Lanolin is recovered from sheep’s wool. It is a complex & unique mixture of natural waxes

Collected naturally from a renewable source

Once or twice a year the sheep that graze the high country are driven down from the mountains to the farmers homesteads. Here they are herded into the woolshed where a hardy bunch of shearers carefully shear each one using electric clippers.

Once the sheep have had their wool harmlessly sheared off their back, they are released back to graze to allow their wool to grow back for the following season. The sheared fleeces are then gathered up and pressed into bales and sent from the farm to a wool scour. At the wool scour the lanolin oil is extracted from the wool through a process of washing, where the lanolin is released from the wool fibre and floats to the top.

The lanolin oil is then sent to a specialised refinery which sterilises and further refines the lanolin ready to add to our Alpine Silk cosmetics.

A moisturiser designed by nature

Lanolin’s natural moisturising properties have long been utilised for skincare purposes. It was the ancient Greeks who first recognised the benefits of its emollient qualities on the hands and skin.

Just as lanolin protects the sheep from the ravages of severe weather and climatic conditions, it has also been found to have an unequalled effect on the human skin.

Lanolin protects and moisturises our skin so effectively due to its natural composition being similar to our own skins lipids. When applied to your skin lanolin is absorbed by the Stratum Corneum. It works naturally with your skin to reduce daily moisture loss and thereby helps restore softness and elasticity, especially to dry and undernourished skin.

Lanolin is used in most world renowned cosmetic brands and baby creams because of its soothing, emollient and water-resistant properties.

Purity & Allergenicity

Lanolin is entirely safe and probably the most tested of all cosmetic ingredients. It is included in all medical pharmacopoeia, and the EEC Cosmetics Directive Second Amendment allows lanolin to be freely used in cosmetics with no restrictions whatsoever. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review safety assessment panel in the USA reported that lanolin and related lanolin material are safe for topical application to humans.

Although sheep, by law, have to be treated with certain anti-parasitic agents in order to prevent distress and suffering to the animals, residual pesticides are removed from lanolin by ultra-refining processes. As a result, the finished lanolin is far purer in regards to pesticide traces than most common foods.

Contrary to a false myth, lanolin is not a significant allergen so far as the general healthy population is concerned. With an incidence of allergy less than about 6 per millions, lanolin is probably less of an allergen than fish, eggs, strawberries etc. Moreover, super-refined RA type lanolin is available with even lower incidence of allergy, ideal for use in hypo-allergenic cosmetics. Professor A. M. Kligman, world famous American Dermatologist wrote “in a healthy population encountering lanolin in the normal way, the incidence of lanolin allergy is vanishingly small.”* Lanolin is entirely organic, renewable and of natural origin. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous and fully biodegradable.

Alpine Silk Quality

The lanolin used in Alpine Silk Cosmetics is produced under strict quality control conditions in a modern laboratory utilising the most sophisticated analytical techniques. We ensure that we meet and exceed all known Lanolin quality standards worldwide.

* St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London reviewed 24,930 patients for fifteen years (1982-1996), who had eczema and there was no reaction to lanolin products. Reference ORR, S. R. Dr, Lanolin Demythologised, Personal Care, January 2001.