Mountain Rose Herbs

Vegetable Glycerine

Origin
India

Extraction
Isolated glycerol fats through a hydrolysis method

Derived from
Soy

Suggested use
Food and cosmetic use

This pure, certified organic, soy derived vegetable glycerine (glycerin) is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. Vegetable glycerine is a natural emollient that adds a cooling effect on the skin and has become a predominant ingredient in most skin care products and soaps. It is also the principal medium for the manufacturing of non-alcohol based herbal extracts, which are called glycerites. This makes for a sweet alcohol free extract that can be easily administered to children, animals, and those with alcohol sensitivities.

Stores well under dark and cool conditions and is extremely volatile to light exposure.

Typical Analysis
Color- Clear
Odor/Taste- Flat aroma, very sweet flavor resembling syrup
Glycerol content- 99.52%
Fatty Acids and Esters- 0.8
Specific Gravity- 1.26
Heavy Metals – less than 5 ppm
Chlorides- less than 0.001 ppm
Chlorinated compounds- less than 0.003 ppm
Sulphates- less than 0.002 ppm
Moisture- 0.22%
Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene glycol- No trace amounts detected

Summary
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 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. This helps to explain why it is one of the most popular cosmetic additives used today.

Other uses include its solvency action which aides herbalists in extracting botanical properties from plant materials without the use of alcohol. This is especially helpful for those with alcohol sensitivities as most liquid herbal extracts contain alcohol. But given its severely limited shelf life, extracts made from Vegetable Glycerine typically have a shelf life of 14-24 months whereas alcohol extracts can have an extended shelf life of 4-6 years.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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