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Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a natural compound derived from vegetable oils or animal fats. It is a colorless and odorless liquid that is widely used in cosmetics due to its ability to attract water from the air, helping to maintain skin’s moisture balance.

Found In Products

Moisturizers, cleansers, shaving creams, aftershaves, soaps, hair care products

Side Effects

Glycerin is generally considered safe for most people. However, it may cause allergic reactions in those with sensitivities, including rash, itching, or swelling.


Glycerin is a humectant, which means it can attract and lock moisture into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated and soft. It also promotes skin health by encouraging skin cells to mature properly, leading to skin that looks and feels healthier.

Country of Origin

Not applicable as it's found in both animal and plant matter globally

Synthetic or Natural

Can be both. It can be derived naturally from plant oils, or synthetically in a lab.

Shelf Life

Indefinite when stored properly



Safety Information

Always do a patch test before first use. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Skin Type

Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and mature skin