Propylene Glycol: A Multipurpose Chemical for Many Industries

Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic alcohol with the ability to attract and retain water. Propylene glycol has a variety of functions in a myriad of industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and personal care. Below are only a few uses of propylene glycol in these industries.

  • When propylene glycol’s purity exceeds 99.8%, USP and EP deem it acceptable for foods and pharmaceuticals. In this form, propylene glycol can be used as a solvent for aromatics, in elixirs for pharmaceutical compounds, as a humectant for the salivary glands to wet the mouth, or as a solvent and emulsifier in sunscreens and lotions.

  • The pharmaceutical industry adds multi-purpose propylene glycol as an inactive ingredient in oral, injectable, and topical medications. Because it decreases the viscosity of liquids, propylene glycol makes oral medications easier to pour. As a stabilizer, propylene glycol helps to deliver the precise amount of medication with each dose.

  • Dairy and brewing industries find propylene glycol’s properties convenient in low temperature heat-transfer fluids. Grocery stores often rely on propylene glycol in food display cases for this same reason.

  • The food industry has three separate but intertwined uses for propylene glycol: as a preservative, a stabilizer, and a humectant. Coffee, tree nuts, soda, baked goods, and salad dressings are only a few products that list propylene glycol as an ingredient as it helps deliver the same amount of flavor and moisture with each bite or sip.

  • Many cosmetics, including moisturizers, soaps, deodorants, facial cleansers, shampoos, and conditioners, contain propylene glycol as a moisturizer, solvent, and humectant. As a dispersant, propylene glycol is added to fragrances so the exact amount of odor is released with every spray.

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