3 Reasons Why It’s Time To Say Goodbye to Petroleum Jelly

Jul 21, 2020General Skin Care0 comments

There’s a good chance that you’ve used petroleum jelly at some point in your life. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you had petroleum jelly in your hand RIGHT NOW. 

That’s how popular it is! Petroleum jelly has been a household item for decades, and it’s the base ingredient for many skincare products that people use, ranging from moisturizer to ointment, and even to lip balm. 

It has found its way into many common uses, such as general moisturizing, post-shave ointment, lubricant, baby skincare, hair grooming, etc.

There are few things with that many uses in this world, so it’s been extremely convenient to buy one product to cover all bases. In fact, it’s been convenient since 1859, when it was first discovered in Pennsylvania. 

Want to know another fun fact about petroleum jelly? It was discovered in an OIL RIG.

Yes, you read that correctly. An oil rig is a headquarters for one of the most popular household products in skincare.

If you’ve made it this far, you must be pretty invested, so we’ll keep going.

Did you know that petroleum jelly is a crude oil byproduct? Well first, let’s define crude oil!


Crude oil: a naturally occurring, yellowish-black liquid found beneath the Earth’s surface, commonly refined into various types of fuels.


Hold on a second! Did that say FUELS? Your petroleum jelly was meant to be a gas. Surely a motor and your body wouldn’t run on the same type of oil. 

I mean, I don’t see fitness influencers recommending us to drink a gallon of gas a day. If that’s not wild enough in itself, let’s go a little deeper into the use of crude oils.

Crude oils are used for transportation fuels, including JET FUELS. Okay, they definitely missed out on a huge marketing opportunity with that one: “petroleum jelly. 

We give you wings.” Literally, because you’re using a product derived from a substance used on airplanes. When you moisturize your skin, it should feel like you’re watering your petals, not getting an oil change. But, of course, there’s a large chance that you may be a raging fan of petroleum jelly, so perhaps where it comes from isn’t as important to you. Maybe we can talk about how it works.


Oh wait, it doesn’t.


Okay, we aren’t saying it doesn’t work completely or that people haven’t had any results using it. Depending on the task at hand, you may find it useful, but what if we told you that petroleum jelly was a sham? What if we told you that Petroleum Jelly is….

…a catfish.


Petroleum jelly has been using an Instagram filter ALL its life!



pretroleum jelly diagram



The biggest proclaimed benefit of using petroleum jelly has always been “moisturization.” That would work, except it doesn’t actually moisturize the skin. Before we hop into the science to support our claim, we want you to think. Think about your Vaseline container, and especially think about your lip balms.

Just about every woman we’ve asked has admitted to constantly re-applying their chapstick or lip balm throughout the day. Why do you have to continue re-applying something that’s doing its job? You don’t. You just let the results do the talking.


Here’s how we hop into the science part. Don’t worry. We don’t get too technical. It’s pretty easy to follow.


Our skin has a breathability factor. We don’t mean that in a literal sense of the skin “breathing.” The skin is not part of our respiratory system. Here’s what we mean. The pores in your skin want access to an opening to dump unwanted particles, whether they be dirt, toxins, or dead skin.

Unfortunately, petroleum jelly doesn’t afford our skin this breathability. In fact, petroleum jelly presents an illusion. Due to the thickness of the oil, the user automatically assumes it’s working. The way it’s slathered across our skin makes it appear that it’s done its job a moment after application. You feel your skin completely covered, and your skin becomes shiny.


But, now we have to break it to you…


Petroleum jelly clogs your pores. It isn’t moisturizing your skin. It’s just such a rich texture that you can’t eve tell what it’s doing, but the litmus test doesn’t lie. Think of how often you have to reapply petroleum jelly or wipe your face from being greasy. At what point did you notice that your skin was organically improving?

At what stage in your petroleum jelly evolution did you realize that you skin had the accessibility it needed to actually detox? Never? Sorry to hear. It’s almost as if their product is as good as the consumer’s ability to repurchase.


We’re sure you’re also wondering how something with so many negatives could be positive for anyone. Well, here’s the thing: price point. Because petroleum derives from crude oils, it’s extremely cheap. It’s why you can get away with a 9oz tube of petroleum jelly for less than $10. It’s good for your wallet and “seems” to get the job done. That’s enough for most people, until now.


You see, not only are crude oils bad for our skin, but they’re also bad for the planet. Burning fossil fuels is frowned down upon more and more each day, and with new initiatives launching every day to push eco-friendly beauty products, there’s a new shift in what consumers are looking for.

People are reading ingredients and searching where the ingredients are sourced from. This generation is BOLD, and petroleum jelly isn’t liking it! Google searches have hiked in the past few of years for petroleum jelly alternatives. Consumers are getting “woke” and they don’t want Boeing’s skincare routine anymore 😉



pretroleum jelly crude oil



So, let’s break it down. Here are the TOP 3 REASONS why you should say BYE to petroleum jelly:


Reason 1: It’s Occlusive

Petroleum jelly is occlusive, meaning it seals off the skin from air, water, or anything else getting in (or out). Wherever it’s applied, it forms an invisible film on the surface that blocks the pores and the skin’s natural respiration process.


