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!!