Used in hair, skin care and soapmaking.
Lanolin comes from the sebum of sheep. The greasy sebum is extracted from wool, cleaned and refined to give anhydrous lanolin (wool fat). This lanolin consists of 95% wool esters. These can be separated into alcohols (52%) and acids (48%).
Lanolin is used widely in cosmetics and pharmaceutical creams as it is a good emollient which makes the skin smooth and soft.
A honey and almond cream that works great for dry skin requires 2 ounces of honey, 4 ounces of lanolin, and 2 ounces of almond oil. Melt the honey in a double boiler. Add the lanolin and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, add the almond oil, stirring well. Added perfume or essential oil can be used to compensate for the slight animal smell of the lanolin.
To make a homemade wrinkle cream you need 1 tablespoon of lanolin, 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, 2 teaspoons of water and 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil. In a double boiler, melt the lanolin with the almond oil. Add the water, then remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Add the cod liver oil. Apply gently to the face.
Create Your Own Lanolin and Olive Cleansing Cream:
14 mL paraffin wax
30 mL Lanolin
30 mL olive oil
30 mL baby oil
Place the wax in the top of a double boiler and melt over a low heat.
When the wax has melted, stir in the lanolin, olive oil and baby oil until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Remove the mixture from the heat and whip continuously until it has thickened and cooled.
Spoon mixture into sterilized jars and label.
Use: Apply cream lightly to face and wipe off gently to cleanse.
Note: Whipping is the key step in making cold or cleansing creams. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl while whipping to ensure that the wax cools and blends evenly.
Recipe adapted from The Natural Beauty Book by Anita Guyton.
Special note: Lanolin and olive cleansing cream is good for dry skin, not oily skin.
Yield: 1 2/3 lb
1 1/2 c Coconut oil
1/2 c Clean rendered tallow
2 tb Anhydrous lanolin
1 c Cold water
1/4 c Lye
1 dr Citronella oil
Melt coconut oil and tallow. Measure into bowl. Stir in lanolin and set aside.
Add lye to cold water, stirring to dissolve. When both mixtures are lukewarm, pour lye solution into fats, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until mass begins to saponify. Add essential oil, if desired. When thick, pour into molds.
Source: ''The Art of Soapmaking'' by Merilyn Mohr
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