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The Process

Step 1. Off to the shearing Shed

At certain times every year farmers muster their sheep for shearing. 'Mustering' is the 'round up' of the sheep from the surrounding paddocks, hills and mountains and then driving them to the woolshed for shearing.

Mustering the 'high country sheep stations' is a very big operation. Shepherds ride horses over many miles of mountains and hills, droving thousands of sheep down to the lowlands and then to the shearing shed.

Shearing is the process of removing the wool without hurting or harming the sheep. This is similar to us having our hair cut. Shearing sheep is a specialized skill and it is very hard work.

In New Zealand the fastest shearers can shear more than one sheep every two minutes. Once shearing is completed, the sheep are returned to the paddocks to graze and grow more fine wool.

Meanwhile, in the wool shed, the wool is graded and packed into bales for transportation from the farm to the Wool Scour for cleaning.


Step 2. Extracting the rich oils from the wool

The 'greasy' wool is transported in bales from the farm to the Wool Scour where it is washed (scoured) and further processed.

The cleaning or 'scouring' of the wool is the process of washing the natural grease from the wool. Natural wool grease protects the sheep from the harsh elements and extreme weather conditions. The raw wool grease is then refined into the many different grades of Lanolin.

The Lanolin used in the manufacture of Lanocreme is of the highest standard and has less than three parts per million of all impurities.


Step 3. Mixing & Packaging

When the Lanolin arrives at the Lanocrème factory, the production of Lanocrème begins.

Firstly all water soluble ingredients that are used in the production of Lanocrème are mixed with hot water in the silver vat or tank.

At the same time, the Lanolin and other special oil soluble ingredients are mixed together in the green vat or tank.

Both vats are heated to 80 degrees Celsius before the contents are mixed together under extremely high hydraulic pressure.

The heating and mixing of these ingredients allows the water soluble and oil soluble ingredients to combine as a stable emulsion or cream - Lanocrème. This process is called emulsifying.

The Lanocrème is then slowly cooled and carefully packaged into attractive bottles, boxes and gift packs. Lanocrème is then distributed around the world for satisfied customers to enjoy.