Vegetable Glycerin: Why You Need This All Natural Skincare Solution

When “natural” appears in bold letters on natural skincare and beauty products do you glance at the ingredient list for those all-natural elements? And how often have your eyes moved right past one such universal ingredient: vegetable glycerin?

Most of us assume certain ingredients in beauty products are indispensable—they’re part of the cost of product efficacy and shelf-stability in the modern world. In many cases, this is true–if we want products that last, we need to take these steps. And while it might not sound as sexy or exciting as other natural ingredients, vegetable glycerin is an important ingredient.

Unfortunately, for green beauty lovers, many products can contain a glycerin which has synthetic chemical origins, usually propylene or petroleum-based. Not something any green naturalista wants in her organic beauty or skincare products.

To counter this widely used chemical-based glycerine, natural vegetable glycerin has been developed from plant oils (typically palm, soy, or coconut oil). Glycerin is a principal constituent of these natural oils in the form of natural triglyceride mixtures where each triglyceride is composed of three fatty acids esterified with glycerin.

Synthetic glycerin, however, is produced through the distillation of petroleum products, mainly by adding chlorine to the topmost fraction of the distillate, propylene, followed by hydroxylation of trichloropropane. Sounds confusing? It is. And probably a good reason to opt for the natural alternative.

Contrary to chemical synthesis, vegetable glycerin is extracted by placing plant oils under combined effects of pressure, temperature, and water causing the ester bonds to break. The extract produced from such a treatment separates the glycerin, at which point the resulting fraction is further isolated by distillation to increase purity. Purified vegetable glycerin has a texture comparable to syrup due to its pure organic molecular composition. But unlike syrup, it doesn’t leave your skin sticky or gooey–quite the contrary.

The key to vegetable glycerin’s versatility is a distinctive combination of physical and chemical properties, natural origin, and ready compatibility with many other substances.  

Features of vegetable glycerin include:

  • Natural glycerin is nontoxic to human skin and to the environment.
  • Vegetable glycerin is well-suited for a wide range of moisturization and hydrating applications that include skin, hair, nail and lip care.
  • Glycerin has been documented to restore elasticity, and heal damaged skin.
  • Its non-irritating and soothing effect has been utilized for its ability to moisturize dry and cracked skin.
  • Vegetable glycerin is noncomedogenic (ingredients or products that do not have a tendency to block pores and promote acne formation) and is an ideal choice for inclusion in formulations intended for oily and acne-prone skin.
  • The safety of vegetable glycerin coupled with its functional properties has made it invaluable for various medical applications.
  • Vegetable glycerin’s humectant properties make it an ingredient of choice within formulations intended for skin abrasions, wounds, burns, eczema, and rashes.

Vegetable Glycerin – Chemical-Free Skin Solution

Vegetable-based glycerin presents a holistic natural approach to a chemical-free skincare regime.

If you’re looking for a place to start, Poéthique’s Deeply Cleansing Milk and Radiance Boosting Serum are made with vegetable-based glycerin.

So when scanning your product labels for truly natural ingredients, be sure to look for vegetable or natural glycerin for a truly “natural” product experience.  


Vegetable glycerine Features and Benefits

Natural origin


Soothes dry skin

Restores moisture levels

Safe for use on sensitive skin

Non-irritant even for delicate skin

Heals damaged skin



The data presented within this document is offered in good faith, and is based on information believed to be reliable. It is offered for informational and evaluation purposes only. Statements concerning the use of this product are not to be construed as a recommendation, suggestion or inducement to use the product in any way or within any formulation.




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