Petroleum jelly has been a popular products for decades. It can be found in bathrooms of people of all ages. People use it to moisturize lips, remove makeup, heal a wound, and cure diaper rash. But did you know, despite its long list of uses, that it isn’t that great for you?
Like the name suggests, petroleum jelly (petrolatum) is derived from petroleum, a toxic crude oil, which means it is not sustainable or eco friendly. When properly refined, petrolatum is said to have no known health concerns. However, according some sources, petrolatum is often not fully refined in the US, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). EWG VERIFIED™ B Soothed Balm is our natural alternative to petroleum jelly.
Petroleum jelly has the unique ability to absorb into our skin and lock itself into place in between cells in our lipid barrier. Petroleum jelly has no moisturizing properties of its own. Instead, it acts as an impermeable barrier to the skin. It will lock in whatever moisture is underneath it to give your skin the appearance of moisturized skin, but it will also lock in any dirt, sweat, or bacteria. This barrier will also prevent any moisture or beneficial ingredients from other products from reaching the skin.
Petroleum jelly is used in a lot of personal care products, especially in lip balms - just think of how easily it can be ingested! Try our Lip Yummies, Lip Skinnies and B Glossy Lip Gloss that don’t have any petroleum-based ingredients.
Here are some tips to avoid petroleum jelly in your skin care routine:
- Avoid mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, naptha, and formaldehyde that are all derived from petroleum
- Candles are made from petroleum-derived ingredients as well. Lighting a candle with these ingredients can allow them to be inhaled, so look for candles made from soy instead.
- Look for eco friendly petroleum jelly alternatives that will moisturize and hydrate your skin naturally like coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.
We love versatile products - one that can be use on babies, teens, adults, for wound care, removing makeup and more. So we created a nontoxic version of petroleum jelly using organic oils and sustainable, organic beeswax. B Soothed is a customer favorite. It is a mild, safe, and effective alternative to petroleum jelly with no added fragrance. It has a very mild scent from the organic ingredients themselves.
It has so many uses:
- Diaper rash ointment
- Burn and blister relief
- Overnight lip moisturizer
- Razor burn relief
- Moisturizes dry skin
- Softens rough patches
- Soothes even the most sensitive of areas