Homemade Vaseline

by Merissa on July 16, 2012

in Featured, Make Your Own

homemade-vaseline

Homemade Vaseline

When we have a cold and one very runny stuffed up nose there isn't anything better than a nice smear of petroleum jelly across the sore, red, chaffed spots.

Well, except the petroleum part.

In the winter where we live, the wind blows like it's forgotten to do it's job all year (even though it really has because the wind blows all year around). It seems like everything gets chapped and there isn't much we can do about it being a family that likes to use all natural things. We don't use petroleum on our skin because, think about it...petroleum jelly is the by product of oil production that has been refined and processed, and isn't really something that needs to be on our skin, especially not when we are trying to heal our bodies.

Lucky for all of us, it turns out that a homemade, all natural version of homemade Vaseline is super easy to whip up! Here's all you need:

Homemade Vaseline

What You Need:

  • 1 ounce or 1/8 cup beeswax (Where to Buy)
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
Mix the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat on a very low heat until the beeswax has melted. While it's warm, pour into a jar or another container. Use as you would Vaseline! This recipe made enough to put in a little glass jelly jar. Oh and the little black flecks in mine are Vanilla Essential Oil. I was trying something out...it's good either way!

homemade vaseline

For beeswax I really like buying those beeswax pellets versus the blocks. They are so much easier to measure for projects like this instead of trying to cut a chunk off a large block. I haven't found the pellets to be much more expensive than the blocks either. You also want to make sure you stick with the yellow pellets versus the white, as the white have been refined and stripped of many natural properties.

homemade vaseline

Don't stop with just making Homemade Vaseline, there are so many other products that you can make without having to go to the store! Here are some that you might want to check out:

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Home Made Bath Soap
Homemade Shaving Cream
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
Make Your Own Shampoo
Make Your Own Dry Shampoo
Homemade Hand Cleaner (for dry hands)

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1 Kimberly DeLaughder July 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

I was looking for an alternative to Vaseline. I will be making this!

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2 June Monteith July 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love this recipe….no petroleum!!!!!

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3 Jessica July 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I love this stuff! I had my kids help me and they loved it!

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4 Sarah T. July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I was wondering if I could make like 4 jars up and then store them for later use? Or do you think just doing a small batch use it up and then make more?

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5 Merissa July 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I think making up a few jars at a time would be fine. I wouldn’t store them much longer than a year though.

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6 Fox Hollow Massage January 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

you can add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to it when making it in batches, it will keep it fresh longer. and be sure to store it in a cool dark place, like most things it will last longer that way.

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7 Missy Steiger July 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I was wondering if the olive oil would go rancid. I’ve been looking for an alternative to Vaseline and store bought lip balms. Thanks!

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8 Merissa July 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

After a while, eventually it probably will, but not for a while:)

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9 Cori Mathis October 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

If you use a high quality olive oil, the heat and wax will cause it to stabilize. It should keep indefinitely. I use a similar technique to make a Shea butter hair and body moisturizer. Well packed, airtight, in a pantry type environment, keeps forever.

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10 vicki October 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Where do I buy beeswax and Shea butter?

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11 Merissa October 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I linked to both products in the article above, if you click them it should lead you to Amazon, that’s where I purchase mine:)

12 Molly January 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
They also have jars, herbs, and essential oils. If you like the “vaseline” you can use the same method to make a chest rub with essential oils.

13 Dave January 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Perhaps we should define “high-quality” olive oil… any particular attributes or brands to select for this? And filtered? Virgin? Extra virgin?

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14 Merissa January 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

You can use any brand, I used extra virgin for mine.

15 annie @ montanasolarcreations July 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

I’m so glad I found your blog, I love it! Just yesterday I was thinking about how I want to try making my own beeswax based chap stick since my store bought stuff is almost gone and is spendy. This looks super easy and I have everything I need to make it so think we’ll give it a try today. Thank you for sharing this !

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16 Merissa July 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

Welcome! You might also want to check out this recipe for homemade lip balm! http://www.littlehouseliving.com/vanilla-lip-balm.html

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17 Athena @ Life's Abundant Adventures July 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a great idea! Pinning :)

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18 Silvia July 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

This seems to be a much better solution. Do you think honey could be added,?

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19 Merissa July 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

I’m thinking it could! If you try it let us know how it goes!

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20 Michelle Richardson July 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I stir mine while it cools and you end up with a softer product. My recipe is a little different but the stiring will still work.

