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Brief History of Lanolin and Lanicare™
Since ancient times, people have sought lanolin as a powerful emollient to soothe, protect, and heal skin. Today, Lanicare™ is writing a new chapter in this history of lanolin as an exciting new way to use an ancient remedy.
Of course, the entire story is pretty involved (lanolin has a long/rich history in skin care). Ancient Greek recipes even survive for extracting the emollient "Oesypum" (e.g. lanolin) from wool. But, the real story of lanicare™ begins with more modern lanolin usage/purification.
By the late 1800's, "wool wax" (as it was then known), had been in use as a potent homeopathic skin treatment for millennia. However, the material was usually boiled (or otherwise extracted) from wool by hand. Then, a German, Otto Braun, invented a way of centrifuging (spinning) wool washings to produce a purified product he dubbed "lanolin" (from the Latin: lanos for wool + oleum for oil).
With the advent of such purification, pharmacists were soon developing medical (high purity) grades for use in salves. Then, in partnership with pharmacist Oscar Tropowitz, German chemist Isaac Lifshutz used lanolin to develop the world's first true skin cream (now Nivea).
Over the next century (into the mid 1980s), lanolin became recognized as an essential ingredient in both topical pharmaceuticals and general skin products. In medical circles, the emollient potency of lanolin became well established (in myriad published studies).
Although the power of lanolin was recognized during this period, there were barriers to its use in concentrated form. Technology of the day produced medical lanolins which, although quite pure, still possessed an earthy smell and taste. While potent, these medical lanolins also proved thick and difficult to spread in concentrated forms.
Then, in the late 1900s, techniques were developed for further purification of then existing (already pure) medical grades of lanolin. Resultant purities proved nothing short of amazing (yielding totally odorless, tasteless, and hypoallergenic lanolins). For the first time, ultra pure lanolins began to enable broader usage.
Today, ultra purified lanolins are enabling aesthetic and hypoallergenic usage of lanolin in concentrated forms. However, even in ultra purified form, lanolin remains viscous and difficult to spread...until Lanicare!™
After working to solve this problem for years, Dr. Stephen Sutton discovered a way of combining ultra pure lanolin with special oils to produce highly concentrated, but spreadable, formulations. As the basis for Lanicare products, these formulas now offer concentrated lanolin in spreadable, but potent/hypoallergenic, forms.