My lips and face and hands are SO happy!! Why???? Because they have been missing their “friend” Vaseline! Ever since learning about the dangers of Petroleum Jelly from Dr. Oz, the Vaseline in my bathroom went bye-bye:
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
Yikes! Scary stuff.
As is often the case with me, I didn’t even think about a substitute for my “former trusted friend” Vaseline. I just figured my lips, face and hands were out of luck. Then tonight, by total accident, I stumbled onto A Delightful Home and her post about How to Make Non-Petroleum Jelly. Bingo! I literally made a BEELINE to my stash of BEESWAX! :-) I mean the “recipe” could NOT be easier to make! From start to finish, even with snapping pictures along the way, I don’t think it took longer than 5 minutes. The cooling and hardening phase took a LITTLE longer….but not much after I put it by an open window (it’s still pretty chilly here at night!)
And as soon as that baby was ready….I was digging into it! First I slathered my poor knuckles. They are so dry they are cracking, and unfortunately even my Simple Moisturizing Lotion (which everyone in this household LOVES!) wasn’t cutting it.
Then I gave my forever chapped lips a good slathering as well. See? Don’t they look NICE??? ;-)
haha. I wish. Here are my real lips…not nearly as pretty….but just as HAPPY (and shiny)! :-)
So, if your lips, face or hands have been missing the uber moisturizing feel of Vaseline…Run, Don’t Walk to your kitchen and MAKE THIS!
Homemade Non-Petroleum Jelly (aka DIY “Vaseline”)
Combine beeswax and oil in a small saucepan. Melt over very low heat or in the top of a double boiler. Pour into a jar to cool.
Beeswax pellets I bought in bulk off of Amazon.com
I used extra virgin olive oil that I use for everyday cooking.
I didn’t use a double boiler….but I melted the beeswax into the olive oil
at a VERY LOW TEMPERATURE.
Even at that LOW temp….it melted together VERY quickly!
Then I poured it into a 1/2 pint mason jar and set it on the window ledge in the kitchen
with the window cracked open. It hardened up within 30 minutes.