Lanolin. It's one of those beauty ingredients that people either swear by or steer clear of, but when Lanolips launched in 2009, its aim was to change the perception of the natural ingredient — which, although a great moisturiser, can irritate the skin if it doesn't go through the correct purification process to remove pesticides. We caught up with the brand's founder Kirsten Carriol to talk about common lanolin misconceptions and what's up next for the brand.
When did you first start using lanolin? I grew up going to my grandparents sheep farm every holiday. There was a shearing shed and I was always surrounded by the ingredient [which comes from excreted sheep sebum and is found in their wool]. My father, who is a Professor of Genetics, always used lanolin on us as it resembles your own skin lipids more than any other ingredient — natural or non-natural.