Although this post was written a while back, the information is still accurate. Please check the ingredients and if shampoos sold for cats and dogs contain mink oil, don’t buy. Mink suffer terribly on farms 😥
6/22/12 Update: One one of my grooming forums, someone posted this information about mink oil alternatives. From Wikipedia:
“Mink oil is made from mink fat and originates from China. The fat that is made into this oil is stored just beneath the skin. Removed from pelts destined for the fur industry, the fat is rendered into mink oil.
Mink oil is a source of palmitoleic acid, which possesses physical properties similar to human sebum. Because of this, mink oil is used in several medical and cosmetic products. Mink oil is also used for treating/conditioning and preserving nearly all kinds of leather.
Botanical alternatives to mink oil as a source of palmitoleic acid include macadamia nut oil (Macadamia integrifolia) and sea buckthorn oil (Hippophae rhamnoides), both of which contain a larger percentage of palmitoleic acid (22 and 40% respectively) than does mink oil (17%).
‘Mink oil and its fatty acids are…
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