Despite controversy, Vaseline is the ONLY product that hydrates my lips. I keep a tub in my bathroom to apply in the a.m and p.m and i keep a small tube in my purse for the day. I also apply a very thin layer around my eyes at night to keep my skin moisturized.
i don't wear lip gloss or lipstick anymore. just VPJ. i have a little tube of it in my purse and it goes with me everywhere.
i used to be hooked on vaseline. i'd slather it on my lips every night so that i'd wake up and exfoilate my lips in the shower just by rubbing them. if i forgot to use vaseline, i'd wake up to crunchy lips. but then i learned that petroleum jelly acts as a plastic by only creating a barrier between your skin in the air. it may not "clog your pores" but it doesn't let anything in our out. it suffocates your skin and traps toxins in the body. it's a cheap byproduct of the oil industry, for goodness sake.
i now use virgin coconut oil on my lips, and never have to reapply throughout the day. my lips produce their own moisture, and i'm no longer hooked on vaseline jelly to keep my lips looking moist and supple.
Personally I love Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. I use it for my lips, skin and hair. I've been using it since I was born and I love it. I can never go anywhere with out having a little in my posession.
Vaseline is totally the totally disgusting leftovers of the petroleum industry, It has no moisturising ability and it just a cheap filler.
EDIT --- ABOVE, a reviewer says to google PETROLEUM and ESTROGEN. Um, yea, I did and found nothing -- except a bunch of talk regarding not using petroleum jelly for a LUBRICANT during sex. No DUH!!! lol....Not every product is for every person. If you don't mind not having air touch the parts of your body covered in the jelly, then use the stuff. If you do, than don't! Most petroleum jelly today is consumed as an ingredient in skin lotions and cosmetics. Although petrolatum (petroleum) is less expensive than glycerol, the most common active lubricating ingredient in skin lotion, it is not used in expensive lotions because it is not absorbed into the skin resulting in a greasy feel. Repeat - vaseline is NOT absorbed by the skin (which is why it doesn't clog pores, people!). Whoever is stating that it will cause cancer or clog pores or is just BAD in general is very very WRONG, sorry! Please do your research -- here, I'll help -- just google "vaseline and skin" and you'll find everything you need to make an informed decision.
It doesn't attract water to your skin, however, and it actually repels it (it's composition is WAY different than glycerin).
I bought a big tub of vaseline because a friend said it was good to moisturize lips. It felt really gross. Burt's Bees lip balm did much better. However, when I paint my nails, I put a thin layer around my cuticles. If paint gets on there, you just wipe it off when your nails are dry.
I luuuuuurrrrve Vaseline- it's one of those things in my makeup bag that I simply cannot do without. It doesn't clog your pores, and it's really great if you have a blemish with dry skin on/around it that you need to cover up; since anyone who has put concealer or foundation on dry skin can confirm that the result is pretty horrible. You can also use it as a high-shine lip gloss or even on your eyelids over eyeshadow. (I know, putting it on your eyelids sounds a bit weird if you've never tried it before, but if you read Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces you can see that the result is actually pretty cool.)
Who doesnt have petroleum jelly in their house?
Excema/Sun allergy - great, none irritating moisturizer to put on rashes on your face or body from the sun
Makeup: the only thing that removes those long wear lipsticks (Cover Girl/Revlon/Loreal - colour endure, everlast, blah blah).
Dry lips: great lipbalm
Dry cracked heels - perfect for the night with a pair of socks over it
Baby rash - hello!
Sun rash - for all you ladies who are thick like myself, it's great if you ever get the 'summer thigh' rash.
Hair - flyaways? forgot your shine/anti frizz serum? mix a very small amount on our hands and very sparingly put it on your hair to tame it.
and the list goes on...
While Vaseline may not be the most elegant solution to every skin problem, it is a workable solution for so many of them. I buy it in the 2.5-oz. squeeze tube, even though it's more costly, because I hate having to wash my hands before digging it out of a giant jar. In our house, Vaseline is used as a lip balm/gloss; as a diaper rash ointment; as a softener for cracked hands and feet; as a skin protectant during hair dyeing; as a makeup remover for permatone lipsticks; and even as a lubricant for sticky drawers and locks! Like I said: there are more elegant products out there, but no one should be without Vaseline. You can't beat it for all-purposeness. My "desert island" beauty product!