Yeah yeah yeah, I get it. Vaseline is a miracle worker. The uses are endless. I’ve heard it all before, and I even moisturized with it once or twice before I knew any better. Unfortunately, as versatile as that little guy may be, it’s petroleum jelly…meaning it’s a petrochemical. That’s a big deal breaker for me (regardless of the differing opinions on the matter), and it isn’t doing any favors for the environment either. Why on earth would we want to coat our skin in something that has to be heavily and carefully refined to be even moderately safe?
So now that I’ve made perfectly clear my distaste for petroleum jelly, let me tell you guys about its safer, fancier, and all around more awesome competition: Waxelene.
Ingredients (provided at waxelene.com- ”organic soy oil, beeswax, natural vitamin e oil, organic rosemary oil.”
The preliminary report I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a low, low hazard score of 0. There are no individual ingredients with hazard scores above 2.
Here’s what the Waxelene website has to say about each of its carefully chosen ingredients:
“Organic Soybean Oil– Non-hydrogenated, non-GMO, and of the absolute highest quality, our certified-organic soy oil is full of anti-oxidants, soy isoflavones, and unsaturated fatty acids. Fatty acids are extremely important in maintaining and restoring the health and the balance of the skin. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin B complex are fantastic for helping to keep the skin naturally beautiful and to prevent the development of wrinkles. Soy isoflavones such as Genisten help to increase the firmness, elasticity, and suppleness of skin.
100% Natural Beeswax-Our natural beeswax locks in moisture, which protects, softens and regenerates skin. Beeswax also provides superior and lasting chafe/friction prevention for sports such as running and surfing as well as restrictive clothing/diapers, etc. We use only unbleached raw beeswax so it retains all of its beneficial natural qualities. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. According to the Food and Agriculture Association (FAO), “even small quantities show effects of improvement…”. The Mayo clinic recommends balms made from beeswax for prevention and care of chapped lips. It has been used in skin balms for centuries because it works beautifully.
Organic Rosemary Oil– A touch of Certified Organic, non-GMO Rosemary Oil rejuvenates skin by providing natural anti-oxidant properties and improves blood circulation. It also works as a natural preservative and anti-bacterial for Waxelene without having to use synthetic preservatives like parabens.
100% Natural Vitamin E Oil– Distilled from non-GMO soybeans, our natural unrefined Vitamin E oil (also known as mixed tocopherols) is wonderful for the skin. We don’t use synthetic Vitamin E such as Tocopherol Acetate. Its renowned anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to protect and regenerate skin cells.”
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of parabens, petrochemicals, GMOs; you name it!
2. It contains organic ingredients.
3. It’s cruelty-free.
4. The glass jar will fit right in with my growing collection.
5. It’s eco-friendly and biodegradable (see above: reduce, reuse, recycle)!
Product Description(provided at waxelene.com)-
“USE WAXELENE FOR:
- Anything you would use petroleum jelly for and more!
- Skin moisturizing, protection, and lubrication – lips, feet – anywhere!
- Protection from chafing, friction, and wind burn – jogging, biking, volleyball, etc.
- Make-up & removal – add extra gloss to lips/face or remove make-up the healthy way.
- Soothing chapped, dry skin (Eczema & Psoriasis)
- Reducing diaper irritation – babies love Waxelene!
- Aftershave for face/legs etc.
- Wetsuit rash prevention – won’t deteriorate wetsuit and no petroleum in the water!
- Hair – thick texture aids in styling while moisturizing and nourishing
- After Sun
- Hands – relieving drying effects from repeated hand washings or doing dishes
- Tons of other creative household and cosmetic uses”
Performance– I probably couldn’t say enough positive things about Waxelene if I tried, but I’ll go ahead and give it a shot. I’ve managed to find a new and helpful use for it each day since I received it, and my skin has truly improved in each area it has been applied.
In addition to the many uses listed above, I’ve found this product particularly useful in the following areas:
- Lips-I’m particularly partial to a generous application before bed and a light coat underneath my W311 People Universalist Multi-Use Stick (mixing the two results in a pretty, natural tint that I’ve yet to achieve otherwise).
- Eyebrows- These furry monsters, especially the left one, can get a little out of control every now and again. A swipe of Waxelene on each one before heading out the door and they’re tame, dark, and decidedly fierce.
- Elbows and knees-The four most neglected areas of my body appreciate it the most.
- Inner Thighs, Breasts, Hips- Nothing is a complete miracle worker for puberty’s few remaining stretch marks, but this stuff (with its regenerative beeswax and vitamin E) certainly can’t hurt!
Scent– It has the faint, pleasant scent of rosemary. Think slightly sweet and a little green.
Rating– I wouldn’t dream of giving this product anything lower than a 10.
Would I purchase this item again? Without question.
Vaseline? More like Vaselame, am I right?!
*Product was provided by Waxelene. Opinions are all mine.