These two products have been around forever. I remember my grandmother putting them to full use when I was a little girl and they are still popular today.

Vaseline (or “petroleum jelly”) is a substance with magical powers. I don’t use the messy goo regularly, but know several stylish and well groomed people who swear by the product. I liked the Budget Fashionista’s wonderful account of its uses. I won’t list them all, but here are the ones I’ve tried myself:

  • As a quick facial moisturizer
  • As a last minute shoe polish
  • As a lip-gloss (I’ve also known ladies who use Vicks, which apparently makes for an effective peppermint gloss)
  • As a gel to keep eye-brow hairs in place
  • As a remedy to sooth sunburn, windburn minor scrapes, burns and cuts

While it doesn’t have nearly as many uses as versatile Vaseline, my favorite classic remedy is Nivea. I use Nivea hand cream and moisturizing body cream daily to treat sensitive skin that’s prone to eczema. I keep a tiny travel size tin in my handbag at all times. After 30 years, Nivea is still my number one choice for moisturizing hand and body. No need to fix a formula that isn’t broken.

As a side note: I’ve tried most of the facial oils that were recommended after my post on olive oil. Jojoba oil has yielded the best results by far. It’s like liquid gold. I like the scent, texture and absorption qualities. I feel like I’ve hit the beauty jackpot.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Nivea CremeNivea Body Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion

You’ve got to love cheap beauty products (about $8 apiece) that keep on doing the trick.