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    I was having the most interesting conversation with a dermatologist that was in the building today while I was at work. And our conversation turned to hand cream. Yeah love this hobby of ours. Such random conversations.

    She went on and on and on about this hand cream she used years ago that contained lanolin.

    And part of this hobby is your ears perking up at the first catch of an ingredient you’ve never really worked with and dismissed it eons ago as it is just too bleeding hard to get a hold of!

    I figured I’d drop a line in here to see if anyone has worked with lanolin before. Or if you’ve ever used a lanolin based hand cream. My brief search said lanolin is VERY good for dry chapped winter skin. If it is so good for dry chapped skin, how would this be on hair ends too??? (in a BTMS-50 hair conditioner not straight up I think straight up on the hair would be kind of funky. Maybe spikes?)


    I have never worked with lanolin. I think Susan does and has some recipes on her blog. I’ve never used it because I am allergic (wouldn’t you know?!?!!) to wool. Now, do I know that lanolin would bother my skin the way wool does? No. Am I going to try it on the off chance that I won’t be allergoc to it and it feels absolute amazing on my skin? No. My mind just says “be afraid, be veeeeery afraid!!”.


    I just ordered some for a lip balm that I am concocting. I posted about it in experiments and wonderings….It’s my first foray into that realm:)


    I’ve heard it’s amazing stuff! Can’t wait to see what y’all are doing with it!


    I love lanolin! It’s mucho beautiful. First, with hand cream ,you want the anhydrous version. Second, it’s treated like a butter in creams and lotions.

    The best lanolin cream I know is the NZ lanolin cream. Hopefully this will get your mind going. I have some lanolin I’ll be making into my dry skin cream shortly.

    Ingredients are: Purified New Zealand Spring Water; Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride; Lanolin; Glyceryl Stearate; Propylene Glycol; Stearic Acid; Cetyl Alcohol; Butyruspermum Parkii – Shea Butter; Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid; Amino Methyl Phenol; Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol; Fragrance; Carbomer; Curcuma Longa & Ethanol; Rosemary Extract


    Personally I LOVE lanolin – i’ve made lotion with it but really like it for cuticle balms and lip balms. I don’t find it irritating and have made a lip balm that was about 30-40% lanolin (with cocoa butter, jojoba oil, beeswax and a hint of carmine…)

    Best price I have found is at TKB where it is $9.90/lb
    Lanolin, USP

    The Sage is close @ $13.50/lb

    Brambleberry is pretty reasonable @ $14/14 oz


    I may have to try this ingredient out! It sounds lovely!!


    I found a bottle in the health food store in my neighborhood when I wasn’t even looking for it and snagged a bottle for experimenting with. Knowing me, it will take some time to decide what to make first.


    I bought some lanolin recently to make that lovely hand balm that Marie posted and guess what?!? I am allergic! Go figure!! But I did use the balm a couple of times and it was so so lovely!!


    I love products with lanolin! I haven’t played with it myself, though (I’m making my first lotion tomorrow, that’s ow much of a newbie I am). I have a nice “lips and dry spots balm” with lanolin and beeswax. Unfortunately it’s petrolatum based, so I’d love to make my own version. Since lanolin is actually one of the things that is easy to obtain here in Sweden I might give it a try.

    (The INCI: Petrolatum, Lanolin, Paraffinum liquidum, Cera Alba, Ricinus Communis seed oil, Tocopherol)

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