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Waxelene faces off with Vaseline, and wins

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Dry Skin, Oily Skin
July 7, 2011 Reviewed by admin 13 Comments
Hello, my name is Erin, and I am a Vaseline addict. I use Vaseline up to four times a day, slathering it on various body parts and compulsively applying it to my lips, cuticles and feet. Marta is well-aware of my obsession, and recently came to me with a proposition: would I try a new petroleum jelly alternative called Waxelene, and see how it stacks up against my beloved Vaseline?

Taking on the challenge, I prepared for a full-on product face off. Before I received my adorable little tub of Waxelene, I did my due diligence, and checked out my beloved Vaseline’s competition. According to Waxelene’s website, this product “contains no petroleum products and is made from natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients.” Although I’ve previously tackled the myth that the petroleum jelly found in Vaseline causes cancer, I am always interested in natural, paraben-free products. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Waxelene contained only four ingredients, all with familiar names: organic soybean oil (also known as glycine soja, which I’m sure just didn’t have the same natural ring to it), Natural Beeswax (which the Cosmetics Database describes as “purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee” and considers safe), vitamin E Oil (read Summar’s informative post about the good, bad, and ugly about Vitamin E, although the general consensus is that Vitamin E has more healing properties than dangerous ones), and organic rosemary oil (a safe and natural ingredient extracted from the flowering tops and leaves of the Rosmarinus officinalis plant). So far, so good. Research completed, I was already getting wooed by Waxelene.

The new romance only blossomed when my little glass jar arrived in the mail, perfect and round with little bees buzzing around the jar. However, I refused to be bamboozled by all the marketing. Now that I had the Waxelene in hand, the real competition could begin. The Defending Champion: Vaseline, old faithful. The Challenger: Waxelene, the purist newcomer. This would be no ordinary challenge. Waxelene’s website indicated that I could – and should – replace my old petroleum jelly with my new all natural product. Done and done.

Based solely on sensory perception, Waxelene and Vaseline were tied out of the gate: Waxelene’s faint honey smell was delicious and almost intoxicating, and easily beat out the familiar yet waxy smell of old faithful. However, Waxelene felt greasy and thinner to the touch, giving Vaseline the edge on consistency. (I quickly found that a little Waxelene goes a long way, after applying a dab to my cuticles on one hand and realizing I had a considerable amount of residue left over. For those of you planning to buy your own jar, assume that a jar of Waxelene will last almost two times as long as the same sized jar of Vaseline).

The official competition involved five rounds: Nails, Hands, Feet, Lips and Hair (yes, throw some Vaseline on dead ends and fly-aways and watch the magic happen). The Nails and Hands rounds occurred in tandem, with Waxelene soothing my right, Vaseline moisturizing my left. After a week of constant and consistent application, I reached an inconclusive tie. Both products seemed to create the same effect, even though I’d expected my right hand to react in some way to the new product. The battle continued.

Onto a tougher challenge … my feet. As a city-dweller who traipses in everything from high heels to strappy sandals, my feet can get pretty calloused. I regularly smear Vaseline into every crack and crevice at night, and sleep in fuzzy socks to trap the moisture. Waxelene was up for the challenge, and put Vaseline to shame. After three nights of liberal application, my right foot felt like I’d just had a pedicure! My left foot, although improved, was not nearly as soft or smooth. I’m not sure if the heat activates one of Waxelene’s four ingredients, or if the natural extracts are more easily absorbed, but wow. Waxelene pulled ahead!

However, Vaseline wasn’t giving up. When smoothed onto my humidity-ridden hair, Vaseline creates a waxy coating that doesn’t feel greasy or sticky. Waxelene, on the other hand, left an oily residue that was hard to remove. It may have coated my split ends effectively, but its side effects were unbecoming. Score one for Vaseline, and the tie dragged on.

Little did I know that lips would be Waxelene’s crowning moment of triumph. Although I do have two lips, I knew I wouldn’t be able to fairly assess which product was working better unless I gave up talking and became a mouth breather (keeping my lips far, far apart). So to be fair, I alternated days, applying Vaseline and Waxelene in 24-hour segments. I had always loved the shiny gloss that Vaseline gave to my lips, and initially, I felt disappointed by Waxelene’s matte finish. But the disappointed ended quickly, when my lips were transformed, becoming softer and more supple than I could have imagined. Again, I have to assume the heat has something to do with it. The Waxelene coated my lips and seemingly infused them with moisture, rather than just smoothing out the rough spots like my beloved Vaseline. And the faint honey smell that I’d liked upon delivery became a sweet craving! It was like applying a treat to my lips!