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21 Ally July 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

Would you share it with us? :) I love comparing different recipes and seeing what other ingredients people use! Thanks!!

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22 Rosz Seow July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Merissa
I live in Singapore and some ingredients like Borax are not available, but
I will enjoy trying out some of your recipes etc.. The Green Movement is slowing glinting momentum here.
. Keep up the good work. God bless you xoxo

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23 Rosz Seow July 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Oops darn auto-correct…should be ‘gaining momentum’

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24 Patry July 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Excellent tips :) Thank u 4 sharing :)

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25 GGuinn July 21, 2012 at 2:33 am

I was wondering if you could add camphor and make a rub like Watkins use to sell for chest colds. Mom use to put it on my chest and warm up a towel and cover me up tight. It helped. And put a smigon under my nose if I was stopped up. It didn’t kill me, I am still here and in my 60′s.

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26 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture July 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

Wow, had no idea it was so easy to make! I just finished throwing away any trace of vaseline in the house, and have been wondering if I could make my own. Thanks for this post and for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

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27 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture July 23, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hey Merissa, this post is being featured tomorrow for Tiny Tip Tuesday! Thanks again for sharing!

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28 Tammy L. July 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’m allergic to petroleum products. Thank you so much for giving me an option I can actually use … and it’s easy to make!

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29 Debi Bolocofsky July 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

I love this!!! I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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30 Marianne July 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

This is just too cool! Thanks for sharing!

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31 Laka August 2, 2012 at 4:57 am

Can you recormend an alternative to Beeswax, I am incredibly allergic to it, nut would love to switch to something like this :)

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32 Merissa August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I’m really not sure what an alternative would be…anyone else have an idea?

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33 Dani August 5, 2012 at 12:15 am

Candelilla wax

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34 Laka August 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

thanks guys, i was recommended macadamia aswell, will let you know how it goes

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35 Sheri Powelson August 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I made this vaseline recipe & must say…it works wonderfully on dry, chapped lips & skin! Thank you so much for all the thrifty and very informative things that you post! I’m definitely a new, life-long fan!

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36 Merissa August 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Yay, I’m glad it’s working for you! It’s great to have such simple solutions isn’t it? ;)

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37 StampHappy September 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

I do the same thing, but use coconut oil instead, it is amazing! I love it on my lips. Going to have to try some with olive oil sometime :)

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38 Healthierjane October 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I make something similar with half coconut oil, half olive oil, it’s a great all over moisturiser

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39 Bonny October 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I can’t do beeswax due to allergies either, I get organic Shea butter off eBay in 2lb containers. Melt in stainless or glass bowl placed over pan of hot water, super low heat until mostly melted. Mix in organic olive oil & mix at high speed with hand blender as it cools to whip it into a lighter smoother texture. This mixing technique works with any heavy butters, beeswax, etc. how much olive oil will depend on go you like texture. I use about a cup to 2lbs of Shea butter. You can always add more by remelting.

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40 Melissa Lane October 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

That sounds great-I even have beeswax on hand! I think that I’ll make some. Another thing that I’ve had since baby #1 (16 years ago now) is Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin. (I’m not affiliated in any way.) We use it for chapped noses, knuckles, elbows, anywhere. Great stuff-we ever never without it. It lasts for a long time too. I think that we are on our 5th or 6th tube – in 16 years. It was especially helpful when we lived in New Mexico.

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41 Julie Angelo October 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Instead of vanilla essential oil, could a vanilla oil comprised of a vanilla bean in vegetable oil work? I saw someone make this as an alternative to buying essential oils. ? Thanks for the post!!

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42 Joy Slye-Nelson October 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thanks!

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43 Beth Burchett Arnold October 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love homemade Vaseline although I use coconut oil instead if olive oil. :)

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44 linda October 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

A capsule of vitamin E opened and added would keep it from going rancid. Vitamin E is a preservative. But who would not use this up before that ever happened? Heels, hands, lips etc. Now, I know I have some beeswax in that craft room somewhere!

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45 Gaylyn Henninger October 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I will be making this for my extended family as well as my household. I like your article and the comments too. Have a great week.

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46 Ronda Svirbely October 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for the tips. Just found the site, but already have it saved in my favorites!

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47 Merissa October 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Welcome Ronda!

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48 kimberly December 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Cori Mathis….would you be willing to share that Shea Butter recipe? I love this site!!!

