5 Reasons Crocodile Oil Is the New Coconut Oil

Say sayonara to those scales.

Crocodile Skin
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There's no shortage of all-purpose essential oils in the beauty world. You've got coconut (opens in new tab), argan, marula (opens in new tab), avocado, jojoba, and many more— all with antioxidants in spade that make your skin smoother and your hair that much softer.

In fact, for awhile, it seemed like we were in the midst of an Oil Overload. That is, until we met the one that renewed our love of the beauty go-to—crocodile oil. The very name alone was enough to hook us—surely this was the solution for our newly-minted lizard skin. And according to the Telegraph (opens in new tab), it's just that.

An age-old skin-healing secret of Mexico, Madagascar, and South Africa, it's now getting worldwide attention via Repcillin (opens in new tab), a beauty brand that's formulates soaps, scrubs, balms, and shampoos with Nile crocodile oil. 

Because we know you're curious, here are a few reasons why you might want to abandon coconut oil (at least for the colder months) and channel your inner croc.

It's *incredible* for dry skin

Even though crocodiles are notorious for their scaly skin, their fat is rich in skin-healing/softening ingredients such as vitamin E and A, linoleic acid, sapogens, and antiseptic terpines. This is why it's been used for centuries to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It's also great for thirsty, crackly lips.

It will reduce redness in the skin

Crocodile oil is also packed with fatty acids, like omega 3, 6, and 9, which are anti-inflammatory i.e. will lessen the appearance of redness for sensitive, pinky-prone skin.

It can heal wounds and irritation

It contains oleic acid, which is a key ingredient for cell regeneration. According to one study (opens in new tab), croc oil can significantly accelerate the wound-healing process, as well as reduce the appearance of scars.

Repcillin Crocodile Oil Balm

(Image credit: Repcillin)

It's ultra-nourishing for your hair

Whether you're using it to wash your hair with Repcillin's shampoo or in the purest form to slick back your hair à la Nicole Richie, it will hydrate your strands to silk status.

It's sourced ethically

While sourced from crocodiles, ethically-minded companies like Repcillin have their practices and products approved by environmental organizations like Not Tested on Animals, Fairtrade, and Eco Salt. So you can breathe a little easier. 

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Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.