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Sep 19, 2012 04:57 PM

Why you should always carry olive oil/ College Chow Tips

Um...this "tip" if one of us made it, would be deleted SO fast by a mod. Seeing it was Awkward, gross even. Think you crossed into bad taste territory.

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  1. The earlier tip about scrubing your face with a mixture of olive oil and Kosher salt to treat acne was also a bit burly. Not only a quasi CHOW tip, most Derm Docs I know would never make such a recommendation for treating delicate facial skin. That tip made me gringe (but not as much as the coffee grinds as facial scrub tip did).

    Since the intern CH is speaking to college students I'm hoping they have the good sense to take the advice with a grain of (Kosher) SALT.

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    1. re: HillJ

      It's a Chow Tip! What, I should ignore chowhounds and their posts, who are not in my age group? And really ,you a I both know if we posted , "OH BTW, have olive oil on your pocket, so when your fly is dragging, apply your trusty OO to it in public, to slide that zip right up." would be deleted so fast! But hey, lets make it a cheesy vid...OMG now it is so kewl. Not.

        1. re: Quine

          It's not clear if you're objecting to the fact that it was a zipper specifically, or to the non-food uses of food, but there have been threads about the latter on Not About Food:

          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            You are kidding right? I am unclear that it is awkward, semi-gross to watch some guy rub his gappy, stuck zipper in public, with oil, and let's throw in a female "study-partner"?


            1. re: Quine

              This level of humor for a college student is about as gross as watching paint dry or grass grow. Can one possibly find, in an Internet full of triple X porn and long range shots of British royalty in a state of semi-undress, this so objectionable as to take offense? I don't know how you can actually go on the internet without having a moral meltdown if you find this completely inoffensive little video to be a problem?

              1. re: Servorg

                Because I am on the Chowhound site, not College or TMZ. Geesh, Context, man, context.

                1. re: Quine

                  Your on the CHOW side...not Chowhound...and this wouldn't be offensive it it were on Methodists for Morels...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    You're. it it. BTW I was on Chowhound, and it was right under the "front-burner talk about food and restaurants" Which btw, is now, wanting to show me a how to make a roast pork tenderloin...I better skip that so I do not again stray into unclear territory.

              2. re: Quine

                I figured the female study partner represented an alternate use for the pocket-size container of olive oil...

        2. Apples (Chow) to Oranges (Chowhound)

          1. I saw the pic of the olive oil flask being slid into a blue jean pocket and couldn't imagine that it would be anything useful.

            The thrust (no pun intended) of the tip is not surprising , especially in light of the most recent survey. So many of the questions regarded social media networking and beginning level cooking/shopping skills that it lead me to believe that there is a renewed effort being made to increase the younger demographics. I just hope the dumbing down approach does not become the Chow business plan.

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            1. re: meatn3

              I don't see the harm in targeting young people or appealing to what young people respond to as long as the information and "advice" is researched.

              I can't think of one derm doc that would subscribe to the use of olive oil or coffee scrub for the face; especially with a skin condition. Carrying around a bottle of olive oil...well...I don't know how to respond..but folks do carry around condiments that they love. but then again, I may be assuming too little or not enough about the hard working staff at CHOW being like-minded in their youthful approach to the offerings on the CHOW side of this website. Much of the content is light hearted and playful. many writers and commentators have come & gone already. Maybe I'm just too old and too jaded to get it...but I'd like to think I'm never too old to be enlightened.

              1. re: HillJ

                "I can't think of one derm doc that would subscribe to the use of olive oil or coffee scrub for the face; especially with a skin condition."

                There seems to be quite a few sites that recommend olive oil for skin treatment purposes. Just a couple of them which I linked here you can see below.



                1. re: Servorg

                  Servorg, beauty tips and natural beauty fixes/suggestions aren't medical endorsements. My sibs been a derm doc for 25 years. I'll stick with her and her colleagues on this one.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I always get this distinct feeling that there may be some slight conflict of interest when it comes to things like olive oil (that don't affect the bottom line for the positive) as far as the medical community is concerned...

                    1. re: Servorg

                      When people come to my sib after weeks of using some junk science to treat a skin condition which now requires weeks of medicine to heal the skin, the bottom line becomes a doctors job to do no harm. The distinct feeling I get is that people place their faith in junk for any # of reasons until they actually realize they need a specialist for help.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I've come up with a couple of extremely effective solutions using the internet for problems that all the Rx medicine that 3 different derm docs prescribed for me didn't please pardon me when I take a lot of the professionals and their recommendations with a very large grain of salt...

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Absolutely, Servorg. Results exist on both sides of the aisle. And back on point, videos like the one on CHOW should have disclaimers so anyone tuning in would know better than to scrub the paint off their face with kosher salt and oil.

                2. re: HillJ

                  I'm fine on trying to attract young people. I just think it can be done without dumbing down content. Much of what I've seen on Chow leads me to think that TPTB think otherwise. I think that viewpoint shortchanges the demographic by making the assumption that they are only interested in trends and adolescent titillation.

                  I meet young folks frequently who are passionate about food. They are experimental and very interested in growing, cooking and eating. Olive oil in your pocket would just make them roll their eyes and move on to something else.

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Excellent observation, meatn3. Can't really argue there!

                    1. re: meatn3

                      i don't think CHOW is going after the younger generation so much as the "real housewives" type demographic. i also think that the content of the site, or decline thereof, reflects this.

                      i agree that if the primary demographic CHOW was going for was "young" they would have a bigger focus on current food issues such as sustainability and other meta-issues rather than skin-care and some user-generated recent threads i could mention. :(

                      1. re: soupkitten

                        No reason to turn the discussion on users, soupk. Whatever the reason for video "tips" such as these it's fine to comment about them and ask WHY, right?

                        Besides, CHOW staffers are representing a company not just a handful of tuners in. The content becomes a staff choice. Guinea pigs, we?