Crocodiles are regarded as one of the most respected living fossils due to their resistance to evolutionary change. So can their natural properties help us with evolution? CrocodOil prepares you for a revolutionary skincare like no other on the market…
In Chinese medicine crocodile oil was legendary for its healing powers, so husband and wife, Lloyd and Barbara Bantleman put two and two together to create CrocodOil.
Back in 2015, while on holiday in Zambia Lloyd and Barbara discovered what Crocodile Oil can do for human skin problems. Once they arrived back in the UK they started their research mission. The findings amazed them!
With their findings, they realised that if they wanted to create a completely different skin care range, they would have to venture back to South Africa to talk to suppliers. After several weeks they chose a supplier who clearly demonstrated their family’s commitment to animal welfare, the environment plus absolute attention to detail in the desire to produce luxury products.
Once back in the UK the search was on to find a production partner, to ensure that the raw product was as pure as possible. They teamed up with an established, London laboratory who now formulates, produces and packs all the finished oils and creams.
I spoke to Barbara to find out more on why these oils and creams are so great for not only the environment but you:
Farming Waste By-Product
“Animals are farmed for their highly valued skin and their meat – people wear leather shoes and eat the meat. The local African population can’t all afford to buy ‘normal’ meat (lamb, beef etc), but they can buy cheap crocodile meat from their local farms, which is an invaluable source of high protein for a balanced diet.
If we didn’t buy the oil it would be incinerated as the farmers have no use for it, so better to use this by-product and put it to some positive use, rather than waste. Not buying croc oil will make no difference to the farming industry as it’s so insignificant to them.”
“The farms we trade with do an awful lot of work to re-populate African rivers with new young crocs and they NEVER take animals from the wild, quite the reverse in fact.
The farmers have ‘hatcheries’ where they put the eggs after they’ve been collected on the farm. Once the small crocs have grown big enough to fend for themselves in the wild, the farmer takes a percentage of these and puts them out in the wild rivers. This is a good contributory factor in why Nile Crocs in Africa are no longer considered at risk. Without the farmer doing this, the breed would be much rarer.”
“I was sceptical about how animals were reared which is why I travelled to see the farms myself, talk to some of the farm workers, as well as the owners and have a good walk around.
My first impression on driving on the hills and seeing the different ponds and landscaping was ‘it’s a spa for crocs’!
Animal welfare is key for the farmers. One, because they are decent human-beings who care for and look after their lifestock, just like our organic farmers here do. But secondly because if the animals were kept in conditions too close together, or if they didn’t have the stimulating and natural conditions to live in they would become bored, or agitated which is when they become aggressive and are likely to lash out at one-another. If a skin is damaged in any way it has no value and can’t be sold. So there is also the very real commercial reason for excellent animal welfare as well.”
“CrocodOil isn’t for everyone and I think only a true vegetarian who never uses any animal products in diet, clothes etc would have a lifestyle reason for not being positive about us. However, it was interesting that a vegetarian beautician did buy CrocodOil for her salon because she said that if an animal was to be killed for its skin or meat, she felt better that the entire animal could be used, rather than throwing elements away.”
Natural Versus Chemical
“There are lots of chemicals that have been developed and advancements that really help lots of skin issues. However, there’s also lots of new health scares every month about different chemicals, parabens etc which are then removed from products. Crocodile oil, just like lots of other natural ingredients has been used by our ancestors for generations. Many are organic and fit in with the natural ‘cycle’ of farming life. I think croc oil really fits into this category perfectly.”
Vanity and Beauty
“CrocodOil isn’t really for people with perfect skin (although it makes good skin feel and look great). I started off thinking of all those people with skin problems who want to look nice, who have bad skin and have tried things that don’t work. Dry, uneven skin tones and flaky skin is no base for make up to sit on and look good. A lot of women think they can’t wear make up because it looks ok for a short time and then their true, skin with all its problems shows through and their skin looks worse! This is very personal because I was one of those women!
If your skin is naturally great you’re very lucky, but many people are not so lucky and need real help and this is where CrocodOil comes into its own.
For people who suffer with bad skin and don’t know where to go for advice and help, social media is a life-line and I think that having used and trialled the oil should help you reach out to a lot of girls and women who are not happy in their own skin.”
So what does the oil actually contain?
Crocodile oil contains the following properties:
• Bacteriostatic, doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria
• Hypoallergenic, not known to cause skin irritation or have any side effects
• Highly penetrating and absorbs leaving no greasy feel
• Non-comedogenic, doesn’t clog pores
• Contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) needed for the body’s functions with strong anti-inflammatory properties but which can’t be produced by the body
• Vitamin E, a major antioxidant and healing agent
• Vitamin A, a known skin repairer and antioxidant
• Linoleic acid, which eases muscle aches and joint pain
• Oleic acid, a proven skin cell regenerator, anti-wrinkle agent
• Sapogens, proven skin softeners
• Terpines, known antiseptics
My experience with CrocodOil:
I have quite naturally dry skin. Barbara mentioned about halfway through the day make-up drying out skin even more, and making your flaws look even more obvious to the naked eye. This happens to me all the time!
I tried CrocodOil for 14 days straight before going to bed, and what a difference it made. My make-up was not only staying on longer, but my skin felt full of goodness. It was no longer dry when I woke up, and it was a lot easier to apply my make-up onto as well.
The only thing I would say about CrocodOil is…it smells. If you can get past the smell then you’re good to go, but my Sister tried the oil and couldn’t stand how sensitive she was to the natural odour.
I loved the product and would highly recommend to anyone with poor, dry and sensitive skin.
For more information on CrocodOil please visit the website here.
*This opportunity has been sent to Daisarella.com by a PR/brand but all opinions are my own*