like monoi—much better than petroleum.

04 of 06

Simple Skin Softener

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Ingredients

4-ounces olive oil

1-ounce shaved beeswax

Or

4-ounces almond oil

1-ounce shaved beeswax

Directions

Melt beeswax in a double boiler at low heat. Heat until wax has melted and stir in oil. Remove from heat. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Grapefruit seed extract can also be added as a preserver, if you'd like. Pour into a sterile, heatproof glass jar. Let cool before covering.

About the ingredients:

Beeswax: Beeswax acts as a humectant and is found in numerous body and lip balms. It helps lock moisture in the skin and provides protective coating from the environment. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and is often used with other skin care ingredients to treat eczema and psoriasis.

Olive Oil: Olive oil contains vitamins A, E and polyphenols that provide anti-aging benefits by protecting the skin against free radical damage and aids in skin cell repair. Olive oil contains squalene, which regulates sebum secretions. In addition it helps with wound healing and the healing of acne scars.

Almond Oil: Almond oil is excellent for moisturizing and softening the skin. The non-greasy oil is high in oleic, linoleic and other fatty acids. It can be used to treat dry, chapped skin. It helps relieve skin irritation, rashes and burns. It also helps acne-prone skin, skin problems like eczema, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and dark under-eye circles.

05 of 06

Healing Emollient Cream

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Ingredients

4-ounces cocoa butter

4-ounces almond oil

2-ounces shaved beeswax

Directions

Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler until melted. Stir in almond oil. Remove from heat. Pour into a heatproof glass jar. Let cool before covering.

About the ingredients:

Cocoa butter: Cocoa butter has been known for years as a moisturizer for dry skin. It is considered an occlusive that provides a coating on the skin, creating a protective barrier and slowing the natural escape of moisture from the skin, making it a natural replacement for petroleum jelly. It also helps relieve irritation and inflammation of the skin and therefore is good for conditions like eczema. Cocoa butter is often used to reduce scars and stretch marks. Though it is not proven that it actually gets rid of stretch marks, it does increase skin elasticity, improving the appearance of the skin.

Read above for olive oil and beeswax.

06 of 06

Cocoa Butter & Jojoba Skin Protector

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Ingredients

4-ounces cocoa butter

4-ounces jojoba oil

2-ounces shaved beeswax

Directions

Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler until melted and stir in jojoba oil (and essential oil if using) into mixture. Pour into a glass jar. Let cool before covering.

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