Moisturizing and hydrating: Glycerin

– neutral, colourless, thick liquid which freezes to a thick paste
– powerful degreaser and a natural by-product of soap making
– make the bubbles in bubble bath last longer
– skin-friendly humectant which attracts water to the skin
– provide lubrication and acts as a humectant
– natural remedy for yeast and fungal infections
– highly stable under typical storage conditions
– compatible with many other chemical materials
– virtually non-toxic and non-irritating in its varied uses
– natural glycerin are naturally derived from vegetable oils
– synthetic glycerin are produced from propylene alcohol
– (propylene alcohol is a petroleum derivative)

Purported skin care benefits when applied topically:
hydrates and helps skin retain its own natural moisture
– leave skin feeling soft and hydrated while permitting it to breathe
– allows topical agents to go on very smoothly
contains healing properties
– good for those with sensitive skin like eczema and psoriasis

Known side effects:
will cause skin blisters when used without diluting
– may clog pores when used in high concentrations
– may irritate the skin in especially dry climates

Other names:
– glycerine
– glycerol (which shows that it is an alcohol)

Products containing this ingredient:
– used in lots of bath, body products and moisturizers
– soaps should have glycerin for moisturizing properties
– soaps made from vegetable glycerin are said to be excellent


  1. elleve says:

    heya! do you happen to have any idea where we can buy glycerin? cuz it pops out quite frequently in recipes for natural remedies!

    thanks (=

    elleve: Hi, I don’t know of any locally but if you search on the web, you should be able to find many selling this online.

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