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Here is the Low Down on an All Natural "Petroleum Jelly"


Olive oil in glass bowl


Many consider petroleum jelly to be an unsafe product.

So I have found a recipe to make your own home made and all natural non-petroleum jelly.

The ingredients are easy to get hold of and the actual method of making it is not too difficult. The recipe comes from Annie Berthold-Bond from her book printed in 1999 by Three Rivers Press and called Better Basics for the Home.

For the ingredients you need

  • 2 oz olive oil
  • ½ oz grated beeswax
  • 12 drops grapefruit seed extract

This amount makes ¼ cup of jelly – about the same amount as a jar of commercial petroleum jelly – but you can always double up or treble up the ingredients if you want to make more. It should be stored in a glass jar with a screw top and you can safely keep it for a year.

For the method

  • Combine the olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler over simmering water and a medium heat until the wax has melted.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and add the grapefruit seed extract.
  • Beat with a hand mixer until the mixture is nice and creamy.

Use it on your skin safely and gently in so many ways

  • Keep your hands clean when you are going to do a messy chore by rubbing on the jelly before you begin. Plus it will soften your skin at the same time. Wipe off when finished.
  • When coloring your hair (naturally of course!), use to stop any staining of the skin by applying jelly along the hairline and ears before you begin.
  • Protect cuts and sores by acting as a barrier to keep out moisture and bacteria.
  • If you have sensitive skin, use the jelly as an all over body moisturizer.
  • Rub the jelly on the skin around your nails before polishing. If you make a mistake and apply polish beyond the nail itself, it can be wiped off when your nails are dry and your cuticles will be softened at the same time.
  • Apply jelly to those hard, calloused or dry feet after your bath or shower within 3 minutes to keep the moisture in and your feet from drying out. Then use H-Cracked Heels made with essential oils to prevent and treat any cracking.
  • Use as a natural balm for chapped lips.
  • Use the jelly to remove make up while softening your skin.
  • Excellent as a barrier cream on babies bottoms to keep the skin dry and prevent diaper rash.
  • If the rings on your fingers fit too tightly, apply the jelly and those rings will slide off.
  • Create a smoky eye shadow look by applying black eye liner and then using a small amount of jelly on top. Smear it slightly.
  • Use to make your eyelashes grow by applying every night before bedtime.
  • Apply to your cheeks as a blusher for a radiant dewy glow.
  • Tame your brows by applying a tiny bit of jelly to your brows for a finished look.
  • Hide split ends by dabbing a small amount of jelly onto the ends of your hair.
  • Prevent razor burn by applying a little to your legs after shaving to both soothe them and smooth them.
  • Add sea salt to your jelly and it becomes the perfect bath time exfoliant.
So many beauty uses from just one jar of your own home made non-petroleum jelly.
And your skin will thank you for using a natural product too.


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