I would assume because it isn't tested on animals. Thats what I look out for! I hope this helps!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Lanolin is cruelty free. It's the same as taking beeswax from bees or milk from a cow. Lanolin comes from sheep. It's vegetarian (not vegan) friendly.
Lanolin is gotten from Sheep's wool, how is that cruel. You're basically just giving them a bath. You don't have to kill them or hurt them to get it. Besides, it's in almost all lipstick and many lotions and conditioners. You're likely using it and don't know. Even vegan and cruelty free products use it.
Actually, since lanolin comes from sheep wool, sheep are bred for wrinkled skin that yields more wool. Sometimes this can cause the sheep to suffer collapse from the extra wool/heat, etc. They can get urine and feces in their wool, and flies lay eggs in the moist wrinkles. Sheep can become food for maggots. To prevent this, ranchers perform “mulesing" - the practice of cutting large pieces of flesh off of the backs of sheeps’ legs and around their tails, all without anesthesia. In addition, when sheep get older and their wool production declines, they are sold for slaughter. (There are other practices that the wool-producing industry takes part in vis a vis killing other wildlife, but I have not included it, as it does not relate solely to lanolin.)
As lanolin comes from lambs wool I don't see how it is considered cruel. The lamb is not injured at all from being shaved. The wool is used in many materials which i suspect you have in your house if you looked around. All older ingredients were already tested in animals as that was required in the past. If an ingredient was previously tested it doesn't require additional testing by this company / this new product. While it isn't a pleasant scenario, in vitro testing can only tell so much.