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These are strong statements made by the SABS, if it is "better" than emu oil why has it not know as well as emu oil?


1. This information below was supplied by the man who imports a crocodile oil-based cream into the USA.

2. Here is some information about the people who created this cream: "John and Julie Sweet only recently started to market Repcillin – a play on the words reptile and penicillin – which they believe has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. So, to John’s colourful career so far as fashion and baby photographer, tour guide, ski instructor, barman, bookie, author and internet racing tipster, you can add croc balm salesman. John now writes horse-racing software, while former secretary Julie is an astrologer with a yen for natural healing."

3. Here is a quote from the creator: "The oil in Repcillin comes from a registered Cites crocodile farm in Natal. Although I have not commissioned any empirical tests, I’m not making any claims .... it’s a topical balm that you can put on anything" comment added to mainspace article by Almost-instinct (talk) 11:31, 19 April 2008 (UTC)User:, 14 April 2005. Copied to Talk page by Dick G (talk) 04:58, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Previous contested content (now removed):

  • The most important property of crocodile oil is It is highly penetrating. This ability to penetrate the stratum corneum barrier of the skin, brought about by the high levels of oleic acid , has in it the basis for many new uses in the future.
Crocodile oil could be combined with various medicinals or cosmetic materials to take them beneath this barrier and could do it relatively more cheaply than the costly liposomes and iontophorisis now available. At the present time, chiropractors and massage therapists are using crocodile oil for this penetrating ability because it gets into the muscles and relaxes them so that the chiropractic work that has been done lasts longer.
The fatty acids in crocodile oil are anti-inflammatory. There is much anecdotal material available on the anti-inflammatory abilities of crocodile oil. It has been shown to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness in joints, to reduce recent bruising and muscle pain, and ease sports related muscle strains as well.
Crocodile oil is a good emulsifier, has good "blendability." This means that it has the ability to blend oil and water together and produce a cream that does not feel oily on the skin. The problem is that most creams do not penetrate the skin barrier. Crocodile oil does penetrate the skin barrier and do so without leaving an oily residue behind. This bodes very well for its future use in cosmetics as well as pharmaceutical uses.
Another important property of crocodile oil is that it is bacteriostatic. Tests show that in its pure state, crocodile oil grows no bacterial organisms. Pure non-contaminatedcrocodile oil has a long shelf life for this reason and also because of its low levels of polyunsaturated fats which are the most subject to oxidation and eventual rancidity. This bacteriostatic activity will be of great help in future uses both cosmetically and pharmaceutically.
Crocodile oil has a low potential for irritation of the skin. It is shown to have almost no side effects, and this means that even at full strength, crocodile oil has irritation levels so low that they are the same as those found in putting water on the skin, i.e. practically nonexistent. This enhances its abilities in sports medicine and in massage and chiropractic as well. This characteristic is unusual and it also betters its position as an anti-inflammatory because most of the anti-inflammatory drugs are irritating and have side effects.
Crocodile oil is not comedogenic, that is to say it does not clog up pores and thus does not cause pimples when used. This cannot be said for mineral oil (one of the current, popular carrier oils in cosmetics and rubbing oils) which can cause outbreaks of pimples when used.
It is a good moisturizer which adds to its protective ability and promotes anti-aging of the skin. Researchers believe that its unique combination of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids may be an explanation for its ability to enhance the willingness of the upper layers of the skin to hold water. It increases the thickness of human skin 2.5 times, thus reducing its tendency to wrinkle.
There is anecdotal material regardingthe same fatty acids in crocodile oil and its use in anti-aging and wound healing abilities. Stories of the oil being applied to burns and causing them to heal at a far faster rate abound. Testimonials can be found on this site.
Topical use of the same fatty acids found in crocodile oil have been proved to eliminate all inflammation caused by arthritis joint swelling and bone abrasion due to lack of cartilage
Emu oil has for years been the leader in topical use for skin repair and cell regeneration. In the table below it can be seen that crocodile oil has even more of the fatty asics which have proved so beneficial in the past.
EFA Snake Oil Evening Primrose Emu Oil Boraghe Oil Grape Seed
Palmitoleic Acids C16:1 6.00 < 0.5 4.2 0.3-0.5 < 1
Palmitic Acid C16:0 23.00 5 - 10 21 9 - 11 6 - 9
Myristic Acid C14:0 0.94 0 0.2 0 0
Stearic Acid C18:0 6.00 1 - 2 10.7 3.4 - 4.2 3 - 6
Oleic Acid C18:1 39.00 5 - 10 46 15 - 19 12 - 25
Linoleic Acid C18:2 20 70 -75 6.5 34 - 40 < 1
Alpha Linolenic Acid C18:3 1.37 < 1 2 0 0
Palmitoleic acid An unsaturated fatty acid, found in marine animal oils
Palmitic acid also called hexadecanoic acid, is one of the most common saturated fatty acids found in animals and plants
Myristic acid a rare fatty acid
Stearic acid has been shown to Used to lower cholesterol by 21%
Oleic acid Lowers LDL cholesteral by 15%
Linoleic acid An essential fatty acid which the body needs but cannot be manufatutured in the body primary source of the omega-6 fatty acid
Alpha-Linolenic acid An essential fatty acid which the body needs but cannot be manufatutured in the body Part of the Omega-3 family
Repcillin recently had crocodile oil analysed by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This is the first time that these tests have been done anywhere in the world on crocodile fat and Repcillin holds the original certificate with the complete specification sheet.

