Description: Has a wide range of applications because of its colloidal chemical properties-compatibility with a broad range of ingredients. It is useful in pharmaceutical preparations, salves and ointments, as well as having functional attributes as an epidermal moisturizer, lubricant and emollient.
Melting point: 38-42°C
Usage rate: Up to 100%
Appearance: Yellow, opaque paste
Odor: no strong odor
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Storage: Pack in tightly sealed containers. Keep container tightly closed. Store in dry, cool place, and protect from moisture.
Derived from sheep’s wool, lanolin is a type of natural wax composed of esters and hydroxy esters of lanolin acids and lanolin alcohols (lanolin alcohols are part of the unsaponifiables in lanolin). It also contains sterol esters and squalane, a bio-identical ingredient found in our skin’s sebum and stratum corneum. Unlike vegetable, nut, or seed oils, it contains no triglycerides. Instead, it contains cholesterol, a very effective emollient found in our skin.
In all products, lanolin in a very effective moisturizer, and can be incorporated into a product hot or cold. It’s used as a barrier protectant and occlusive ingredient in lotions, creams, and anhydrous products to reduce transepidermal water loss by acting as an emollient to offer moisturizing and repel water. Lanolin may penetrate the upper layers of the stratum corneum and provide more long lasting moisturizing when compared to other natural oils.