Vaseline, also known as petroleum jelly has many uses. But do you know how vaseline came to be? According to the makers of Vaseline came into existense in 1859. The creator of petroleum jelly Robert Chesebrough, decided to travel to Titusville, a small town in Pennsylvania. There he found that oil workers had been using rod wax, a form of petroleum jelly. The rod wax was a by-product of the drilling they were doing. They found that by using the rod wax it was helping heal wounded and burnt skin.