[Unilever] A registered trademark for a translucent white, petroleum jelly. Vaseline® was first manufactured in 1870 by an English-born chemist Robert Chesebrough. It is composed of a mixture of aliphatic hydrocarbons ranging from about C15 to C20. Vaseline® is used as an ointment, Lubricant, Water repellent, Release agent, and temporary Adhesive. It is not recommended for contact with any art object.
Synonyms and Related Terms
petrolatum; petroleum jelly; mineral jelly; vaselina (Esp.)
- Sigma Aldrich: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in benzene, turpentine and petroleum solvents. Insoluble in water.
|Melting Point||40-50 C|
Resources and Citations
- Unilever: Vaseline
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 594
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Website: www.lib.utexas.edu/lib/eng/timline/postmod/brands.html