Glycerin benefits and uses: Natural homemade recipes with glycerin

pure vegetable glycerinePure vegetable glycerin has wonderful cleansing, moisturizing, emollient, soothing and lubricating properties. It acts as a humectant, attracting water to the skin to restore suppleness. Glycerin kills all bacteria by instantly drawing the water out of them. Glycerin is naturally low in toxins and rarely produces an allergic reaction, therefore very good to use on children’s skin.

Caution: If glycerin is used by itself in dry climates it will attract moisture from your skin and hair instead of from the air. This can result in dry skin and brittle hair. Mix glycerin with water, lotion or jojoba oil to this.

  • Topical application of pure glycerin: any skin disturbance, including burns, psoriasis, bug bites, and calluses.
  • To make a simple natural moisturizer: add a few drops of glycerin to some water (my favourite proportion is 1 part of glycerin to 3 parts of  water). Mix well, in your palm or in a bowl, and apply to your skin.
Homemade glycerin mask for a dry and dehydrated skin:

  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp milk or water
  • 1 tbsp oatmeal

Mix well. Apply to clean face for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

  • Glycerin keeps hair hydrated by drawing moisture from the air to the hair shaft.
Homemade hydrating glycerin hair spray recipe:

  • 1 part of pure vegetable glycerin
  • 5 parts of water
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oil

Essential oils for dry hair: sandalwood, ylang ylang, lavender essential oils
Essential oils for normal hair: rosemary, rose, lavender, geranium essential oils
Essential oils for oily hair: lemon, sage, lemon, tea tree, lavender, geranium essential oils
Essential oils for dandruff and itchy scalp: rosemary, tea tree, lemon, chamomile, lavender essential oils

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well. Spritz on hair after showering.

  • Glycerin can be added to plain liquid soap to increase its soothing properties (1 part of glycerin to 20 parts of  liquid soap).
  • Since glycerin has natural grease cutting properties, it is a perfect natural ingredient for a gentle make up remover.
Homemade glycerin make up remover recipe:

  • 1 tbsp of green tea
  • 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable glycerin

Mix the ingredients well. Shake before every use, as the ingredients tend to separate. Apply with cotton ball, gently wiping in a circular motion around the eye. Keep your make up remover in a fridge for about a week.

  • Glycerin adds soothing properties to shaving creams.
Homemade glycerin shaving cream recipe:

  • 4 tbsp of hot water
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa butter
  • 2 tbsp of glycerin
  • 4 tbsp of liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 tsp of borax powder
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oils:

Essential oils for normal skin: german chamomile, lemon, geranium, fennel, lavender, jasmine, rose, neroli, frankincenseroses
Essential oils for dry skin: german chamomile, lavender, calendula, sandalwood, geranium, patchouli, rose, rosemary, neroli
- Essential oils for oily skin: cedarwood, geranium, clary, lavender, ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, calendula, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, grapefruit
Essential oils for mature skin: rose, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, lavender, citrus, frankincense, neroli, fennel, clary, rosewood, sage, cypress, sandalwood

Mix the ingredients in a blender until the mixture becomes creamy. Store the cream in a large shaving mug, apply with a shaving brush.

  • Glycerin is indespensable for those who prefer nontoxic homemade toothpastes.
Homemade glycerin toothpaste recipe:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp pure vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tbsp castile liquid soap
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oil (i.e., tea tree, chamomile, peppermint, lemon oil, or sage essential oil).

Mix the ingredients well. Store in a old toothpaste dispenser by cutting the end off and filling with your toothpaste. Seal the end with masking tape until it is ready for a re-fill.

3 thoughts on “Glycerin benefits and uses: Natural homemade recipes with glycerin”

  1. I put some glycerine in may mouth and it tasted sweet. Does it supose to taste sweet? The girl that sell it to me didn’t let me taste it in the store. Please let me know if there is another kind of glycerine that does’t have any taste and that’s the one I’m supose to use for cosmetic purposes.



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