"This contains gold. It gives a Cinderella effect [sic!] and straightens the fine lines on the face."
"But doesn't that dry out the skin? To straighten it, the skin has to be pulled. What makes that happen?" I ask.
Vendor looks at me like I just arrived from the moon.
"It's what's inside the jar that does it. The contents."
This reminds me of my Pakistani neighbour who proudly brought me a box with pastry after a quick trip to Lahore. I had never seen such pieces before, dripping with sugar and probably popular at weddings.
"What is inside?'" I curiously asked.
"Bakery stuff", he explained.