I had every intention of my next blog post being about ways to wash your face if you wear makeup. However, I am sick, so I’m writing about something more pertinent: my nose.
My cold is undulating like a wave, moving down from my nose into my chest and back up again. Two days ago my nose was running like a leaky faucet, yesterday it dried up, and today I’m back to using tissues. Did you know you can prevent your nose from getting raw by putting some un-petroleum jelly around it? And even after it gets raw you can do the same?
That wasn’t a typo, I did indeed write un-petroleum jelly. The regular kind of petroleum jelly was introduced in 1870 after a chemist extracted it from a waxy substance found on oil rigs, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, who also said petroleum jelly is safe to use on the body. It’s a mix of mineral oils, paraffin, and microcrystalline waxes with a melting point just above 98.6 degrees, which explains why it melts into skin. Just don’t stick it up your nose because overtime that can cause lipid pneumonia,a type of lung disease, he said.
Petroleum jelly has to be distilled — a process that involves vacuum distillation of the crude material followed by filtration of the still residue through bone char (source). Bone char, as in porous, black, granular material produced by charring animal bones.
As a born-and-raised vegetarian, this grosses me out. I don’t want to use anything that comes from animal bones if I can help it. And I don’t particularly like the oil industry because of how destructive they are to the environment. Besides the fact that oil is not a renewable resource, is not in line with my desire to walk softly on Mother Earth. For all these reasons and more, I don’t use petroleum jelly. Instead, I use un-petroleum, multi-purpose jelly. It contains all natural and vegan ingredients. Castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, hydrogenated castor oil, and vitamin E.
Hmm, that sounds like I could make my own actually. Perhaps when I’m no longer sick. . . Until then, I’ll be smearing Alba Botanica’s un-petroleum jelly around my nose to be nice to it. I hope you’re nice to yours too.