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I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many moisturizers. You have to have one that is your go-to for optimal moisture after washing your hands. You have to have something light but effective in your purse for those days where you ran out of the house ashier than you thought. You have to have some kind of body butter or in-shower lotion to give you a certain type of glow. And you need to have something extra special to deal with your feet–especially if walking everywhere in New York City is your second job.

All the lotions you and I possess play a part in keeping our skin healthy and our melanin looking flawless. But I hadn’t encountered anything like Waxelene before, and now that I’ve tried it, I’m glad that I did.

The moisturizer, which is touted as “the petroleum jelly alternative,” is an all-natural product. At the basic level, yes, it hydrates the skin. And like petroleum jelly, it’s waterproof. But at the more sophisticated level, this product is cut from a different cloth. No sulfates, parabens or mineral oil. It’s made with organic oils like rosemary and soy oil (there are only two other ingredients–beeswax and Vitamin E oil), doesn’t clog your pores and can do a whole lot more than just add some sheen and comfort to dry lips and limbs.

Waxelene is also good for everything from using it as an aftershave, a relief for psoriasis, to remove makeup (including pesky false eyelash glue), to hold down flyaway hairs, keep shampoo out of the eyes, be a diaper cream for your kids, prevent blisters on your heels, lubricate your door hinges, deal with your pet’s sunburned belly or nose, thread a needle, block ant holes, lubricate a bike chain, and do just about anything you can think of. It is, all in all, a source of relief.

And for me, to like it is a big deal. I’ve never liked anything too thick or greasy. After years of having petroleum jelly placed around my ears and hairline before getting relaxers on my hair, I was sick of the product. So when I was told about Waxelene, the “alternative,” I was skeptical. But once I found out that it’s a must for stars like Halle Berry (via her makeup artist Fiona Stiles), I was sold on trying it. And I’m glad I did. I love the fact that while it’s a petroleum jelly alternative, Waxelene does not leave you feeling oleaginous (read: greasy like fried chicken). But rather, it leaves your skin feeling soft with just the right amount of sheen. And the waterproof barrier it creates lasts for hours on end. I’ve used it while on the go and while moisturizing my skin after using the shower. My surface hasn’t felt so supple since, well, probably ever. And for someone with skin sensitivities, it’s a must.

Waxelene comes in five different options. There’s a lip tube (that one is more of an oil than a solid), a peppermint lip balm, the flip tube to throw in your purse, a 2 oz. jar for your gym bag, and a 9 oz. jar for your home. The product can be found at places like Whole Foods, Target, Amazon, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more.

I don’t know what your daily beauty routine consists of, but I do know that it (and you) could benefit from a dollop of Waxelene. Learn more about the product through the company’s website.

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