Interesting Facts

We have all used petroleum jelly or Vaseline jelly.  What a great product for diaper chafing, dry hands, feet, cuticles, cracked lips, and makeup remove to name a few uses.  It seems simple enough and sounds like a cure all to everything, right?   Read on. 

The name petroleum jelly is something that rolls right off the tongue and something we don’t even think about.  However, petroleum jelly or petrolatum is actually a paraffin-like petroleum byproduct from oil production that is refined through a specific process, which does hold some controversy by its own right.  If this hasn’t confirmed your decision to transition to something more natural, I know you are watching gasoline prices steadily increase.  (Gross, I know…to think of gasoline relating to something you put on your lips, but true).  With all of the issues we have witnessed oil drilling and where we should and should not drill, it also makes us realize and remember that petroleum is not a renewable resource. 

With all of this said, my non-petroleum jelly contains castor bean oil, which is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean and local bees’ wax that has no added pesticides or antibiotics like most commercial bees’ waxes or even backyard bees’ waxes.  I have also added a touch of vitamin E oil, which is not only beneficial to the skin, but also an antioxidant and helps to prolong oxidation or rancidity of the oils.  There is no goat milk in my non-petroleum jelly as my non-petroleum jelly is an anhydrous product, which is without water-based ingredients.  I wanted my non-petroleum jelly to be simple, effective, non-petroleum based, and renewable. Try it, and see why so many people are choosing the better alternative to diaper chafing, cracked, dry hands and feet, dry cuticles, cracked lips, and also as a makeup remover!

Cheers!

A 100% glycerin soap is actually a misnomer and is something that most people looking for a 100% glycerin soap do not understand.  Glycerin is “a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils” or a byproduct of the soap-making process.  Most commercial companies actually extract the glycerin from their “soap” and sell it off as a byproduct for use in other bath & body products, lotions, lip balms, or melt-and-pour soap.  They then add other cheap chemicals and additives to their soap in order to create a bar that people might like and sell off the expensive extracted glycerin.

Glycerin alone cannot make a bar of soap.  It is chemically impossible.  In order to make a glycerin “soap”, other chemicals, surfactants, and cleansers are added in order to give a glycerin “soap” bubbles and cleansing.  Glycerin is a water soluble humectant, which means a preservative is also usually added.  Now I do understand there are a lot of people who swear by a 100% glycerin soap, and I do not want to offend those of you who use a 100% glycerin soap.  I am only trying to educate you on what you are actually using or buying.

On the other hand, cold-process or even hot-process soap is actually soap (saponification of oils) that has had the glycerin retained in the naturally occuring chemical process of soap making.  This is why handmade soaps are really superior to the so-called “soaps” that are sitting on your grocery store’s shelves.  Besides the retention of 100% of the glycerin in handmade cold-process or hot-process soap, there are other beneficial oils, fats, or butters that are used due to each individual property of that oil.  So in essence, people using either cold-process or hot-process soaps are, in fact, using a 100% glycerin soap! 

Bet you didn’t know!

We have all used petroleum jelly or Vaseline jelly.  What a great product for diaper chafing, dry hands, feet, cuticles, cracked lips, and makeup remove to name a few uses.  It seems simple enough and sounds like a cure all to everything, right?   Read on. 

The name petroleum jelly is something that rolls right off the tongue and something we don’t even think about.  However, petroleum jelly or petrolatum is actually a paraffin-like petroleum byproduct from oil production that is refined through a specific process, which does hold some controversy by its own right.  If this hasn’t confirmed your decision to transition to something more natural, I know you are watching gasoline prices steadily increase.  (Gross, I know…to think of gasoline relating to something you put on your lips, but true).  With all of the issues we have witnessed oil drilling and where we should and should not drill, it also makes us realize and remember that petroleum is not a renewable resource. 

With all of this said, my non-petroleum jelly contains castor bean oil, which is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean and local bees’ wax that has no added pesticides or antibiotics like most commercial bees’ waxes or even backyard bees’ waxes.  I have also added a touch of vitamin E oil, which is not only beneficial to the skin, but also an antioxidant and helps to prolong oxidation or rancidity of the oils.  There is no goat milk in my non-petroleum jelly as my non-petroleum jelly is an anhydrous product, which is without water-based ingredients.  I wanted my non-petroleum jelly to be simple, effective, non-petroleum based, and renewable.  Try it, and see why so many people are choosing the better alternative to diaper chafing, cracked, dry hands and feet, dry cuticles, cracked lips, and also as a makeup remover!

 

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