Homemade (Un)Petroleum Jelly

The weather around here has been beautiful but I know what’s coming. On the way is cold, wind and my never ending battle against dry, red, cracking skin and lips. Every year I start out using a light lotion but by January I find myself slathering my hands with Vaseline and leaving greasy fingerprints all over the house.

Not only am I tired of those greasy fingerprints I’ve discovered that petroleum products may be harmful to my health. Making your own (un)petroleum jelly couldn’t be easier and would make a great gift for the holidays too.

UnPetroleum Jelly

It only takes three simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make!

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(Un)Petroleum Jelly

1/4 cup beeswax

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup coconut oil

Clean container or jar

Melt beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil on low heat. Once ingredients are melted pour into jars. I used three small jelly jars so I could stash them all over the house.


Your product will harden after about 30 minutes.


I’ve already started using this obsessively on my hands and lips and I have been really happy. It soaks in better than petroleum products and the smell is pleasant. Bring it on winter!

* If you are not into making natural skincare products on your own, visit MadeOn Natural Skincare. They have an amazing line of hard lotions that are phenomenal for dry skin relief. They are made from three simple ingredients and have worked wonders for my family.

NOTE: I am an affiliate for MadeOn. I do truly use and enjoy their products. Any purchase made from the MadeOn link above will result in a compensation for me. There is no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!



12 thoughts on “Homemade (Un)Petroleum Jelly

  1. shauna

    Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering what kind of olive oil you used? I used extra virgin and the smell was overpowering. I like the look and feel of the product but I think next time I will use apricot kernel or sweet almond oil. I am planning on adding some essential oils to mask the smell of the oil in the recipe I just made.

    1. Daftly Domestic Post author

      Thanks for your note, Shauna! I just used regular extra virgin olive oil too. The smell was ok to me but everyone is different of course. Yes, add in some of your favorite essential oils to this batch and use a different oil the next time around. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Bri

    I was wondering if I could add Eucalyptus Essential oil to this recipe and use it as an Organic Vapor rub for my toddler. She has severe skin allergies so I have to find alternative avenues for cold and flu season.

    1. Daftly Domestic Post author

      You could add any essential oil to this recipe. Add desired amount after it melts. Hope this works for you. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. Cristina

    Hi! Thank you for the recipe, it’s very easy and I’m going to do it! I was wandering if this home made petroleum jelly will be good to use for my baby bottom to prevent diaper rash?

    1. Daftly Domestic Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! I have never used this for diaper rash prevention. It does make a good barrier so I think it would work nicely if your little one is ok with all of the ingredients.

      Please stop back and let me know how this worked for you. I hope you enjoy it!

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