Coconut Oil During Tattooing?


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Hi all, this question has probably been asked a thousand times but I can't find the answer.
Can you use coconut oil on the skin WHILE tattooing instead of Vaseline? Is it safe?
 

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Thanks for clarity. Have been using it on reelskin and it works really well for cleaning and there is no risk of clogging needles as with Vaseline.
 

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Yes you can but make sure you only use cold press, unrefined oil...i wouldn't waste it on realskin though..
 

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As Daz said I'm using it :) I know a lot of pro artists use it too. The only problem I find is that due to the low melting point it disappears quite easily from glove when using it for making hand glide easier. I still prefer it big time to vaseline though.

An as James said, make sure it's the cold pressed kind. I would definitely use it on both reelskin and real skin, the amount you have to use is incredibly small.

When using it on a person, make sure to ask about nut allergy though.
 
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Thanks for the advice all. Very true Mallinga about the nut allergy. I would have never thought of that. Don't want someone dropping on the floor with anaphylactic shock. I might order some body butter for real skin as a precaution. Cheers.
 

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cocoa butter also works really well... the last time i tattooed myself i melted some coconut oil and cocoa butter together to make a healing balm and it worked a treat, no itching and minimal scabbing
 

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I've been told that before, and there's a brand in UK called Palmers that sells solid cocoa butter. Question is, does solid mean these little hard pieces of cocoa butter? Because that was the only kind i found in Sweden and they were completely useless. I tried melting them in my hand but I can't do that every time when tattooing!?

Where do you buy it and what "form" does it have?
 

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The stuff i buy is in solid form, that is the purest form..not great for the process but great for aftercare
 
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Anything is better than petroleum. While it is expensive, you could use Hustle Butter. Vegan friendly (gotta keep ALL clients happy) and doesn't keep the skin from breathing properly and doesn't clog pores like Vaseline or the other garbage the industry is over- saturated with.
 

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I have Hustle Butter, ordered it a while ago. Haven't tried yet though, but will of course. Heard only good things about it.

I have another question though. Anyone knows why you're recommended to use only the cold pressed coconut oil? (That's what I've read also everywhere)
 

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@malin cold pressed just means the oil was pressed mechanically and no heat was used, this retains all the nutritional benefits of the oil...
 

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Anything is better than petroleum. While it is expensive, you could use Hustle Butter. Vegan friendly (gotta keep ALL clients happy) and doesn't keep the skin from breathing properly and doesn't clog pores like Vaseline or the other garbage the industry is over- saturated with.
Funny how when vasoline or petroleum was the only thing out there to use it was all good,since it’s not trendy for the new breed of hipster tattooists it’s crap,I still use it and most of the tattooist I know still use is so why change something that ain’t broken,anything used can block pores if over used
 

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vasoline is petroleum jelly mate...as the name would suggest it is a derivative of crude oil
Times change, people learn, just because something used to be the norm doesn't mean it always has to be...there was a time when riding your horse and cart to work was the norm but you don't see much of that these days do you ;)
Personally i still use vaseline for the tattooing process but only because coconut oil can be messy to work with when it's warm, i use it mixed with cocoa butter for aftercare and recommend the same for my clients
 

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Do you ask them if they have any nut allergy before or just advice them?
 

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Do you ask them if they have any nut allergy before or just advice them?

That's important. I do.

For the rest I agree with James, times changes. But also as he said coconut oil is not always optimal when working on people due to its low melting point. Smells great though :p
 

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That's important. I do.

For the rest I agree with James, times changes. But also as he said coconut oil is not always optimal when working on people due to its low melting point. Smells great though :p
But what if the don’t know?
Yeah it does smell nice.
 

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But what if the don’t know?
Yeah it does smell nice.

When I got tattooed in a shop about 6 months ago the tattooer asked me if I was allergic and as it happens I'm not sure :confused: Sounds crazy as I'm using it daily myself, but there are other nuts I'm not sure of, like pistachio and cashew. You can be allergic to one kind of nut but not every kind. Anyway, when I told him that he didn't want to use coconut oil on me even though i use it every day myself. He used Vaseline instead.

And that's the short answer to that question - in case of uncertainty, use something else.
 

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Also one can add that it's a bit interesting that nut allergy is overwhelmingly more common in USA and the "developed countries" than the rest of the world. Makes you wonder about the credibility in the whole nut allergy thing. I read an article by a doctor who was an expert on nut allergy.
 

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Also one can add that it's a bit interesting that nut allergy is overwhelmingly more common in USA and the "developed countries" than the rest of the world. Makes you wonder about the credibility in the whole nut allergy thing. I read an article by a doctor who was an expert on nut allergy.
Most allergies in the western world depends on an overly sterile environment. Kids that grow up on farms with many animals and dirt everywhere, are ALOT less prone to get allergies later in life.

I have a nut allergy, trust me it's very, very real :•)
(not against coconut tho, was looking for an answer if you could use it instead of vaseline and voila! So i'll start using it from now on!)
 

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I find the natural way of treating skin a very adequate way. Some of our members like Burt from Indonesia are very well aware of this.
 

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When I got tattooed in a shop about 6 months ago the tattooer asked me if I was allergic and as it happens I'm not sure :confused: Sounds crazy as I'm using it daily myself, but there are other nuts I'm not sure of, like pistachio and cashew. You can be allergic to one kind of nut but not every kind. Anyway, when I told him that he didn't want to use coconut oil on me even though i use it every day myself. He used Vaseline instead.

And that's the short answer to that question - in case of uncertainty, use something else.
Some allergies are hidden in your body without you even knowing it. They tend to surface at specific conditions, so in reality I think we all are allergic, one way or another.
 

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not against coconut tho

Turns out that coconut isn't a nut at all, so you're safe in every way 😊♥️

(On a side note - these posts are from a long time ago and I don't recall exactly what I wrote, but I don't think my aim was to question the existence of nut allergy 🙏🏼)
 

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Turns out that coconut isn't a nut at all, so you're safe in every way 😊♥️

(On a side note - these posts are from a long time ago and I don't recall exactly what I wrote, but I don't think my aim was to question the existence of nut allergy 🙏🏼)
unless you're nuts of course... 😂
 

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Turns out that coconut isn't a nut at all, so you're safe in every way 😊♥️

(On a side note - these posts are from a long time ago and I don't recall exactly what I wrote, but I don't think my aim was to question the existence of nut allergy 🙏🏼)
Haha yes I saw it was a long time ago now! and was happy I found the thread!
Ok I misinterpreted a bit, there's alot of people that does question it, even tho people die because of it once in a while!:D
Didn't mean to come off as getting provoked or anything! But I find it interesting that it's now been alot of research about the origin of allergies, I didn't know about it before. My mom tried to keep the environment super clean when I was a kid because that's what the doctors told her would be the best..

But now we got really off topic, haha!
 

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