I don’t know about you but, when I think of skin preparations that contain lanolin, I can only think of unpleasantly thick creams and sheep dip; the fungicide used to clean the sheep’s wool in order to kill any ticks, bugs and other horrid critters that lurk in their fuzz :-0 

These days though, I think it’s pretty safe to say that most reputable skincare brands that use lanolin in their formulas, have refined this miracle moisturiser and ensure that anything remotely toxic has been extracted to within an inch of it’s harmful little life! So, when I spied a a recent supermarket special on Australian-made Lanolin Lano (yes, those peeps that gave you the award-winning Lano Lips Lip Balm), Rose Hand Cream and their Everywhere Multi-Cream, I thought I’d see if I couldn’t rid my mind of any sheep dip thoughts and find out what all the fuzz was about 😉

What even is lanolin and what does it do?

Lano HandsLanolin is a 100% natural substance found on the wool of sheep, helping to keep their coat protected and dry throughout the year. Sheep’s wool grows continuously; if it’s not sheared annually the fleece becomes dirty and too hot and heavy for the animal. Lanolin is the cruelty-free by-product of wool washing after shearing. The molecular structure of lanolin mimics human skin lipids (oils), making it the most skin-compatible moisturising agent around; more so than any other natural or synthetic ingredient in skincare, according to Lano. Whilst hyaluronic acid holds 1000 x it’s own weight in moisture; lanolin holds 400 x it’s own weight in moisture and, is semi-occlusive and semi-permeable, which means it allows the skin not only to breathe but also self-hydrate from within.

The lanolin used in Lano’s formula is the “Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin” and goes through “a highly specialised and patented cleansing process”, which they claim, makes their lanolin “the purest and most luxurious lanolin in the world.” That’s a big statement right there but, there are “no residual pesticide chemicals; no additives; it’s hypoallergenic; colour free and, fragrance free”. There aren’t any PEG’s, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil or sulfates either. In fact, they say “it’s so safe, that it can be used on new-born babies and is used in hospitals after surgeries to help open wounds heal”. Oh and they DO NOT test on animals either 🙂 Sounds good to me!

Lano Lanolin Rose Hand Cream Intense – what’s in it and what do I think?

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau,*, Lanolin*, Butrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Glucoside*, Cetearyl Olivate*, Sorbitan Olivate*, Phenoxyethanol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Triticium Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum*, Tocopherol (Vit E)*, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa centifolia flower oil*, Benzyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Citric Acid, Fragrance/Parfum (nat)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citral*, Limonene*. *Naturally derived. Whilst it isn’t organic and does contains alcohol, it would appear to be a very clean and natural formula.

In terms of usability; the Intense Hand Cream (they have a lighter, daily version) is more like a waxy balm, so you only need a very small amount, which you warm between your hands then massage into your skin, nails and cuticles. Now that the colder weather is here and my mitts have started to resemble rhino hide, this is a great addition to my skincare arsenal as an intensely nourishing overnight treatment, although I find it is light enough to use during the day too. Lano also suggest that you might want to slather it over your trotters overnight for an intense foot hydration mask, which is not a bad idea given we often neglect our feet during the winter months!

Lano Rose Hand Cream Intense also comes in a lemon scent and is available internationally at various retail outlets and online stores. I bought mine on spesh at Waitrose (soz, but it’s not on spesh anymore though 🙁 so it’s £8.99)

Lano All-Over Everywhere Multi-Cream review, coming soon to a Zodleblog near you…