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 Why Lanolin
Author: ctt489 
Date:   2003-04-01 02:52

LANOLIN - In summary

LANOLIN one of nature’s own oils .... a humidifying protector.
LANOLIN exists as a natural oil on the skin and in the fibre of sheep’s wool.
LANOLIN acts as a waterproof raincoat to the animal.
LANOLIN is referred to as "wool fat or wool grease" by farmers.
LANOLIN resembles the sebaceous secretions of our own skin.
LANOLIN is separated from the shorn sheep’s wool after each spring clipping.
LANOLIN is a wonderful emollient*.

It's excellent for cork!

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 Re: Why Lanolin
Author: RonD 
Date:   2003-04-01 03:52

Where can you buy small amounts? Tried local Walgreens and they only could get 1 pound container. Any suggestions?

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 Re: Why Lanolin
Author: Karel 
Date:   2003-04-01 10:59

Local chemist will sell you "anhydrous lanolin" (wool fat) in a small jar for a few dollars. I dont think it is as good as the Doctor's Slick.

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 Re: Why Lanolin
Author: L. Omar Henderson 
Date:   2003-04-01 12:41

IMHO lanolin is not the choice for a cork grease. As indicated, lanolin is derived from animal species - not plant origin - and has no protective or preserving effect on cork. The elements needed by plant derived products - e.g. wood, cork - are those historically shown, or scientifically proven to maintain the cellular and micro structure of the plant cell architecture. Animal fats have never been used on fine wood (cork) artifacts as preservatives (other than sealing out moisture). Animal fats will eventually degrade and cause the deterioration of wood and cork. It will provide a decrease in friction for fitting the tenons together and in that regard a function of cork grease but these animal derived fats and petroleum derived greases will cause the premature failure of cork due their infiltration and eventual collapse of the plant cell walls and functional compression characteristics of the cork.
The Doctor

Post Edited (2003-04-01 13:43)

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