Friday, November 9, 2012

Non-Petroleum "Petroleum" Jelly

I've been reading lately about the bad side effects of petroleum products on our health....the bad thing is, petroleum is in EVERYTHING!!! Vaseline, baby oil, mineral oil, lip gloss, anti-biotic gels....start reading labels, and you'll be amazed! So I was excited to find a recipe recently for a NON-Petroleum jelly. The recipe I found called for olive oil, but since I've been wanting to make lip gloss (most of the recipes I've found called for petroleum jelly) and I didn't want it to smell/taste like olive oil or have a green tint, I decided to substitute castor oil since it's pretty clear and has a similar consistency to olive oil. It worked out really well! 

You will need:

- 1/8 cup beeswax (grated, or pastilles...I used white pastilles so the jelly would be white/clear. You can  use yellow beeswax too if you don't mind the yellowish tint)
- 1/2 cup castor oil (or olive oil) 

Pour into a small glass jar.

Use a small saucepan of water as a double boiler.

Boil and stir until all the beeswax is melted. 

Remove from heat, and let sit until cooled and hardened thru. 

Simple, huh?! :)

When it's solid it is maybe a little harder than vaseline, but it melts to the touch and feels just like vaseline to me! It's SUPER moisturizing!! 


  1. I used my 103 year old great-grandmother's (untouched but expired) Fleet Glycerin Suppositories, mixed with liquid glycerin, and/or water makes a swell, safe for digestion, non petro jelly as well. The bonus is that you controll the texture from solid as clay (the original veggy oil by-product suppository consistancy) to liquid, and it all has the sweetest taste, and the more solid you leave the texture, the longer it stays on your lips. Glycerin also has a plumping quality and excellent wearing power. Because the suppositories are so solid, the mixture may also be used to create staining jells by mixing it with beets, or strawberries. I prefer a more solid stick which has excellent wearing abilities, and use beet poweder to create a lip/cheek/eye staining stick in a standard chap stick tube that I carry with me everywhere and never have to worry about being busted with no color on my face rain, snow, wind, or shine. the stain wears perfectly at the pool or beach.

  2. Congratulations! This is the best thing, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.
    Photo Gaint

  3. this is amazing and genius! thank you for sharing.