2 January 2013

Roccos Old School

Rocco's Old School Anti-Bacterial Wash and Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm

The last time I was tattooed was the first weekend of November and I had two and a half very painful hours of work on my sleeve. I was very kindly contacted by Rocco's Old School in the summer of 2012 and asked if I would like to try their products, so knowing I had a tattoo appointment coming up in November I thought why not? 


I usually, and have done for the past three years, used Bepanthen. Bepanthen is essentially a nappy rash cream. But I have noticed a few issues with using Bepanthen over the past year. It seems my skin just became immune to it and almost began to reject it. Instead of soaking in, lessening the irritation of fresh tattoos and aiding the healing process, it began to make my tattoos sweat, swell and itch. So the past couple of times I have been tattooed I have instead let them dry heal - Let me tell you, dry healing isn't fun. It's more itchy, more painful and more sore. But Bepanthen just wasn't an option any more and I am a little sceptical about trying new brands on my tattoos. But after reading into Rocco's Old School I was excited to try them out. 

Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm
The Rocco's Old School Anti-Bacterial Wash is a very gentle wash. I used this in place of the usual product I wash fresh tattoos with and tattoos whilst they are healing, which is Carex Extra Sensitive Hand Wash. Once you get tattooed, how the tattoo heals mainly, even above the quality of the tattoo work you receive, depends on how well you look after it when it is healing. A good anti-bacterial wash is pretty darn essential in ensuring your tattoo keeps clean and avoids infection. The Anti-Bacterial Wash cleanses the skin which help's to reduce the chances of rashes, infections or discomfort. For me, I found this pretty pleasant to use. At the end of the day it is just a wash, so there's not a lot you can say about it. But on a tattoo level, I found it cooled down my newly tattooed skin (fresh tattoos can be very sore, very sensitive and the skin very hot to the touch), it wasn't irritating to use and it soothed the sore areas. It also has a slight medicinal scent to it and it lightly foams which I personally find helpful when washing tattoos. It's not sticky - which is a definite bonus. You can find this over on the Rocco's Old School website and it costs $13 which is roughly £7.98. Not bad for something which would last months of use and many tattoos!

Rocco's Old School Anti-Bacterial Wash and Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm

But the star of the products I was sent to try, for me, was the Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm. I literally fell in love with this tin of wonderful balm! For starters, I really, really, really, like the packaging for this balm. It's pretty much the same tin you would find shoe polish in and I just found it a really unique way to package a product like this and it isn't something I've seen before. It kind of felt traditional and vintage. Secondly, the scent. This smells like coconuts! It's mouth-watering, coconut smelling goodness! The Tattoo Balm can be used on new tattoos to decrease healing time, soothe the area, reduce irritation and also help with general healing by preventing that annoying cracked, peeling, flaky tattoo skin anyone with tattoos will know and hate. You can also use this on older tattoos to enhance and renew colours! To apply this, because it is quite a thick balm, I'd scrap a bit out, warm it between my fingers until it became an oil then apply it to the newly tattooed area. It left my skin smelling lovely, super soft, soothed and just looking better. I really love this product and know I will repurchase this! Although it's bound to last a long, long time yet! This costs $16.96 which is roughly £10.42, and can be found on the Rocco's Old School website. 
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  1. I am currently sat with two itchy, recently tattooed feet and shins under my desk so I read this post with interest! I've always used Bepanthem on my tattoos and my tattooist is pretty strict in insisting I use nothing else. I wash it with Antibacterial Hand Wash or a Lush shower gel and then once its started healing I use a combination of Bepanthem and Dream Cream. I find Bepanthem less than ideal however as I hate how it leaves oily marks all over clothes and bed sheets and really all it does is form a barrier so I'd love to find something that's nourishing and healing as well as protecting! I'll definitely check these out. xo

    Rosie // A Rosie Outlook

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    1. Your tattooist shouldn't be so strict about it - At the end of the day everyone's skin is different and will react differently to both tattoos and to products for tattoo after care! xo

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  2. When I got my first two tattoos back in May, I used a little sample pot of Bepanthem that my artist gave me and then I switched to a pot of vaseline which seemed to help quite a fair bit. Seeing as Liam and I are both going to get some more work done hopefully this year, I'll definitely be checking these out and probably buying both products :) xo

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    1. We've discussed this one ;) Massive no-no to Vaseline! xo

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  3. I've always used Bepanthen and had no issues with it (it also works as a miracle lip balm!) but I ordered some of the Dr Bronner body balm in advance of my last tattoo which worked quite well and can be doubled up for dry skin for my non tattooed months!

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    1. Oh wow haha more guts than me - I don't think I'd ever use nappy rash cream as a lip balm. The smell is enough to put me off of that! xo

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  4. This sounds so good. I haven't tried using balms on any of my tats, i have always used savlon creme which is pretty darn good actually. My boss does semi permanent make up tattooing and she gives each client a mini balm similar to this. If it stops that annoying itchy dry flaking im game!!! Haha looks great and a fab informative review. Love it
    Lots of love
    Aimie xxx


    Www.aimievictoriassecrets.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Personally, I wouldn't recommend Savlon for tattoos xo

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  5. I've always used Tattoo Goo. I go in Saturday to get my sleeve finished, which will take approximately 3 hours, so I feel your pain, haha. I'm definitely going to pick up this tattoo balm and try it out before I get my next tattoo. This stuff sounds awesome. I love my Tattoo Goo, but I hate the smell as it has a kind of menthol-ish smell. I love the idea of a coconut scented tattoo balm. Great review! Very helpful!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Nikki, glad you found it so helpful! Let me know if you pick any of these up! xo

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  6. Sounds like a fab product (anything that smells vaguely tropical is always a winner with me). I might email the company and see if they have a UK stockist; I'm booked in to get a few hours work done on my back this weekend so might not be able to get it in time for this one but maybe the next one! :-)

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    1. Let me know if you get hold of it! :) xo

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  7. They sound like great products, and i bet they smell amazing from how you described it!:)

    laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I used to use Acriflex (which is a burn cream) on the suggestion of my tattooist, and for years that was fine, but now I'm a bit older and my skin is drier that no longer cuts it. I did use Bepanthen last time and it really soothed. I'd consider these products next time, as they sound lush. xx

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  9. This is the balm my husband and I both use!! I'm in love with it!!

    xo
    Ange

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  10. God , I have a tattoo but i never thought that I have to apply extra care for them ......
    Think i have to start from now

    Thanks for the post ...

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  11. I've been looking for something like this to recommend to my boyfriend who had the same problems with Bepanthem. I'll be checking this out now thanks :) x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ohh let me know if he tries it and how he gets on with it :) xo

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  12. Your very own tattooist shouldn't be so strict about it - on end during the day everyone's surface is different and also definitely will behave in another way in order to either tattoos and also in order to products for tattoo upon care!

    Tattoo kits for sale

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  13. Hi all,

    Awesome Review!

    Rocco's Old School is now available in the UK here:
    http://www.roccosoldschool.co.uk/

    x

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  14. Roccos is great! I wouldn't use anything else! gotta love that smell as well. I've used it on my last 3 tats. :D

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