Winter’s Blessing – Sheep Oil Cream
Lanolin is a fantastic oil for those with dry skin and especially with the winter winds on their way. This Kicho Sheep Oil Cream was the third and final product I was sent by BNT News. (Lamy Vegetable Foam Cleanser and Hansaeng Essence being the other two)
For the animal lovers among us, lanolin is an oil which can be extracted form animals without harming them! Even though it’s not an ingredient I’ve come across frequently, it’s well known for it’s moisturising benefits and can be found globally in folk remedies. (Globally where sheep are common anyway).
Kicho cosmetics is a Korean brand, and their saying (engrish approved) is “We provide pure nature greatness to your skin”. I’m looking forward to seeing if that’s indeed the case.
Lanolin extract from Germany improves overall skin texture, tone and moisturize while reducing appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. 8 different berry extracts (Sea Buckthorn Berries, Blueberry, Goji berry, Strawberry, Açaí palm, Raspberry, Black Mulberry, Cranberry Fruit) keeps your skin moisturized and healthy. A daily moisturizer formulated with lanolin and 8 berries prevent signs of aging and provide significant moisture and smooth texture.
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lanolin Oil, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-7 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Ceramide 3, Dipeptide, Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate , Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Rasberry) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Vulgaris Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolla (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, CI 19140, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Totarol, Decylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, CI 15985
I’m going to focus on Lanolin for my star ingredient, as it’s the star of this particular product and I’ve not come across it frequently. I’ve also highlighted other great ingredients. (Strawberry isn’t the most effective but I love it so much I did an ingredient insight on it here).
The cream also advertises itself as containing the benefits of 8 different types of berries! In addition to Strawberry they are; Sea Buckthorn, Cranberry, Acai Palm, Blueberry, Goji Berry, Blackberry and Raspberry. These all have anti-oxidants which help to brighten the skin. But wouldn’t be my main reason to buy this cream, that would be the Lanolin.
So Lanolin. What exactly is it? It’s also known as wool wax/wool grease and is secreted by the sebaceous glands of woolly animals. So we secrete sebaceous oils, while wooly animals secrete lanolin. It’s waterproofing property helps protect our woolly friends from the ravages of the wind and cold. Which is also why it and it’s derivatives are used in human skincare.
It’s been shown to have effective moisturising properties, and is an occulisive which makes it great as a last step in your skincare routine. For those with very dry skin, it’s great for preventing cracks and scaling. Top tip for breastfeeding mums, it’s a recommended ingredient for sore nipples.
It is however also a common allergen, so those who know they have a “wool” allergy, this is your likely culprit.
All the products provided by BNT News were wonderfully stylish and this is no exception. It comes in a floral designed box and is snugly packaged inside. It’s a quadrangle glass jar, with a tin twist off cap to reveal the product inside. There wasn’t a spatula included to help scoop the product out, though I have a few that I could use from past cream experiences. I would have liked it to include a spatula though, that would have been the cherry on a very delicious cake.
Product & Scent
This has a melted butter look to it, and a creamy texture (as can be expected from a cream). I loved the scent of this cream. It hits you with a citrus scent at first, which fades into a light herb/fruity scent. I expected this cream to just sit on my skin, given the descriptions of lanolin as more effective than petroleum, but it sank in nicely. You don’t need much of this to get the full effect across your whole face, though those with drier skin may choose to lather it on. It also didn’t make me look greasy/oily which is always a bonus. Though as I wear it at night that’s not a major concern for me.
Directions of Use
This is the last step in my skincare routine, on the days I don’t do spot treatments, and replaces my sleeping pack. I have combination skin so this + a sleeping pack would be too much for me. I gently massage it on and give it a few minutes to properly sink in before I go to sleep. I’ve only used this at night.
This little beauty is a great product to own for the days my skin feels overly dry. Which is more frequently now that I have a bearded boyfriend. This is a very hydrating cream, without an accompanying greasy feeling which can so often happen. I’m saving this cream for the days after my boyfriend has stayed, to rescue the flakiness that can happen after too much physical exfoliation. For those who are looking for a hydrating cream for winter/dry scaly skin this is the perfect product for you. My skin wasn’t just hydrated but it did look a little brighter as well. The pricepoint is slightly above what I would normally pay, but I think it’s worth it if you can fit it in your budget.