Vaseline. Chances are you have some in your medicine cabinet or at the very least, you are aware of its existence. With the blue lid and greasy texture this is a product I’ve always known about, but other than on my lips, what would I use it for?
First of all, the word “Vaseline” is used as a generic for petroleum jelly; in Portugal, the Unilever products are called Vaselina, and in Brazil, they call it Vasenol.
Vaseline was created by a chemist who clarified kerosene from the oil of sperm whales. In 1859 Robert Cheesebrough began a search for new materials for his fuel (simply not enough sperm whales at the market). His search took him to the oil fields of Titusville, Pennsylvania, where he learned about what the locals called ‘rod wax’. Rod wax was a residue workers had to remove from oil rig pumps periodically to prevent blockage. They had been using it to heal cuts and burns. Intrigues the chemist took samples back to his lab in Brooklyn. Cheseborough extracted petroleum jelly from the rod wax and called it Vaseline. It was made by the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company until the company was purchased by Unilever in 1987.
Ready to get a little lubricated? Here are some unexpected ways you can start using your Vaseline and making the most of this versatile product.
Prevent Lipstick On Teeth
If you know, you know. Some of us always get lipstick on our teeth and it’s embarrassing. When I was getting my makeup done for a wedding and the makeup artist smeared vaseline on my teeth before applying the lipstick. Since then I have done the same and I’ve never had red on my teeth again.
Remove A Stuck Ring
This happened to me last summer and I panicked. The feeling of being unable to get your ring off is not a good one. Reach for your Vaseline, apply liberally to your finger making sure to get it under the ring if possible, and gently pull.
Remove Gum From Hair
Resist the urge to panic or cut the hair. Isolate the section with gum stuck in it and begin to massage the vaseline liberally into the hair. Take breaks from rubbing it into the gum and rub a dry cloth or absorbent towel into the hair to remove any excess. You are trying to break down the gum with the Vaseline and it will take time, but works. Usually takes less than 10 minutes when I have had to do it.
Soothe An Itchy Scalp
Do you get dry patches on your scalp that lead to itching and irritation? Rub a little dab of Vaseline in to reduce the pain.
Soften Dry, Cracked Feet
My go-to home remedy for my feet. Before bed, get a pair of socks you don’t care about and don’t be shy, slather your heels and toes with Vaseline. Put on the socks (which will never be the same again) and go to bed. Repeat as required. You will see a noticeable difference.