What is Refined Glycerine

Refined Glycerine in a tube

Refined glycerine is a simple straight-chain sugar alcohol that has three hydroxyl groups. The adjacent hydroxyl group characterizes glycerin’s high water solubility and hygroscopicity. The appearance of glycerin is a clear and colorless viscous liquid with a naturally sweet taste and odorless scent. In addition, glycerine has a high melting and boiling point of 17.8°C and 290°C, respectively. Glycerin is manufactured from palm and vegetable-based oil.  Alternatively, glycerin is also sourced from petrochemical feedstock through various distillation processes. Due to its low toxicity and environmental friendliness, glycerin is utilized in food, medicine, cosmetics, and personal care applications. It is also a versatile and valuable product from biodiesel production. There are many kinds of Refined Glycerine applications.

manufacturing industry

Manufacturing Process

Glycerine is obtained from the saponification or transesterification of triglycerides. Triglycerides are esters of glycerol with long-chain carboxylic acids, which are found in fats and oils. The by-products formed are salts of long-chain carboxylic acids. Crude glycerine also comes from the production of biodiesel through the transesterification process. Triglycerides react with alcohols, such as ethanol with small amounts of bases, as a catalyst to give esters of fatty acids and glycerol.

refined glycerine applications

Refined Glycerine Applications

Glycerol is used in medical, pharmaceutical, and personal care preparations, often as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication, and as a humectant. Ichthyosis and xerosis have been relieved by the topical use of glycerin. Besides, there is still much more about the use of this refined glycerine.

Food Industry
Glycerine is used in foods and beverages to keep the food moist, make it sweet, serve as a solvent, and be used as a food preservative. It is used as a filler in commercial low-fat foods such as cookies and a thickening agent in food products such as liqueurs. Additionally, glycerine may be used as a sugar substitute. Bacteria do not feed glycerine, hence it does not cause cavities.

Intermediate Chemicals
Glycerine is used in the production of nitroglycerine for explosives and propellants. Moreover, it can produce allyl iodide with the addition of phosphorus and iodine. They are commonly applied as polymers, preservatives, organometallic catalysts, and pharmaceuticals, etc.

Glycerine can form strong hydrogen bonds with water, so glycerol-water bonds are superior to water-water hydrogen bonds. Therefore, the formation of ice is hindered unless the temperature is very low. This antifreeze is used in automobiles because glycerine has low toxicity despite being restored by ethylene glycol.

Pharmaceuticals Industry
Glycerine is used to improve smoothness and lubricity and maintain moisture. It is widely used in a variety of medical and pharmaceutical products, such as cough syrup and personal care products, such as mouthwashes. It is also a component of glycerine soap, which adds essential oils for fragrance. Because of the water-retaining properties of glycerine, soap is used by people with sensitive skin.


CAS No56-81-5​
EINECS No.200-289-5​
Molecular Weight92.09
H.S. Code29054500
ToxicityOral rat LD50: 12,600 mg/kg​


Physical StateLiquid. (Viscous (Syrupy) liquid.)​
Melting Point19°C (66.2°F)​
Boiling Point290°C (554°F)​
Specific Gravity1.249 (Water = 1)​
Density1.26 (Air = 1)​
Solubility in WaterMiscible in cold water, hot water and alcohol. Partially soluble in acetone. Very slightly soluble in diethyl ether (ethyl ether). Limited solubility in ethyl acetate. Insoluble in carbon tetrachloride, benzene, chloroform, petroleum ethers, and oils​
StabilityThe product is stable.​


Mixed (Animal Fats)

Palm Based

Origin Malaysia

Origin Indonesia

Origin Thailand

Soya Based

Origin Brazil

Vegetable Based