Glycerin Defined - it is NOT soap

Glycerin is nice.  Here at Earthly Delight we even combine a glycerin base with our real soap for those who love the extra moisterizing qualities associated with glycerin.  But, glycerin by itself is not, can not, will never be by itself, a soap.  Not in this Universe, anyway.  Glycerin is a by-product of soap.  When you make soap, whether you are the best soap maker on the planet (/clears throat) or the largest soap maker on the planet, when you make soap it will contain glycerin, a by-product, about 8% by volume.  It’s sort of like Cocoa Mulch.  Have you ever used Cocoa Mulch in your garden?  It is the shell of the cocoa bean that is a by-product of getting that bean out of its shell so that we can be luxuriously spoiled with chocolate ice cream, say from Haagan Daz! If you use Cocoa Mulch in your garden then you have experienced the joy of playing in the gardens and every once in a while a breeze carries the wonderful aroma of chocolate and pushes it up your nostrils!   We live on a farm now, and using cocoa mulch in our gardens would be cost prohibitive, but Glycerin is like that mulch.  A little is good, a lot is too expensive.
 
That brings us to the topic of Glycerin Soap.  The only thing true about the term "Glycerin Soap" is that in true soap, glycerin is in it.  Here’s what happens.  Large, like mega, manufacturers of soap and detergent have discovered ways to extract glycerin from their products.  (Like hulling the cocoa beans and selling them at a high price instead of pitching them in the compost pile).  When someone refers to “Glycerin Soap” they are usally referring to a “melt & pour” product which has taken the extracted glycerin purchased from soap & or detergent manufacturesr…..then add a s*^@ load of chemicals to make the glycerin hard, make it lather, smell good, and so on.
 
Here is a sample of ingredients found in some Melt and Pour Bases:
  • Clear Glycerin Melt and PourI ngredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate
  • Coconut Milk Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Titanium Dioxide, Coconut
  • Goat's Milk Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Titanium Dioxide, Goats Milk
  • Hemp Oil Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Green #5, Green #3, Yellow #5, Hemp oil
  • Olive Oil Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Red #40, Yellow #5, Orange #4, Green #3, Olive Oil
  • Shea Butter Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5, Yellow #10, Red #40, Green #5, Shea Butter
  • White Glycerin Melt and Pour Base Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate, Titanium Dioxide
 
You get the picture, right?  I do see the value in Glycerin Melt and Pour Products.  Mostly, they do look amazing, they smell terrific usually because they don’t go through the chemical transmogrification (got that fancy word from playing World of Warcraft, oh yeah!) that real natural soap does, and they are super easy to make if you have a microwave.  But, there are chemicals involved and the soap maker really has little control as to where the glycerin came from.
 
So, after all that nonsense, just understand that Glycerin is a by-product of soap (it’s actually in our soap, about 8% - happened by natural means), and a “Glycerin Soap” usually refers to Melt and Pour Product, not real soap.