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Is Glycerin Vegan? 

by Fabian Jackson

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Have you seen the word ‘glycerin’ listed on the back of your moisturiser and wondered where or not it's vegan? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out more.

What is glycerin? 

Glycerin is a simple carbohydrate compound that’s used in many products, from food and cosmetics. In the beauty industry, (for products like soaps, moisturisers, hair-care and makeup) it’s used with occlusives to draw and lock moisture in the skin.  

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Whereas in the world of cooking, glycerin is used as:

  • A sweetener
  • A thickening agent
  • And a preservative

What is glycerin made of?

Glycerin can be sourced in a number of different ways. It can be found in animal fats and unless stated otherwise, this is probably the most likely source. Other sourcing methods come from plants with a high fat content – like soya, coconut oil, or palm oil.

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Is glycerine vegan? 

Not all glycerin is vegan-friendly, in fact, the majority isn’t because it’s derived from animal fats. There are plenty of plant-based options, so it’s always worth checking products labels carefully and checking out company websites to make sure.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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