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Raw Wool Grease (Wool Grease)

Raw Wool Grease is the name given to the waxy substance secreted from the sebaceous glands of sheep, which adds a protective layer to wool fibres. It is obtained when the wool is washed. Depending on the breed of sheep, unwashed raw wool has a Raw Wool Grease content of 8 to 16 percent. Indications on the use of Raw Wool Grease reach date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The term lanolin (lana = wool, oleum = oil, fat) also dates from this time. Today, Raw Wool Grease mainly comes from China, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Chile. In Europe, wool washing is on the decline.

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High water absorption capacity
For the production of lanolin
In leather care products

Characteristic properties

  • Complex mixture of wax esters, alcohols, free fatty acids and hydrocarbons
  • Insoluble in water
  • Can absorb several times its weight in water

Areas of application


  • Used to produce purified lanolin, which is used in nourishing creams for stressed skin

Animal nutrition & care

  •  Used in animal care

Chemistry & technology

  • An ingredient in leather care products as well as in lubricants and anti-rust agents
  • Use as corrosion protection



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