Glycerine is a natural humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, helping to keep it hydrated and healthy. Natural and organic soaps often have a high glycerine content because of the way they are made.
When oils or fats are mixed with an alkali such as sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide, a chemical reaction called saponification occurs. This reaction creates soap and glycerine. In traditional soap-making, the glycerine is left in the soap, giving it a high glycerine content. However, many commercial soaps remove the glycerine to use in other products such as moisturizers and lotions, leaving the soap less moisturizing and potentially more drying to the skin. This is why natural and organic soaps are often preferred, as they retain the glycerine content and are more moisturizing. However excess glycerine might also lead to the soap weeping or oozing when it is stored for long periods in unprotected environment. While this may not impact the effectiveness or functionality of the soap, it will definitely affect its looks.
In addition to its moisturizing properties, glycerine has several other characteristics that benefit the skin. These include:
Well tolerated: Glycerine is a gentle ingredient that is well-tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin.
Hydrating: Glycerine attracts and retains moisture, helping to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
Soothing: Glycerine has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin, making it beneficial for soothing dry, irritated, or inflamed skin.
Anti-aging: Glycerine can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by hydrating the skin and improving its elasticity.
Some natural and organic soaps may also contain additional ingredients that can help to enhance the moisturizing and nourishing properties of glycerine. For example, ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil are rich in vitamins and fatty acids that can help to hydrate and nourish the skin.
In conclusion, natural and organic soaps like CAMIA from Plug N play Biosciences have a high glycerine content (15-25%) because they are cold processed with cold pressed oils and other natural ingredients. Glycerin has several benefits for the skin, including its moisturizing, hydrating, soothing, and anti-aging properties. By choosing natural and organic soaps with high glycerine content, we can ensure that our skin stays healthy, hydrated, and well nourished.