Two years ago, I read the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I'm sure you've heard of it! Fast forward to this November and the start of my holiday baking. From about mid-November until after New Year's I live in my kitchen and tons of dishes pass through my dry, cracked hands. So when I started my first round of baking I made my only recipe this year including Crisco. I know, it's terrible for you; but if you only eat it twice a year, you'll probably survive.
favorite winter lotion which is ridiculously expensive and apparently no longer available in my area. I thought about the odd similarities between Crisco and this lotion and thought, "what the heck, I'm going to give it a try." Then I went home and immediately forgot the whole idea; such is life with 5 children.
Fast forward another week and I finally saw the movie, The Help and remembered my Crisco plan. Since December 1, Crisco has been my only hand, face and body lotion. I know, crazy, right?
My skin has never been softer. Seriously. The Crisco is a little thick, so you do have to warm it in your hands a bit, but if your skin is nice and warm like after the shower, it goes on great. You can buff it off a bit with a towel if it makes you feel better but I don't find it necessary.
I have friends who buy pressed coconut oil for their skin at $7 to $15 per pound. Crisco costs me at $1.75/pound at my local grocery. This really appeals to my frugal nature.
I am sure the coconut has a lovely smell but there is a lot to be said for cosmetics that are truly unscented. I'm pretty sure those transfats aren't being absorbed through my skin, so no worries there. I think I have actually found the perfect use for shortening.
If you know me "in person," you probably know I have a lotion issue. I cannot stand having dry hands so I am constantly applying lotion. The great thing about Crisco is that I don't have to wash it off before cooking. In fact, I actually apply it right before I wash dishes and it gives my skin a nice protective coating and I swear those wrinkles on my neck are getting less pronounced.
I am going to try to talk Sunshine into letting me rub it into her perpetually dry hair. Just seems like it couldn't hurt. I didn't get my usual winter cracked heels this year and my cuticles never looked better. I swear, it's a magic elixir.
All that said, come summer, I wouldn't coat my skin in it and lay by the pool -- seems like a good way to get some fried chicken skin. I don't lay by the pool anyway but will use sunscreen for swimming and save the Crisco for afterward. I also can't recommend using it anywhere you may be acne prone; it just seems like a bad idea.
So that's what I'm up to these days; I'm just all agog over my Crisco Cosmetic. I guess you could say it's a Crisco crush.
Let me know if you're brave enough to try it yourself!
POST SCRIPT: (1/30/2012) - Writing this, I started thinking about coconut oil. I bought a jar of organic, food grade oil on sale ($6) and stirred a tablespoon into my 1 cup jar of crisco. Now I use 1/3 coconut oil to 2/3 shortening. I sometimes scent it with lemon essential oil or rosemary. It's perfect. Really.