Swap This for That: Natural Aquaphor Alternatives

October 23, 2020

Looking for natural Aquaphor alternatives? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking for something more natural to treat cuts and scrapes, diaper rash or dry skin—we’ve got 5 options that work, including something for every budget and function.

You asked and we’re answering! This is our FIRST in a new series called “Swap This for That” where we take reader questions from the blog and social media on tough-to-find clean swaps—and answer them right here!

This week is all about finding a clean swap for Aquaphor. We’ve got a pick for every budget, purpose and style. Check it out.

Identifying Natural Occlusives

The active ingredient in Aquaphor is petrolatum. Petrolatum helps prevent evaporation of moisture from the skin and also protects skin from irritation. This type of skincare ingredient is categorized as an “occlusive” because of the way it functions.

The problem is that fatty acids from petroleum are absorbed through the skin, stored in our adipose tissue, not metabolized and not excreted. Mineral oil snuck into food and cosmetics has led to mineral oil being the largest contaminant in human tissue.

Better swaps for petrolatum are natural ingredients that act like occlusives like vegetable waxes (candelilla and jojoba) and animal-derived waxes (like beeswax and lanolin)(1). Look for these on labels instead.

Keep reading to check out our top swaps for Aquaphor!

RELATED: My Favorite Natural Face Moisturizers

Natural Swaps for Aquaphor

Alba’s Un Petroleum | $7.80

3.5 ounce bottle of Alba Botanical multi-purpose jelly

Check out their full ingredient list below…um, SOLD. Use this all over to soothe skin and protect against irritation, chaffing and windburn. 

Alba’s Un Petroluem’s full ingredient list: castor seed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, beeswax and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e).

Try Un Petroleum here!

Waxeline | $14.99

9 ounce jar of Waxelene multi-purpose ointment

This USDA-certified organic ointment can be used for a myriad of purposes (dry skin, chapped lips, face, cuticles, elbows, hair, scars, cracks, calluses, feet, babies, makeup remover, after-shave, after-sun)—it even promises not to clog pores. Love that it comes in glass too. 

Waxaline’s full ingredient list: organic soy oil, organic beeswax, mixed tocopherols (vitamin e) and organic rosemary oil. 

Try Waxlene here!

Maya Chia’s Waterless Wonder Balm | $42

container of Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm

This luxe pick can be used as a spot treatment that leaves the skin on your hands, feet, elbows —you name it—nourished, hydrated and rejuvenated. The consistency here is divine and I especially love this for lips! 

Read more here about why I love Maya Chia’s products.

Maya Chia’s Waterless Wonder Balm’s full ingredient list: shea butter, supercritical chia seed oil, organic apricot kernel Oil, organic sunflower oil, beeswax, tocopherol (non-GMO vitamin e), 2% essential oils and botanical extracts.

Try Maya Chia’s Waterless Wonder Balm here!

Pleni Naturals’ Baby Balm | $15.99

2 ounce bottle of Barrier Balm by Pleni Naturals

The only vegan-friendly pick on our list, this balm is a fantastic Aquaphor alternative for babies, cheeks, hands, lips and dry patches. This formula is THACK and gets the job done. 

Full ingredient list here: organic olive oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, mango seed butter, cocoa seed butter, carnauba wax, organic raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vanilla fruit extract, tocopherol (Non-GMO).

SAVE: Code ORGANIC20 will save you 20% here!

True Organic’s All You Need Is Me | $29.95

bottle of True Organic intensive cream and the packaging

This Swedish-made ointment soothes chafing, sunburn, heals cuts and scrapes, hydrates dry patches and more. This thick-waxy textured balm will become a quick fave! 

Full ingredient list: castor oil, beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, vitamin e, blueberry seed oil.

Try True Organic’s All You Need Is Me here!

RELATED: The Best Organic Lip Balms

What are you trying to find a better swap for?

Tell me about your favorite Aquaphor alternative in the comments below!


