Skip to comments.Beauty-Obsessed Venezuelans Dealing With Another Shortage: Personal Hygiene Products
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.
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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.
Vanity thy name is human :-)
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.
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.
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?
This is a direct cause of their government policies of course
ho can this be in the socialist utopia of vuvuzeela?
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.
All those artsy libs with bright hair color and nails... man... they must hate gays down there.
Deodorant? How bourgeois. You’re allowed to be as hairy and stinky as your comrades in your socialist utopia.
At least Russia had endless vodka.
Maybe they can ferment and drink their oil.
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.
Hat tip to Roos_Girl for the heads up.
Grandparents everywhere will know what that's from.
The romans had some good technology.
Paper wasn't one of those things.
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!
Hmmm...I’ll store that in my memory bank for future reference.
AND your scalp doesn’t itch! Yay for NaHCO3! (How does it work since it’s not a detergent?)
No problem ,soon they’ll all smell the same and no one will notice
I suggest that you buy all the TP that you can afford and have room for.
Then... consider the sponge and stick Roman method.
Gee. How does this always happen in socialist countries? Huh. What a mystery.
If they are truly good looking, like me, you can get by on just about anything....
Socialist Venezuela: home of hot, smelly chicks. Maybe the Bus Driver will die from a whiff of all that BO.
I sincerely hope the George Washington of Venezuela arises soon.
These people deserve better.
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
Baking soda for toothpaste. I could live just fine with baking soda, bar soap, deodorant and tp.
I don’t do nail polish, either. It doesn’t last two minutes working in the garden and hand washing dishes.
What flowers help with body odor?
Ferfal wrote about using toiletries as bribes during the Argentinian crisis
“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.
Here is an idea, allow the private sector to import and sell stuff for profit and reap the taxes from that.
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.
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. ;)
Something’s rotten in Caracas.
That would make a great article for travelandleisure.com.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
’ 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.