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    Default Fullers Earth Cream in the DR?

    Has anyone come across Fullers Earth Cream in the DR? This is an old remedy used for absorbing impurities, the cream version comes as a thick grey cream the ingredients of which are:
    Kaolin heavy BP 20.76% w/w, zinc oxide BP 4.5% w/w, arachis oil (peanut oil), yellow beeswax (E901), light liquid paraffin, hard paraffin, wool alcohols (from lanolin) and yellow petroleum jelly

    My search here has so far produced blank looks. I was asked what it is used for and stupidly said nappy rash whereupon the farmacia produced Desitin which is a completely different substance (white, liquidy not thick cream with the main ingredient being zinc oxide 40% plus various inactive ingredients: BHA - Butylated hydroxyanisole, which is a fat preservative -, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc, Water).

    Failing all else I suppose I could look for the main powder ingredient - clay - but there seem to be conflicting views as to whether this is a hydrated aluminum silicate like Sodium Bentonite
    Hydrated Sodium Bentonite | Edible Clay Research

    or Calcium Montmorillonite
    History of Fuller's Earth, About Fullers Earth - HRP Industries, India

    So, my questions to chemists here or anyone else who knows are: does Fullers Earth Cream exist in the DR, is it presented in a different way, what is it called and where might I find it?

    Thank you for reading this.

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    You probably know this, Fullers earth cream is widely available on the internet in 60g size. It is also quite inexpensive. It also appears that it is marketed by several companies including Avon for $5.50
    I don't think any Pharmacy here will understand.

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    i have found the best thing for removing impurities is a hot piece of banana skin.

    Take one platano. Peel it. Heat skin in gas flame on cooker. Place on affected site for as long as can stand heat. Repeat.

    Works wonders and is a campo remedy.

    matilda

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    Banana, plantain or either?

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    Banana / plantain skin? Hmmm...haven't heard about that one. It might work and you may end up with clean but very stained http://www.dr1.com/forums/living/967...nana-ooze.html skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya View Post
    Banana, plantain or either?
    Well I actually used a rulo but I think Plantains would work as well. Must be green though and not maduro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Well I actually used a rulo but I think Plantains would work as well. Must be green though and not maduro
    If that works that would be the first I like about rulos...Love Bananas and Plantains, but never cared for Rulos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambada View Post
    Has anyone come across Fullers Earth Cream in the DR? This is an old remedy used for absorbing impurities, the cream version comes as a thick grey cream the ingredients of which are:
    Kaolin heavy BP 20.76% w/w, zinc oxide BP 4.5% w/w, arachis oil (peanut oil), yellow beeswax (E901), light liquid paraffin, hard paraffin, wool alcohols (from lanolin) and yellow petroleum jelly

    My search here has so far produced blank looks. I was asked what it is used for and stupidly said nappy rash whereupon the farmacia produced Desitin which is a completely different substance (white, liquidy not thick cream with the main ingredient being zinc oxide 40% plus various inactive ingredients: BHA - Butylated hydroxyanisole, which is a fat preservative -, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc, Water).

    Failing all else I suppose I could look for the main powder ingredient - clay - but there seem to be conflicting views as to whether this is a hydrated aluminum silicate like Sodium Bentonite
    Hydrated Sodium Bentonite | Edible Clay Research

    or Calcium Montmorillonite
    History of Fuller's Earth, About Fullers Earth - HRP Industries, India

    So, my questions to chemists here or anyone else who knows are: does Fullers Earth Cream exist in the DR, is it presented in a different way, what is it called and where might I find it?

    Thank you for reading this.
    I have sent an email to our very helpful and knowledgeable pharmacist in Cabarete and will let you know when I receive a reply as to whether she knows of a source or a suitable alternative.

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    Thank you, whirley, that was most helpful of you. And thank you to the others for the suggestions including the person who very kindly mailed me to see if his wife could pick up some in US. I'll tell you now what I use it for - as a lip salve. I don't wear lipstick & it is by far the most effective remedy I have found for dry lips. Better by far than all the Body Shop lip balms, & other brand gels, salves etc. I didn't mention that earlier because I didn't want people to waste their time looking up other lip salves etc. So..........I really would like to locate a source here in the DR - we'll see what whirley's pharmacist comes up with.

    I can believe your banana skin remedy for impurities, Matilda. For those old enough to remember Donovan's song back in the '60's Mellow Yellow......... not sure if your body would feel cleansed or you would feel so high that it wouldn't matter anyway............
    The Psychedelic Properties of Banana Peel: an Appraisal A. D. KRIKORIAN
    Full article in Economic Botany Volume 22, Number 4 October, 1968.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambada View Post
    ..... I'll tell you now what I use it for - as a lip salve. I don't wear lipstick & it is by far the most effective remedy I have found for dry lips.
    Gosh, I thought it was going to be used to try and make Grahame look handsome so that is why you are trying to find a supplier that carries it in gallon jugs.

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