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49 Geri Legg January 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I would love to have the shea butter recipe also…love this site…I have used vaseline for years…I really mean years 40 of them…I have had problems with polyps in my colon the last 2 times I have had an colonoscopy and now I have Barrett’s Disease in my esophagus and found spots in my stomach that also turned out to be polyps. I am really convinced its the vaseline..I have already started on coconut oil and I get the organic solid…filled my film containers and I find that it just doesn’t stay on…I love the feel but in no time I am needing it again…so these recipes are wonderful….thanks so very much…a happy lipster…

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50 SimplyRawesome January 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

Gregg,
You need to do a fast … actually several … to detox and cleanse your body. Research “healing fasts” online to get more info. I am currently fasting to heal asthma, drinking MOSTLY fresh juices, and some herbal teas and clear broth soups.

May Jehovah God heal you!!

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51 Tracy Petitjean January 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I wish I could get my dad to give me some beeswax from his bee hives. I would love to make this!!

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52 Merissa January 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

That would be a great source!

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53 Deborah Jennings January 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am trying to get away from petroleum products, and detergents. I have been making my own soap and lotions for a while now. Off to the Soap and Candle Supply I go. =) Thank you so much for this!

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54 bek January 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

could mint oil be added to it

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55 Merissa January 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Yes! That would make a nice cooling cream. :)

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56 Char January 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm

what about using mineral oil instead of olive oil????

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57 Merissa January 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Mineral Oil isn’t a very good thing to keep on your skin because it will clog your pores. Here’s an article explaining more: http://www.herballuxuries.com/about-mineral-oil.html

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58 Bobby January 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

Mineral oil is essentially the same thing as petroleum jelly, just a lower molecular weight. If getting away from petroleum products is your goal, I don’t think you want to go with mineral oil. Personally I would go with coconut oil in place of the olive oil.

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59 Calvin Smith January 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Try it with menthol, or tincture of benzoin, or eucaluptus oil, for a Vicks VapoRub or Mentholatum effect. Those may still be available at places online or at some old fashion drugstores.

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60 cynthia robinson January 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm
61 Nitza January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hi
I just want to thank you for that great idea. I made it and it was a great experience and a great and excellent product. I will make more to give to my family and friends.

Thanks

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62 Traci Nation February 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

Can you can use coconut oil instead of olive oil?

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63 Merissa February 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I haven’t tried it but I think it might work just fine!

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64 Tammi February 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

How about using grapeseed oil?…any thoughts?
I made this already for my new nephew and I added a little vitamin E. It came out great, but then I thought back on my daughters physical therapy and they were using grapeseed oil for her infant massage. They said it was a great massage oil, and good for the skin, so I was thinking about using it for this recipe….

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65 Merissa February 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

You could always try it, I don’t see why not! Although keeping a little vitamin e oil in it will help preserve it for longer if you don’t plan on using it right away.

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66 Cynthia March 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Great ideal!!! Could you use almond oil instead of olive oil?

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67 Merissa March 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You could try it, I think it would work!

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68 Petrina April 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

<3

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69 Mark April 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I tried this recipe however mine turned out very hard. I’m not sure why. Do you have any suggestions to keep this very soft?

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70 Merissa April 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

You might want to try adding a little more olive oil to make it softer.

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71 Pamela Simerly April 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

I have psoriasis and have been searching for an alternative to Vaseline. This just might fit the bill. Thanks for posting.

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72 Rachel April 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

Would this be cloth diaper safe?

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73 Merissa April 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I haven’t tested this on cloth diapers so I’m not sure, but I do know that this homemade diaper rash cream works great!

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74 Dayna April 29, 2013 at 8:41 am

A friend of mine used vaseline & salt mixed together as a face cleaner. Had the most beautiful skin–I’l bet this would work as well & be much healthier.

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75 Margreet June 13, 2013 at 3:58 am

Can I add any essential nice smelling oil to this recipe? For instance orange? Or can I scrape a vanilla pod and add the seeds for a nice smell and taste?

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76 Merissa June 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

Real vanilla would work fine, with any essential oil you’d just want to make sure it’s “skin friendly” before you add it to the recipe.

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77 Margreet June 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks, will try real vanilla!

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78 Noella Semko July 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

Will definitely be trying this. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

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79 Cheryl August 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

let me pull out my pot right now. as i had just put some vaseline on my feet last night before bed. I knew it wasn’t good but it works at night so yes, I’m going to making this real soon. Now where is that beeswax.

