It's Organic September and what better way to start the month than talking about organic skincare? I'm slowly making the switch and even though I haven't found my perfect new skincare routine yet, this waxy lanolin is definitely one to keep.
I'm someone who's addicted to lip balm and I've been using the same brand for over 16 years (omg am I that old?!). My friends are even referring to the small plastic round packaging as 'Ana's Egg'. But as they're plastic, it was time to change.
So when Andrew from Veggilanol contacted me about their product, I jumped to the chance of trying it out! He sent me a super cute refillable compact (with mirror), and a glass refill jar. Their product itself is certified organic and 100% natural.
So, what on earth is lanolin?
Lanolin is a byproduct of the wool industry. It's basically pure wool grease, refined to have a yellow/light color. Wool grease is a natural wax produced by sheep to protect their skin and wool from environmental conditions: it helps waterprooﬁng their wool and avoid the build up of moisture, making sure the sheepies don't get too heavy.
Now, before you think: wool grease...?! GROSS! Think about this:
Sheep need to be sheared at least once a year, because they don't shed naturally. Basically all sheep in the world are bred to keep on growing their wool. They wouldn't be able to survive out in the wild without our help (except for that crazy merino sheep who carried 42 kilos of wool on him before people helped him relieve this weight).
So, we use their wool to keep ourselves warm during the winter months. But before we can turn their wool into a useable product, it needs to be cleaned. This is when the wax gets separated from the wool, dirt and water. Veggilanol refines this wax further, making sure there is no water left in the substance. And that's all it is.
The best thing, the people at Veggilanol really do care about the treatment of the sheep and have gone through many certification bodies to prove that their sheep are treated more than fairly and their product is 100% organic and natural. You can use it as so much more than a lip balm, and does wonders for people with allergy prone skin (it's even AllergyCertified).
I've heard its amazing for cracked and super dry skin, and helps heal the cell membranes around sore nipples for breastfeeding mums.
Veggilanol also works wonders in reducing your wrinkles. And yes, I've been using a little bit of balm around my eyes (almost) every evening and it works!
It's very waxy and tough substance, not super easy to spread, but that's because it's 100% raw - but refined - material called lanolin (I'll be telling you a lot more about this tomorrow). I like that fact, as it stays on your skin for much longer than quickly absorbs balms and it really does moisturize your skin. I am using lip balm less often now, because I just don't need it as often.
I'm super impressed by it, especially because I haven't had a single cold sore since I've started using it. And that's a big thing for me. Ever since I was little, I've had one every couple of months and even though I know exactly how to treat them when they're coming up, I prefer not to get them at all, and I haven't even felt a tingling since using Veggilanol as a lip balm!
I'm even using their products as ingredient in some soaps and this lipbalm!