In 1779, glycerine was accidentally discovered by K.W. Scheele, a Swedish chemist, while he was heating a mixture of olive oil and litharge (lead monoxide). Scheele called glycerine the "sweet principle of fat" because of its sweet taste. Glycerine is a colorless, odorless, viscous, non-toxic liquid with a high amount of versatility. The key to glycerine's versatility is its unique combination of physical and chemical properties, compatibility with many other substances, and easy handling.
Because of its compatibility with other chemicals, glycerine is used in over 3500 products including:
- Food and beverage products
- Pharmaceutical products
- Personal care products like sun skin care, bar soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, facial cleansers, shampoo & conditioner, shower gels, and self-tanners.
- Oral care products such as mouthwash and toothpaste.
- Many other applications including agricultural, industrial, and laboratory uses.
About 300 million pounds of glycerine are used in the United States every year. Worldwide annual consumption totals about 1.1 billion pounds and is expected to rise as industrialization progresses in less developed countries.
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