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Beauty-Obsessed Venezuelans Dealing With Another Shortage: Personal Hygiene Products
FOX News Latino ^ | June 19, 2014 | By Ángel Bermúdez

Posted on 06/21/2014 5:13:50 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Venezuela, a country that takes great pride in its looks, is dealing with an issue that has the country in a major tizzy – shortages in beauty products. That means women and men so accustomed to looking their best are now having to do without shampoo, cosmetics and, hold your breath, even deodorant.

The cash-strapped government has been dealing with all sorts of scarcities – from staples like milk to medical supplies – because the country has put controls on the purchase of hard currency.

And while certain shortages have been more critical – like diapers and coffins – Venezuelans are still taking the beauty supply crisis seriously.

Shelves in drug stores are virtually empty. Items like nail polish and baby wipes are hard to come by.

Jesús Guillén, a sales clerk in a drugstore in the neighborhood of Altamira in east Caracas, has seen the shortage problem evolve on a daily basis.

“This year things have gotten pretty ugly. We have had supply problems with deodorants, shampoos, sun protectors, body lotions. Currently we have neither diapers nor any kind of products for kids.”

(Excerpt) Read more at latino.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communism; fascism; marxism; sociaism
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1 posted on 06/21/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yet here, in a still somewhat free market, you can still buy those things from Neiman-Marcus and Rodeo Drive down to the lowliest strip mall dollar store or 7/11.


2 posted on 06/21/2014 5:17:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Kartographer

Prepper ping


3 posted on 06/21/2014 5:17:53 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vanity thy name is human :-)


4 posted on 06/21/2014 5:19:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
don't forget th TP (Toilet Paper)..the
rain-forest Jungle is being striped clean.

5 posted on 06/21/2014 5:20:10 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Oh, I know: “REAL socialism has never been tried!!!!” This can’t be the real thing, either, then. But next time, it will work!
6 posted on 06/21/2014 5:22:36 PM PDT by cartan
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I have seeds for a few plants that can be used as soap. Soapwort, buffalo gourd, and another that I'm blanking out on the name of.

There are some flowers and herbs that can be made into a tea and splashed on the skin to help with body odor.

Another thing to add to the prepper repertoire.

7 posted on 06/21/2014 5:24:27 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For now.


8 posted on 06/21/2014 5:24:30 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
From Wikipedia:

The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are claimed to be the largest in the world, according to an announcement in early 2011 by then president Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan government. The reported proven reserves reach 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3), surpassing that of the previous long-term world leader, Saudi Arabia.

OPEC said that Saudi Arabia's reserves stood at 265 billion barrels (4.21×1010 m3) in 2009. The appropriateness of this politically beneficial rapid increase in Venezuela's proven reserves is controversial.

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So Venezuela has the money to buy all the deodorant in the western hemisphere. The petrodollars must be going SOMEWHERE. (Swiss bank accounts??)

WHY would 297 billion barrels of oil reserves be "controversial" unless they are a LIE?

9 posted on 06/21/2014 5:28:42 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is a direct cause of their government policies of course


10 posted on 06/21/2014 5:31:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

ho can this be in the socialist utopia of vuvuzeela?


11 posted on 06/21/2014 5:43:25 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cloudmountain

Reserves are meaningless for wealth, only production.

Oil in the ground doesn’t become money in the bank, until it is out of the ground.


12 posted on 06/21/2014 5:50:18 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Secret Agent Man

All those artsy libs with bright hair color and nails... man... they must hate gays down there.


13 posted on 06/21/2014 6:10:06 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Deodorant? How bourgeois. You’re allowed to be as hairy and stinky as your comrades in your socialist utopia.


14 posted on 06/21/2014 6:12:52 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

At least Russia had endless vodka.

Maybe they can ferment and drink their oil.


15 posted on 06/21/2014 6:13:37 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I must be getting old. Gone are the days when I would go into a tiz over nail polish.

Now...Toilet paper. That’s a different matter altogether.


16 posted on 06/21/2014 6:32:42 PM PDT by berdie
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers PING!!

Hat tip to Roos_Girl for the heads up.


17 posted on 06/21/2014 6:39:36 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Yoo Hoo! Sunblock of my own invention..."

Grandparents everywhere will know what that's from.

/johnny

18 posted on 06/21/2014 6:42:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: berdie
Sponge. Stick.

The romans had some good technology.

Paper wasn't one of those things.

/johnny

19 posted on 06/21/2014 6:44:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer
Roman method. Clean as a whistle.

/johnny

20 posted on 06/21/2014 6:45:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I don’t know how much baking soda goes for in Venezuela, but it makes a dandy substitute for shampoo. True, you won’t get that lather effect, but your hair will be clean and shiny. Gar-un-teed!


21 posted on 06/21/2014 6:48:54 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sponge. Stick.

Hmmm...I’ll store that in my memory bank for future reference.


22 posted on 06/21/2014 6:59:18 PM PDT by berdie
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To: workerbee

AND your scalp doesn’t itch! Yay for NaHCO3! (How does it work since it’s not a detergent?)


23 posted on 06/21/2014 7:03:36 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Mind your atomic bonds.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No problem ,soon they’ll all smell the same and no one will notice


24 posted on 06/21/2014 7:04:35 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: berdie
Having field tested a lot of what I suggest.....

I suggest that you buy all the TP that you can afford and have room for.

Then... consider the sponge and stick Roman method.

/johnny

25 posted on 06/21/2014 7:07:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The cash-strapped government has been dealing with all sorts of scarcities

Gee. How does this always happen in socialist countries? Huh. What a mystery.

26 posted on 06/21/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If they are truly good looking, like me, you can get by on just about anything....


