The substance may be used for several things in cosmetic products, for instance as an emulsifier i.e. a substance added due to the ability to mix oily and watery liquids. The substance is equally used as a stabilizer, dissolvent, moisture retainer and/or as a texturizing agent.
Citric acid is a medium strong acid, which is found naturally in citrus fruits. Citric acid may be extracted from fruits, but for industrial purposes, citric acid is mainly produced artificially. Citric acid is added to regulate the acidity (pH-value). Citric acid simultaneously has a preservative effect on the types of bacteria, which cannot grow in low pH environments.
The substance is also known as glycerol or propanetriol and is a thick sugary alcohol, which is part of all fatty substances.
Glycerine is highly hygroscopic i.e. capable of absorbing water/steam from its’ surroundings and thereby retains moisture. This is used in cosmetics, where it is added to creams as a moisturizing and moisture-retaining ingredient.
Glycerine is also added as a stabilizer and emulsifier in order to ease and stabilize the mix of fatty and watery ingredients.
Glyceryl Stearate SE is made from various vegetable oils and is a self-emulsifiying form of glyceryl stearate. It has softening effects but is also added as an emulsifier. An emulsifier enables the mix of substances, which are normally difficult to mix (e.g. oil and water).
Glycine Soja Oil is derived from soybeans (Glycine soja, Leguminosae / Glycine max). The oil is primarily composed of triglycerides of Oleic, Linoleic and saturated acids. It is often used in cosmetic products due to its emollient and skin conditioning properties as well as a fragrance agent.
Please note that the substance is not a fragrance substance, but an ingredient used in perfume products. Hence, it is not used because of perfuming properties.
The substance is used as a preservative in personal care products.
It is difficult to avoid preservatives in personal care, make-up and cleaning/washing-agents since water gives rise to good growing conditions for microorganisms such as bacteria’s, fungus and mold. If microorganisms are allowed to grow this could, besides destroying the product and limit the durability, also result in a risk for infection for the consumer. Thus, preservatives are important ingredients and can be found in products with The Blue Label.