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As has been said before, I have wicked dry hands. I don’t
post many nail pictures because my cuticles are down right frightening (doesn’t
help that I pick at them when I get nervous. Ick). My go-to
cure for this used to be rubbing petroleum jelly (e.g. Vasoline) on them at
night. Worked like a charm! I woke
up the next morning with soft hands and moisturized cuticles (also worked on the
But lately I have become suspect of the petroleum jelly,
mainly because it’s made from petroleum, and no way that can be good,
right? It’s made from petroleum
by-products that are then highly refined and chemicalized. The European Union actually regulates
this stuff (scientifically named petrolatum) like crazy!! (And we all know they are better at
lookin’ out for the masses than we are).
Luckily, I have found some wonderful alternatives that do
just as great a job as the petro jelly (PJ)!
kind of paste-y
First up is all-natural Waxelene. This sounds like a waxing product, but it’s not, and do not
try it as such because that just won’t work. The name comes from the main ingredient, natural bees wax
(makes me wonder what unnatural bees wax is), which along with soybean oil,
vitamin E oil and organic rosemary oil form the Waxelene. The bees wax also gives it a nice honey
smell (but it doesn’t taste like honey.
Doesn’t taste like much of anything.). This goes on more like a thick cream or paste, so the
texture is different from the PJ.
Once you get paste, er, past that, this product is quite nice. It absorbs fairly quickly and is very
Next we have Alba Botanica Un-petroleum Multi-purpose
Jelly. This is most like classic
PJ in the feel of it, which makes it a logical stand-in choice. It features castor seed oil, coconut
oil, and beeswax, but then goes on to some chemically things like tocopheryl
acetate which makes me a little nervous.
It does a really good job of moisturizing though.
I am obviously not a chemist, scientist, or oil refinery
worker and the assumptions about the safety of petroleum jelly are all my own
and are founded solely on internet searches, so, like, don’t sue me or
anything. I’m just posting this to
tell you all about some alternatives to petrolatum products. Do you have any others?