I had no choice but to declare Waxelene the victor, based on my incredibly scientific tests. Head to head, the two products matched up in almost every category. But when Waxelene won, it won big. The fact that it’s a natural and sustainable product, in adorable packaging, only added to its value. Speaking of value, Waxelene is considerably more expensive than Vaseline, at $6.99 for a 2 ounce jar. But as mentioned, a little goes a long way, so the cost is totally worth it. Looks like I'll be replacing my Vaseline stash with Waxelene ...

Hello, my name is Erin, and I am a Waxelene addict ...

Ingredients: Organic Soybean Oil, 100% Natural Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, 100% Natural Vitamin E Oil
  • February 7, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Mary, this article links to another where we look closely at the safety issues, controversies and myths around petroleum jelly:

  • February 6, 2014

    by Mary

    Is there a reason that the extreme ill effects of petroleum jelly is UNTOUCHED in this post, while you seem to get read down on VITAMIN E, whih is a vitamin? Agreed. There's no comparison, but your health is your health I guess.

  • January 6, 2014

    by Susan

    I'm happy to read your review of Waxelene since I'm considering buying it, but actually the ways it differs from Vaseline are pretty predictable since Vaseline only forms a barrier on the surface of the skin and doesn't actually moisturize. It also stops your skin from breathing and purging whatever it needs to purge!

  • December 13, 2012

    by Jo

    As a cancer patient, I am taking an oral chemo pill and one of the side effects is the hand and foot syndrome. Hands and feet can become dry, cracked and reddened. I have tried many creams over the past months and I have a good feeling that Waxelene is going to be very beneficial. I will post again after this round of meds and the use of Waxelene.

  • November 12, 2012

    by Mia

    You just CAN'T compare Waxelene with Vaseline. Waxelene contains all natural ingredients that actually have something to offer to your skin, vitamins, antioxidants... Vaseline has nothing. Vaseline does NOT moisturizes, just coats your skin with a film making it feel soft. And finally, how could you attempt to say anything bad about vitamin E, while at the same time defend petroleum jelly, that comes from that same thing that contaminates and kills animals.

  • November 8, 2012

    by Lauren Los Angeles

    Thank you for your post! I just discovered waxelene at whole foods last week! Last night I tried it for the first time! Its good stuff! Waxelene is greart for the lips! Most importantly, its all natural, so it is more affective than aquaphor or vaseline without a doubt! *Just don't forget that aquaphor is is best to keep on our faces overnight after a strong medical peel or laser treatment like fraxel dual laser...

    After discovering natural remedies, I just remember my old friends aquaphor and vaseline drying me out!

    As for daily hand treatments, my old dermatologist recomended I use my retin A with vaseline on my hands overnight with cotten mittens;-) works well! Now I use thick Jason Naturals vitamin e oil over the retin A instead. Maybe ill try waxelene over my hands tonight;-). Thanks again for all the informative posts,

    I'm grateful that Marta has given us a place to notify eachother about the good and bad products and treatments out there in Beautyland, lol!...All the information out there is a lot to digest!

  • July 8, 2011

    by Lori

    Erin, Thanks for the review! You've got great style!

  • July 7, 2011

    by VickyL

    Loved the review and am very impressed with the diligent rounds of comparison. It's summer sandal season - I need me a jar of this waxelene. If it can do as much for hands - like Julie Kay says - I need to find gloves.

  • July 7, 2011

    by Erin

    Hi Julie! Thanks for the great feedback! I am still using Vaseline on my hair, because it just works so well ... so the Vaseline hasn't been banished, but my routine has definitely shifted to the Waxelene corner. And I have tried the gloves with the Vaseline, and you're right, it does improve the moisturizing properties significantly, as the socks do with my feet ... however, I have woken up with slightly gooey gloves under the pillow, buried in the sheets, ha ha. I guess I just don't keep them on in my sleep! But it's definitely worth trying, because it does work wonders ... if you can keep 'em on :)

  • July 7, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    AND I'm wondering if one used Waxeline on the hands like you do on feet- under gloves overnight- if there'd be a healing softening effect. I need to find gloves. ~jk

  • July 7, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    How are you going to solve the hair delimna, Erin? keep using Vaseline on your hair? curious... Great article- I was - - - glued. ~jk

  • July 7, 2011

    by Jennifer

    Very humorous review, Erin! I may need to go & get hooked on Waxelene now!

  • July 7, 2011

    by Jan

    GREAT review Erin! I'm rushing right out to score some Waxelene - I gotta have some!

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