There’s a story behind this post. My friend K gave me a 6-pack of Crisco baking bars. She got them from her mom who thought they were butter. Now I’m not saying anything, but if you get butter from the non-refrigerated section, I think some bells should go off. I’m just saying….
Anyway, K knows that I’ll bake on a whim. What she didn’t know is that I don’t bake with shortening. It’s the funky news about hydrogenated oils and how it’s so bad for me that finally made me give it up. If a recipe calls for shortening, I take my chances with butter. Plus, butter just tastes better. Even though I don’t use it for food, I took the industrial pack anyway. As always, I figured something would come to me.
I was looking for homemade skin care recipes when I just happened to Google ‘Crisco skin care recipes’ and a whole flurry of stuff came up. There are people making it in to facial moisturizer, slathering it on after a shower and a host of other ways that never occurred to me. I know that ingesting hydrogenated oils is bad for me, but I wondered ‘is it bad for my skin and hair?’ After three days of light use (I mean it IS heavy), my ends haven’t felt this soft since I took my locs down. Once I get my hair trimmed, it’s ON!
Vitamin E Infused Crisco Hair Creme
- 6¼ ounces Crisco shortening
- 25 Vitamin E capsules
- 1½ teaspoons castor oil
- 1½ teaspoons olive oil
Clean a glass or plastic container. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients on high speed until smooth and light, about 5 minutes. Transfer to airtight container and store in a cool place.
For every day maintenance, use about a dime-sized amount for shoulder-length hair.
For twists and braid outs, apply to the ends of twists or braids to help protect the ends from friction.
For LOC method, use as the ‘C’ part of the formula.