Petroleum jelly comes from the same place as gasoline, so it’s not exactly a “green product.” Since I use this product for my kids’ skin in the winter, for chapped lips and as a makeup removal, it was time to make my own Homemade Non-Petroleum Jelly . The kids helped and we were all pleased with the result.
Here’s what Dr. Oz says about petroleum jelly:
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. ~~~Dr. Oz
Homemade Non-Petroleum Jelly took exactly 7 minutes of our time and the resulting product smelled natural and worked perfectly well both on son’s cheeks on a windy day and on my lips. We used these beeswax pellets as a base for the jelly and still had a lot left for future natural cosmetics experiments.