How to add glycerin to water

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Glycerine, also known as glycerine and glycerol, is a natural alcohol derived from the animal or vegetable fats used in the soap-making process. Commercially available as an emollient in toiletries and cosmetics, glycerine is also a preservative in foods. With a viscous, or syruplike, consistency, glycerin's colourless, sweet and odourless properties make it a relatively safe and versatile ingredient for making your own laundry detergents, soaps and lotions or extending the life of beauty products. Mixed with water, glycerine can be used as a homemade natural hair and scalp moisturiser.

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Things you need

  • Pure glycerine (glycerol) or pure vegetable glycerine
  • Water (preferably distilled)
  • Measuring cup
  • Empty 236ml. spray bottle

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    Measure glycerine and distilled water at a ratio anywhere between 1-to-4 and 1-to-1, one at a time. These ratios are recommended for best consistency for use in the spray bottle. Measure 73.9ml of glycerine and 142gr of water (a 1-2 ratio) to start. If needed, adjust ratios after using the mixture depending on the hair's texture and reaction.

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    Pour distilled water into the bottle, followed by glycerine. The glycerine should try to settle on the bottom of the bottle because it is viscous.

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    Shake the bottle for 10 seconds until the solution is homogeneous. Glycerine is water- and alcohol-soluble, so it will dilute easily. For mixtures with a higher amount of glycerine, shake longer until it dissolves completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a few drops of essential oil(s) for added benefits to scalp or fragrance such as lavender or jojoba.
  • Find pure vegetable glycerine or glycerol at Henry's Marketplace, Whole Foods and Michaels craft stores.
  • Using a ratio heavy on the glycerine will make the solution tougher to dissolve and may not spray as well.
  • Measure by volume, rather than weight, as glycerine is heavier than water.
  • Use a small amount of glycerine on the skin first to see how it reacts. Too much glycerine can have a drying effect on the scalp.

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