Quality Essentials: Your Day-to-Day Must Haves

This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.

This morning began like any other; after smacking my blaring alarm clock, my feet hit the soft shag carpet next to my bed, while I stretched and made my way to the bathroom. Flicking on the light switch, I stared bleary-eyed at my sallow reflection (too little sleep) and contemplated the bags under my eyes (too much wine). Grabbing my toothbrush, I vigorously cleaned my teeth, followed by the daily steps needed to complete the beautification process: a quick shower, 10 minutes with a hair dryer, 10 seconds with a hair brush, a swipe of lip gloss and a dab of sunscreen.

Okay, so it took me at least 5 minutes to select my lip gloss. Note to self: sort through various plastic tubes.

Lip Gloss EssentialsAfter much consideration, I settled on a lip colour (shimmery peach if you must know). Popping my contact lenses onto my eyes and an assortment of vitamins into my mouth, I felt much more ready to start the day.

That is, until I stepped on a stray toy lying outside my bathroom door. OUCH! I checked under my foot, contemplating whether the puncture was deep enough to warrant a band aid. Deciding it wasn’t, I made my way to the kitchen, where I grabbed the coffee pot and hunted in the fridge for the milk jug. After putting the coffee on, I grabbed my camera and scrolled through the photos I had taken the night before, smiling.

Less than thirty minutes into my day, I have already used at least 15 products made from petroleum. 

Check out the words in bold above. Yep, they’re all things that have been derived from crude oil in some way. In fact, for the majority of Canadians, petroleum is an essential part of our quality of life. We rely on it to make gasoline for cars, trucks, buses, trains, boats and planes. And, as previously demonstrated, countless other products are made from crude oil including heat, clothing, cosmetics, building materials and plastics.

So, other than reaping the benefits of products and services that are made from crude oil, why should we care? Well, for starters, Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world, with 97% of those reserves in the Oil Sands. This translates to 168 billion barrels with the potential of over 100 years of production. In fact, over 800,000 jobs could be created in the next 25 years alone. Hence, if you are Canadian, and enjoy your current quality of life, you need to understand just how dependent we are on a booming oil industry.

The Oil Sands are found in three deposits in Canada: The Athabasca, Peace River, and Cold Lake areas in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Canada’s energy future lies in the Oil Sands as it is a secure source to meet our growing demands (especially since MAC Cosmetics releases 15 new lipstick shades every year – now that’s a growing demand).

Admit it: you’ve heard of petroleum, but other than the jelly stuff you slather on baby’s butt, it hasn’t been at the forefront of your mind. And that’s okay. Truth is, before writing this post, it was not something I gave much thought to either. However, given just how integral it is to our lifestyle and economy, I thought it prudent to share a little insight. For more information about the Oil Sands industry visit

So what about that jelly stuff? We use it a lot around here. But in true Lena form, this is what MY jar of Petroleum Jelly looks like. Yes, it’s bedazzled. No, you can’t have it.


This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP.

60 Responses to “Quality Essentials: Your Day-to-Day Must Haves”

  1. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 16, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    have to admit with all the things going on in the world I do sometimes think about oil. also propane. and all you do is brush, lip gloss to look as good as you do I say to you grrrrrr lol

    • Lena
      June 16, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Hahaha Chandra! I *may* have left out the step where I slather concealer under my eyes!

  2. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    June 16, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Amazing how many things contain petroleum. Things you would never think about, definitely an eye opener when you start reading about it. Your bedazzled Petroleum Jelly is something else!!!

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      I agree Judy. I mean, petroleum jelly, obviously – but vitamins?? It’s eye opening for sure!

  3. nicky
    June 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    wow, that’s a lot of lip products! reminds me of my bathroom drawer ;-)

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Hahaha I like you more and more!

  4. Anne Taylor
    June 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Its really quite eye opening how many items in our day to day life contain petroleum & HOLY COW you have a drawer full there lol

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      I think this was *after* I cleaned it up :)

  5. Yuen C
    June 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Wow I like your blinged out Vaseline jar!

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Hands off! It’s mine!

  6. JaimeeM
    June 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Lol, love the bedazzled jar.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      Me too :) And love the stuff that’s in it for my lips!

  7. DebH
    June 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Haven’t given much thought about all the petroleum products in our lives. Something to think about. By the way love bling on your jar.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      After I started checking out the list I was blown away!

