Debra Lynn Dadd

Glyercerin

QUESTION:

Dear Debra,
I can not find any information on Pears glycerin soaps, how beneficial or harmful it is to use them. I am confused about glycerin. Should I avoid glycerin soaps such as Pears?

POSTED BY JOAN CHRISTENSEN :: FLORIDA USA :: 11/20/2007 3:30 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I went to the website for Pears Soap, which says it is a natural soap that has been made for almost 200 years. "It contains high quality skincare ingredients like glycerin and natural oils. Pears Soap is especially made to take care of even sensitive and delicate skin, cleansing thoroughly, yet gently and rinsing clean.It is hypo-allergenic, contains a mild cleansing formula and no colorants."

However, they don't give any ingredient and their Contact Us page was "not found" so I can't tell you anything about the ingredients.

If you go to a store and look on the label, and post the ingredients here, I'll comment on them.

Glycerin itself is fine to use. It is actually created by the soapmaking process. Industrially, it is usually skimmed off and used in lotions and the soap is sold without it. Most handmade soaps contain their natural glycerin because it is not removed.

There's no need to avoid glycerin soaps, but watch out for the fragrances and other ingredients which might be added.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Glycerin is often made from corn, including the glycerin that is used in many of the so-called natural soaps. I'm allergic to corn, and found this out the hard way, when I had serious allergic reactions to some soaps I had used. I contacted several companies, who told me that the glycerin in their soaps is made from corn.

POSTED BY DONNIE :: MICHIGAN USA :: 11/24/2007 12:35 PM


I used Pears soap briefly when I was much younger, and found it to be very strongly fragranced. When there are so many other wonderful natural, unscented glycerine soaps out there, I would stay away from a popular brand like Pears.

POSTED BY MICHELLE LYNNE GOODFELLOW :: THE GREENER CLEANER :: GREENERCLEANER.BLOGSPOT.COM :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 11/24/2007 12:37 PM


I had a patch test done several years ago, and found out I have an allergy to Rosin. The welt appeared on my back even before I walked out the Dermatologists' door! This was extremely irritating, knowing that the test takes a whole 5 days!

Finding things with Rosin in, or its' derivatives in, is never ending. Quite a few things which are designed to "help" have Rosin or a derivative in it. Including alot of so called hypo-allergenic/ dermatologist tested products! Neutrogena soap - similar to Pears soap, the browny coloured one,"hypo-allergenic / dermatologist tested", turn the box over, and right there as its second ingredient is Rosin! I wouldn't even dream of using Pears either.

POSTED BY COLLETTE PURDY :: QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA :: 01/08/2008 11:11 AM


I went back and reviewed info posted on glycerin because I have painful reactions to corn derivatives (rheumatoid arthritis, doctor ackowledged). Most glycerin today is derived from corn but one must check with each company---and some firms do not know the source.

POSTED BY MARTHA ISTVAN :: FLORIDA USA :: 01/14/2008 12:53 PM


My daughter is also allergic to corn. And also wheat and gluten, oats, apple, nuts (and peanuts), and kiwi (her kiwi allergy is severe), which are also common ingredients in "natural" and "vegan" products.

POSTED BY CB :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 03/03/2008 7:56 PM


Actually, most commercial glycerines (that aren't vegan, at least) are made from either pork or beef. I know this, because my daughter is allergic to pork and beef, and many times I've had to ask about what the glycerine is, in different products. SoftSoap, for example, uses beef or pork (depending on the batch).

Also, beef and/or pork are common ingredients in (commercial) breads and other baked goods. There are a lot of hidden animal-based ingredients in what we eat and use on our bodies- and they are hidden in words like "gylcerine". I have had to learn this for my daughter, who is allergic to trace amounts of her allergens.

POSTED BY CB :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 03/03/2008 7:56 PM


Buying soap that says it has glycerin added to it is unnecessary. Glycerin is naturally occurring in hand made soaps (soaps that are made with lye, water and oils). Look for hand made or hand crafted soaps that do not have allergic ingredients in them, then there won't be a worry as to what kind of glycerin is used. I make my own soap for personal use and have done a lot of research on the subject. I am always checking out labels and would not buy some of the soaps that are sold at health stores because of their ingredients or claims.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I totally agree. Personally, I ONLY use handmade soap and love them so much I have a special section for them on Debra's List at Debra's List: Body Care: Skin: Handmade Soap.


POSTED BY SUE :: MICHIGAN USA :: 03/06/2008 3:11 AM


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