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The Wonders of Crisco

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Written by: Dolores Hark
Date posted: 10 September 2012

Recently came across a reference to Crisco while reading the book entitled The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My mama (okay, just mom – I grew up north) always kept it around, and I usually have a yellowing tub around that I occasionally use for baking.

Well, no more! I can see myself running through tubs of the stuff in the future. From the book, the character Minny lists the following uses:

- gets gum out of hair

- cure for diaper rash

- use for moisturizer

- softens tough foot skin

- add a wick and use as a candle

- as a grease for frying

That’s a pretty good list. I guess you can use it in any household lube type situation, like a squeaky hinge, stuck bits, etc.

I tried it as a moisturizer on my face. I’d say it is great as a cold cream. Went on a lot like one. It got all my make up off and I wiped it off with a dry cloth and it left my skin feeling great!

I did a little more research and came up with this recipe for ‘cream’ from the web:

1 part crisco
1 part petroleum jelly
scent if desired

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_7810099_make-own-hand-lotion-crisco.html

I used a scented petroleum jelly (shea butter) and still added a little vanilla, which I love. I put it in a clear plastic tube with no sign of the Crisco label in sight (for aesthetics) and it works decently well.

Follow up – 2015: I’ve switched over to pure olive oil – no blends! I used one by accident and it was amazing how much more I needed (blew through a bottle super fast, a couple weeks). Now I’ve had this bottle a month or so and it hardly looks dented. It does wonders for my hair – it has never, ever looked better. I put a little scent on afterwords, but I don’t really catch a longer lingering pizza scent or anything like that!


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