Lanolin Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis, By Type (Anhydrous Lanolin and Hydrous Lanolin), Derivatives (Lanolin Alcohol, Lanolin Wax), Application (Emulsifier, Moisturizer), End-Use (Personal Care & Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals), By Region, Forecast Period 2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)

Report ID - MRC_1361 | Pages - 205 | Category - Organic Chemicals

Key Market Overview:

Lanolin Market size was worth USD 264.41 Million in 2021, accounting for a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period (2022-2030), and the market is projected to be worth USD 442.94 Million by 2030.

Lanolin, also known as wool grease or wool wax, is a yellowish, waxy material that is produced from the oil glands of wool-bearing animals such as sheep. It is generally used in personal care and cosmetics products owing to the exceptional combination of protective and moisturizing properties. Lanolin is a semi-solid natural substance that is alike to human skin oils. This marks the product as an effective moisturizer, owing to the moisture resistence that avoids dryness. Additionally, it is used in hair care products, such as conditioners and shampoos, to moisturize and protect the scalp and hair. Lanolin is known for its capability to enable deep, long-lasting moisture to the hair and skin. This is an ideal material for use on sensitive skin as it is non-irritable. The natural water-repellent properties, of lanolin, makes it the most effective in safeguarding the skin from the sun, wind, and other environmental factors.

The regional market of Asia Pacific is dominating the global market of lanolin. This is owing to the rapidly increasing cosmetics industry in this region. The European region is the fastest-growing market during the forecast period due to the increasing demand for personal care products in this region.

Market Dynamics


Lanolin is a popular ingredient in many skincare, cosmetic, and personal care products due to its emollient and moisturizing properties. The rising demand for cosmetics and personal care products is increasing the demand for the product. The growing awareness about the advantages of natural ingredients and the trend towards utilization of natural and organic ingredients in the personal care industry  is registering a high demand for lanolin. Furthermore, this substance is also used in the manufacturing of several pharmaceutical products, such as ointments, wound dressings, and creams, owing to its skin-protecting properties. Additionally, lanolin is used as a lubricant in industries such as textiles, food, and leather as an anti-friction agent for several technical processes. The above-mentioned are the driving factors of the lanolin market growth in terms of value and volume.


Lanolin is an expensive ingredient, which makes it difficult for manufacturers to develope products comprising lanolin at a low price. Moreover, some individuals have an allergic reaction to this material, which limits the utilization of lanolin in personal care and cosmetic products. Furthermore, lanolin is derived from sheep wool, so the inadequate availability of raw materials impacts the supply chain, as a result, increasing the cost of the product. Therefore, the above-mentioned factors are likely to hamper the market growth.


The development of plant-based lanolin will create lucrative opportunities for the key players in the market during the forecast period. The regular lanolin which is derived from animals has some allergic reactions on human skin. As the wool-bearing animal is given pesticides to get protection from the parasites in the process of obtaining lanolin. Thereby, the development of plant based lanolin is gaining significance over the forecast period. Also, to reduce animal cruelity the plant based lanolin will witness growth in the demand over th forecast period creating ample opportunities.

Lanolin Report Coverage:

Report Attributes Report Details
Study Timeline 2016-2030
Market Size in 2030 (USD Million) 442.94 Million
CAGR (2022-2030) 5.9%
By Type Anhydrous and Hydrous
By Derivatives Lanolin Alcohol, Lanolin Wax, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, and Others.
By Application Emulsifier, Moisturizer, Lubricant, Leather Treatment, and Others
By End-use Personal Care & Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Leather & Textiles, and Others.
By Region Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America
Key Players NK Chemicals, Lubrizol Corporation, Imerial-Oel Import Handelsges mbH, Zhejiang Garden Biochemical High-Tech Co. Ltd, Croda International PLC, Nippon Fine Chemical, Lanotec Australia Pty Ltd, Rolex Lanolin Products Limited, IOI OLEOCHEMICAL, and Charkit Chemical

Market Segmentation:

By Type

On the basis of type, the market is segmented into anhydrous lanolin and hydrous lanolin. The anhydrous lanoline segment holds the largest market share. This type of lanolin consists of minimal to no water and is generally thick and waxy. Typically, this type is employed as a base ingredient in the cosmetics and personal care industry and is recognized for capability to form a barrier that protects the skin and helps to retain moisture. Anhydrous lanolin is also employed as a lubricant and emulsifier in multiple products. The hydrous segment is growing at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Typically it is used as a moisturizer due to the significant content of water in it and is valued for its hydration properties thus, making it the fastest-growing segment in the global market.