1. Janeš, D. and Kočevar Glavač, N. (Ed). (2018) Modern Cosmetics Ingredients of Natural Origin, A Scientific View. Velenje: Širimo dobro besedo, d.o.o. p.174

By Lisa

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


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    I am LOVING the Find A Better Swap!!! I am definitely going to try Waxelene and True Organics. Here is a Find a Better Swap….My son is 3 and both he and I have eczema (his worse than mine). Every doctor recommends CeraVe moisturizer for over the counter or a prescription steroid cream. Now that winter is coming, our skin is going to get worse. Do you have any recommendations for a better, more clean, alternative?

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    Andrea Knudsen

    MJ’s Herbals are a staple in our house, particularly the First Aid Salve. We use it on cuts, irritations, dry spots, chapped lips and noses, angry hangnails…

    Also, if you’re looking for something thick for your lips overnight, the Remedy Lip Balm from Beneath Your Mask is amazing and luxurious. It’s the only thing that healed my daughter’s chronically dry lips. Of course we figured this out when I loaned her mine… now I need another for myself!

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      Andrea! I need to add in Remedy Lip Balm here – I agree, it’s SO SO GOOD! Great recommendation.

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    Yes, every doctor does say to use ceraVe , and I’ve been trying to figure out what safer options are out there . Only thing I could find was Ceramedx. what’s your thoughts on this product ? So thankful you are doing the swap that for this 😋. I’m needing some relief look forward to your recommendation. Thank you Lisa 😍

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      Hi Pamela! Although Ceramedx has some questionable ingredients like Grapefruit Seed Extract and non-biodegradables like dimethicone, I would recommend Ceramedx over CeraVe all day long!

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    First aid beauty’s ultra repair cream fixed my eczema. I haven’t had a breakout in over a year. The ingredients are suppose to be safe enough for babies as well. And my understanding is they use mainly clean ingredients.

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    Meredith Mendelsohn

    Aquafor has been the only thing that has kept my blepharitis on eyelids at bay. Do you have a suggestion as to which of the above may be the best swap?

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      Hi Meredith! I am not a doctor so please consult your doc for best recs however, from this list I would go with True Organic’s All You Need Is Me because it’s essential oil free (which can be irritating around the eyes) and it also has blueberry seed oil which has been cited to help with barrier function and conditions like eczema. Hope this helps! Lisa

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    Such great recommendations !! I need to check out the pleninaturals for my toddler, thanks for the list ! Curious what you think about one love organic wonder balm for a swap ?

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      Hi Susannah! I haven’t tried the OLO Wonder Balm but the ingredients look great! xo, Lisa

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    Karina Arias

    I agree with Naomi! I’m super grateful for swap this for that! My husband also has eczema and what would you recommend for a swap?

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      Hi Karina! Thanks for this! I am currently looking into it – I have a few ideas but I want to flesh them out first before sharing ; ) xo! Lisa

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    It is so frustrating how many things have patroleum hidden in them. I usually just use coconut oil, but I definitely appreciate this list. Have you made or considered making a list for neosporin swaps? I’m allergic to patroleum, I’ve grown out of the allergy a little as I’ve gotten older, but I still do my best to avoid it, I like to only put good ingredients on my sensitive skin, and you’re site has been a huge help for that. Aquaphor is highly recommended by tattoo artists for tattoos, but I used coconut oil when I got mine. I’ve never used aquaphor given my patroleum allergy so I can’t really compare them, but coconut oil worked like a charm for me. Really helped through the dry, flaky (and very itchy) phase.

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      Hi Ki! I put Neosporin Swaps on our list. Honestly, Manuka honey is an awesome swap for Neosporin if you can manage it! xo, Lisa

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    Do you know if any of these can be used on surgical incisions/stitches immediately after surgery? Thank you, love your site by the way.

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    What can I use in place of “Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Cream – Steroid & Fragrance Free” for my little one?!

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      Hi Rhea! Have you looked into CV Skin Labs? Also some people say goats milk lotion is great for eczema too.

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