This lotion is a Vaseline alternative. It works great on dry chapped skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It helps ease itchy, irritated skin. A little bit goes a long way. I use the beeswax from my hives and since I do not use chemicals in the hives it is as chemical free as I can manage. There are no chemical preservatives so it is made in small batches and should be used within a year to a year and one half. The oils in the lotion provide the preservative naturally.