FAQ Answered- What is glycerine?

FAQ: What is glycerine?

We are often asked about our glycerine.  Many herbal companies choose to use alcohol which is a substance people are more familiar with.  Glycerine (which you’ll also see spelled glycerin) seems a bit mysterious and people often ask if it is the same thing that is found in soap.  A few years back we wrote a blog about why we choose to use glycerine and not alcohol for those who are interested, you can read the post here.

In terms of what glycerine is, we thought we’d share a bit more information with you.  Here at TriLight we use high quality, Non-GMO, pure Kosher USP soy vegetable  glycerine  (5/26/16) UPDATE we now use a SOY-FREE non-GMO Kosher palm glycerine and reverse osmosis water for our herbal preparations.  Glycerine is an odorless liquid which is clear and tastes extremely sweet, it is typically made from soy, coconut, palm or tallow.  Synthetic glycerine exists as well.  A process known as hydrolysis is utilized to make glycerine. This is a process involving heat, pressure and time which causes the fatty acids and glycerine to separate. After purification, the glycerine is ready to be used in a variety of uses, yes, including soap!!

Because it is water soluble, glycerine is extremely popular for cosmetic purposes as well. In addition to being a fantastic solvent for herbal preparations, when used topically it is also amazing for the skin.  Many commercial and handmade skincare products contain glycerine, as well as toothpaste, shampoos, medications and more.

Fun fact- glycerine is also used in the movie industry in place of water so people don’t look dried out too quickly!!

In spite of the sweet flavor, glycerine contains no sugar which makes this a delicious way to prepare herbs that will work well for children, diabetics, recovering alcoholics, and the whole family.

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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14 Responses to FAQ Answered- What is glycerine?

  1. Vickie says:

    In the first paragraph, you say that you chose to use glycerin and NOW alcohol. I think you mean NOT. right?

  2. Laura says:

    Thank you for using non-GMO soy!

  3. Stephanie Taylor says:

    This is very helpful. Thanks! I really didn’t know what it was and have always wondered. Maybe you guys could look into using non-soy glycerin since soy is endocrine disrupting.

  4. Cathy Bairhalter says:

    I have always seen glycerin in the ingredients but never knew what it really was. Thank you for clearing this up. Great information.

  5. Tara says:

    I agree with Stephanie, consider using a non-soy glycerine because soy is one of the top allergens.

  6. Rachel says:

    I was thinking the same thing. I try to avoid soy, whenever possible. At least the glycerin they are using isn’t Synthetic – I didn’t realize there was such a thing.

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