lan·​o·​lin | \ ˈla-nə-lən How to pronounce lanolin (audio) \

Definition of lanolin

: wool grease especially when refined for use in ointments and cosmetics

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For instance, common cosmetic ingredients such as lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool), gelatin (often derived from animal bones), and glycerin (which may be derived from animal fat) are not vegan, but sometimes may be created from plant sources. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "A Beginner’s Guide to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup and Skin Care," 12 July 2019 For instance, in a 2008 study, researchers in the Netherlands found that a lipid and lanolin mixture (containing squalene and many other things) improved transepidermal water loss (TEWL) over 48 hours in hairless mice. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Is Squalane Oil and Why Is It Suddenly in All My Skin-Care Products?," 20 June 2019 Common non-vegan ingredients found in clean beauty products include beeswax, honey, lanolin, and tallow. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Common allergens include ingredients such as fragrance, benzophenone-UV filters (used in many makeup products that contain sunscreen), and preservatives like lanolin, Dr. Elliott says. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 The $30 cream also includes lanolin, which was suspected to have potential in simulating vernix back when cosmetic chemists first started working on a replica. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018 Lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, and shea butter are also good options. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why You Are So Freaking Dry When You Get Off a Plane," 14 Sep. 2018 In this case, the brand included jojoba oil for its emollient properties, frankincense to calm and protect, castor oil to balance, and lanolin to moisturize. Marci Robin, Allure, "Rituel de Fille Is Launching The Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover, the Brand's First-Ever Concealer," 18 Apr. 2018 This long-lasting, no-fuss lotion has no dyes, no lanolin, and no fragrance. Korin Miller, Allure, "7 Ways to Relieve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lanolin

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lanolin

Latin lana wool + International Scientific Vocabulary -ol entry 3 + -in entry 1

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The first known use of lanolin was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of lanolin

: an oily substance that comes from sheep's wool and that is used for making soaps and lotions


lan·​o·​lin | \ ˈlan-ᵊl-ən How to pronounce lanolin (audio) \

Medical Definition of lanolin

: a yellowish sticky unctuous mass of refined wool grease that can be absorbed by the skin, contains from 25 to 30 percent incorporated water, and is used chiefly in ointments and cosmetics

called also adeps lanae, hydrous wool fat

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