Lucindale provides inspiration for award winning beauty product

LUCINDALE was all the inspiration entrepreneur Kirsten Carriol needed to create an award-winning beauty product.

The founder of Lanolips - a lip ointment made using lanolin found in sheep's wool - she spent much of her childhood just outside the small town visiting her grandparents Herbert and Lois Watson.

Beauty entrepreneur Kirsten Carriol on her last visit to Corryton Park, a farm just out of Lucindale, before it was sold. She spent many school holidays visiting her grandparents who lived there.

Beauty entrepreneur Kirsten Carriol on her last visit to Corryton Park, a farm just out of Lucindale, before it was sold. She spent many school holidays visiting her grandparents who lived there.

They owned Corryton Park and neighbouring farm Yarbri on Legges Lane.

Kirsten and her family would pile into the car most school holidays and travel from McLaren Vale to the SE for lots of fun adventures.

She recalled carefree days watching her grandfather milk the cows, collecting eggs from the chicken coop and witnessing all the action in the shearing shed.

Scrounging for treasure around a "beautiful" old junk yard and spending many hours playing in the tree house.

"It was such a fresh way of living," she said.

"Being a part of that was just gorgeous. Us kids just kind of ran wild on the farm.

"I didn't realise how lucky I was, now I live in Sydney I feel really lucky to have been able to experience all of that."

Beauty entrepreneur Kirsten Carriol has many fond memories of her grandparents' Corryton Park farm. Here her brother Mark Burgoyne, aged 12, helps out in the shearing shed.

Beauty entrepreneur Kirsten Carriol has many fond memories of her grandparents' Corryton Park farm. Here her brother Mark Burgoyne, aged 12, helps out in the shearing shed.

Her link to the country and life on the land was what led her to create Lanolips - a product which has won numerous awards in the beauty industry.

Jetsetting off on her honeymoon she relaxed into the plane seat and started thinking about how dry her skin and lips would get during and after the flight.

"At that point I remembered lanolin," she said.

"It was used for everything on the farm - on hands, lips, when we had a cold, if we had cracked lips. It was all anyone used.

"When I grew up I discovered other beauty products which I thought were better with their fancy packaging...but they really weren't."

Lanolips founder Kirsten Carriol, aged three, on her grandparents farm just out of Lucindale.

Lanolips founder Kirsten Carriol, aged three, on her grandparents farm just out of Lucindale.

After her lightbulb moment Kirsten, who was working in beauty PR at the time, decided to focus her energy on this idea to create something which used lanolin as a healing agent.

She spent six years researching ingredients and testing prototypes before the natural and ultra-pure lanolin lip ointment was launched in 2009.

"I wanted to create something that would improve lives," she said.

"Something that would work in harsh conditions...and solve people's problems."

The lanolin is sourced from Australian and New Zealand sheep and is then refined and cleaned of all impurities. It is medical grade and 100 per cent pure.

She said she had been "overwhelmed" with how well the product - which is sold in 2500 stores across Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Korea - had been received by the public.

"I'm really happy that everyone likes it," she said.

Kirsten was grateful to be able to return to Lucindale with her own family just before the Corryton Park property was sold in 2009.

She said her two sons, aged two and four, loved experiencing farm life.

"They were little but big enough to enjoy it," she said. "It was really bittersweet."

Kirsten Carriol took her sons Casper (left) and Dalphin to visit the farm which was the inspiration behind her award-winning beauty brand Lanolips shortly before it was sold in 2009.

Kirsten Carriol took her sons Casper (left) and Dalphin to visit the farm which was the inspiration behind her award-winning beauty brand Lanolips shortly before it was sold in 2009.

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