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Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter?
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Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter? on 07/24/2013 21:53:50 MDT Print View

I bought a roll-on stick of Band-Aid Friction Block this evening. I want to experiment with it and see if it helps resolve a burning-balls-of-feet problem I'm having. [EDIT: That, it did not do.] Imagine my surprise when I read the ingredients:

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Crisco, basically)
Cetyl Alcohol (a thickening agent, aka a "fatty alcohol")

See any dual use possibilities here? No, I'm not saying we cook with Friction Block! I'm wondering if Crisco wouldn't do a decent job of reducing foot friction/waterproofing feet, as well as providing cooking fat and fire-starting capabilities.

YES, we all know Crisco isn't healthy. Lots of calories aren't. I don't mean to start a Crisco-bashing thread.

Edited by Bolster on 07/24/2013 23:15:57 MDT.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter? on 07/24/2013 22:06:53 MDT Print View

And it gives your feet the most delicious light and flaky crust.

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - MLife

Locale: Western Washington
bear candy on 08/03/2013 07:14:09 MDT Print View

Might you wake up to a bear licking your feet?

peter vacco

Locale: no. california
Re: Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter? on 08/03/2013 07:35:10 MDT Print View

along those lines ... of organic skin care. at one time i contracted a nasty bit of industrial caused skin problems on my hands. they were red, and hurt, and dry, and it looked icky. (too far over the line of casual contact of naptha based cleaner/thinners).
i rubbed them down one night with olive oil. what the heck, romans used it, and before them, everybody else as well. by next morning, things were a LOT better. cured. fixed. olive oil repairs skin, simple as that.
if one could stomach the thought of packing olive oil, which is a risky business leakage wise, it might have value.

on the other hand, i have no idea if it burns suitably.


Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: bear candy on 08/06/2013 00:42:59 MDT Print View

Interesting re olive oil, will remember this.

Regards bear attractant, are you saying Friction Block may bring in the bears? It's got a lot of fragrance in it, along with calories, so...yeah, probably so. Now I have another reason not to use it.

Edited by Bolster on 08/06/2013 00:43:49 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: bear candy on 08/06/2013 13:45:35 MDT Print View

If you really want to fool with the black bears, get some Oil of Anise. Put some on an old cloth and tack it up on a tree.

Apparently bears confuse the scent with the bear sex attractant, so you may have your hands full with bears that night.

Oh, don't let the rangers catch you doing that.


Stephen Parks
(sdparks) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Re: bear candy on 08/24/2013 10:07:36 MDT Print View

"Apparently bears confuse the scent with the bear sex attractant"

Sounds like a great idea to pass along to the Top Gear guys. I'm sure they could work that into an episode.

K Magz
(lapedestrienne) - F

Locale: somewhere without screens
Re: Re: Band Aid Friction Block = Crisco = Fire Starter? on 08/24/2013 13:58:36 MDT Print View

"on the other hand, i have no idea if it burns suitably."

I've never tried it, but yes, olive oil should definitely burn, and won't smoke as bad as some oils.

People have been using it in oil lamps in place of kerosene for years:

Skin conditioner, fire starter, and high calorie food substance? Now that's multi-use.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Crisco Dry Skin Treatment on 10/16/2013 15:56:47 MDT Print View

I've recommended Crisco to many patients with dry skin. A Dermatologist friend suggest it to me. Works pretty well for mild cases.

Mike In Socal
(rcmike) - MLife

Locale: California
foot friction on 10/16/2013 16:56:58 MDT Print View

Have you tried Rocktape? It sticks better than any other tape I've used - it will stay on for 4-5 days.