Come winter, I start to dry out like a fish out of water. My skin gets parched, my lips chapped, my feet rough, and my elbows scaly. Does it happen to you, too?
It’s not a pretty picture. But, thankfully, I found a solution. Well, two. Lanolin 101 Ointment and Golden Ointment. They’ve both multi-purpose balms formulated with natural ingredients. The star? Lanolin.
What’s that? Touted as the “secret to all moisturization,” lanolin is the thick, sticky substance sheep secret to protect themselves from harsh weather. It creates a waterproof barrier that keeps them warm even when it’s freezing cold (now, why don’t I have it too? It’d come in handy in this showery weather).
Lanolin is very similar to human sebum, which is why it’s such a wonderful moisturizer for skin, nails, and even hair. It prevents skin from losing the moisture it needs to stay hydrated and supple, and keeps it soft and smooth too.
Lanolips uses medical grade lanolin, the purest of the pure. The 101 Ointment The Original contains nothing else. It’s made up of only lanolin and lanolin oil. As you can imagine, it’s very moisturizing.
My favourite way to use it is as a lip balm. Since I’ve started using it, my lips have been in great condition. They haven’t become chapped, flaked, or dry. On the contrary, they’re soft, smooth, and kiss-ready.
The flavour is pretty neutral, which is go sod. Who wants to slather something disgusting on their lips? But if it’s too yummy, you’ll just lick it off within minutes (I can’t be the only one doing that, can I?).
101 Ointment also doubles up as a cuticle cream. And a moisturizer for extremely dry skin patches, like elbows and the heels of your feet. Apply this stuff all over them for a few days, and your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s.
My only problem is the texture. When it’s cold, it becomes so hard, it’s a challenge to squeeze it out of the tube. It softens and melts down somewhat when the weather warms up, making application easier.
Either way, you’ll want to warm it up between your fingers. It takes a little while to absorb, but the little nuisance is worth a winter without chapped lips and scaly elbows. Don’t you agree?
The Golden Ointment contains even more goodies. In addition to lanolin and lanolin oil, it includes castor seed oil and apricot kernel oil, both of which are very moisturizing; vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties; and Manuka honey, which is great at soothing skin.
This mix of ingredient makes the Golden Ointment a super moisturizer. It’s extremely versatile too. It can be used as:
- A heavy duty moisturizer: if, like mine, your skin gets as parched as the desert, this will fix it in no time.
- As an after-shave cream: it soothes irritated skin after shaving. It also deeply hydrates it, leaving it silky soft to the touch.
- As a heel balm: whenever my heels get too dry, I slather on a tiny amount, put my socks on, and go to sleep. When I wake up the next morning, my feet are super soft.
- Flight cream: humidity loves to suck all the moisture out of our faces. The ointment prevents that. It creates a protective barrier on the skin that ensures moisture stays where it’s needed: into your skin.
- As a cuticle cream: rough cuticles? Rub this in and watch them become softer.
- As a skin soother: it calms down irritations and temporarily relieves itches. It’s great for those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or allergies. I hear it can even soothe nappy rashes and nipples sore from breastfeeding.
- For colds: when you have a cold, the skin around your nose gets all red and flaky. Sometimes, it even hurts. Just a touch of this ointment helps skin heal quickly.
I’m sure there are many more uses for this ointment, but these are the ones I’ve discovered so far. It’s just wonderful for anything that needs moisturizing and soothing.
But, there’s a catch (you knew this was coming, right?). I though the 101 Ointment was difficult to squeeze out of the tube. But that’s a piece of cake compared to the Golden Ointment.
This one has the hardest texture I’ve ever come across in a cream. You definitely need to warm it up between your fingers before spreading it all over your skin. And even then, you’ll have to work it in for a while.
At first it’s quite sticky and uncomfortable, but as you massage it in, it slowly melts into the skin, creating a protective barrier that locks moisture in for hours.
Because of this, it’s not something I use every day. It’s my secret weapon for those times when my skin gets seriously dry or is badly irritated. It always works like a charm, so I can justify the extra effort.
In truth, though, I was already sold when I saw the packaging. The Golden Ointment comes in a long, yellow tube (obviously), while the 101 Ointment in a smaller pink one. They both feature a sheep, which is so adorable. Aren’t you tempted to buy them just for that too?
Lanolips 101 Ointment Ingredients
Lanolin, Lanolin Oil.
Lanolips Golden Ointment Ingredients
Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), Lanolin Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Honey, Parfum.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Both the 101 Ointment and Golden Ointment are very moisturizing; Both ointments are multitaskers that heal, soothe, and moisturize even the driest and most irritated of skin; Both ointments provide longlasting moisturization; Adorable packaging.
Cons: Both have hard, sticky textures that are tricky to spread and take a while to absorb.
Summary: Lanolips 101 Ointment and Golden Ointments are multitasking moisturizing balms that soften rough heels and elbows, heal chapped lips, soothe irritated skin, and just fix all your skin’s winter, drying woes. But their hard, greasy textures take a while to absorb and effort to rub them in.
Price & Availability: 101 Ointment £11.22; Golden Ointment £17.99 at Boots
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