Petroleum Jelly vs. Vaseline

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Main Difference

The main difference between Petroleum Jelly and Vaseline is that the Petroleum Jelly is a chemical substance used as lubricating agent and Vaseline is a trademark of a chemical substance

  • Petroleum Jelly

    Petroleum jelly, petrolatum, white petrolatum, soft paraffin, or multi-hydrocarbon, CAS number 8009-03-8, is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons (with carbon numbers mainly higher than 25), originally promoted as a topical ointment for its healing properties.

    After petroleum jelly became a medicine chest staple, consumers began to use it for many ailments, as well as cosmetic purposes, including toenail fungus, genital rashes (non-STD), nosebleeds, diaper rash, and chest colds. Its folkloric medicinal value as a “cure-all” has since been limited by better scientific understanding of appropriate and inappropriate uses. It is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an approved over-the-counter (OTC) skin protectant and remains widely used in cosmetic skin care.

  • Vaseline

    Vaseline is an American brand of petroleum jelly-based products owned by British-Dutch company Unilever. Products include plain petroleum jelly and a selection of skin creams, soaps, lotions, cleansers, and deodorants.

    In many languages, the word “Vaseline” is used as generic for petroleum jelly; in Portuguese and some Spanish-speaking countries, the Unilever products are called Vasenol.

  • Vaseline (noun)

    Petroleum jelly.

  • Vaseline (noun)

    Any particular kind of petroleum jelly or of any similar lubricant.

  • Vaseline (noun)

    A greenish-yellow coloured glass, or the colouring used in the manufacture of this glass.

  • Vaseline (verb)

    To lubricate with vaseline.

    “Even at this late date, vaselining will preserve the best of these leathers.”

  • Vaseline (noun)

    a type of petroleum jelly used as an ointment and lubricant.

  • Vaseline (verb)

    cover or smear with Vaseline

    “the doors glide open as if their rails have been vaselined”

Oxford Dictionary

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