• Thu, Mar 1 2012

Beauty Treatments For Hippies: Crisco As Hand Softener

OK, yes — using Crisco as hand softener seems disgusting. I agree with you. But I recently heard that it makes for a lovely moisturizer from none other than a dermatologist, who pointed out that Crisco is primarily made up of soybean oil and palm oil. On that recommendation, I thought I’d give it a shot.

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  • sofie

    I was active in theater as an actress, and I had several friends who used Crisco to get their stage makeup off. Yeah, it seemed gross, but let me tell you–it worked GREAT. And they never seemed to have any reactions to it, so I figured it must’ve been less nasty than it seemed.

  • Meghan Keane

    From the thumbnail, I thought that glove was what your hand looked like covered in Crisco. And I was TERRIFIED.

    • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

      Ha. I thought I looked kind of like Donald Duck from the wrist down.

  • Shannon

    I use coconut oil (from the vitamin section). You can eat it, put it in your hair, and all over your skin. I put it on every morning after I shower and my skin looks amazing! It soaks in right away too so it doesn’t leave you greasy, just “glowing”, and it is a solid at room temperature, but dissipates instantly into your skin as it melts at 76 degrees f. You smell like coconuts too! Best of all, Walmart started to carry it (instead of just health food stores) and it is less than $6. A little goes a long way too, so 1 jar lasts quite a while. Coconut oil seems much healthier than Crisco.

  • o4petesake

    Twenty years ago, living in Chicago, I used Crisco on my legs after getting out of the shower. With bitterly cold winters and forced-air heat, dry skin was a big issue. Worked great and best of all, no scent… so it didn’t compete with other body lotions or perfumes.

  • Samantha

    I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer and agree with Shannon that is seems MUCH healthier than Crisco! I don’t know any of my “hippie” friends that even COOK with Crisco. Yuck!

  • Miss C

    I second the coconut oil, I wouldn’t want to put hydrogenated crud on my skin thank you very much, not to mention the ethical issues round most palm oil… not crazy about the expression “hand softener” either, makes me think of that guy in Robocop whose hands melted… softness is an odd quality to look for in a hand if you ask me!

  • Joanntheredhead

    I’ve used coconut oil, too. But, Crisco is a lot less expensive…

  • Patti

    I will have to give it a try. It is a much less expensive anti-aging cream than most products.

  • KT

    I’m not sure I would call this a treatment for ‘hippies’; palm production is destroying the rainforests in places like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil. A more environmentally-friendly option such as olive oil or the above mentioned coconut oil would more likely appeal to hippies.