Choose An Alternative to Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly has always been well-known for it’s ability to act as a protective barrier and moisturizer for our skin. And sure, it does seem to provide temporary relief from irritation or dryness. But, there are natural alternatives to petroleum jelly that are just as, if not more, effective and even healthier for you, too.

I remember on cold winter days, when I was a little girl growing up on the Southside of Chicago, mothers smearing petroleum jelly all over their children’s faces to protect them from the mean bite of the frigid air. My mother would sometimes rub petroleum jelly onto my ashy hands, feet, legs, knees and elbows. Petroleum jelly has always been well-known for its ability to act as a protective barrier and moisturizer for our skin. And sure, it does seem to provide temporary relief from irritation or dryness. But, there are natural alternatives to petroleum jelly that are just as, if not more, effective and even healthier for you, too.

Petroleum jelly or petrolatum, is an ingredient that is often found in personal care products. It is used as a moisturizing agent. When properly refined, petroleum has no known health concerns. But, according to data that I found on, petroleum is not always properly refined in the US, which makes it vulnerable to  contamination from toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are fat-loving chemicals that can accumulate in breast tissue. Several individual PAHs as well as other chemical mixtures containing PAHs have been classified as human carcinogens. [1] Scary, right?

Often times skincare professionals and Dermatologists will suggest using moisturizing creams that contain petroleum jelly to address extreme dryness resulting from sunburn, chafing, and prescription acne topicals such as- Retin A, Renova, Tretonoin, and Differin. And many may argue this, but petroleum jelly has the potential to clog pores. Petroleum jelly is occlusive – meaning it sits on top of the skin locking moisture in, which can be great, but ingredients like petroleum jelly, can prevent the skin from drawing moisture from the air; traps sebum and harmful bacteria; and keeps the skin from getting rid of toxins.

The good news is, there are natural alternatives to petroleum jelly that are beneficial to the skin. Alternative ingredients like mango and shea butter are also occlusive, but are far more safer and gentle on the skin. Plant oils do not rob the skin of moisture. They soothe, soften and heal.

Our Top 3 Favorite Alternatives to Vaseline and Other Petroleum-Based Brands

Waxelene Petroleum Jelly Alternative Tube, 5 Ounce

  • Non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, no GMOs
  • Skin moisturizing, protection, and lubrication for lips, feet, face, hands, etc …
  • Protection from chafing, friction, wind burn, and cold
  • Soothes minor burns, scrapes, flare ups from Eczema, Psoriasis, and more

*If you are allergic to beeswax this product is not for you.

Kopari Organic Coconut Melt – All-over Skin Moisturizing, Under Eye Rescuing, Hair Conditioning + More With 100% Organic Coconut Oil, Non GMO, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free and Sulfate Free 7.0 Oz

  • 100% ORGANIC COCONUT OIL – Kopari uses 100% pure, organic
    coconut oil sourced from the Philippines. Coconut is full of fatty
    acids (Lauric, Capric and Caprylic), vitamin E, antioxidants and
    restorative proteins.
    plenty of Vitamin E and protein to moisturize and protect your skin and
    hair. Works especially well for those with oily, dry and sensitive skin.
    Loaded with fatty acids to help seal moisture and lauric acid to combat
    coconut oil’s many benefits to the next level by incorporating
    innovative natural ingredients that enhance the performance of
    traditional coconut oil. They use the right blend of pure ingredients with
    cutting-edge chemistry to enhance the benefits of coconut oil. This
    secret sauce delivers better results than conventional products.
  • MADE IN THE USA – These products are manufactured
    using only the best ingredients and made in sustainable,
    solar powered labs in Southern California. Kopari products are Non
    GMO, Sulfate free, Cruelty free and Paraben free.

Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly, 3.5 Ounce

  • Provides a rich moisture barrier to protect skin
    from chafing and irritation while offering petroleum-free hydration
  • Formulated with pure plant oils and all botanical waxes
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances
*If you are allergic to beeswax this product is not for you.

[1] Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). (2009). Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accessed January 24, 2018.



Make Mine Paraben Free!

Have you heard the hype about the dangers of parabens in cosmetics? Well, there are tons of conflicting studies that either support it or dismiss it. But given the fact that there is an ongoing debate about the safety of parabens- chemically produced anti-microbial preservatives that can also be found in food and pharmaceuticals, one is validated in their hesitation to use products that are formulated with them.

Typically concentrations of parabens in products tend to be pretty low; generally 1% or less. A cocktail of parabens like methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben is usually put together to provide just the right mix to stave off contaminants like fungi and other bacteria. Now you may ask yourself, “What’s so bad about that?” Afterall, who wants to open a fancy jar of expensive new age-defying face cream to find a layer of fungus growing on top? Not I!

But, consider this … according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, U.K. researchers have found high concentrations of six different parabens in 20 human breast tumors. Given that it is a chemical that mimics the hormone estrogen and is absorbed through the skin, gastrointestinal tract and bloodstream, that studies findings is not surprising.

There are alternatives to using synthetically produced parabens such as grapeseed extract or other naturally occurring preservatives that are derived from plants. But, their shelf life is usually at question and most cosmetic companies would rather forgo the safety risks. Nowadays, however, many companies are yielding to consumer demands by making their products “paraben-free.” Fortunately our society is one that is becoming more conscious about its wellbeing. And, because there is fast-growing evidence of the dangers that long-term use of parabens can cause, taking more precautionary steps would only prove to be wise. So, be sure to look for products that are labeled “paraben-free;” and support the movement for a more healthier you.

I love this product …


My New Fave …

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, 4.2 Ounce! Similar to Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant except it’s organic! This product is formulated with rice powder and Lactic Acid to help brighten and smooth your skin. Organic strawberries and rhubarb rich in antioxidants help to cleanse and tighten pores. Recommended for all skin types, it’s mild enough to use daily, though I recommend only using it once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliating.

This product will keep your skin feeling fresh, soft and dewy. Try it. I use it, I love it and so will you.


I’ve had my eye cream for over a year. Is it still good to use?

No! Throw it out and purchase a new one. After a year, most skin care products are no longer potent. It is best to use all of your products within 12 months because ingredients will lose their effectiveness and can get contaminated with bacteria.