AltUse Background Information on Vaseline


Vaseline is a brand of petroleum jelly based products owned by Anglo-Dutch company Unilever. Products include plain petroleum jelly and a selection of skin creams, lotions, cleansers, deodorants and personal lubricants. Read More
The first known reference to the name Vaseline was by the inventor of petroleum jelly, Robert Chesebrough & David Brookes in his U.S. patent for the process of making petroleum jelly (U.S. Patent 127,568) in 1872. "I, Robert Chesebrough, have invented a new and useful product from petroleum which I have named Vaseline…".
The word is believed to come from German Wasser (water) + Greek έλαιον (oil) + scientific-sounded ending -ine.[1]
Vaseline was made by the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company until the company was purchased by Unilever in 1987.
It has been considered generic in some countries like Chile and Brazil in regards to goods from class 3, where the Unilever products are called Vasenol.
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