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Lanolin in beauty products

Definition: Lanolin

Lanolin is a common ingredient found in lip balms, shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics. It comes from excreted sheep sebum and it's found in their wool. It is then collected, neutralized, filtered, bleached, and deodorized into a waxy consistency with a yellowish color. While it can be extremely nourishing, soothing, and softening, lanolin has also been known to cause allergic reactions in humans.

Sheep are treated with pesticides to prevent disease and bugs. (Poor sheep!) If the pesticides aren't properly removed from the lanolin, it can lead to redness, inflammation, itchiness, and blisters. Additionally, over time, lanolin often leaves a greasy residue in fine hair.

If you are going to use lanolin-enhanced products, medical-grade lanolin is hypoallergenic. If you aren't sure about the quality of the lanolin, inquire about the chemical removal process. Lastly, if you have highly sensitive skin or an allergy to wool, stick with products that you know are lanolin free.


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kjr22 kjr22 8 years
the sheep are not hurt in this process guys. their wool is shorn once a year in spring. as with most animals out in the Australian/New Zealand elements, pesticides are essential to protect from the myriad of insects which can cause disease and damage to the animals. also, allergies to lanolin are not from the purest form of lanolin, as that is safe enough to use as nipple cream with newborn babies and be ingested. they are from inferior unrefined lanolin forms. also allergies to wool do not necessarily mean an allergy to lanolin.
Amelie074 Amelie074 9 years
No thank you. With all the vegan alternatives out there, I wouldn't use lanolin. Plus I'm horribly allergic to it!
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Informative post Bella- thanks!
sugar-kane-coco sugar-kane-coco 9 years
Poor sheep :( Makes me pleased I'm vegan!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Lanolin is also in some baby wipes. That's so sad about the sheep. :(
linday_love linday_love 9 years
i don' think so
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