lan·o·lin | \ˈla-nə-lən \

Definition of lanolin 

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

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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 Debris speckled her slick skin, clinging to the homemade serum of glycerin, lanolin, and vitamin E oil that’s preserved her wedding-day face. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Keep in mind, though, that Aquaphor is made with lanolin, while Vaseline isn't, so for those with lanolin allergies, Vaseline may be the better choice for scar prevention. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Why Aquaphor Is My Favorite Beauty Product Ever," 14 Feb. 2018 Bleu des Basques is a study in textural variation: an uber rich paste of buttery, lanolin-laced sheep’s milk holds pockets of crunchy, mild, crystalline blue mold. Tia Keenan, Bon Appetit, "These 5 Cheese Plates Are Perfect, So Copy Them Exactly," 24 Apr. 2018 From lipsticks that contain carmine (red dye from beetles) to moisturizers that are made with lanolin (a waxy substance from sheep glands), shopping for vegan beauty products can be tough. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Milk Makeup Is Now Completely Vegan," 28 Mar. 2018 Finish with a rich cream; Mieloch is partial to MBR Cream Extraordinary ($369), spiked with ultra-hydrating lanolin and light-reflective gold particles to subtly conceal any imperfections. Kari Molvar, New York Times, "How to Care for Your Skin — While You Sleep," 26 Mar. 2018 This means commonly used cosmetic ingredients like beeswax, lanolin, and carmine (a dye made from beetles' wings) will be replaced. Sara Spruch-feiner, Allure, "Hourglass Cosmetics Is Supporting Animal Rights By Becoming All Vegan and Cruelty-Free," 2 Nov. 2017

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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 \

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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