Allergic to lanolin? Looking for lanolin-free skin care options? Here we explain why we do not use lanolin in any of our organic beauty products.
What is lanolin?
Lanolin is a wax that is found in the fleece coats of animals such as sheep and lambs.
Generally, lanolin is considered a safe cosmetic ingredient that is well tolerated by the skin but it can also be easily contaminated and is a known skin allergen.
It is thought that as many as 2% of people with eczema or dermatitis have a lanolin allergyi and because the ingredient has the potential to irritate sensitive skin, we err on the side of caution and do not use it in any of our products.
Another reason that we do not use lanolin is because the ingredient is not suitable for vegans.
As a cruelty-free and PETA approved brand we avoid using animal derived ingredients as much as possible and do not believe it is necessary to extract this ingredient from animal coats for cosmetic purposes.
Instead we make our range of cruelty-free and lanolin-free balms, salves and beauty products with natural plant waxes, such as Berry wax and Carnauba wax.
All Green People products are lanolin-free
Looking for lanolin-free skin care and make-up options? We have a full range of lanolin-free beauty products to help you care for your hands, body, face and hair.
Our lanolin-free hand creams
Looking for a way to keep your hands soft and nourished with a Lanolin-free hand cream? Instead of using Lanolin in our Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Hand Cream we use seven base oils which work in synergy to reinforce skin barrier function, hydrate the skin and improve skin elasticity.
For added nourishment we combine these oils with a range of natural plant actives including Marshmallow Root Extract, an excellent emollient which has anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce the red appearance of irritated skin, along with Aloe Vera.
When the skin is dry and sore it is important to keep it well hydrated. In addition to delivering hydration to the skin, Aloe Vera contains a huge range of nutrients and active enzymes which play an important role in maintaining skin balance and hydration levels.
Our lanolin-free moisturiser and emollients
If your skin is easily irritated by lanolin and by other irritants, such as essential oils or synthetic fragrances, it is best to opt for moisturisers and emollients without added fragrance. Every product in our scent-free skin care collection is lanolin-free.
For an ultra-gentle, lanolin-free moisturiser that can be used day and night, we suggest our Scent Free Anti-Ageing 24 Hour Cream. Ideal for replenishing delicate skin barriers, it’s our gentlest emollient for damaged, inflamed or easily irritated skin. We love it for its soothing touch and moisture-retaining actives.
Damaged skin can be prone to moisture loss and if your skin is very dry, you might want to apply a lanolin-free serum under your moisturiser.
Layering your skin care helps to sandwich moisture into the skin and our Scent Free Hydrating Calming Serum is the perfect partner for the Anti-Ageing 24-Hour Cream. A lanolin-free skin serum that’s rich in skin-calming ingredients, including Aloe Vera, Marshmallow and Chamomile, it restores softness to sensitive skin and brings quick anti-inflammatory relief to skin that’s prone to irritation.
Our lanolin-free shampoos
If some hair care products leave your scalp feeling inflamed, it is a good idea to switch to a lanolin-free shampoo. All Green People organic hair care products are lanolin-free and our hair care collection includes lanolin-free shampoo, lanolin-free conditioners and lanolin-free hair serums.
If your scalp is irritated, we suggest initially using our Scent Free Shampoo which is a lanolin-free shampoo that’s suitable for all hair types. Made without SLS, scalp-irritating alcohols or essential oils, it gently cleanses the hair and soothes sensitive scalps.
Our lanolin-free lipsticks
Love a bit of colour but need a lanolin-free lipstick? Lipstick is largely comprised of wax and while lanolin is an oily wax that will envelop the lips and lock in moisture, other natural waxes, such as beeswax, have similar benefits.
To make our Damask Rose lipstick lanolin-free, we start with a hard wax called Carnauba. This gives our natural lipstick a strong structure and matte texture. So that our lipsticks glide onto the lips we then add soothing Beeswax. A water-repellent wax, Beeswax is a super soft ingredient and in addition to making our lipstick extra easy to apply, it locks in the colour whilst keeping the lips soft and hydrated.
Like lanolin, Beeswax can also be used to hydrate and protect chapped lips and to create our nourishing Enrich and Enhance Lip Primer, we combine beeswax with Carnauba and vitamin E-rich Sunflower Seed Oil. Ideal for softening sore skin, this helps the skin to maintain water and is rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
Our lanolin-free sun creams
Eczema sufferers can be at greater risk of experiencing an allergic reaction to Lanolin and may also find that chemical filters used in some sun creams can aggravate their skin.
So that everyone can enjoy the skin safely we make our organic sunscreens without lanolin, harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrance or pore-clogging ingredients. This makes our natural sun care the ideal choice for sensitive skin and people prone to prickly heat.
Discover our range of 100% lanolin-free beauty products, all made with natural and certified organic ingredients. If you have any questions for us, please join the conversation at @GreenPeopleUK or contact us on 01403 740350.