Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a colorless and odorless clear liquid. It is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Glycerin is produced in the soap making process, is a byproduct of biodiesel production and can also be produced from propylene. It is often made from animal fats and vegetable oils. Glycerin has many uses due to a low toxicity rating and its sweet taste.
Uses of Glycerin
- Glycerin has many uses in the food industry. It is used as a sweetener (a sugar substitute), a solvent, and to keep food moist. It is also used as a filler and thickening agent in certain applications.
- It is also used in many medical and cosmetic products. It is often used to make the product smooth and to provide lubrication. It can be found in many products such as toothpaste, cough syrups, mouthwash, soaps, shaving cream and many more similar products.
- It is often used as a treatment for various skin conditions such as burns, rashes and cuts.
- In the past, glycerin was used as an antifreeze in automobiles, but was replaced with a substance that had a lower freezing point.
- It is often added to the mixture used in electronic cigarettes because it is thought to have a milder effect on the throat.
- It is also used to produce nitroglycerin, which is an ingredient of many explosives.