Contents of cited reference[edit]

Here are the details of the sole cited reference:

ANIMAL FATS AND OILS: Their Practical Production, Purification and Uses for a great Variety of Purposes. Their Pro- perties, Falsification and Examination. Translated from the German of Louis Edgar Andes. Sixty-two Illustrations. 240 pp. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Demy 8vo. Price 10s. 6d. net. (Post free, 10s. lOd. home; lis. 3d. abroad.) Contents.

Introduction — Occurrence, Origm, Properties and Chemical Constitution of Animal Fats — Preparation of Animal Fats and Oils — Machinery — Tallow-melting Plant — Extraction Plant — Presses — Filtering Apparatus — Butter : Raw Material and Preparation, Properties, Adul- terations, Beef Lard or Remelted Butter, Testing — Candle-flsh Oil — Mutton-Tallow — Hare Fat — Goose Fat — Neatsfoot Oil — Bone Fat: Bone Boiling, Steaming Bones, Extraction, Refining — Bone Oil — Artificial Butter: Oleomargarine, Margarine Manufacture in France, Grasso's Process, " Kaiser's Butter," Jahr & Miinzberg's Method, Filbert's Process, Winter's Method — Human Fat — Horse Fat — Beef Marrow — Turtle Oil — Hog's Lard: Raw Material — Preparation, Properties, Adulterations, Examination — Lard Oil — Fish Oils — Liver Oils — Artificial Train Oil — Wool Fat: Properties, Purified Wool Fat — Spermaceti: Examination of Fats and Oils in General.[1]

Here is the blurb: "A Handbook For Manufacturers Of Oil- And Fat-Products, Soap And Candle Makers, Agriculturists, Tanners, Etc., Etc." [2]

Others book by this author:

  • "IRON-CORROSION, ANTI-FOULING AND ANTI-CORROSIVE PAINTS. Translated from the German of LOUIS EDGAR ANDES. Sixty-two Illustrations. 275 pp. Demy 8vo. Price 10s. 6d. net. (Post free, 10s. 10d. home; 11s. 3d. abroad.)" [3]
  • "DRYING OILS, BOILED OIL AND SOLID AND LIQUID DRIERS. By L.E. ANDES. Expressly Written for this Series of Special Technical Books, and the Publishers hold the Copyright for English and Foreign Editions. Forty-two Illustrations. 342 pp. Demy 8vo. Price 12s. 6d. net. (Post free, 13s. home; 13s. 3d. abroad.)" [4] almost-instinct 08:54, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Contradiction in intro[edit]

The intro claims:

Crocodile oil is a multipurpose topical ointment derived from crocodiles.
Crocodile oil is extracted from the fatty tissues of crocodiles and has been used both as preventative and a treatment for a number of human ailments and conditions for many years and across numerous cultures.

As a "topical ointment" crocodile oil exists solely as a product made in South Africa and imported to the USA by the creator of this page The claims for its medicinal abilities are referenced to a nineteenth century book by a German chemist (see previous section) almost-instinct 08:54, 7 July 2008 (UTC)


I've nominated this article for deletion, but have got stuck in the process as I find that this article has been deleted before. I've alerted User:NawlinWiki and User:(aeropagitica) to the situation. almost-instinct 12:22, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Process now gone through correctly (I think!) Please see the information at the top of this talk page that I pasted in from elsewhere on the web when I first joined WP. The creator of this article recently had his accountuserpage deleted for "blatant advertising" almost-instinct 13:00, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
The COI tag was removed in Jan by the person with COI almost-instinct 13:19, 11 July 2008 (UTC)


Have you noticed that the pedlars of this new snake oil have a made-up page on their site looking as if it is a page from wikipaedia - is this legal??

13:52, 8 March 2011 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)