Glycerine—if you haven’t formulated with it, we’re confident you’ve used it. Glycerine is most notable for bolstering product quality in the personal care industry. In 2014, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review report found glycerine to be the third most widely used ingredient in the cosmetics industry, behind water and fragrance. It can be found in everything from face masks and scrubs to hair care products and lotions.
Glycerine comes in two forms, synthetic and natural. Synthetic glycerine is not sustainable and has come under fire for being dangerous for human health and not ideal in cosmetic and/or food and beverage formulations. At Viachem, we offer certified organic glycerine that is both high-quality and toxin-free.
Glycerine, also known as glycerol or glycerin, is a sweet-tasting non-toxic colorless, odorless, viscous liquid. Glycerine is not only used in cosmetics but has many diverse applications. It often appears in high-end luxury goods in food, flavor, cosmetics, personal care, pet treatments and CBD oils. Glycerine seamlessly elevates premium product formulations with specialty applications in the food and beverage industry and in health-related topical treatments. For example, the FDA has approved wound and burn care that incorporates glycerine, for its antimicrobial and antiviral qualities.
A simple polyol sugar alcohol compound (C3H5(OH)3), glycerine is derived naturally from plant and animal sources. The transesterification, hydrolysis or saponification of naturally-occurring triglycerides is what produces natural glycerine, while synthetic glycerine is derived from distilled petroleum.
In the natural process which involves triglycerides, glycerine is produced in large quantities, making the resulting ingredient of varying quality. If you’re a manufacturer, do your due diligence when choosing your ingredient and distributor, as the purification process is timely and can break the bank. There is an expensive process to purify glycerine through treatment with activated carbon, alkali and ion exchange, requiring a vacuum chamber and other specialty equipment.
At Viachem, we partner with some of the best manufacturers in the world to supply organic glycerine that is NOP (National Organic Program) Certified and USDA Organic Certified and is formulated for high-end applications. Our manufacturers’ production processes are also GFSI and ISO 22000 Certified and the farming practices exclude fertilizers and pesticides, only developing glycerine with small, controllable plots of land not owned by a corporation.
With numerous glycerine options available, we encourage you to find the best, premium option that will work seamlessly with your product. If you’d like to speak with an expert, our team is here around the clock to serve you. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our degreed technical sales specialists to request a sample of our organic glycerine or receive more information at [email protected].