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I know what lanolin is, but does anyone know what the process is for getting the lanolin? Is it collected, or do the sheep have to be killed? I have never even thought of this before, but the ethics thread got me thinking about it.<br>
Anyone know??<br>
TIA~Debi
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Since I dont use <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wool"> i have never thought about this..... I cant wait o find out how they get it......
 

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I just looked at a few sites and here's what I found...<br><br>
LANOLIN is separated from the shorn sheep’s wool after each spring clipping.<br><br>
...is derived from the shorn wool- a cruelty-free product. Nearly identical to your skin's own natural oils, it is impossible to duplicate synthetically.<br><br>
So it looks like no sheeps died for the lanolin? I'd be interested in hearing what other have to say though because these were obviously pro lanolin sites...
 

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Oh geez... now you've got me wondering too!!! I must go Google... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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No, sheep are DEFINITELY not killed for lanolin. As I understand it, it is basically sheep scalp oil - imagine if you never washed your hair and then it got cut off, well, it would need to be cleaned before somebody could use it in a wig - same idea for a sheep. Lanolin is a wool by-product - after they shear the sheep they wash it (a sheep's coat is NOT soft, despite all appearances, it is dense, tacky and a little smelly) and the lanolin is washed off (and collected, I presume!). Then, if you're Lansinoh you get really purified and put BACK on the wool in the form of a diaper cover. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I always wonder how some lanolin is liquid and others , like Lansinoh , solid.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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Ah ha!!! Thank you oh wise wool knower abouters!!!<br>
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I am so glad I saw this post, I was just wondering this the other night as I lanolized my covers with liquid lanolin.<br><br>
I had the mental picture of someone squeezing a sheep and trying to get all the oil out of his hair/coat/fur (whatever its called.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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