What is it?Glycerin is an emollient, an ingredient that helps to balance or maintain moisture levels. It is commonly derived from oils or created as a by-product of soap. These oils can be vegetable, animal, or petroleum in origin. Our glycerin is domestically sourced and derived from soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, coconut, palm kernel oil, and/or palm oils. It does not contain diethylene glycol, and is not genetically modified.
What does it do?Oral Care Glycerin adds body and consistency to our oral care products and prevents them from drying out. Glycerin leaves a pleasant feel in the mouth and can contribute a flavor-extending effect. It also helps to preserve products. Included at higher levels in our baking soda mouthwash line, glycerin’s naturally mild sweetness can be perceived, adding smoothness to the flavor. Body Care Glycerin is actually part of the skin’s own natural lipid structure. As a moisturizing ingredient, glycerin helps the skin to attract and retain its own natural moisture, leaving it feeling soft. Rather than sitting on top of the skin, glycerin softens the skin while permitting it to breathe.
What are the risks?Glycerin has a long history of safe use in personal care products. It is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s list of ingredients that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
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