I have a (growing) list of things that I use regularly and would like to try making on my own. Close to the top of the list is Non-Petroleum or Un-Petroleum Jelly, usually referred to as Vaseline. There are a lot of different uses for this type of jelly, some are:
To smooth dry patches of skin
- To provide a protective layer or barrier
- Around your hairline when coloring your hair so the color doesn’t get on your skin.
- As a lip gloss
- Any way in which you might use a petroleum based jelly, like
My main reason in wanting to make it was to use it as a barrier cream in #4's diaper. This little one gets wicked diaper rash when she is teething and I needed something to help keep her dry and offer some healing as well. We've been using it for a few months now and along with the Boo Boo salve I make, it seems to really be helping. I have not noticed any issues with our cloth diapers, but I make sure to use a liner in her diaper when we apply this. I have also used it on the backs of my hands, which get really rough in the winter. I put a little on each night before bed and it helps keep the dry/cracked skin at bay. A little definitely goes a long way though. I tried it a couple of times as an eye make-up remover. It felt a bit too thick and sticky, but I could have been using too much.
If you do a Google search you will find many different recipes. Here is the one I started with, I have made a few modifications though. I replaced a small amount of the Castor oil with Neem oil. If you have never heard of Neem oil before here is a great website with a ton of information. I chose this oil because it is said to have antiseptic and healing properties. The downside is it stinks! I also added essential oils of Lavender and Tea Tree, along with some Vitamin E. The end result has a slight Neemy smell, but I don't notice it that much once applied. I would love to show you a picture of the finished product, but my computer has decided to hide the picture from me and the little bit I have left is in the room with the sleeping baby. So sorry but no pictures of our Stinky Jelly!
Have you tried making your own Non-petroleum jelly?