Written by Anza Goodbar (last updated August 29, 2022)
Glycerine found in vegetables is a common additive in natural beauty products. It has been used for centuries as cleansers and cosmetics. Since is it naturally low in toxins it is gentle to the skin and rarely produces an allergic reaction. Some common beauty products that use glycerine include:
Combine water and potassium hydroxide, set aside. Add oils together and heat slowly. Stir well, and mix oils thoroughly. Heat oils to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit; add the water/potassium hydroxide mixture. Mix vigorously. When the oils have stopped rising to the top allow the mixture to cool. Allow to set for one week, stir occasionally to prevent oils from separating.
Finally, stir in one half cup of glycerin and the amount of fragrance desired. Add water to dilute the soap to the desired consistency. This soap can be used for liquid hand soap, shampoo or body wash. When you have the desired consistency, pour the mixture into pump bottles and use. Since this is a natural product it will need to be used more quickly than a product made with preservatives.
Using natural products is not only good for our skin; it is also good for our environment. The hydrating effects of Glycerine not only keep moisture next to skin, it also has a soothing effect for after shaving legs or under arms.
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