Developed in the late 1800s as a pharmaceutical product, Cosmoline was originally used for a variety of cosmetic and medical purposes and functioned basically as an ointment. Over the years, the needs for a product like this evolved, and Cosmoline evolved as well. New formulations hit the market that were heavier in consistency and more appropriate for long-term protection—not of skin, but of heavy machinery and equipment. Much of this need developed due to World War I when the military required a heavy-duty rust protector to keep its tanks and other equipment free from corrosion—especially during overseas travel. The new formulas of Cosmoline were so effective in these situations that the U.S. military continues to use it to this day.
However, the military is not the only industry that can benefit from this miraculous product. Here is some more information on what Cosmoline is, what you can use it for, and the many different types of Cosmoline available today. Continue reading Your Complete Guide to All Things Cosmoline