Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a semi-solid mixture derived from petroleum, a fossil fuel. Petrolatum is used in a wide range of skincare products like lip balms, moisturizers, ointments and creams created to provide intense hydration, protect skin's moisture barrier and soothe dry or chapped skin. It can also be found in hand and body creams, as well as in products for specific skin concerns including dry elbows, knees and heels. It's important to only use pharmaceutical-grade or highly refined petrolatum in skincare products, since these are generally free of harmful impurities.




Petrolatum is derived from petroleum, a naturally occurring fossil fuel that undergoes a refining process to create a purified and safe product for use in cosmetics and skincare. Petrolatum is not inherently toxic in skincare, but there are concerns with potential impurities that can be present in some poorly refined forms of petrolatum, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are considered carcinogenic and can pose health risks.


Petrolatum that’s pharmaceutical-grade or highly refined is generally well-tolerated on skin.


Creates Moisture-Rich Skin

Petrolatum forms a barrier on the skin's surface that reduces moisture loss and locks in hydration.

Protects against Environmental Damage

It acts as a protective shield that guards skin against harsh environmental elements like wind, cold weather and pollutants.

Heals Wounds

Petrolatum can help heal minor cuts, burns and irritations, reduce discomfort and promote skin recovery.

Creates an All-Over Treatment

Petrolatum can be used on various body parts including lips, hands, elbows and feet, to address dry or chapped skin.