Vaseline is made of petroleum jelly, which is in fact a byproduct of the oil industry and is harmful to your health. This jelly forms a seal over the skin, thus disrupting the body’s ability to discard toxins through the pores.
The Chemtox website published the findings of several recent studies, which point out that the toxic petroleum ingredients can have detrimental effects on our health, stating that:
“Petroleum- based chemicals are being found to cause significant attritional effects to the nervous system and immune system after prolonged exposure. Illnesses identified in the medical research include adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, immune system weakening, autoimmune disorders [and more].”
Moreover, another research conducted by the Environmental Working Group speaks about the harmful effects of petroleum ingredients, and additionally points out that:
“Many of the cosmetic industry’s chemical safety assessments reveal that common petroleum-based cosmetic ingredients can be contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity called 1,4-dioxane.”
Therefore, you cannot expect to obtain only beneficial effects of the use of this kind of Vaseline, as it may in fact damage your health. Therefore, we offer you a way to make your own natural, homemade Vaseline, with just 3 ingredients.
Homemade, natural “Vaseline”- recipe
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- tea tree or peppermint essential oil (optionally)
Method of preparation:
Mix beeswax and coconut oil in a small saucepan, and warm the mixture up over low to medium heat, until melted.
Then, remove the saucepan from heat and add the olive oil. Whisk until all ingredients are well combined, and until the mixture cools. Continue whisking until the mixture is creamy, but still pourable.
When done, pour the natural Vaseline into your favorite jar or shallow dish. You can keep it fresh on the counter for no more than a year.