Shark Snot Wetsuit Lubricant
Shark Snot is a wetsuit lubricant made of seaweed and preserved with ocean-friendly, skin-friendly MSM and colloidal silver. It is a great alternative to hair conditioner or soap for getting into your open cell wetsuit.
Benefits of suiting up with seaweed:
Does not irritate skin or sting eyes
100% biodegradable and reef-safe
Rinses off with water
Safe on neoprene
Shark Snot is sold in 16 oz bottles as a lubricant concentrate which gets slipperier when water is added at a 5:1 ratio. It varies from diver to diver, but mixing 10 oz water and 2 oz Shark Snot generally makes enough lubricant to don a wetsuit.
INGREDIENTS: WATER, MSM, SEAWEED EXTRACT, COLLOIDAL SILVER
Frequently Asked Questions
What's wrong with using hair conditioner for donning a wetsuit?
We stew in our wetsuits for hours at a time, and whatever we use to get into the suit soaks into our skin and bodies. Hair conditioner contains many chemicals that can be harmful to our health. If you wouldn't eat it, think twice about putting it on your skin.
Many of the chemicals in hair conditioners are also toxic to the underwater environments that we dive in.
One final problem is that hair conditioners all contain oils, which can be difficult to clean off of wetsuits. If they are not thoroughly cleaned, wetsuits can end up with oil residues on them that feed bacteria and cause the suit to smell "funky."
What's wrong with using a natural, biodegradable soap like Dr. Bronner's?
While natural soaps are much easier on the environment (and wetsuits) than hair conditioners, they also strip the skin of its natural oils. This can cause dry, itchy skin, and sensitive people can get rashes. Soaps can also sting and irritate the eyes.
If the soap contains preservatives and other chemicals, like most baby shampoos, then there are also the issues with chemical toxicity mentioned above.
What's Shark Snot made of?
Shark Snot is made of four ingredients:
Seaweed extract - This is what gives Shark Snot its slippery, lubricating properties. The seaweed extract in Shark Snot is known as carrageenan, a hydrocolloid extracted from red seaweed and often used as a food additive. The carrageenan we use is food grade, biodegradable, and benign to ocean life and human skin.
MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sulfur compound naturally found in plants and animals. It is found in the ocean as part of the sulfur cycle when dimethylsulfide (DMS) created during the decomposition of organisms is oxidized in the sunlight. MSM can be found in the supplement aisle, as it is often taken orally to support joint health. In solution it can be anti-fungal and is part of Shark Snot's skin-friendly, ocean-friendly preservative system. The MSM used in Shark Snot is food grade. For more information on MSM see http://www.msm-info.com/
Colloidal silver - In its colloidal form, silver is strongly antimicrobial, yet harmless to humans and aquatic life. Silver is found naturally in the ocean at 0.0003 ppm. Colloidal silver is the second part of Shark Snot's skin-friendly, ocean-friendly preservative system, and is what gives it its reddish-brown color.
Water - Shark Snot is made with filtered, potable water.
How do I use SharkSnot?
The instructions are on the label. Here’s how it works:
-Slather Shark Snot directly onto skin and hair
-Wet inside of open cell wetsuit with water (freshwater or seawater)
-Don your open cell wetsuit
-Mix 2 ounces of SharkSnot into 10 ounces of fresh water (spray bottles work well)
-Shake for at least 60 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous
-Coat the inside of your open cell wetsuit completely and put some on your hair
-Don your open cell wetsuit
Does it matter what water I use to dilute Shark Snot?
Shark Snot mixes best with fresh water. It can be mixed with seawater, but ends up less slippery than if freshwater is used. If you only have seawater, option 1 above will work best.
Is it safe for my wetsuit?
YES. Shark snot will not react with your neoprene wetsuit. It contains no oil, so there will be no residue if thoroughly rinsed off with water. It is important to rinse and dry your wetsuit after use as the seaweed extract could become food for microorganisms.
Is it safe for me?
YES. Shark Snot is made entirely of food grade ingredients, ensuring that it is non-toxic enough to put on the skin. Even though it is made of edible ingredients, Shark Snot is NOT a food or supplement and should not be eaten.
Will it make me a better spearfisher?
No promises! However, fish have sensitive chemoreceptors that can detect chemicals in the ppm range (part per million) or less. Whether or not they detect the chemicals in soap and conditioner is anybody’s guess, but Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an ingredient in most soaps/shampoos and some conditioners, has been shown to be an effective fish REPELLANT:
Ishida, Yoshinari, and Hiroshi Kobayashi. "Avoidance Behavior of Carp to Pesticides and Decrease of the Avoidance Threshold by Addition of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate." FIsheries Science 61.3 (1995): 441-46.