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What Is Glycerin

What is glycerin?
Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a simple polyol compound chemically known as (COH)3H5, or C303H8. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. It is non-volatile and intensely hygroscopic (water-loving), is sweet-tasting and of low toxicity.

Where is glycerin found?
Glycerin is naturally occurring in plants and animals, including humans. It accumulates either subcutaneously or as lipid formations in muscles. There are two types of glycerin: natural glycerin which is sourced from plants such as palm,  and synthetic glycerin which is sourced from biodiesel synthesis.

How is glycerin made?
Processing glycerin naturally is done by refining the crude substance derived from fat hydrolysis and condensed into an aqueous solution (known as sweet water), then further distilled and refined until the solution arrives in its final form.

What are the common uses of glycerin?

Drugs - Glycerin is widely used to manufacture:
   * Capsules
   * Suppositories
   * Ear infection remedies
   * Anesthetics
   * Cough remedies
   * Lozenges
   * Gargles

Foods and Beverages - Glycerin is used to moisten, sweeten or preserve food and drinks such as:
   * Soft drinks
   * Candies
   * Cakes
   * Meat and cheese
   * Dry food

Cosmetics and Toiletries - Because of the non-toxic nature of glycerin, it is used in cosmetics and toiletries like:
   * Toothpaste
   * Skin creams and lotions
   * Pre-shaving lotions
   * Deodorants
   * Make up
   * Lipstick
   * Mascara

Tobacco - Glycerin is also used in tobacco to prevent the breaking and crumbling during the processing of cigarettes. It also adds some kind of flavor to the chewing tobacco. It is widely used to manufacture cigarette filter tips as well.

Paper and Printing - It is used to soften and reduce the shrinkage during paper manufacturing as well as in:
   * Grease proof paper
   * Food wrappers
   * Printing ink

Textiles - Glycerin is used in textiles to soften the yarn and to lubricate fibres of different kinds. It is also used:
   * As a lubricant for food processing
   * To manufacture resin coating
   * To add flexibility to rubber and plastic
   * As a building block in manufacturing flexible foams
   * To manufacture dynamite
   * To create component that is used in radios and neon lights

Where can I buy glycerin?
You can buy online here at What Is Glycerin, a division of ChemWorld. Our glycerin stocks are plant-based and are are manufactured to US FDA standards. Plus, it bears the USP mark, guaranteeing that it is food-grade and is non-toxic. All products featured on site are in stock and ready to be shipped within 24 hours.


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