27 posted on 06/21/2014 7:15:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; Kartographer

Socialist Venezuela: home of hot, smelly chicks. Maybe the Bus Driver will die from a whiff of all that BO.


28 posted on 06/21/2014 7:19:40 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I sincerely hope the George Washington of Venezuela arises soon.

These people deserve better.


29 posted on 06/21/2014 7:21:00 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: cloudmountain

It might actually be true, but the mighty, glorious socialists simply cannot get it out of the ground, because they’re not practicing real socialism. /sarc


30 posted on 06/21/2014 7:21:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: workerbee

Baking soda for toothpaste. I could live just fine with baking soda, bar soap, deodorant and tp.


31 posted on 06/21/2014 7:33:29 PM PDT by bgill
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To: berdie

I don’t do nail polish, either. It doesn’t last two minutes working in the garden and hand washing dishes.


32 posted on 06/21/2014 7:36:00 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Ellendra

What flowers help with body odor?


33 posted on 06/21/2014 7:38:13 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ferfal wrote about using toiletries as bribes during the Argentinian crisis


34 posted on 06/21/2014 7:41:43 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The cash-strapped government has been dealing with all sorts of scarcities – from staples like milk to medical supplies – because the country has put controls on the purchase of hard currency.”

I think I see the problem.


35 posted on 06/21/2014 7:41:58 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

“cash-strapped government”

Here is an idea, allow the private sector to import and sell stuff for profit and reap the taxes from that.


36 posted on 06/21/2014 7:42:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Patriot Babe

Lavender and chamomile are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Somewhere I’ve got a book that listed several. No idea where that book went.


37 posted on 06/21/2014 7:44:41 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: bgill
I don't do nail polish either, unless my grand-daughter wants me to paint her fingernails or toenails. I never could get a color that works for me in the dirt.

I'm ok with good old lye soap and cold water. Everything else... that's pretty vain.

My daughter may complain, but grumpy old man works for me. ;)

/johnny

38 posted on 06/21/2014 7:50:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Ellendra
Corn starch can be dusted on and is a great deodorant. I brush my teeth with baking soda, not because I can't buy toothpaste but because it works better for me.
39 posted on 06/21/2014 7:50:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ellendra
Soapwort root and aloe work pretty well for cleaning. They are naturally saponified.

/johnny

40 posted on 06/21/2014 7:53:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Something’s rotten in Caracas.


41 posted on 06/21/2014 8:03:24 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Socialist Venezuela: home of hot, smelly chicks.

That would make a great article for travelandleisure.com.

42 posted on 06/21/2014 8:13:21 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I stayed in an Embassy Suites in Caracas a few years back (Chavez was still alive). I asked at the desk what the exchange rate was, dollar to bolivar. You would have thought I had just told them their mother was about to be crucified - they were terrified and wouldn’t answer - they suggested I go across the street to the government Currency Exchange. I never did get the money changed.


43 posted on 06/21/2014 8:55:23 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Ditter
Corn starch can be dusted on and is a great deodorant.

I've read that, but when I tried it it seemed to make things worse. My body chemistry can be a little weird, maybe it works for other people.

Depending on the situation, it may be better to eat it than wear it :)
44 posted on 06/21/2014 8:56:22 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Venezuela is a Narco Nation. Iran funded Chavez campaign. Chavez turned Venezuela into the biggest drug distributor in the world.

Chavez legalized drugs, and banned guns. Venezuela became the murder capital of the world.

Today a once wealthy nation, has cocaine on every corner, but no toilet paper.

Beware of drug legalization, and gun regulations.


45 posted on 06/21/2014 9:43:10 PM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: exit82

“I sincerely hope the George Washington of Venezuela arises soon.”

Historian and historical novelist James Michener discussed the different outcomes seen in former Spanish colonies and former British colonies.

Michener was an aficionado of Spain and all things Spanish, but he clearly saw that the corruption in the Spanish monarchy and colonial governments had sown seeds of corruption that bloom perennially even today.

When somebody says “corrupt regime” does your mind go to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, or to places like Columbia, Nicaragua, and the Philippines?

I don’t know how these former Spanish colonies can excise corruption from the very hearts of their cultures, but we have just seen that putting a murdering commie scumbag in charge is not the answer.

I don’t think they’re ready for a George Washington.


46 posted on 06/21/2014 9:50:53 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: mgist

Venezuela is also a China funded nation. China bought the crude on futures contracts that Chavez used to essentially buy votes from the peasants. It’s all falling apart.


47 posted on 06/21/2014 9:56:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Maybe the Bus Driver will die from a whiff of all that BO

Just as Europe has just about conquered BO, Venezuela starts it up. In this case, deodorant is just not available. During the latter part of the Franco regime, the government ran ads urging people to use deodorant with little dramas like a couple on a bus making eyes at each other until they get close enough for a whiff and one gags and runs off. Reasons for European stink at the time was the price of deodorant, many cold water flats and folks just not accustomed to bathing regularly.

48 posted on 06/21/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: bgill

Baking soda, salt, and food grade hydrogen peroxide make and excellent toothpaste. Store in a diced pimientos 4 oz. jar. All 5 of my teeth are pearly white. At family reunions my relatives think I am getting uppity.


49 posted on 06/21/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: DeFault User

’ Reasons for European stink at the time was the price of deodorant, many cold water flats and folks just not accustomed to bathing regularly.’

In Europe bathing was thought to be bad for the health therefore they invented perfume to hide the stink. I think it was the French and least I read that somewhere.

In my family we have always been advanced in our thinking, always on the cutting edge, healthwise. So from our youngest years we were taught to bathe at least twice a year. I have no need for deodorants since my natural body order makes me irresistible to women. I am blessed.


50 posted on 06/21/2014 11:30:17 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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