By Derivatives

Based on the derivatives, the market is segmented into lanolin alcohol, lanolin wax, acetylated lanolin alcohol, and others. Among all the derivatives lanolin alcohol holds the largest segment in the market of lanolin. Lanolin alcohol is widely used as an emulsifying agent in the industry of cosmetics and pharmaceutical. The hydration and soothing properties make it a key ingredient in skincare products such as creams, lotions, and balms. Moreover, the increasing demand for skin care products and the consumer preference for organic elements is projected to drive the growth of the lanolin alcohol derivative in the market. The lanolin wax segment is growing at the fastest CAGR in the forecast period. Owing to the ability to create a protective barrier for the skin, lanolin wax is considered as the most preferable ingredient in the skincare industry.

By Application

Based on application, the lanolin market is segmented into emulsifiers, moisturizers, lubricants, leather treatments, and others. The largest application segment of the market is moisturizers. Lanolin’s moisturizing properties make it a key substance in skincare products. This helps to hydrate and soothe the skin. The acceleration in demand for skincare products besides the growing consumer preference for natural and organic substances is anticipated to propel the growth of the growth of the segment, thereby, driving the growth of the global lanolin market.

The second largest application segment in the global market is emulsifiers. Lanolin helps to mix and stabilize oil and water-based constituents in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. This makes it an important ingredient in many creams and ointments. The capability to enhance the consistency and stability of the products makes it preferable in the industry of pharmaceuticals.

By End-use

The end-use segment is segmented into personal care & cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive, leather & textiles, and others. The personal care & cosmetics segment holds the largest share of the lanolin market. This is owing to lanolin’s extensive usage as an ingredient in personal care products such as lip balms, skin creams, and moisturizers. Lanolin is extremely valued for its emollient and moisturizing properties, making it the most preferred choice in the industry of cosmetics. Furthermore, lanolin has a legacy of its usage as a natural substance which is augmenting the acceptance among the consumers who are opting for organic product. The accelerating demand for skincare products, combined with the rising consumer preference for natural ingredients, is anticipated to drive the market growth of lanolin in the forecast period.

Pharmaceuticals is the second largest segment contributing to the market growth in the forecast period. As it is utilized as an element in several pharmaceutical products such as ointments, balms, and creams. Lanolin is valued for its emollient features, making it a key ingredient in the treatment of multiple skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and others. Additionally, it has non-irritating and anti-inflammatory properties, making it preferable for use in pharmaceutical products. Thus, the increasing demand for topical treatments for skin conditions and the rising awareness of the advantages of natural ingredients are projected to drive the growth of the market of lanolin in the pharmaceuticals segment in the forecast period.

By Region

The regional segment includes Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Africa, Latin America. Asia Pacific region is the largest market for lanolin, holding an enormous share in the global market. The increasing demand for cosmetics and personal care products in countries such as China, India, and South Korea is driving the growth of the market in this region. Also, the increasing growth of e-commerce in this region is making it more accessible for consumers to purchase lanolin-based products, further boosting the demand for lanolin in this region.

Europe is the second largest market for lanolin after the Asia-Pacific region. The established demand for cosmetics and personal care products in countries such as Germany, UK, and France is driving the growth of the lanolin market. Additionally, increasing demand for natural and eco-friendly products due to environmental concerns is propelling market growth.

Lanolin Market Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape of the market has been assessed in the report, with inclusive profiles of the leading players operating in the industry. Further, the surge in Research and Development (R&D), product innovation, and several business strategies have accelerated the growth of the Sample Preparation market. Key players in the market include-

Recent developments

  • In 2021, IOI OLEOCHEMICAL has launched a plant-based synthetic lanolin alternative. The name of the product is SOFTISAN 649 which is used as an animal-based lanoline substitute in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • In 2019, Charkit Chemical has declared the acquisition of Custom Ingredients Company for the production of CA used in the industry of personal care. This development will aid the firm to expand its revenue and product portfolio.

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Lanolin Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis, By Type (Anhydrous Lanolin and Hydrous Lanolin), Derivatives (Lanolin Alcohol, Lanolin Wax), Application (Emulsifier, Moisturizer), End-Use (Personal Care & Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals), By Region, Forecast Period 2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)
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