ECHEMI | What is petrolatum

Petrolatum is an inherently stable material owing to the unreactive nature of its hydrocarbon components. Petrolatum is soluble in ether, hexane and most volatile or non-volatile oil; easily soluble in benzene, carbon disulfide, chloroform and turpentine. A white, yellow or light amber semisolid fatty substance. Transparent when thin-layered, slightly fluorescent. Insoluble in water, almost insoluble in cold or hot ethanol and cold anhydrous ethanol.