Luxury Beauty Products: Glycerin Soap

April 28, 2009 by Erin Lynne  
Published in Beauty Products

Describes the benefits of glycerin soaps over more expensive designer brands.

Many beauty products are advertized as “luxurious,” “sensual,” and simultaneously, “affordable,” and “budget-minded.” At the same time, however, there are beauty products, such as soaps, that make no pretense of “affordability.” Designer soaps, scented and filled with real flowers, vegetables, and even sand, compete to be the most beneficial and luxurous on the market. Unassuming and belonging to one of the oldest soapy traditions, however, are high-glycerin-content soaps. Men, in particular, have been using glycerin soaps for shaving for almost two hundred years, and continue to prefer the translucent bars of high-glycerin-content soaps to the more expensive designer soaps, and especially to grocery store brands. Do designer soap buyers stand to benefit from this preference? The fact of the matter is, for day-to-day use, glycerin soaps are more luxurious and beneficial than designer soaps, as well as being more practical, and, on average, significantly less expensive.

Designer soaps come in many styles and scents, with many specific purposes. The most common, natural additives of these soaps: flowers, salts, sand, shea butter, milk, seaweed, and honey. The reason designer brands are more beneficial, (and more expensive), than grocery store brands is largely because of their higher glycerin content. Glycerin, a product of fat and lye, is the primary moisturizing agent in soap, as it absorbs water from the air very quickly, which attracts moisture to one’s skin when used as a soap additive. Glycerin is removed from the soap product in grocery store brands, however, (although some glycerin inevitably remains), which is why grocery store brands have a tendency to dry out the skin after washing. The value of designer soaps also lies in the exfoliating, moisturizing, and nutrient-containing additives. Sands and salts are popular exfoliatory additives, shea butter and milk are popular moisturizers, and honey and seaweed are popular nutrient-containing additives.

Glycerin is also a powerful solvent, which is why it is so desireable as a soap additive. In fact, many more items will dissolve better in glycerin than in water, or even in alcohol. Essentially, the higher the content of glycerin in a given bar of soap, the cleaner the user will be. This, in combination with its moisture-absorption qualities, is why high-glycerin-content soaps are far more luxurious in their results than creamy designer brands. Also, as glycerin is odorless and colorless, many soap-makers choose to add scents and other ingredients similar, and in many cases identical to those used in designer soaps. For those to whom a floral or honey scent appeals, there are high-glycerin-content soaps with these, and other ingredients available.

The most important factor for the luxury soap consumer to remember is that, the more translucent the bar of soap, the higher the glycerin content, and the more beneficial the soap will be for cleanliness and skin moisture. While designer soaps cater to more specific issues in skin care, and can even be more beneficial for those specific issue, glycerine soaps are a more practical choice for luxurious, day-to-day hygeine. Genreally speaking, high-glycerin-content soaps are less expensive than designer soaps, which can cost as much as fifty dollars per bar. The average bar of glycerin soap costs approximately eight to ten dollars. Therefore, not only are glycerin soaps more luxurious and more beneficial, but they are more affordable as well.

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One Response to “Luxury Beauty Products: Glycerin Soap”
  1. Lady KN Says:

    I thought you article was very informative and interesting. As a consumer who preferes to use natural handmade soaps containing glycerine, I thought your article was spot on!

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