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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Personal care: Perfumes, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, bath salts, soap, hair clippers, petroleum jelly and sunscreen. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Cover the glue with a thick coating of petroleum jelly. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Super Glue," 24 June 2019 Likewise, many conventional beauty products are made from petroleum jelly and are packaged in plastic, both created from the oil industry. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Khetarpal suggests applying a layer of petroleum jelly to the skin around the eyes, as that skin tends to be very thin and easily irritated. Sarah Digiulio, NBC News, "Are those trendy face masks actually doing anything for your skin?," 12 July 2019 Unlike heavier all-petroleum jelly formulas, this balm also contains moisturizing additives like panthenol, glycerin, and more to hydrate skin and create a less tacky texture. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Aquaphor Healing Ointment," 28 June 2019 Also be sure to not cover a tick with petroleum jelly or nail polish remover, or try to coax it out with heat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Tick," 13 June 2019 Start with a one to 10 ratio of ginger oil to vaseline, Dr. Madan advises — that's about seven or so drops of oil per teaspoon of petroleum jelly. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Ginger Oil for Swelling and Inflammation, According to a Dermatologist," 15 Jan. 2019 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

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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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