This anhydrous lanolin is a natural, waterproof emollient derived from sheep wool. It acts as a moisturizer for use in cosmetics and skin and hair care products. Lanolin can soothe burns as well as irritated or dry skin and helps retain moisture. Lanolin can be added to soap and bath and body products for a rich, creamy lather. It also has other uses such as a lubricant.
Lanolin (German, from Latin lana, "wool", and oleum, "oil") also called Adeps Lanae, wool wax or wool grease, is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. Most lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep. Lanolin is also frequently, but incorrectly, referred to as ‘Wool Fat’ by many of the world’s pharmacopoeia even though it has been known for more than 150 years that lanolin is devoid of glycerides and is in fact a wax, not a fat.
Lanolin's waterproofing property aids sheep in shedding water from their coats. Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin, and the extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep's harvested wool between rollers. Most or all of the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles, such as yarn or felt. Lanolin's role in nature is to protect wool and skin against the ravages of climate and the environment – it also seems to play a role in integumental hygiene. It is therefore not surprising that lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in products designed for the protection, treatment and beautification of human skin. Lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in both the personal care (e.g. in high value cosmetics, facial cosmetics, lip products etc) and health care sectors. Lanolin is frequently used in protective baby skin treatment (and nursing mother) markets.
Lanolin provides a waterproof barrier that is similar to beeswax, but whereas beeswax is hard as a brick, lanolin is soft and pliable. Like beeswax, lanolin also works as a mild emulsifier between oil and water. Generally used in salves or lotions that are designed to protect the skin from weather related issues, lanolin is both highly emollient and has been proven effective against the combat of "rough" skin like on knees, elbows, and feet.
Lanolin is used commercially in many industrial products ranging from rust-proof coatings to lubricants. Some sailors use lanolin to create a slippery surface on their propellers and stern gear to which barnacles cannot adhere. The water-repellent properties make it valuable as a lubricant grease where corrosion would otherwise be a problem.
Lanolin is often used as a raw material for producing cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Lanolin is often used by baseball players to soften and break in their baseball gloves (shaving cream that contains lanolin is popularly used for this). Anhydrous lanolin is also used as a lubricant for brass instrument tuning slides. Lanolin can also be restored to woolen garments to make them waterproof, such as for cloth diaper covers.
Posted by S.P.F. on 29th Jan 2013
My mom ordered it from you before Christmas and gave me some. It is like magic. It is great to soften the hard skin on my feet and hands. My daughter has super sensitive skin and it is the only thing that I have found that does not break her out. She uses it for small blemishes on her face. It just heals them up almost instantly ;) It is also great for chapped lips. I just ordered a pound of it and know that it is going to do great things.