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Our Review of Waxelene, a Petroleum Jelly Alternative

Petroleum-Free Waxelene Is the Bee's Knees

Looking for a plant-based alternative to petroleum jelly? Enter Waxelene ($6 for 2 oz.), which touts itself as just that.

Waxelene is made in San Francisco, using natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients and even comes in a recyclable glass jar with a metal lid. It contains organic rosemary and soybean oils, natural beeswax, and Vitamin E oil, which all help to protect and soften, as well as lock in moisture and regenerate cracked and broken skin. I was more than impressed by its thick, non-greasy consistency, and have been applying it everywhere I normally put petroleum jelly (my lips, eyelashes, under-eye area, feet, etc.), as well as using it to tame flyaways and moisturize my cuticles.

My verdict: it's pretty amazing. Not only are the ingredients top-notch, but it delivers the same great results as petroleum jelly. I love how it goes on; it's clear, with subtle exfoliating granules that dissolve as you rub them in. I also find that it stays put on my lips far longer than petroleum jelly did. So far, I have no formal complaints, and it has officially replaced petroleum jelly in my medicine cabinet and my life.

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Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 5 years
@Anonymous: Petrolatum (known as petroleum jelly) is a byproduct of oil drilling. As you know, when you spread something on your lips a million times a day (as I do!) you end up ingesting it, and I just became a bit uncomfortable with that. I've been trying to use more natural products these days anyway, so I was really happy to find something that contained beeswax (a really great, natural moisturizer).Let us know what you think of Waxelene!
Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 5 years
@Anonymous: Petrolatum (known as petroleum jelly) is a byproduct of oil drilling. As you know, when you spread something on your lips a million times a day (as I do!) you end up ingesting it, and I just became a bit uncomfortable with that. I've been trying to use more natural products these days anyway, so I was really happy to find something that contained beeswax (a really great, natural moisturizer). Let us know what you think of Waxelene!
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