What does the "best before date" mean on a tub of Vaseline?

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Offline Fletcher

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I have a tub of vaseline that has a use by date of June 1995. I still use it as emergency lip balm, smells a bit but it hasnt killed me yet. Just curious as to how old it actualy is likely to be!!?
« Last Edit: 19/05/2007 11:50:52 by chris »

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This is great question.....check this out...I asked the very same question a while ago...


http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=1366.0



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Welcome fletcher. That was my real fathers middle name.. Nice name! Have a great time in the forum..

Great link Neily! :) LOL

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Yes.. A great link, side-tracking about semen tastes.. [:o] Yep.. Great link!

Welcome Fletcher! LOL!
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I have a jar of this stuff that is dated to be used before 7/90. I like bargains and the largest jar was a good buy! I still use the stuff from it. 

I know that the oil it is made from is micro-crystalline petroleum. It is a nuisance in some oil wells as the content of the oil produced from the wells contain a high amount of the petrolatums (not petroleum), which are homogeneous mixtures of oily and waxy long-chain, non-polar hydrocarbons, that gum up the well bore. These hydrocarbons are solids at surface (of the earth) temperatures. I do not remember the number of times I have had to call a service company to flush out this junk from a well bore. High content of these petrolatums in oil lessens the price for which one can sell the oil.

In the last few years some health concerns have been raised about petrolatum jelly. There is a link below. I am skeptical about all of this as anything that is not made or found in the human body will cause cancer if taken in large enough amounts.

http://www.health-report.co.uk/petroleum_petrolatum_health_concerns.htm

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Oh geez.. Its like 20 years old!!... Hope it doesn't have any long-term bad effects..
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Not so far, Seany. But then, I have had cancer, so who knows?

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Hmm.. I hope the cancer worked out OK. Seeing you said "had", I'm relieved to hear it. [;)]
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Thank you for your well wishes. You are an exceptionally bright young man and I can only encourage you to keep going.

The cancer, if it exists, is at a level where it cannot be detected and has been for 3 years. Five years is the time given for a "cure." We don't get out of this world alive!
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Refined petrolatum of the sort used in cosmetics ought to meet the legal requirements (essentially that the PAH content is less than a part in 2 billion)*. Of course you can't do much about rogue traders; but the bleaching processes that remove the tarry colour and smell will also remove the PAHs.
* data from here.
http://www.petroleumhpv.org/Product_Categories/Waxes/testplan_waxes_finalrevised_032703.pdf
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