A few weeks ago, I bought a quart of Queen Helene cocoa butter lotion for $3.29. I’d never heard of the brand. Got it because it was cocoa butter, and cheap. Turns out it’s been around since the 1930s. It’s thick, and a dime sized blub of it is enough to cover both of my legs. So, why do hotels/motels place 1 oz. of runny shit in your room, labeled lotion, when an ounce of this fantastic stuff would probably cost a nickel, or less, with a contract for distribution? This is the kind of lotion my gran in Iowa used to use, and it still rocks ~90 years later.
The other old-timey thing I love is Bag Balm. It’s mostly petroleum jelly and lanolin, but has an antiseptic, too. Like Brylcreem, a little dab’ll do ya, for basic scrapes, if you don’t want to use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and it’s much less greasy than anything with bacitracin. Bag Balm has been around since the 1800s. There’s a reason why.
Old time remedies really do work. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t still be around.