Each container of Wool Wax Créme is lovingly prepared by the Phalen family. The Phalen family is an eastern Montana farming family of three youngsters and parents Rusty & Christa, who are also each active ministers. The family tends to its farm and also produces all of the Wool Wax Créme products for their customers and retailers around the country. Rusty & Christa Phalen are also active ministers who hold regular services, some of which are broadcast on the internet for their congregations.
Wool Wax Créme was first produced in the state of Washington in 1972. It was developed by Margaret Harrison, a pharmacist in the service of the nucleonic division of a contractor. They had requested a protective hand cream for the laboratory staffs that were in research work. At the request of pharmacists and residents in the area, it was also placed on the market for consumer use.
Since it contains lanolin from sheep’s coat, and has a waxy appearance, the product was called Wool Wax Créme. “Formula AT-10” was added to the name of the skin cream to signify that this was the tenth version of the product, which we now consider to be the perfect blend of natural ingredients. Besides lanolin, Wool Wax Créme contains emollients and emulsifying agents.
Formula AT-10 Contains: Distilled Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerolmonostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Perfume
Formula AT-10 – Fragrance Free Contains: Distilled Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerolmonostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lanolin
Formula AT-10 – Huckleberry Contains: Distilled Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerolmonostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Frangrance
Wool Wax Créme was never advertised. The wool grower industry, interested in the product because of the name and the beneficial use of precious lanolin, began selling Wool Wax in other states. Soon, a nationwide demand was started. Wool Wax is now sold in all 50 states.
In the fall of 1991, the company was purchased by Isabelle and Gerry Devlin. The Devlin family owns and operates a working sheep and cattle ranch in Eastern Montana. In 1998, Marcha Labs was purchased by Ron Devlin. Eileen Terhaar ran the business for Ron for 20 years. While still operating on the family ranch, Eileen’s daughter, Christa came and helped out during the busy season.
In January of 2020 Rusty and Christa Phalen purchased the business and moved the lab to Miles City, MT. They have three children who have all been trained by their grandma in the business of Wool Wax Créme. It is still family owned and operated and will continue operating in Eastern Montana.