Vegetable glycerin uses

Updated February 21, 2017

Every day you probably use some form of glycerine or glycerol. This clear, odourless liquid is sweet tasting and has a consistency of syrup. It readily dissolves in water and is a good solvent. Vegetable glycerine is derived from extracted glycerol fats from plant oils such as palm and coconut. It is commonly used as a base for pharmaceuticals and other household items. Glycerine can capture moisture from the air, making it a good addition to moisturisers. It has a relatively short shelf life and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

Cleansing Oil

Glycerine makes a good base for facial cleansing oils. It is a natural product that can soften dry skin with a pleasant cooling effect. It is also good for use on sensitive skin with the addition of aloe vera juice. Mix glycerine with liquid Castile soap for an effective cleanser. Add essential oils such as rosemary or peppermint for added scent. Essential oils and aloe vera juice are available from health food stores.

Clear Soaps

Vegetable glycerine makes attractive clear soaps. It melts at relatively low temperatures of 71.1 degrees Celsius and is easy to work with. Add dyes and essential oils to create soap for your needs. Be aware, because of its tendency to draw moisture from the air, that it will dissolve more quickly than conventional bar soaps. Refrain from using glycerine soaps on your face in dry environments to prevent moisture loss.

Herbal Preparations

Its sweet taste makes it a good base for herbal preparations that may contain bitter or sour-tasting herbs. Glycerine mixed with baking soda, salt and peppermint essential oil creates pleasant-tasting toothpaste that whitens your teeth. Online vitamin and herbal supply stores often sell herbal preparations containing glycerine for a variety of health-related uses.

Facial Creams

Glycerine can be added to facial cream preparations for added moisturising and soothing effects. Mix with sweet almond oil, liquid lecithin and melted beeswax. Add rosewater and essential oils for a personalised scent. Store prepared facial creams in the refrigerator. As with any product, discontinue use if you experience redness or other reactions when using products with glycerine.

Hair Conditioner

Glycerine makes an effective conditioner, bringing moisture to dry hair. To help heal damaged hair, add aloe vera to glycerine for a moisture-rich conditioner.

Household Uses

Glycerine has applications that make household products. Grease moulds and cupcake pans for easy removal after baking. Prevent hydraulic jacks from freezing with a little glycerine applied to exposed surfaces.

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