How safe is it?

What is it? 
Lanolin is predominantly used in cosmetic and medicated products because of its emollient, moisturizing and emulsifying properties. It also can be found in the industrial setting as well.

How can I avoid it? 
Choosing cosmetics that are Lanolin free is accomplished by reading the package labeling. In the industrial setting the material safety data sheets may be helpful in determining whether products contain Lanolin. 

Lanolin-allergic individuals may be able to tolerate some lanolins and not others because Lanolin varies in composition, depending on its source. By doing a use test, one can confirm the safety of the product before widespread use. A trial and error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may likely be used safely.

Since lanolin is derived from wool, some individuals are intolerant of wearing wool. 

Uses: 
  • Furniture polishes and waxes 
  • Inks - printing 
  • Insect repellents 
  • Medications, topical, prescription and over the counter such as 
  • Metal working fluids including lubricants, cutting fluids, and corrosion inhibitors 
  • Leather and furs 
  • Paper 
  • Pet shampoos, conditioners, and grooming aids 
  • Shoe polish 
  • Ski waxes 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
    • Antiperspirants / Deodorants 
    • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions 
    • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers” 
    • Make-ups 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
    • Powders / Sprays 
    • Shampoos / Conditioners 
    • Shaving products 
    • Soaps / Cleansers 
    • Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
  • Textile finishes 
  • Wipes
Other names for and derivatives of lanolin, altered lanolin, lanolin acid, lanolin alcohol, lanolin DEA, lanolin oil, lanolin ricinoleate, and lanolin wax:
  • Acetylated Modulan 
  • Adeps lanae 
  • Albalan
  • Alcolan 
  • Aloholes lanae 
  • Amerchol C-500 
  • Amerchol C-99
  • Amerchol CAB 
  • Amerchol L 101 
  • Amerlate 
  • Anhydrous lanolin
  • Argo wax 
  • Argonol 
  • Cerelan 
  • Cerolan
  • Clearlin
  • Facilan 
  • Fancol LA 
  • Fluilan 
  • Glossylan
  • Golden Dawn
  • Hartolan
  • Hychol
  • Isolan 
  • Isopropylan
  • Kerohydric 
  • Lanacid 
  • Lanalene
  • Lanalene wax
  • Lanalin
  • Lanalol
  • Lanamine 
  • Lanolin, anhydrous 
  • Lanolin cera 
  • Lanfrax 
  • Lanocerin 
  • Lanogel 
  • Lanogene
  • Lanosol 
  • Lanowax 
  • Lantrol
  • Lipolan
  • Liquilan
  • Nimco 
  • Nodorian 
  • Nodorian 
  • Richilan B 
  • Rita wax 
  • Ritalafa 
  • Ritalan 
  • Skliro
  • Solulan
  • Sparkelan
  • Vigilan
  • Viscolan
  • Waxolan 
  • Wool alcohol 
  • Wool fat
  • Wool grease
  • Wool wax
  • Wool wax alcohol
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