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Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Liz Thompson

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Natural Alternative to Petroleum Jelly

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Last week in our series on Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid we talked about petroleum.  And heading into winter this one can be particularly difficult to avoid.  While I certainly do not opt to use petroleum jelly, I will fully admit there is nothing quite like it for rapid recovery of a dry skin issue.

But I think I have found its nontoxic equal.  Recently a new beauty product popped up on my radar.  RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream.  It is only one ingredient (Coconut oil) but cold-pressed, ultra-pure virgin Coconut oil extracted from fresh coconuts without the use of high temperatures or solvents. 

Coconut oil is light weight but highly emollient and adds a protective layer to skin much like petroleum jelly…only without the nasty contaminants.  It is also rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, also unlike petroleum, and smells super yummy.  That delicious scent is a real bonus in cold months.

Coconut oil is also cooling, making it a great treatment for irritated skin and conditions like eczema.  So far in our home we have put this amazing product to many uses and are delighted at the outcome:

  • Takes off eye makeup in a snap
  • Toned down and lubed up the dry/irritated spots on my face
  • Took care of dry, rough knuckles super fast
  • Softened our dry lips
  • Healed my son’s shin-guard induced eczema

For use on face, body and even as a deodorant!  Comes in a 2.5 ounce jar and since Coconut oil solidifies when cool, will last a very long time.  At $18 a jar that is a very reasonable, all-purpose petroleum alternative.  The frosty, unlabeled, minimalist jar even looks good sitting on your bathroom sink.  And like I said before, it’s nontoxic and smells like summer…

[Coconut photo via Shutterstock]


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I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty Source.com, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.



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