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Vegetable Glycerin

Posted on: June 13, 2008

What is it Vegetable Glycerin?                  
This is a versatile all natural product with an extended shelf life. It is a carbohydrate made from vegetable oil, often palm or coconut oil. It is water-soluble as well as hypoallergenic. Not only is it safe for use in cosmetics but ingestible as well.

Vegetable Glycerine is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of thick syrup. It is used as an agent in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, pharmaceuticals, and other household items. Because it is soluble in both, water and alcohol, its versatility is a major benefactor in its purported growth and popularity within the manufacturing sector. It is invaluable as a natural source ingredient with emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin and it assists the outer epidermis in retaining moisture. This helps to explain why it is one of the most popular cosmetic additives used today.

Most carbohydrates have quite an impact on blood sugars; this is not the case here. In fact, it has proven to have minimal impact and safe for those taking insulin. If you have ever eaten an “energy bar”, you have eaten vegetable glycerin. It helps retain its sweet, moist, chewy flavor. It is in everything from cosmetics, toothpaste, soap, herbals, and other body care products you may find around your home.

The softening and cleansing elements make it perfect to cleanse and moisturize your skin giving you that healthy glow. This is why you will find it in many well-known cosmetics.

Glowing Skin Benefits
Vegetable Glycerin will help your skin by aiding with moisture retention that is so vital to skins health. We damage our skin with nature’s elements, make up, and water everyday. We use cleaners that contain drying agents and synthetics. We dry skin to the point of being visually flaking, peeling and look dull.

The anti-aging properties of vegetable glycerin helps keep that healthy additional moisture locked into the skin. The result is soft, smooth, silky skin that is radiant and younger looking.

Whether it is young, hormonal skin changes or mature skin the advantage of using this all-natural product will be obvious almost immediately.

Battling Acne
The skin being clean and properly moisturized prevents acne. There are commonly adverse effects such as redness or irritation with the common chemicals used in skin products. Vegetable glycerin is hypoallergenic and ideal for all skin types. There is a visible difference in skin when using these acne cleansers and moisturizers.

Preventing Acne:
The antibacterial properties will keep pores clean from clogging debris that causes acne without the inflammation that can occur from using unnatural products.

Healing Acne:
The same antibacterial properties in Vegetable glycerin will aid in the healing of acne after it has surfaced without undesirable or harmful effects.

There are very few products on the market today are not only as affordable but also as adaptable to your skin type as Vegetable glycerin. This acne and anti-aging solution is the answer to many dilemmas over what products are safe and effective for all skin types and ages.

Most glycerin recipes that I come across are

3 parts aloe vera gel

1 part vegetable glycerin

combine the two and mix well, use as a hair moisturizer. I have also used this as a facial moisturizer, it works 🙂 you do need to refrigerate the concoction though ( its the aloe vera)  there are also other variations

such as a natural hair spritzer

8 ounces distilled water
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1-2 drops of vegetable glycerine
1-2 drops essential oil
15 drops grapefruit seed extract

receipe taken from 


6 Responses to "Vegetable Glycerin"

Your article was very helpful. I have been natural since 2004 and I am looking forward to trying this out.

Im glad that you found helpful 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

Yes, this information is very helpful. I’m getting ready to order a honey oatmeal soap that contains vegetable glycerin.
I also just ordered a natural toothpaste that I noticed contained this very ingredient. The anti aging properties of vegetable glycerin is very reassuring. Thank you for the information, and I will definitely check out the rest of your website.

could you clarify something for me? i have stopped using glycerine and products containg it as it is well documented as an agent that dries skin from the inside out. is this the same for vegtable glycerine?

vegetable glycerin is naturally derived from plant oils whereas glyercin is not. Vegetable glycerin is classifed as an humectant which means that it draws moisture from the air. You are cautioned to not to use too much as that is what may cause your skin to be dry.
hope that helps 🙂

pretty good article, I learnt something new

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