A choice of Emollients


Lipstick manufacturers have many emollients to choose from. I’ve limited my selection to the most stable, longest shelf life varieties, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, palm oil and lanolin – as the base emollient choices. Lanolin is well known for its skin softening properties and when added to the lipstick formula, it helps the pigments lay evenly on the lips. I haven’t been able to find a replacement for the performance properties lanolin brings to my lipstick formulations – it holds a special place on the emollient shelf.

Here is an interesting website regarding lanolin production in Europe.
This excerpt that I found most interesting: The wool washing industry, source of Lanolin’s starting material Wool Grease, has been more and more moving to Asia. One of Europe’s last wool washing operations, the Bremer Wollkämmerei closed production in 2008. Machinery has been re-installed in China which was the case also with most other plant closings in Europe and Australia.

Market forces are a powerful driver indeed.


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