Typical Glycerin Concentration


What is a typical glycerin concentration for a rich facial moisturizer? I noticed most good moisturizers list glycerin as the second ingredient in their ingredient lists.


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    5% seems reasonable - but it depends on what else is in the formula and product aesthetics and stuff like that.
  • If you pair it with propanediol it will be less sticky.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    Typically in the 5% to 10% range.  You will have to adjust for your sensorials, but routinely make 5% glycerin moisturizing creams without any signficant stickiness.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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