Ten Tips for Tuesday: Vegetable Glycerin

Here are ten uses for an uncommon but useful and economical product- vegetable glycerin.

  1. Mix salt, baking soda, peppermint (or your favorite) oil, and vegetable glycerin into a paste and store in an air tight container. You now have healthy, homemade, and CHEAP toothpaste. Another bonus… toothpaste contains fluoride which, in excessive amounts, can be harmful and even lethal to your health. The average American receives enough fluoride through their drinking water and doesn’t need the extra fluoride they receive from toothpaste and mouth rinse.
  2. Don’t waste tons of money on products for curly hair that just don’t work. Mix equal parts water and vegetable glycerin in a spray bottle with a fine mist. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Shake vigorously before each use and sprits on your curls. Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant so it helps hair keep its shape while fighting frizz. The water is important however because without it the vegetable glycerin will get jealous and suck moisture out of your hair verses locking it in. The water also helps prevent ‘crispy’ curls. Others can use this spray as well as a natural hair spray that will have a double action as a leave-in conditioner.
  3. Make your own body scrub by mixing vegetable glycerin, olive oil, used coffee grounds, and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Mix ingredients together thoroughly and use as a scrub in the shower. The grounds will exfoliate for you while the olive oil and glycerin hydrate your skin and lock in moisture.
  4. If you’re diabetic, or just sugar/carbohydrate conscious, sub vegetable glycerin in for your sugar. It will take a little experimenting because it will bring added moisture, but vegetable glycerin is naturally sweet and can help you reduce calories and fat naturally.
  5. Make a homemade facial by combining yogurt, vegetable glycerin, and, you guessed it, your favorite essential oil and paint in a thin layer from forehead to neck. Allow the mixture to sit on your skin for 10-20 minutes. The yogurt will give you a natural chemical peel without leaving you splotchy and the glycerin will moisturize your new skin leaving you glowing!
  6. For those of us watching our weight, cocktails can be a nightmare. Fear not, my friends! Swap vegetable glycerin for simple syrup. You’ll get the added sweetness and thickening without all the extra calories. You can also use it on the rim of your glass to create a sticky surface for salt.
  7. Mix 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, 1 tablespoon Shea Butter, and ½ teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin and mix thoroughly. Store in your favorite air tight container and use as a lip balm.
  8. Dab a frozen, sticky mess in your freezer with vegetable glycerin and let it sit for a few minutes. The glycerin is a natural solvent so your mess will wipe away in a jiffy!
  9. Never know what to do with those little slivers of bar soap? Well if you’re like me, you don’t use bar soap, but you can use a grated bar of soap. If you do, use your tiny bits. Melt vegetable glycerin and the soap on the stove- watch it constantly; it will boil over in a blink of an eye so stir, stir, stir. Add the mixture to a bucket of hot water, stir thoroughly, and let it cool. You now have liquid soap to use in whatever way you’d like!
  10. Find an eye shadow or brow powder that matches your own coloring. Place the eye shadow or brow powder in a blender with water and glycerin. Once it’s thoroughly blended, place in an air tight container and use an angled brush to apply as a tinted brow gel. (Use your own judgment here- the more water and glycerin you add the lighter the pigment of the gel.)

Notes:

  • I’m not a doctor so please realize this is just advice and you are responsible for your health.
  • Glycerin is a moisture hog!!! So, if you live or work in dry climates, be sure to add a teaspoon of almond, jojoba, etc. oil to your mixtures to prevent it taking moisture out of your skin!
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