What is Lanolin: Lanolin is a refined derivative of the unctuous fat-like sebaceous secretion of sheep. It is obtained from the wax found on sheep’s wool; refined and purified to cosmetic specifications. It is widely used in cosmetic and skin treatment products including lip and body balms, lotions, skin creams, baby products.
What are its properties: Lanolin is a natural moisturizer with powerful emollient and protective properties. Lanolin helps prevent drying and chapping of the skin.
When I first got my lanolin I looked at it and went okay…I’m going to put this in soap? It just didn’t look all “yummy” and soap-material like. When I opened the jar and got a whiff of it I had even more doubts. It has a distinct odor…but I went ahead with using it. My recipe only called for a small amount–it only made up about 5% of the recipe’s ingredients…and once it melted with the other oils the odor wasn’t so bad. I added a bit extra fragrance oil, just to be on the safe side. The bar has cured nicely so far. It doesn’t smell like the lanolin either. I am curious to see if the odor comes through at all when it’s wet.
I am really interested to see the characteristics this bar has too. Everyone raves about it’s moisturizing properties and that it’s such a great emollient, so I hope it lives up to the high praise!