Wat is lanolin?

Lanolin is also known as wool wax and is the fat that is obtained from the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. It is a water-resistant, natural substance produced by the sebaceous glands of sheep to protect their wool from moisture and dirt.






How is lanolin made?

Lanolin is made by washing the wool and evaporating the water, which leaves behind the fat. The wool wax, also known as lanolin, is obtained from the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals, such as sheep. The wool wax that is released during the washing of the wool can be seen with the naked eye as small yellow granules or a yellow film. Once the wool wax has been processed, it is called lanolin. Lanolin does not contain glycerol esters, but instead contains sterol esters and is therefore not officially classified as a fat.


The effects of lanolin

Lanolin has several properties that make it suitable for cosmetic applications. For example, it is an excellent moisturizer and can help to hydrate the skin and protect it from dryness. In addition, lanolin has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, which make it useful for soothing and healing rough patches and cracks.

Moreover, lanolin has a unique structure that makes it highly suitable for making creams and ointments. It can be easily absorbed into the skin and forms a protective barrier that helps to prevent moisture loss and irritation. Lanolin is therefore a popular choice for cosmetic products such as lip balm, hand cream, and baby care products.


Lanolin: not just in the cosmetics industry

In addition to cosmetic applications, lanolin is also used in the textile industry. For example, lanolin is often used as a lubricant for textile fibers to make yarn smoother and reduce the risk of breakage. It is also used as an ingredient in detergents and fabric softeners to make clothing soft and prevent static cling. Due to lanolin's water-resistant properties, it can also be used in outdoor clothing and sportswear to make them waterproof. 


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Chempri: your partner in lanolin

At Chempri, we specialize in the production and supply of oleochemicals and their derivatives, including lanolin. Our products are manufactured at our modern production site and can be customized to meet the specific needs of our customers.

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