  8. Flora M
    June 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Omigosh ! I used to have a Bedazzler – don’t know what happened to it … would love to find another one after seeing your “bedazzled jar” :)
    It truly is amazing just how many products we use every day are related to the oil industry. And I keep scratching my head as to why, with so much oil and natural gas resources there are in Canada, are we so dependent on other countries for our supply ? Something to make you go “hmmmm……”.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      That is a good question – are we dependent on others for supply? I admit I know very little about it…

  9. heather robbins
    June 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm #


    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks Heather!

  10. Heidi C.
    June 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    That is one cool Vaseline jar! Admittedly, we use a lot of petroleum products – I didn’t realize how much until I read your post.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      And that’s only about 1% of the total…

  11. Eva Mitton-Urban
    June 17, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Sometimes you need to see it to believe it. Initially I thought the post was on women’s obsession with looking better with the aids of countless beauty products. Didn’t realize how many products actually contain petroleum, guess read the label and be more aware is essentially the lesson. Interesting post, will be sharing that tidbit of information with my BFFS.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks Eva :)

  12. Soozle
    June 17, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Oh wow! I honestly had NO idea that so many products we used contained petroleum.. Eye opening indeed! :)

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      It’s not something we usually think about, huh?

  13. Darlene Schuller
    June 17, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    I really really had no idea how much we use that stuff. I know I can’t have your amazingly bedazzled jar … but, I still want it :) xox

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      Hahaha well thank you for having great taste :)

  14. MrDisco
    June 17, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    i want a bedazzled jar of vasoline

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      I don’t even know where to find them!

  15. jan
    June 17, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    kinda cool looking at all your different products :) loving the bedazzling.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks Jan!

  16. Crystal Leier
    June 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Your lip gloss drawer looks like the front pocket of my purse………ok maybe not that many lol but its pretty stuffed ;)

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      LOL pocket?? Damn girl!

  17. shane
    June 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    that first photo looks an awful lot like my wife’s purse lol

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Hahaha Shane!

  18. MrDisco
    June 18, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    one of my must haves is a spare battery pack. never know when a twitter party may strike.

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Right! At least you have your priorities right!

  19. Rick F
    June 18, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I think your makeup drawer needs some serious organization. lol

    • Lena
      June 18, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      ha! Looks fine to me :)

  20. Melinda L.
    June 18, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Ummm that reminds me, I need to clean out my makeup drawer (aka random boxes). It’s amazing how much and how often we deal with petroleum on a daily basis. BTW, awesome looking Vaseline jar ;)

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Absolutely Melinda :)

  21. Lynda Cook
    June 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    I wished that is all I have to do in the mornings to look as good as you, but then you are a natural beauty, and it is so true never dawned on me about all the stuff petroleum is in, can’t believe all the products it is in, and I totally loooooove your Vaseline container, first time I seen a bedazzled Vaseline container lol

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Aw thanks Lynda :)

  22. MrDisco
    June 19, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    another must have carry: my tube of chapstick. you never know when you’ll be called upon to pucker up

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Ha! Love that!

  23. Victoria Ess
    June 19, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    I’m impressed by your collection of lip glosses!

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      It needs to be sorted through!!

  24. sarah sar
    June 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Wow…..and I thought my lip drawer was a mess!!! I’m tempted to buy more (can you say addiction?) but really need to finish up what I have!

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Me too!

  25. Angie In My 30s
    June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    i just want to dive in … i love gloss and chapstick!!

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      A woman after my own heart!

  26. loucheryl
    June 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    That bedazzled Vaseline bottle is AWESOME!!!

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Isn’t it? I love it!

  27. Maggie C
    June 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    great article – love the bedazzling!! OMG so cute!

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Thanks Maggie!

  28. Amy Stack
    June 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    I don’t know what I am ore envious of- your quick morning routine, your lip product collection or your bedazzled Vaseline bottle! :)

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Hahaha let’s say the Vaseline!

  29. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 29, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    wish we could post pictures here so I could show you my makeup drawer . there would be one mascara in it lol nothing else. but my youngest daughter has a fishing tackle box filled.

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Tweet me a photo!

  30. Treen Goodwin
    July 27, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    awesome Vaseline Jar looks so cool , thanks for sharing :)

    • Lena
      August 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      You’re welcome Treen :)

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