May 14th Celebrates Vaseline

petroleum jelly, which he trade-named as Vaseline. In 1875 he founded the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company that became Chesebrough-Ponds, a leading manufacturer of personal care products. Chesebrough patented the process of making petroleum jelly in the United States on May 14th 1878.

Before Chesebrough began selling petroleum jelly, he tested it on his own cuts and burns. Having demonstrated the product’s efficacy on himself, Chesebrough was still unable to sell any to drug stores until he travelled around New York State demonstrating his miracle product.

In front of a live audience he would burn his skin with acid or an open flame, and then spread the clear jelly on his injuries while demonstrating past injuries, healed, he claimed, by his miracle product.

Chesebrough lived to be 96 years old and was such a believer in Vaseline that he claimed to have eaten a spoonful of it every day. He died at his house in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

He also, reportedly, during a serious bout of pleurisy in his mid-50s, had his nurse rub him from head to foot with the substance. He soon recovered.

The name Vaseline comes from the German word for water and the Greek word for oil.

Some people have used to coat the feet of vending machines to keep pests out. It controls unruly hair. People put it on chickens to prevent frostbite. It protects baby’s bottoms, and is invaluable to virgins having sex for the first time.

Bear in mind, however, in the late 19th century, the only such oils available were lard, goose grease, olive oil, garlic oil, and some mustard plasters, and if it start as smelling rank, in a little time the mixture would spoil, but Vaseline would never spoiled and it had a very long shelf life.

As much as we enjoy the application of this goo, we never question why our lips remain dry after that thick coat of jelly has worn off, or has more likely been ingested.

Vaseline may have been wonder drug years ago, but studies have shown after testing this product, the ingredients found in Petroleum jelly is related to breast cancer.

Nowadays, everything seems to give you cancer, but when you hear ‘petrol’ used to sell a beauty product, use your cautious consumer mind and read the reviews on it before buying something.

In lieu of Vaseline day, did you know Vaseline also helps care for leather furniture? How to maintain leather furniture with this dry skin savior, to clean, wash it with warm, soapy water using a nail brush and cloth, allow it to dry. Then coat the cleaned area with Vaseline; rub it in with a cloth to get the residue off. This works better than most expensive cleaners.

Sprinkle a few drops of vanilla extract onto a damp cloth with a dab of Vaseline and wipe the interior walls and shelves, it will keep your fridge and freezer smelling fresh. The Vaseline protects the vanilla from losing its smell. Don’t put too much Vaseline because you don’t want to slide off your furniture.

Vaseline helps to eliminate head lice. If applied in a thick layer to the scalp, it will destroy all the lice by smothering them. However, this may be difficult to get out of hair, and will require numerous washes.

You know that whitish powder that forms on the battery terminals of your car? Apply a little bit of Vaseline on them after dusting off the powder already formed. If the powder is stuck, then use a bit of warm water and a soft cloth, get all that powder off, and only then apply the Vaseline. This helps retard corrosion, because Vaseline is been known to never harden if cold weather.

Getting a tattoo? Vaseline helps heal the itching and irritation arising from a new tattoo.

Got lipstick stains on your precious linen napkins after that dinner party? Apply Vaseline on them before washing, and see those stains fade away.

The bottom line in using any product that has good or bad reviews, remember some people take things to extremes that can turn any good product into a bad product, or any bad product into a good product.

It all comes down to this, “Sometimes you make the right decision,” or “Sometimes you make the decision right.”

“Caveat Emptor,” which in Latin means, “Let the buyer beware.”

Written and Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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