Friday, 16 November 2012

Know Your Ingredients | Lanolin

So today’s ‘Know Your Ingredients’ is inspired by my favourite lip balm of the moment, which boasts ‘Medical Grade Lanolin’ as it’s main ingredient. I thought it would be a great ingredient as it is a 100% natural ingredient and I didn’t want this series to be all about negative or toxic ingredient you can find in your beauty products but rather a mixture.
 Lanolin is taken from sheep's wool as is a yellow wax-like substance that protects sheep from the elements. So for anyone who is against animal-cruelty and for organic/natural products, then you will be happy to know that Lanolin is a renewable, natural substance that is obtained during the sheep sheering process. The Sheep Wool is dunked in how water and boiled for a few hours, Then wool is then taken out and the water kept boiling until it evaporates and what is left is Raw Lanolin.

Now while Lanolin is 100% natural (it's sheep wool wax for goodness sake), it can have some sideeffects. Medical-grade lanolin is non-poisonous and without any skin effects but non-medical grade lanolin can act as an irritant and cause a rash and swelling. I’ve also heard that it can block your intestines from working properly and cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested but . . . I can’t see why you would want to eat Lanolin

So that’s it for this week’s Ingredient Spotlight . . . hope I didn’t gross you out. Apart from Dr. Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips and Carmex, what other Lanolin based products have you come across?