Glycerin soap is commonly used as a fancy soap because of its translucent color and its remoldable and remeltable properties. As early as the 19th century, glycerin soaps have already been favorite merchandises because they are highly marketable even without any special packaging and ingredients. That doesn’t mean, nonetheless, that they are nothing but fancy bars.
I often see these soaps in pure forms, but many sellers and resellers also add other components to enhance their benefits and appearance. Some use herbal oils to make variations of scents while some add cubes of gelatin-like soap varieties, like cut moisturizing soaps.
If you are not the type of person to buy one just for the cool appearance, then, you need to read its other advantages and disadvantages to weigh things up.
1. Glycerin soaps can be easily made.
One reason why many people love making different variations in size, color, scent and shape is because these soaps can be easily made at home, with the family or just by your self, using a simple glycerin soap recipe. Because glycerin-based soaps are also remeltable (some varieties of glycerin soaps are not, though), nothing can stop your imagination from producing different interestingly-shaped soaps that you can sell as souvenirs, gifts, or just fancy personal hygiene must-haves. You may just have your own souvenir company.
If you cannot find a soap that has the scent that you really like, maybe it is time that you make homemade glycerin soap, with the signature scent that makes you comfortable. You can also add moisturizers, alcohols for the antibacterial effect, and other beauty products.
2. The Glycerin soap base is oil.
Glycerol is a substance from oil or fat. For people like me who have sensitive skin, oil-based soaps are advisable because these soaps are known to produce less to no allergic reaction at all. As opposed to what many people believe, oil-based soaps are also non-sticky and non-greasy.
3. Glycerin softens the skin.
Actually, there is no need to add moisturizing agents, like goat milk, to glycerin soaps if you are making them. Glycerin is already a powerful moisturizer that can leave your skin smooth and soft. As a matter of fact, many cosmetic and beauty products use this substance as one of their main ingredients.
As a moisturizer in itself, it retains moisture in the skin and even attracts moisture from the air to keep the skin supple all the time. Some studies also found out that glycerin is good for skin disorders.
I prefer this type of soap because it is mild but not less effective in any way.
4. Glycerin soaps are unscented.
Many consumers dislike strong scents because of some allergic issues. I should know, I am one of them. As a substitute, I use glycerin soaps instead.
A homemade bar soap can also be added some oils to make it scented.
1. Glycerin soaps melt easily.
They are remeltable and remoldable for one reason: they can be easily melted without altering their natural chemical properties. If you are not careful with their storage, they will melt even before you use them.
Some home-based manufacturers who know how to make glycerin soap who fail to remember this often encounter problem with storage. Just keep them in cool places.
2. Glycerin soaps are often more expensive.
Because glycerin is a popular ingredient of beauty products, it is sold at a higher price, making glycerin-based soaps more expensive as well.
3. Glycerin soaps do not lather well.
I am a person who cannot be convinced of a soap’s effectiveness unless I see the lather…more and more lather. In this case, I know that glycerin is really beneficial, but the low lathering effect still makes me uneasy.