Glycerine is a clear, viscous liquid, which dissolves completely in water. It occurs widely in nature, and was traditionally obtained from animal fat or tallow as a by-product of soap making. Finding a non-tallow source of glycerine has been a challenge. The vegetable oil involved in the production of our glycerine is rapeseed oil grown in the U.K. and the E.U.
When a caustic, or highly alkaline, material is added to animal fats or vegetable oils (such as olive, coconut or palm) glycerine is formed along with a fatty fraction, which is actually soap.
Glycerine is a traditional cosmetic material and has been used for many years because it is so safe and effective. It is also used in foods and pharmaceuticals.
Glycerine is a humectant, absorbing water-based materials into its structure. In a cosmetic product, glycerine will carry effective ingredients, such as aloe gel or fruit juices, into the skin where their beneficial effects can be utilised. It is very mild and will not irritate in any way.
Our glycerine is now palm-free.
We use glycerine in our Bohemian soap, for its moisturising properties soften the skin, while also allowing the absorption of the toning lemon oil. It also balances the cleansing effects of the soap.
We use glycerine in our beautiful skin creams, Gorgeous, Imperialis, Enchanted and Celestial; it mixes with other luxurious ingredients - such as lavender, almond oil, oat milk, calamine or rosemary - to create a wonderful treatment for the skin.
In our fresh face masks, glycerine softens the skin and carries into it the nourishing elements from the fresh ingredients. In Cupcake, glycerine helps the skin to absorb the rich cocoa butter, fresh mint, sandalwood oil and vanilla absolute; in Cosmetic Warrior, the fresh, green grapes, free range eggs, honey and tea tree oil. Its presence reduces the water content of the product, eliminating the need for synthetic preservatives by creating a short shelf life.
Glycerine holds pressed colours together for eye shadows, encourages ease of application in liquid eye colours, and softens the skin in foundation.
Glycerine helps the hair to retain moisture in our New shampoo bar.
In our King Of The Mods hair gel, it encourages shine and conditions the hair.