posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 12:22 PM
reply to post by virraszto
My point was that it was luxury items worth bartering. What you've mentioned just won't cut it for some people.
eg, lard - pig fat - relies on having pigs, being about to butcher and render the fat, then make something useable to put on your skin.
vinegar won't work as a hair conditioner ever. If you have really thick dry frizzy hair, vinegar will do squat.
Sure ppl can make basic cosmetics themselves out of natural ingredients like lotions, cleansers, scrubs and soaps but the bartering value of say a jar
of Nivea face cream will be higher than a pot of smelly about to go rancid stuff made from pig fat.
As for liking how you smell - well BO after a few days is rank, no matter how sweet you think you might smell.....if you're stopped shaving armpits,
then the amount of bacteria is going to multiply and the smell will be trapped in the hair and you're going to stink more. On a day to day basis
doing farming type chores this doesn't matter, but I'm thinking of someone who wants a taste of what it feels like to be really clean once more.
As for feminine hygiene products, yes women will make their own, but the luxury of a convenience item is a big drawcard. It's the little reminders of
what civilization used to be like that will place value on even the smallest of things.