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.
Glycerine is not known to cause skin or eye irritation.
In spite of the fact that glycerine is used in many different products, there is no knowledge relative to allergies when used. The substance may be used in products, which have been certified by Asthma-Allergy Denmark.
Glycerol has received the E number E422 and is used in foods as an emulsifier and stabilizer. Even though glycerol has a sweet taste, it is not allowed as a sweetener.