White Jelly – Introduction

White jelly, Vaseline jelly or petrolatum is a semi-solid hydrocarbon C15H15N, chemical name 1,1,2-Trimethylbenzeindole. It is translucent in appearance (colour varies from yellowish to amber or white), and is derived from petroleum and principally finds its application in medicine and pharmacy where it is used as a protective dressing.

From the industrial point of view, it finds application in many types of polishes and in lubricating greases, rust preventives and modelling clay.

We, here at DANA ensure that the petroleum jelly we manufacture is in compliance with all IP (Indian Pharmacopoeia), BP (British Pharmacopoeia) and USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) standards.


Melting Point70-80oC
Boiling Point322oC
Refractive Index1.45
Flash Point198oC
SolubilityPractically insoluble in acetone, ethanol, hot or cold ethanol (95%), glycerin, and water; soluble in benzene, carbon disulfide, chloroform, ether, hexane, and most fixed and volatile oils
FormExtra-low viscosity
Specific Gravity0.815~0.880 (60oC)
pH4.5~8.0 (25oC)
StabilityStable. Combustible. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
Molecular Weight209.2863 g
Fire hazardCombustible
Chemical reactivityInert


Extraction procedure

Vaseline jelly is manufactured from the semi-solid residue that remains after steam/vacuum distillation (distillation performed under reduced pressure) of petroleum. After the distillation, the residue is dewaxed and blended with stocks from other sources (along with lighter fractions), to obtain a product with the desired consistency. For the final purification, a combination of high-pressure hydrogenation and sulfuric acid treatment followed by filtration through absorbents.

Classification on the basis of use

White jelly can be broadly categorized into three categories on the basis of application-

  • Industrial grade petroleum jelly
  • Cosmetic grade white jelly
  • Pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly

1)    Industrial grade petroleum jelly

The industrial-grade petrolatum, as the name suggests is used in the industries. The excellent lubrication and corrosion resistance characteristics of white jelly mean that it can be used widely for a variety of industrial functions requiring the same.

Analysis of Industrial grade Vaseline Jelly

1Kinematic viscosity at 100 ˚C4.5-6 CSTASTM D-445
2Congealing Point   (Point at which a mixture of liquid phase of a substance coexist with a small but increasing proportion of solid phase )54-58oCASTM D-938
3Penetration Consistency110-150 (0.1 mm)ASTM D-937
4Acidity or AlkalinityAccording to test methodB.P 2007
5Colour (Lovibond)Max 1.7 YIP-17 Method A 33mm cell

Uses of Industrial grade White Jelly

Most applications of Vaseline jelly pertain to the fact that it has excellent lubricating and coating properties.

  • Vaseline Jelly is used to coat corrosion-prone items such as metallic trinkets, non-stainless steel blades, and gun barrels, owing to its excellent water repellent properties and the fact that it is also inexpensive helps its cause. Due to its anti-corrosion property, White jelly finds use in medical equipment.
  • Vaseline jelly can be used to finish and protect wooden surfaces; similarly, it might be used as a coating material on leather products.
  • Petrolatum works very well as a lubricant; it is generally used as light lubricating grease.
  • It can be used as a filler with plastic-insulated fibre-optic cables, it prevents the ingress of water into the cable
  • Petrolatum can also be used as an antifoaming agent; a defoamer or anti-foaming hinders the formation of foam in industrial process liquids.
  • Petroleum Jelly can also be used as a releasing agent; a releasing agent is a chemical used to prevent other materials from bonding to surface.

2)    Cosmetic grade white jelly

The cosmetic grade white jelly (or snow-white petroleum jelly) is recognized by US Food and Drug Administration as an approved skin protectant which is the reason why it is widely used in cosmetic/skin-care applications. The white jelly manufactured here at DANA, confirms with all IP, USP and BP standards.

Analysis of Cosmetic grade white jelly

1Kinematic viscosity at 100 ˚C4.7 CST4.5-6 CSTASTM D-445
2Congealing   Point51 ˚C50-54 ˚CASTM D-938
3Penetration Consistency145 (0.1 mm)140-160 (0.1 mm)ASTM D-937
4Colour (Lovibond)0.4 YMax 0.5 YIP-17 Method A 2 cell
5Acidity or AlkalinityPassedAccording to the test methodB.P 2007
6OdourPassedOdourless when rubbed on hand——-
7Polycyclic aromatic HydrocarbonsPassedNot more than absorbance of solution 6mg/l Naphthalene in DMSO @ 278 nmB.P 2007

Uses of Cosmetic grade white jelly

The most common use of cosmetic grade snow-white jelly is as listed below-

  • Petrolatum is used as an ingredient in skin lotion and cosmetics; it provides skincare and protection by reducing moisture loss.
  • It can also be used as hair gel; in fact, its mixture with beeswax makes an effective moustache wax.
  • Cosmetic grade jelly can be used to reduce friction between skin and clothing during various sports activities, which means it is an effective skin lubricant.
  • Petrolatum is also used in the formulation of various personal care preparations like hair conditioners, lip balms and sun care products.

3)    Pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly

We manufacture pharmaceutical-grade snow-white petroleum Jelly and it is widely used is used by many personal care and pharmaceutical companies as a very versatile, safe and economical formulation base.

Analysis of pharmaceutical-grade white jelly

1Kinematic viscosity at 100 ˚C6.1 CST6-8 CSTASTM D-445
2Congealing Point57 ˚C45-58 ˚CASTM D-938
3Penetration Consistency157 (0.1 mm)140-160 (0.1 mm)ASTM D-937
4Colour (Lovibond)0.2 YMax 0.5 YIP-17 Method A 2 cell
5Acidity or AlkalinityPassedAccording to the test methodB.P 2007
6OdourPassedOdourless when rubbed on hand——-
7Polycyclic aromatic HydrocarbonsPassedNot more than absorbance of solution 6mg/l Naphthalene in DMSO @ 278 nmB.P 2007

Uses of pharmaceutical-grade white jelly

The most common uses of pharmaceutical-grade snow-white jelly are listed as below-

  • It can be used to protect minor cuts and burns.
  • Pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly is used to protect and heal dry skin.
  • It forms an integral part of skin-protecting ointments and other medicated ointments.

Snow-white petroleum jelly packing

The snow-white petroleum jelly is available in a variety of packing options. To sum up we provide Vaseline jelly in packages varying over a large range, right from 100 grams to 165 kilograms.

In small size packings, Vaseline jelly is packed into jars of 100 grams, 300 grams and 500 grams.

We also deal in medium-size packings that include buckets and jars weighing from 2 kilograms to 15 kilograms

For export to other countries, snow white petroleum jelly is packed in large drums weighing 165 kilograms.

About Us

DANA Lubricants Factory LLC (www.danalubes.com) established in 2002 is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company; we manufacture our products in Dubai, UAE. We take immense pride in asserting the fact that we are one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of high-grade lubricants. Our market extends over a wide demographic as we export our products to a number of countries including Bangladesh, Turkey, Africa, South America, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand. Being one of the top suppliers, we have always worked hard so that we can deliver the most premium of qualities at non-premium and affordable prices.

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