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« on: April 16, 2007 08:13:41 PM »

I'm dying to make my own lipgloss, but all I ever find are the recipes that use petroleum jelly.
I'm extremely allergic to petroleum (it does horrendous things to my skin; I don't even want to know what it would do on/near my face!) in any form. Do you know of something that could be substitued for the petroleum jelly, but work just as well?
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2007 11:17:12 PM »

Shea butter is about the same consistency (just a little harder) and is very moisturizing and nice. You could also use cocoa butter mixed with a liquid oil to reach the right consistency (olive, almond, or grapeseed are all excellent options). A little bit of beeswax will also firm up any liquid oil you use, though it tends to make it less like lip gloss and more lip balm. None of these have as much shine as petroleum, so you could add some pure vitamin E (the thick stuff) to any of these to get more shine.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007 10:07:15 AM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007 03:32:25 PM »

Hey there!  In case you're vegan you can also substitute candelila wax (tree based!) for beeswax.  If you do use that remember to use about 1/3rd the amount you would use of beeswax coz it sets heaps harder.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2007 10:58:37 AM »

Here's a quick, easy recipe for "nonpetroleum jelly"

1 cup oil (olive or canola, or your choice)
1/4 cup beeswax

Melt together in double boiler and leave it over simmering water for about 5 minutes after beeswax is melted.

I made some, it's a little firm, but works well.  You can take 1/2 cup of the finished jelly, melt it, add a cup of chamomile and whatever other herbs you have to make an herbal jelly, just simmer for at least 20 minutes (covered) in double boiler, then strain out herbs.  This makes a good treatment for dry, cracked skin.  It is a little greasy, but absorbs after a few minutes.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007 04:08:35 PM »

Snowdrift farm has a castor-oil substitute for petrolatum.
http://www.snowdriftfarm.com/castorlatum.html
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