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[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.)


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Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in benzene, turpentine and petroleum solvents. Insoluble in water.

Melting Point 40-50 C
Density 0.820-0.865 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • 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
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