Non-Petroleum Jelly Formula

This easy-to-make, all-natural formula is a fabulous stand-in for petroleum jelly, but you can use it with confidence since it doesn’t do any of the harm associated with petroleum products.

You can use it to heal scrapes and rashes, protect and add a little gloss to your lips, and even dab some on finger and toenails to impart luster and moisturizing magic. This is a great multi-use formula. Find out how to make it here:

2 ounces olive oil
1/2 ounce grated beeswax
12 drops grapefruit seed extract

1. In a double boiler over simmering water and medium heat, combine the olive oil and beeswax, and heat until the wax has melted.

2. Remove mixture from the heat and add the grapefruit seed extract.

3. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy.

Makes 1/4 cup. Store in a glass jar with a screw-top. This jelly will keep for a year.

Inspired by Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Lydia Price

I don't like to use products from bees. I pity them.

Rose Becke3 years ago

Amazing I love this

Penny C.
penny C.3 years ago

Thank you.

Qian Zheng Yi
Jabi Yeonnmin3 years ago

Thank you :)

Les M.
Les M.3 years ago

i've got to try this. since i've eliminated petroleum jelly from the house, i haven't found a good substitute.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Nimue Pendragon

Read the recipe Bonnie. Thanks Annie :)

Bonnie H.
Bonnie H.6 years ago

I'd like to try this recipe. Are the ingredients measured or in weight?

Bb La Desh
.6 years ago

Great, thanks!