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K-Y® Brand Lubricant, 1919

Image courtesy: Johnson & Johnson Archives

Johnson & Johnson began distributing K-Y®; Brand lubricants, which included a pain reliever jelly (K-Y® Analgesic Jelly) and a surgical lubricant (K-Y® Lubricating Jelly). The non-greasy, water-soluble jellies were both ideal lubricants and moisturizers. The anodyne version was infused with a combination of camphor, menthol, and wintergreen oil to act as a local painkiller. K-Y® Lubricating Jelly, originally developed for surgical uses, was later adapted as a consumer product. In 2014, Johnson & Johnson divested the brand.