Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment

After much researching the internet for homemade antiseptic ointment and vapor rub, and reading A LOT of recipes (who knew?)… I have come up with my own version. This recipe is the base I use for both of them. It is great for moisturizing and (from what I have read) gentle on sensitive skin. As with anything you would put on your skin, there is always a possibility of allergy. IF you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed.. then don’t use it.

Super easy and quick to make.. you may never look for another ointment again! I know I won’t 🙂



3 – 8 oz jars (as you can see from the pictures, I used canning jars)

4 oz (or 1/2 c)  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

12 oz (or 1 1/2 c) Coconut Oil (surprisingly enough I found this right next to the olive oil)

3 oz Organic Bees Wax pastilles

A kitchen scale (digital or not, as long as you can read it and it measures ounces you’re ok)

2 medium sized sauce pans (here in the south we call these boilers.. well, cause that’s what you do in them.. boil stuff)

paint stick for stirring (a clean one, people.. ask the guy or gal at the paint counter – mine were free)



Using one of those medium sized sauce pans, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water. I put mine in for about 2 minutes and removed them with tongs.. be careful- as with anything HOT there is a danger to be burned or scalded. Set them upside down to cool while you are making the ointment.


In the other medium sized boiler, put EVOO, coconut oil, beeswax pastilles on medium heat. You need to watch this carefully. It will not take long for the beeswax to melt. Stir with your paint stick and once melted remove from heat.


Now is where you would add in the essential oils IF you are making something specific.

Carefully pour the liquid into your sterilized jars and set aside to cool. It won’t take long and you will see it change from clear to cloudy as it solidifies. Image


Store in a cool dry place. Shelf life of 2 years (mine gets used up in less than a year, so nothing to worry about).





2 thoughts on “Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment

  1. Must Have Boxes says:

    I love this DIY recipe!
    – KW

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