Beauty/Body Recipes, Tips & Tricks

Homemade “Vaseline”/ All Natural Non-Petroleum Jelly

Homemade "Vaseline"/ All Natural Non-Petroleum Jelly ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures

I was inspired to make this because my husband’s hands are so dry and cracked this winter. Coconut oil healed the little cuts, but his skin is still super dry. He doesn’t just need a moisturizer, he needs something to protect his skin as well. What would most people turn to in that situation? Good ole petroleum jelly. Problem is, I don’t have any and haven’t for a long time. When I read about some of the dangers I threw it out. It can easily be contaminated and is a possible carcinogen. Cancer causing slop? No thank you! I don’t want that stuff anywhere near my family ever again. On top of that it does not even moisturize at all and can actually prevent your skin from getting rid of toxins. It is even banned in some other countries! It is amazing how many products I used to use all the time without even thinking about WHAT I was using, and many other people are the same way. Of course now I am always checking labels lol. Anyways I knew there had to be a better way, and luckily I found one! This recipe is for homemade non-petroleum jelly. I was even able to simplify it a little more and make mine totally organic! It could not be any easier 🙂


  • 1/8 cup (about 1 ounce) beeswax (I used organic beeswax pastilles)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used organic olive oil)

Pour your ingredients into the same jar you are going to be using to store it. Place the jar into a saucepan and add enough water to go about halfway up the jar. Heat on medium until the beeswax melts. Stir, and carefully remove jar from pan – I am sure it goes without saying but just in case, it is HOT. Let cool completely, store covered.

I loved using the same jar to store it in, because there was no clean up afterwards! I always have popsicle sticks on hand because we love to make our own, so I used one of those to stir. Literally the only thing I had to do was dump the water after I was done. You could even let it cool completely and use it to water your plants. It only takes a few minutes for the beeswax to melt so keep an eye on it. I would not recommend boiling the water because the jar might tip and spill. This only fills a small jar so if you want to make a large amount use a bigger jar and double the ingredients.

I actually made two jars of it, and while one was cooling I stirred some essential oils into it to make a natural antiseptic ointment. I used about 10-20 drops each of lavender, lemon and tea tree essential oils. I will probably also use this as a base for homemade vapor rub with some eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Any one of these would make a great gift too!

Homemade Petroleum Jelly & Antiseptic Ointment ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures


❤ Ashley

*Edited on 04/04/19 to add: I now use 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make this. I find the consistency is better and coconut oil is great for healing

27 thoughts on “Homemade “Vaseline”/ All Natural Non-Petroleum Jelly”

  1. This sound great! And super simple. One question, did I read right you make your own popsicle sticks!? Do you have a tutorial on that?

    1. Haha! I’m a numbskull. Jesse was like they probably make their own popsicles! Haha
      As long as somebody got a good laugh outta that 😉

  2. Thank you so much for this! I have been making homemade hand lotion for about 6months now, and the one ingredient that it has that I dislike is Vasaline!! Now I can make
    It truly work all natural, as a BC survivor of 4yrs and counting it is extremely important to me.

  3. This is perfect. I’ve been making more things at home over the last 6 months. Last night, I made an eye cream, and some shampoo. I think I will start posting these on my blog. Great work. This is definately my next thing to make. So easy.

  4. One quick question on the essential oils. Do you have to use all 3 to make it antiseptic? I always have tea tree oil (use it in your facial toner recipe) but the others I do not have on hand. Just curious.

  5. Tea tree oil on its own is anti-microbial so the other’s are not absolutely needed but they also kill germs and smell good. I would just add extra tea tree oil if you don’t have the others 🙂

    1. The brown jar I used was a jar that had yeast in it. I save some of the jars from jams, yeast, etc. so I have them to use for things like this 🙂

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