glycerin

General: Animal and vegetable fats all contain somewhere between 7%-13% glycerin, a colorless, odorless sugar-alcohol compound made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. When fats and lye are combined to make soap, the glycerin separates from the fats and can either be removed or partially left in for a more hydrating soap.

Skin Benefits: Glycerin is a wonderful humectant, moisturizing and softening skin. A great solvent, it also helps the skin retain natural moisture, rebalance sebum (skin oil), and is a gentle cleanser and toner. We use kosher palm glycerin in Undaria & Mint Cleanser, Lavender & Aloe Toner, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner, Sunburn Smoothie, Hydrating Cleanser and Neem Purifying Mask.

Source: Malaysia

Method of Extraction: A by-product of making soap from vegetable fats, explained above. 

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