Crocodile skinOils have been one of the biggest skin care obsessions for awhile now. We are seeing more and more body oils, oil cleansers and cleansing oil body washes, taking up store shelf space. Even people who were suspicious of oils are now embracing different oil products like  coconut oil, thanks to its 238 different uses. Even if you are an oil lover, you will probably raise your eyebrows at the latest oil the beauty industry is buzzing about: crocodile oil.

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Forget about rosehip oil, argan oil and all your other essential oils, crocodile oil is definitely at the top of the most unique oils list. The term “crocodile oil” isn’t just an interesting name for a product that doesn’t have to do with reptiles, this oil involves real crocs. The Telegraph reported that crocodile oil is derived from the fat of the animal and it contains lots of naturally occurring ingredients that heal skin including vitamins A and E, linoleic acid, oleic acid and omega 3, 6 and 9.

In an ironic twist, crocodile oil is actually used to treat dry skin. Who would have thought that a scaly reptile would have the oil to give us soft, moisturized skin? The antioxidant-rich ingredients naturally found in crocodile fat also help to treat irritation, psoriasis, eczema and inflammation.

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It isn’t like you can pick up a crocodile cream as easily as you can a jar of coconut oil but you can find beauty products online. South African brand Repcillin produce a variety of products from Nile crocodile oil including soap, scrubs, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner. Repcillin have been approved by the Organic Standard Soil Association, Fair Trade, and Eco Salt and hold other well-being certificates. They also do not test on animals.Crocodile Oil Concentrate Balm

(Repicillin Crocodile Oil Balm Concentrate 100 ml)

If you are wondering about how Repcillin source their crocodile oil, they get it from a crocodile breeding farm that adheres to strict regulations that supplies meat and skins to different places in Europe. (FYI: “Crocodile breeding farm” is a term “used to describe any facility that breeds and/or grows crocodiles for commercial purposes and in accordance with the strict regulations of the CITES convention,” according to Repcillin.) The crocodile fat was a by-product that was usually discarded but it is now being utilized in their products. A single crocodile produces about 600g of fat.

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Are you a bit freaked out by the whole thing or are you intrigued enough to see how crocodile oil compares to coconut oil, argan oil, et al? If you are looking to try out some crocodile products, Repcillin’s range starts at £4 (approximately $6) for a lip balm and goes up to £95 (approximately $145) for a 100 ml Crocodile Oil Balm High Concentrate. Try them out and see if your scaly skin disappears for good.

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