Pure lanolin and its softer relatives: How do you pick the right product?

Why Lanolin is such a good skin care ingredient

Lanolin is one of the most wonderful natural products to protect your lips, hands, feet, and your entire body. Lanolin helps keep the sheep’s coat protected and dry throughout the year.  Lanolin is extracted from the wool after shearing, and refined to the highest grade available.

The  composition of lanolin is very similar to that of human skin lipids. Therefore, it is more skin-compatible than any other natural or synthetic ingredient in skincare. Lanolin forms a protective layer on the skin that allows air to get in but holds water in, allowing the skin to hydrate naturally. Lanolin can also be a water reservoir, holding up to 400% of its weight, contributing to the natural skin hydration of lanolin products.

With more than 50 lanolin products in our collection, Koru Naturals offers the most extensive selection of lanolin skin care available today. But, the question is often asked: how do you pick the right one? To help with this decision, let’s first classify our lanolin products according to lanolin content:

  • Pure lanolin – 100% USP grade lanolin. It comes in 2 oz pots, lip balm tubes, and small and large lip balm pots
  • Lanolin and sunflower wax lip balm
  • Balms – 40% to 60% lanolin
  • Creams and lotions – Less than 10% lanolin
Pure Golden Lanolin

Our top selling product since 2001, our lanolin has an exceptional level of purity.  Simple and highly effective, our Australian Golden Lanolin is used regularly as skin moisturizer and protectant. It’s also a favorite of DIY crafters, who use it to create creams, lotions, and balms.

Pure lanolin is a wax, which can be pretty hard, particularly in cold weather. What I do is to use a hair dryer on low to soften it to a semi-liquid consistency that is easy to apply. If you use it on your feet it’s best to do it at night and wear woolly socks. Do it daily for a week and you’ll be amazed at the results!

Our 100% pure lanolin is also available in lip balm containers:

Lanolin and Sunflower Wax Lip Balm

Whereas the blue label tubes are the most popular lip balm form, they cannot be shipped in summer because the lanolin melts. The Green Label tubes have a small amount of sunflower wax added, which increases the melting point. Green Label tubes can be shipped year around and they are convenient for warm climates.

Lanolin and Tupelo Honey Lip Balm

On the Lamb Lip Balm: Pure Lanolin combined with Tupelo Honey, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and castor oil


Pure lanolin can be blended with oils and butters to create products that are softer and easier to spread than pure lanolin.

Creams and Lotions

Too numerous to list all, you can browse all products on our main lanolin page. In general, lanolin creams and lotions contain less than 10% lanolin because otherwise they would feel sticky. A few products and lines we love:

Your skin will thank you

Lanolin was the beauty secret of the 20’s and 30’s, but then it was neglected in favor of newer and more expensive ingredients. However, there was never a good reason to neglect lanolin as excellent skin care ingredient, other than generally false claims used to justify high prices. What lanolin does for sheep is also good for your skin, so regardless of what product you choose your skin will thank you.