vegetable glycerin skincare cosmetics serum recipe

Vegetable Glycerin – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | August 23, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Glycerin is a quiet, unsung hero in hair and skincare products. It’s found in most cosmetic products, but it rarely gets featured as a key ingredient. Glycerin could really be considered a foundational ingredient for building hair and skincare products. Powerful humectant properties draw moisture into the skin and hair and form a barrier helping to retain moisture. Hair and skincare products with glycerin are designed to moisturize and smooth so our hair and skin look its very best.

What is Glycerin?

Vegetable glycerin is an organic compound made from vegetable oils. It’s a thick,  odorless, syrupy liquid with a sweet taste that easily dissolves in water. A complex extraction method known as hydrolysis is used to create glycerin. It can be made from natural products such as vegetable oil or can be synthetically made.  Although there is no difference chemically between vegetable and synthetic glycerin, Essential Wholesale & Labs only uses and sells Vegetable Glycerin and USDA Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerin.

Is Glycerin Drying?

Glycerin is known as a humectant meaning that it has the ability to draw moisture from the air into hair and skin. But it can work the other way as well. If you live in a dry climate with less than 70% humidity, it can actually make hair dry. Because of its strong humectant properties, glycerin will pull moisture from the most abundant source, so in a dry climate, it may pull moisture from your hair creating dryness. While it can have this effect on hair, it’s not exactly true for skin. There are many factors which prevent glycerin from drying the skin, unfortunately, due to FDA rules we can’t discuss the exact science here but good scientific, peer-reviewed reports on glycerin and its effect on the skin will explain in great detail the science behind why glycerin is so beneficial to skin.

Recipe for Mega Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum with Vegetable Glycerin

Antioxidants are by far the best for helping skin look radiant and youthful. We’ve taken the antioxidant-oxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid and combined it with the skin loving and antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C and ultra-hydrating Vegetable Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid to make a mega antioxidant vitamin C serum!

Difficulty: Intermediate
Yield: Approximately 1 Pound
Approximate cost of ingredients per ounce: $6.28

Equipment You’ll Need

Mixing bowl
Stick Blender
Stove top


0.0102 LBS          1%                          Hyaluronic Acid Powder
0.1227 LBS          12.27%                   Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) (Vitamin C)
0.0389 LBS          3.88%                   Alpha Lipoic Acid
0.8180 LBS          81%                       Orange Blossom Distillate
0.0080 LBS          0.80%                  Vegetable Glycerin
0.0102 LBS          1.023%                  Phenoxyethanol


Suggested Packaging: 1 ounce airless pump or treatment pump

Suggested Retail Price: $40- $60


  • Mix together Orange Blossom Distillate and glycerin to 140F
  • Slowly Add MAP while mixing with your stick blender. Mix until fully dissolved.
  • Slowly sprinkle in Hyaluronic Acid while mixing with your stick blender. Be sure to sprinkle slowly to prevent any clumping.
  • Once fully mixed, add phenoxyethanol to preserve.
  • Apply to skin after cleansing and toning. Follow with a moisturizer.

Please note that this recipe has not been challenge tested for preservation efficacy. If you use this recipe for market sales, it is up to you to ensure the safety of the product. We strongly recommend 3rd party challenge testing. If you need additional help, please contact us at or 866-252-9639.



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