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The SCIENCE

Lanolin Myths & Facts


Lanolin is…
a natural product of the wool industry. It is a substance extracted from the fleece once it has been removed from an unharmed sheep once the sheep have been shorn. It’s vegetarian-friendly. Lanolin is no more cruel to animals than drinking milk, using beeswax, eating honey or even wearing wool.

It’s a good oil. The oils found in lanolin are extremely similar to those oils we secrete from within our own skin, which is why lanolin is so effective. Lanolin is one of nature’s wonder skincare ingredients.

It’s a super-moisturiser. Lanolin is an extraordinary natural emollient-style moisturiser, able to imitate and augment many of the functions of human skin lipids. The moisturisation properties of lanolin itself are well documented. It can hold over 200% of its own weight of water, acting as a moisture reservoir to help maintain the hydration of the skin.

It’s pure. The Medical Grade lanolin, which is the type of lanolin used in Lanolips, is highly refined and completely clean and pure. It is hypoallergenic, and often used as a skin smoother. In this form, it is often used by breastfeeding mothers on sore and cracked nipples as its one of the few products safe for newborns.

Doctors love it. The lanolin in Lanolips is a super refined Medical Grade lanolin. This Medical Grade lanolin is so clean that it is used following medical operations to cover the wound in order to keep it both moist and assist in a faster healing time. It is one of the only substances hygienic enough to apply to a fresh wound. Lanolin is also avidly used in wound-care products.

It has history. The use of lanolin in cosmetics and skincare has a history longer than almost any other ingredient, dating back to 700BC. The ancient Greeks used lanolin as a protectant and emollient. But it wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that scientists developed the refining process that gave us what we now know to be lanolin. A century of scientific investigation has evolved qualities, traditionally unparalleled in their stringency and surety.


Kirsten’s brother Mark and sister Laura enjoying feeding the lambs, 1973.