You may or may not have noticed the presence of “glycerin” or “vegetable glycerin” in all sorts of products you use from protein bars to skin care products. But what is it?
Vegetable Glycerin is produced from vegetable oil and is odorless, colorless, contains no animal products and is hypoallergenic! Vegetable glycerin can be used in cosmetics, body products, as well as food.
You can find 100% pure vegetable glycerin at some natural food stores, general stores or online. Look for “USP” to be food grade.
Vegetable Glycerin is in many body products because it attracts moisture, thus hydrating it, softening it and lubricating the skin. For its most basic use, massage a few drops of vegetable glycerin on dry skin as needed.
Exfoliating/Moisturizing Face Wash!
Mix 2 T glycerin, 3 T honey, ½ C green tea, and a few drops of lavender oil. Mix in a blender and store in a sealed container – voila! Quick and easy face wash that’s great for your skin!
Skin Care for Eczema!
Not only does vegetable glycerin hydrate but it also has antibacterial properties. Using a typical store product that contains it as just one of many ingredients will not have the same effect.
Dry, Brittle Hair?
Used on hair, with a carrier oil like coconut oil, glycerin can alleviate irritation plus it strengthens the hair and makes breakage and split ends less likely.
Invigorating Foot Moisturizer!
Soften and freshen your feet by massaging them with 1 oz carrier oil (like coconut oil), ½ oz glycerin, and 5 drops of lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus oil.
Glycerin is used to keep foods moist and helps mix oil/water ingredients, is a natural preservative, and sweetens food! Glycerin does have more calories than sugar, but it has a low glycemic index which means it does not cause the insulin spike which is why it is found in numerous protein bars.
Here’s how you can make your own!
Easy Protein Bar Recipe!
Combine granola, whey protein, oil of your choice, food grade glycerin and water. Roll into to ½” thick, or less, and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. That’s it!
Play around with different ratios for different nutrient make-ups and bar consistency