Home
Fact-checked

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

What is Glycerin Soap?

Glycerin soap is a gentle cleanser known for its hydrating properties. Derived from plant oils or animal fats, it's a natural humectant, drawing moisture to the skin. Ideal for sensitive skin, glycerin soap maintains your skin's natural balance, leaving it soft and supple. Curious about how it can transform your skincare routine? Discover the benefits of switching to glycerin soap.
Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus

Glycerin is an ingredient in oil and fat used to make translucent soaps. Glycerin soap may be made at home or purchased commercially. The opaque type of soap more commonly sold today has most or all of the glycerin removed; this takes out the moisturizing properties which is why many non-glycerin soaps can be drying to the skin. Soap with the highest amount of glycerin possible is translucent, while soaps with some glycerin are closer to being opaque.

Glycerin soap is sold in many different shapes, colors and scents. It may be round, oval, rectangular or shaped into novelty guest soaps such as flowers and animals. Most of the small guest soaps are more opaque and have less glycerin than the bar soap type. The scents of glycerin soaps include fruits such as peach and strawberry. Lavender and jasmine are common floral scents found in glycerin soaps.

Glycerin soap can be made in a microwave.
Glycerin soap can be made in a microwave.

Guest soaps look decorative on a bathroom countertop. They also make great hostess gifts. Some glycerin guest soap types are made in fun shapes for children to encourage them to wash their hands. A glycerin children’s soap may be shaped like a car or an animal. Some children’s glycerin soaps are just round or bar-shaped, but have different scents such as root beer or bubblegum.

Glycerin soap.
Glycerin soap.

Glycerin is a popular ingredient in shaving soaps because of its moisturizing quality. Some types of glycerin soap have moisturizers and skin nutrients added such as vitamin E and avocado oil. Green or white tea and cucumber scent can also be found in some glycerin moisturizing soaps.

The Pears® brand is the oldest glycerin soap made in the world. Its translucent amber color and oval shape are easily recognizable by many people. The glycerin used in Pears® soap is from vegetable oil rather than animal fat. Soap labels may or may not be required by law to list whether the glycerin is from animal or vegetable sources.

Glycerin soap comes in a variety of shapes, colors and scents.
Glycerin soap comes in a variety of shapes, colors and scents.

Some people like to make glycerin soap at home. Many craft stores sell a glycerin base for soap making. The soap can be cooked in a double boiler on a stove top or in a microwavable container in a microwave oven. Essential oils, herbs and flower petals as well as a small amount of beeswax are often added to homemade glycerin soaps. The soap mixture is poured into molds, cooled and removed from each mold. Some small home business entrepreneurs make and sell glycerin soap.

You might also Like

Discussion Comments

anon134638

Glycerin soap is not clear. Glycerin is a by product of soap making and all homemade soap is glycerin soap.

To make clear soap at home you have to add alcohol and sugar and go through a further heat process.

The melt and pour process that you are talking about is an easy way for people to get into soap making. But please don't give false information.

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • Glycerin soap can be made in a microwave.
      Glycerin soap can be made in a microwave.
    • Glycerin soap.
      By: Nataliia
      Glycerin soap.
    • Glycerin soap comes in a variety of shapes, colors and scents.
      By: Tarzhanova
      Glycerin soap comes in a variety of shapes, colors and scents.
    • Glycerin is a natural by-product of soap.
      By: Hayati Kayhan
      Glycerin is a natural by-product of soap.
    • Some children's glycerin soap comes in root beer scent.
      By: gmf1000i
      Some children's glycerin soap comes in root beer scent.