Glycerine serves several important functions in beauty and cleaning products and we will explore that. However, when it comes to DIY cleaning products the key benefit is that it turns Xanthan Gum into a manageable gel to naturally thicken water based solutions.
What is it?
Vegetable glycerine, also known as glycerol or glycerin, is a natural compound that is typically derived from plant-based sources. It is a colourless, odourless, and viscous liquid with a sweet taste. It has various uses in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and personal care industries.
Functions in cleaning products
Glycerine serves several important functions in cleaning, here are some of the key ones:
Glycerine acts as a solvent, helping to dissolve and disperse dirt, oils, and other substances. This makes it effective in cleaning products designed to remove various types of grime and stains.
Glycerine likes to keep things together. It prevents ingredients from separating in your cleaning mixtures, so your products stay strong and effective.
Glycerine's humectant properties help retain moisture, preventing cleaning products from drying out too quickly. This is particularly important for products like liquid soaps and dishwashing detergents.
Functions in Beauty and Personal Care Products
Glycerine also serves several key functions in beauty products:
Glycerine is renowned for its moisturising abilities. It attracts and retains moisture from the air, helping to hydrate the skin and hair. It's often found in lotions, creams, and hair conditioners.
Glycerine forms a protective layer on the skin's surface, helping to locks in moisture, so your skin stays soft.
Just like in cleaning products, glycerine's humectant properties are used to draw and hold moisture to the skin. It's like a drink of water for your skin, making sure it stays refreshed and glowing.
Glycerine can be used as a thickening agent in various cosmetic formulations, giving products a desirable consistency and texture.
Glycerine's lubricating properties make it useful in personal care products like shaving creams and gels, helping razors glide smoothly over the skin.
It's important to note that while glycerine offers many benefits, it might not be suitable for all skin types. Individuals with sensitive or reactive skin should check product labels and do patch tests to ensure that glycerine-containing products are well-tolerated.
Glycerines value in your DIY toolkit is undeniable, a tiny bit goes a long way and we have many resources in our blogs on how to use it in your natural handmade cleaning solutions.
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