I found a product that I really liked called Waxelene - its marketed as "The Petroleum Jelly Alternative" and Cloth Diaper Friendly. There are only a handful of ingredients: Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E oil, and Organic Rosemary oil. It was thick and malleable like petroleum jelly but slightly less potent. After my second tub of this awesome stuff, I realized my reasons for liking this product (over some others I've tried) is the same reason I should try making it myself. Short ingredient list, organic oils, and uses (mostly) stuff I already had at home. After a quick Google search and a few trials of different recipes, I came across this one from Frugally Sustainable [Original recipe HERE]. Here is my version with a few alterations:
Organic Ointment AKA Petroleum Jelly Alternative
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 6 heaping tablespoons beeswax (these beeswax pastilles are so much easier to work with)
- 1/4 cup organic olive oil
- 2 heaping tablespoon lanolin
- 1/8 cup organic vitamin E oil from Trader Joe's (its a mix of soybean oil and vitamin E hence the large jump in volume. If you have pure vitamin E, stick with the original 1 tsp vitamin E and 1/8 cup Soybean/caster oil)
- In a small sauce pan, over low to medium heat, warm coconut oil and beeswax until melted.
- Remove from heat and add olive oil, lanolin, and vitamin E oil.
- Using a hand mixer, whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
- Continue to whisk as mixture cools, whisk until mixture is creamy.
- Pour from pan into a 4 ounce glass jar (I keep these on hand at all times) or any other appropriate storage container of your choosing.
- Optional - Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy oil or enjoy the natural scent of the beeswax.