We had a very simple question for Unilever. If petroleum jelly or petrolatum has basically been the same stuff since the 19th century, and Vaseline Lip Therapy is 100% petrolatum, why does the tube claim that it’s “advanced”? This is not a terribly pressing consumer question, but it bothered reader Will. So we contacted Vaseline’s slippery headquarters to find out. [More]
Petroleum jelly is petroleum jelly. Vaseline has been on the market since 1870, and it hasn’t really changed in all that time. That’s why reader Will was a little bit confused when he noticed that the front of his tube of Vaseline Lip Therapy bragged about being an “advanced formula,” when really it’s the same darn stuff that’s been sold as Vaseline since 1870.
Torontoist reader Charles claims to have received a used tube of Vaseline with his bagged slice of vegetarian pizza. He wrote:
Yes, this is how the slice came: a used and soiled “Convenience Size” bottle of Vaseline moisturizer, as found in a Pizza Pizza, bagged slice of pizza; purchased in-store at 8:30PM (EST) 23 February 2008, Yonge St near Bloor St (Toronto, Canada).
How did they know that our fervent dream is to see women immolated in an Hieronymus Bosch-style Tartarus while lofting their skin-care products towards the loathsome titans who hang from the rocky caverns of discontent? Oh, and also one of the demons is a groundhog.