Glycerin is an organic compound known more formally as glycerol. Its common sources are waste products from vegetable oils. Commercial grade glycerin is usually reddish-brown in color and in liquid form at room temperature. It is most commonly used in soap and grease manufacturing.


The most common uses are:


Glycerin has important industrial applications, for example as a polymer building block in the production of alkyd resins and polyurethanes for use in paints, inks, and coatings. Glycerine is also a raw material for the manufacture of many different types of chemical intermediate, including solvents, plasticizers, and surfactants. The water-binding tendency of glycerin is exploited in the preparation of anti-static and antifogging additives.