Lanolin is a fatty substance produced naturally by the skin of sheep. It is a type of wax that makes the waterproof wool and protects the skin from sheep. It has moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It is a by-product obtained from the wool of sheep. Its name comes from the Latin words “wool” and “oil” (oil). It has many uses and is found in various forms in the market, some of which may be difficult to recognize.
If you touch the skin or wool of a sheep in the field, you will feel a type of fat or oil that stays in your hands and usually has a characteristic strong smell of sheep. This is the lanolin in its raw or natural form. Some breeds of sheep produce a relatively high amount of lanolin; it is separated from the wool and then purify for pharmaceutical or industrial use.
When the sheep shearers, wool is very greasy and may have bugs and other things tangled among its filaments.
In the market there are several types of lanolin. Different types of lanolin differ according to their level of purification and the presentation they have.
– Traditional uses
– Industrial Uses
– Pharmaceutical Uses