Reason 2: It may be Carcinogenic

There are several refining processes that must be done to petroleum jelly to ensure any life-threatening particles don’t get through. Unfortunately, most companies are not required by law to practice this refining process.


According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

“These trace contaminants in petroleum-based ingredients often readily penetrate the skin according to government and industry studies, and their presence in products is not restricted by government safety standards — they are legal at any level.”



Reason 3: It doesn’t moisturize your skin

The main use of petroleum jelly is skin hydration, yet it clogs pores rather than hydrating and moisturizing your skin. (You only had one job, bro).

Are you ready to throw out your petroleum jelly yet? I don’t blame you.

But we wouldn’t make you throw away your product without suggesting a better alternative…

In steps Waxelene.


pretroleum jelly on lips



Now, you can only imagine what our founder was facing when creating a product that would replace one of the biggest products in the skincare industry. Not only did he create an alternative, he created an eco-friendly moisturizer that’s great for your skin AND the environment. Waxelene was developed with the Earth in mind, and it shows on our clients’ skin and in our ingredients.


Waxlene has 4 ingredients. Not four base ingredients. Just four ingredients. Did I mention they’re all organic? Here they are:


  • Organic Soy Oil
  • Organic Beeswax
  • Organic Vitamin E Oil
  • Organic Rosemary Oil


That’s it, and just so we’re clear, none of those four ingredients are derived from crude oils. Our base is beeswax. It’s a healthier, more eco-friendly source for a moisturizer, and it’s 100% organic. We source our beeswax in the most ethical way to ensure that the bees remain safe through the process.

We have made it a huge point in our company’s mission to ensure organic ingredients at all times. In fact, our ingredients are so clean that they’re ingestible!

Yes, you read that correctly. Although Waxelene is registered as a cosmetic product, it’s ingestible! Meaning, none of the ingredients would hurt you if you ingested it! In fact, we’ve gotten several reports of dogs eating their owner’s Waxelene tube without as much as a stomach ache to show for it! 


Waxelene, like petroleum jelly, also has multiple uses (minus the jet fuel):


  • Moisturizer
  • Hairstyling jelly
  • Eczema healing ointment
  • Pets hot spot healing ointment
  • Makeup primer
  • Lip balm
  • Scar healing ointment
  • Aftershave
  • And more!






We were founded over a decade ago, but we haven’t changed our formula or sacrificed the integrity of the product. Not many brands can say that.


Over 75% of skincare brands change their formula to keep up with the times. Everything is happening quickly in today’s society, so brands will allow a preservative or two in their products to make it a bit cheaper and to increase production capacity. We prefer to take our time and make each batch with love.


With Waxelene, you don’t have to worry about clogged pores. Our formula is thick but light enough for the skin to “breathe” throughout the day. Get ready for hydration link no other. Our formula doubles as a skin protectant and moisturizer, keeping all the good things sealed in and allowing the bad things to shed.


Here’s a recent review from Waxelene customer Justin K.:

For a few years now, my wife and I have been using Waxelene as a daily face moisturizer and treatment for dry skin, and I also use it as an aftershave. It works great on all fronts, and it has only gotten better since we began using it—the scent is more pleasing and the texture richer and smoother.

That said, we have gotten a few “bad batches” from time to time. Read more about review stating the Best thing out there when made right to time. By this, I mean that the texture of the Waxelene was either chunky, grainy, or both.

Although totally safe and functional to use in this state, little chunks remained when we tried to smooth it out in our hands, which we then had to break up with our fingers individually, or else they’d end up stuck to our faces.

This was a tedious process, and we had to do it every time we used it, which was often more than once a day.


Earlier this month, I decided I’d had enough of playing wax chunk whack-a-mole every day, so I decided to research it. Turns out this exact issue is addressed plainly and clearly on the FAQ’s page of Waxelene’s website and that they’ll even replace the grainy stuff with the good stuff if you send them a photo of it. So I did and, boom, just like that, a 9 oz. jar of the good stuff arrived less than a week later. Case closed.



pretroleum jelly vasoline



Thanks for taking good care of a loyal customer, Waxelene. I’ll be back for more soon.


We love hearing feedback like this from our customers. For the last 10 years, Waxelene has been a staple in the pantry of the conscious consumer. Everyone loves it, moms, dads, kids, babies, grandparents, and pets.

The most rewarding thing about making Waxelene is the feedback we receive about how much it has improved people’s lives. It is the solution to so many common problems that everyday people have. We are excited to go to work knowing that we are helping people live happier lives and be better consumers.


Also, Waxlene has partnered with One Tree Planted to try and make the world a better, greener place! Every time you buy a Waxelene product, “One Tree Planted” will plant a tree to honor your purchase. This will offset the carbon footprint from the creation and delivery of the item, allowing your skin to stay happy and hydrated while keeping mother nature happy.


When it comes to skincare, YOU are the captain of your own ship. We hope this article was helpful and informative. You’re safe to throw out the petroleum jelly now.

Don’t worry…

We won’t tell.


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