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80 Pat RN September 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

My grandbaby is mixed race and I was wondering if the straight olive oil/beeswax would be the best for her or if some other combination would be better. She is so ashy all the time and I feel terrible when her skin is so chapped.

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81 Merissa September 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

It should work well on most skin types.

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82 Debra September 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I use this to make healing salve, I infuse the olive oil with basil
(flowers and leaves) and sesame( I crush the basil and sesame seeds, place them in a mason jar and fill with olive oil, let it sit for 24 hours and then put it through a few quick bursts in my bullet), strain it and add the beeswax, stirring until it sets.

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83 Merissa September 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Excellent additions!

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84 neah September 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I was wondering…could you add menthol and eucalyptus oil to make a product similar to VaporRub the decongestant?

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85 Merissa September 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Yes I’m sure you could. That would be a great way to use this recipe!

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86 Pam November 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thanks, kiddo. This is a great idea.

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87 Nancy Jordan November 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I made your homemade vaseline and it is perfect and I love it! It was super easy to make and it works better than petroleum vaseline. I would recommend it highly! Thanks so much for your website.

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88 Megan November 24, 2013 at 7:13 am

Just a tip for making the big blocks of beeswax easier (I prefer to buy in bulk from my local honey farm because it is so much cheaper)- I purchased a pot from goodwill and a few ice cube trays from the dollar store. Just melt the beeswax on low and pour into the ice cube trays. Put the trays in the freezer or let cool on the counter and pop out- Perfect one ounce beeswax cubes. :) I use the pot exclusively for melting beeswax so that I don’t have to worry about trying to clean the wax coating. I like to toss the cubes in the pot after cooling for simple storage.

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89 Rachel November 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

This is great…saw it on Pinterest. Will definitely be giving it a try!

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90 Heidi Clark December 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

$18 for beeswax!! I cant afford to even make it homemade; I might as well just buy Vaseline from the store for $3.

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91 Merissa December 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I’m only seeing $12 a pound for beeswax? And this recipe uses just 1/8 cup which is about $0.75 worth at $12 per pound.

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92 Roma Seiker December 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The last time I bought beeswax, it came to 49 cents an ounce INCLUDING shipping cost. That’s pretty cheap compared to a commercially made product. Since I too make all my own products, I buy beeswax and my oils in bulk from Columbus Foods. If you are really going to make your own products, it’s the best way to buy your waxes and oils IMHO. They have many sizes of containers available if you don’t or can’t keep a perishable oil in quantity. Beeswax lasts forever with no problem.

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93 Stephanie December 4, 2013 at 4:12 am

I just made this. My skin is so dry this winter. Slathered my whole body in it after if started to set but not solid yet. It’s awesome. My skin feels so much better! Thank you!

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94 Felecia Cofield December 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Merissa! What a great thing to have on hand! And I have the ingredients to make it! I think I will put in peppermint or some other essential oil. So glad you shared this recipe! Blessings from Bama!

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95 Linda December 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

I made the vaseline for the first time. It’s great….question : How do I get the beeswax out of the pan I melted it in?? Or do I? Thanks for any suggestions…..

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96 Merissa December 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m not quite sure what you mean….it should be melted once it gets warm and you should be able to pour it into the jar or container you are using. I use a spatula (that I set aside just for projects like this) to help get it all out.

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97 Janice December 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

For some reason, I needed to add more beeswax. So, I used 1/4 c. beeswax (pellets) to 1/2 cup oil (I blended EVO and cold pressed hexane-free castor oil. I added rosemary oil for a “preservative” to help prevent rancidity, and also just for the smell instead of vitamin e (I have trouble with soy in any shape or form). I’m hoping this one thickens to the consistency I like. But, with only 1/8 cup of the beeswax, it was just really REALLY runny.

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98 Merissa December 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

How long did you let it sit? It probably takes about 4 hours or so to harden back up after being melted.

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99 mona February 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

Thank you for your posts. I really enjoy trying the homemade things.

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100 Rhonda March 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Do you have a recipe for a daily facial moisturizer? I looked around on your facebook page, but not finding anything under recipes. I have used a homemade lavendar scented cream in the past (from local vendor, Lavendar Moon), but it’s simply too expensive to purchase regularly, however, I absolutely LOVED the way it made my skin feel and look! Thanks!

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101 Merissa March 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I like to just use my Coconut Oil Lotion as a moisturizer. It’s a bit greasy at first but after I rub it in I use a clean towel and just dab it on my face to remove some of the shine.

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