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January 29, 2013
1:38 am
Duke of LoL
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So when I wear my plugs they tend to get really really cold. The weather has a really big influence on this haha. My lobes are pretty thin (thanks to impatience) and I was wondering if there was a possibility that they could get too cold? As I'm writing this I notice how this question sounds, but please patronize me lol.

January 29, 2013
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Yes they can get too cold. The blood vessels shrink in cold, and circulation can be dramitcally hindered. I've seen pictures which show lobes which it is claimed have 'died' as a result of extreme cold.

Makes sure they are covered by a hat, scarf or ear muffs if you have to be in the cold for a long time. Wearing plugs of wood or silicone rather than metal or stone helps too. Also make sure they get a good massage after, as well as morning and night. I also use a lobe butter in cold weather, which gives a little extra protection.

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January 29, 2013
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Thank you oakbear! My ears have always got very cold and it bothered me! I will get some silicone tunnels haha I have been waiting for an excuse to buy some more plugs anyway!Cool

January 29, 2013
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I always stay away from tunnels during winter, as the air circulation in them seems to make everything even colder.

Oakbear, what is this lobe butter?

January 30, 2013
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The butter i see marketed general is Holey Butt'r. It's basically a balm of nut butters, oils and wax.
It's good enough but very pricey. I make my own which is much cheaper and much better for cold.

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January 30, 2013
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Recipe, please?!

January 30, 2013
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I take my lobe jewelry out and put it in my pocket on super cold days… I learned it from the big dogs in Philly, PA rockin the 1 inch or bigger lobes in the winter snow. Solid wood plugs are best IMO in freezing temps. I use pure shea butter when I need more protection than coconut oil will provide. Both products are affordable and easy to find.

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January 31, 2013
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I don't have the recipe for my final version to hand i'm afraid, but the main ingredients i have played with include jojoba wax (solid), mumuru butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, and babassu oil. You can then add other oils to scent or add healing properties to taste. I like rosehip and benzoin resin, but there's lots which help. I use cinnamon for my own winter mix, but be careful as some people have a reaction to that oil.

Basically you melt oil and wax together and let it set. That's all there is to it! The more wax the harder it will be.

I recommend having a play at it, it's fun. Smile

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February 1, 2013
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I'll have to try some of that! I'm not sure where to get all of that where I'm at, but we'll see if I can find it.

February 1, 2013
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Thank all of you for the suggestions! I appreciate it Smile

February 2, 2013
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Soap making and cosmetic supplies will have the ingredients if you want to try making a balm. I use an online one over here, but there are plenty available.

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February 6, 2013
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i always have a skimask handy for when the cold weather hits not only for my lobes but lets face it metal conducts cold and i have a lot of metal in my face so the more covered the safer and warmer you'll beWink

February 8, 2013
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The pictures you've seen wherein someone claims their lobes have died because of extreme cold are absolutely true. It's frostbite, and it can effect any part of the body. It sets in first in the fingers and toes, but a couple lobes with stone or metal will be just as vulnerable, if not more. Metal especially is a very good conductor of heat. Kristen is also right about tunnels. Metal tunnels would be the equivalent of putting heat-sinks in your ears.

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February 12, 2013
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I would think that metal would also be a good conductor or cold also. I always wear cheap acrylic plugs when it's cold and they always get really cold. So if some acrylic can get that cold, then wouldn't metal be colder?

February 12, 2013
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Cold is a lack of heat. Metal conducts heat out of the skin, leaving it cold. So yeah, you're right. Of all the materials used in body jewelry, metal is probably the best thermal conductor. This means that heat travels very easily through it. Heat always moves from the warmest area to the coldest. For body jewelry, it means the metal pulls heat out of the body very quickly on a cold day.

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February 15, 2013
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I would typically wear my Horn plugs during the winter months and then switch to my Stainless Steel Tunnels during the Summer, Spring, and some of the Fall months.
Hats, beanies, earmuffs, etc are a great addition to your arsenal of cold fighting tools.
I also found that using a moisturizer at night as well as an oil to massage your lobes works well, especially after a cold day.
My lobes always seemed to be cold and the skin dried out, so the moisturizer would help a lot. :)
I'm not sure how many other people have used this method, but it has worked for me in the past.
Good luck!

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