petroleum jelly


Definition of petroleum jelly

: a neutral unctuous odorless tasteless substance obtained from petroleum and used especially in ointments and dressings

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Some of the top hydrating and healing ingredients for dry lips are beeswax, shea butter, moringa oil, dimethicone, and petroleum jelly, Shasa Hu, M.D., dermatologist at the University of Miami Health System, tells SELF. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 Cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly make a good fire starter and can help get a fire going more quickly. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 Then the specialist will prep the area, cleaning the brows and applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly around them to prevent any accidental skin staining. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is Eyebrow Tinting, Anyway?," 1 Feb. 2019 Zincofax's Extra Strength Diaper Rash Baby Ointment, which is only available in Canada, is formulated with 47 percent petroleum jelly and 40 percent zinc oxide. Renee Jacques, Allure, "A Redditor Claims Diaper Cream Cleared Up Their Cystic Acne — Here's What Experts Say," 16 Aug. 2018 Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. Liz Borod, Good Housekeeping, "Follow These 8 Pro Tips to Carve the Perfect Pumpkin," 18 July 2018 According to Zeichner, petrolatum and petroleum jelly can interfere with the proper functioning of the skin, alter the vagina’s natural pH, and contribute to bacterial overgrowth. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Ignore all those old wives’ tales about slathering nail polish, petroleum jelly, or other substances onto the tick. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 For tinder, stuff petroleum jelly–soaked cotton balls into a couple of film canisters. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of petroleum jelly

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of petroleum jelly

: an oily substance that is made from petroleum, has no taste or odor, and is used especially in products that are rubbed on the skin to help heal a wound, reduce pain, etc.

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