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Vegetable Glycerin Recipe

Your go-to recipe for making pure vegetable glycerin!
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Keyword: vegetable glycerin
Appliance: Saucepan, Food Thermometer
Author: Jinal Gangar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lye
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt

Instructions

  • Combine 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of olive oil in a saucepan and stir the mixture.
  • Now heat the blend for about 2 minutes till you see the coconut oil melting.
  • Mix about 2 tablespoons of lye into 1 cup of water in a glass container, particularly a heat-safe one.
  • Add the lye and water blend to the saucepan and mix it well so that the ingredients are combined.
  • Continue heating the mixture for about 20 minutes, until it reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a clip-on thermometer for measuring the temperature.
  • Once you have achieved the above-mentioned temperature, turn down the heat to medium-low, until it falls to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and continue stirring it for 15 minutes. The mixture should thicken now.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and add half a cup of salt to it. Mix both of these well.
  • Let the mixture rest for about 30 minutes. You will be able to see the soap and glycerin separate into different layers.
  • Using a spoon, lift the layer of soap and keep it in a different container.
  • Transfer the glycerin into an airtight glass bottle and store it in the refrigerator. This vegetable glycerin can stay up to 4 weeks but if you see a cloudy texture or feel a foul smell, then do not use it.

Notes

You can use various oils like palm oil, jojoba oil, soybean oil or vegetable oils in place of coconut and olive oil.
To get your own homemade soap, you can put the soap into a mold and freeze it for 24 hours. Air-dry the soap for about 3 weeks to finish curing them.
The process of making glycerin involves exposure to high temperature, so make sure to use a facemask and goggles and wear long pants and full-sleeve tops.
If any of these mixtures, come in contact with your skin any time during the process, flush the affected area with cold water and reach out to a doctor if required.