Lanolin and Lanolin Alcohol

Published: 2005-05-31
Asalam-a-laikum, i just wantet to know if lanolin or lanolin alcohol is haram or halal, because in two different websites it said that it is halal whilst the other website said that it was haram, looking forward to hearing from you, thank you, khuda hafiz.
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Lanolin and lanolin alcohol are permissable.
lanolin  Dictionarylan·o·lin (lăn'ə-lĭn)
n.A fatty substance obtained from wool and used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments. Also called wool fat.
[German : from Latin lāna, wool + Latin oleum, oil.]
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Encyclopedialanolin, greasy, yellow substance extracted from wool. When purified, it is used as a base for ointments and creams, as a lubricant, and in finishing and preserving leather. It is also a constituent of some varnishes and paints. Chemically, lanolin is chiefly a mixture of cholesterol and the esters of several fatty acids. With water it forms an emulsion. As a waste product in wool processing, it is known also as wool wax, wool fat, or wool grease.
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Medicallan·o·lin (lăn'ə-lĭn)
n. A fatty substance obtained from wool and used in soaps, cosmetics, and ointments.
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The noun lanolin has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics  Synonyms: wool fat, wool grease
Meaning #2: an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep)
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Lanolin is "wool fat" or grease, chemically akin to wax, it is produced by wool-bearing animals such as sheep and is secreted by their sebaceous glands. These glands are associated with hair follicles. Lanolin acts as a waterproofing wax, and recent studies indicate that antibiotics are also present in the lanolin. It helps them to shed water from their coats. Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin and the extraction can be performed by squeezing the wool between rollers. Lanolin is used commercially in a great many products ranging from rust preventitive coatings to cosmetics. Most or all the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles e.g. yarn or felt.

Lanolin is often used as a raw material for producing vitamin D3.
This patient information on Lanolin Alcohol is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Lanolin alcohol. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Lanolin alcohol to your skin. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always "remembers" and you will continue to be Lanolin alcohol sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.
This chemical is derived from the fleece of sheep. It is used as a vehicle in many topical medications, cosmetics, and skin care products.
Where is chemical found?
►Adhesive tape
►Chewing Gum
►Cutting oil fluids
►Furniture Polish
►Hair Products
►Hand creams
►Metallic corrosion preventatives
►Ostomy products
►Pressure sensitive adhesives.
►Printing inks
►Shoe polish
►Textile finishes
►Wood alcohol
►Wool fat, wool grease, wool wax
►Zinc oxide
Hints on avoiding chemical:
►Choose products listed only on your personalized contact allergen database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Lanolin alcohol and safe to use.
►Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skincare products that contain this chemical skin to skin transfer may occur to you.
►It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you may see this chemical listed as:
Acetylated lanolin
Golden Dawn
Hydrogenated lanolin
Lantrol (dewaxed lanolin)
Type HO
Wool alcohol
Possible Occupational Exposures
    Hairdressers & Cosmetologists
    Machine operators
    Construction workers
© John L. Meisenheimer, M.D.  2004