31.10.11

Why you should not use Petroleum Jelly


Winter is coming and I know many of you reach for Petroleum Jelly to moisturise dry skin especially chapped lips. I urge you to stop applying petroleum based balms and throw them in the bin. Let me educate you in why I think everyone should ban petroleum from their skin care routine. For clarification petroleum may also be referred to as mineral oil, liquidum paraffinum, paraffin oil, paraffin wax and petrolatum.

Petroleum is a by-product of the oil industry and used in the beauty industry because it is a cheap ingredient. You will find mineral oil in lipsticks, baby lotions, oils and lubricants. It is often promoted as a healing moisturiser but this could not be further from the truth. Initially your skin will feel silky smooth but your skin does not absorb petroleum so the results are superficial. Petroleum creates a barrier and this is bad news if you are applying to a wound. Initially petroleum jelly may help keep out infection by creating a barrier on the skin but it can also have the opposite effect and trap in the germs. It is known to clog pores and block the skin’s ability to moisturise itself. Repeated use may set off skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis and for this reason I never use it on my eczema.

When buying an alternative to petroleum jelly choose products with ingredients such as olive oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba, coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter. 

My favourite balms are Papaya/PawPaw Salve and Natural U. I have recently switched PawPaw brand to Pure Papaya as Simmons is no longer manufactured. A word of warning avoid Lucas PawPaw Ointment as it contains petroleum. If you want a good lip balm try Gwdihw Smoochy Lips or Cornish Creams. I have linked my reviews of these products. I also recommend Figs & Rouge and Balm Balm which are readily available in Boots.


Remember your skin is the largest organ of the body it deserves some TLC. So do it a favour and ditch the petroleum for a natural healing balm. Promote self healing and let your skin breathe.






12/09/12 Update - I discovered a while back cutecosmetics.co.uk they sell Vegan & natural lip balms from a variety of brands in an assortment of flavours

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17 comments:

  1. @MissTeaAddict - I am getting a very positive response to my post which I am pleased about. The ad you describe is shocking. Vaseline have a new special addition flavour coming out and that is what prompted me to write this post, why you you buy that?

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  2. It does seem kind of scary, doesn't it? I was just thinking I'm gonna need something soon. My skin is already cracking and dry this year!! Thanks for the reminder. I'm gonna have to look for something different. Thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax hop. Have a great Tuesday!

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  3. @Michelle thanks for taking time out to comment glad to hear you will be searching out some natural skin care let me know what you decide to purchase :)

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  4. Thanks for posting this! I had no idea!!

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  5. @Gracie I'm really pleased that I have made you aware of this :)

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  6. Great post, a very interesting read! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. I am really pleased you enjoy reading, thank you & I let me know if you venture into the world of natural lip balms, I am always interested in seeing what people think :)

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    2. Brilliant, have just shared the link to this page on my facebook page

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  7. Excellent! I love that your writing is clear and precise! Another great brand instead of Lucas PawPaw is Suvana Beauty Paw Paw & Honey Organic Lip Balm. No petroleum jelly in that one :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, yes since writing this I have become aware of the brand Suvana, it's on my list to try :)

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  8. Nooooooo!!! :'( I love Lucas Pawpaw! I use figs&rouge as well, but pawpaw is always in my handbag and my go-to lipbalm. *sigh* my tube is nearly finished now so I'll make sure not to get another one. I guess at least I found out now rather than even later!

    C x

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    1. Your skin will thank you if you switch. If you like using as a lip balm Pure Papaya by Phytocare had a strong flavour so since writing this post I have discovered Suvana EcoCert Organic Pawpaw and Honey Balm. I haven't tried it yet but I am told it's nicer x

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  9. Such a good post, and all totally true. Mineral oil is just a cheap, greasy waste product with no benefits to skin what so ever. Consumers are being ripped off and lied to every time they buy a mineral oil 'moisturiser'.

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    1. Out of all the ingredients out there to avoid, I think I feel most passionately about this one. It's the main ingredient to all eczema products and drives me bonkers. I probably suffered from eczema for longer than needed because my parents didn't know this information.

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  10. Great post! I have a similar idea on my 'post ideas' list- I've recently switched from Vaseline to another lip care brand and the difference is amazing. For years I thought I had terribly dry cracked lips and couldn't wear lipstick, when in fact it was just the petroleum jelly all along. Horrible stuff, so greasy!
    I read a blog post recently in which someone was recommending to use vaseline as a cleanser, and a facial moisturiser! Also, cannot believe people use it on their bits as a lubricant! Condoms have warning not to use it as it eats away at the rubber, I can just imagine it eating away at some poor girls ladyparts too (sorry for the mental image!!). Brilliant post, I'm glad someones raising awareness x

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    1. Thank you very much for your enlightening comment ;) no on seems to realise the difference it can make swapping over to a natural balm. So many people think they have bad skin when in fact petroleum is likely to be causing the problem

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