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Glycerin Soap (Sabun Gliserin)

What is glycerin soap? Apakah itu sabun glycerin? 

Glycerin soaps are soaps that contains glycerin, a byproduct of fats or oils.  

Sabun glycerin ialah sabun yang mengandungi glycerin; hasil sampingan lemak atau minyak.  

How is it a byproduct? Bagaimanakah ia menjadi hasil sampingan? 

 In soap making, you need sodium hydroxide (lye) and fats/ oils where both when mixed together will go through a chemical process called saponification to create soap and a byproduct called the glycerin. 

Apabila membuat sabun, sodium hydroxide (lye) dan lemak/minyak akan dicampurkan untuk menghasilkan sabun dan glycerin melalui tindakan kimia dipanggil 'saponifikasi'. Dalam proses ini. Kita hanya mahu sabun, tetapi ada 'extra' gliserin; oleh itu ia dipanggil sebagai hasil sampingan (byproduct).   

So what is glycerin and why is it so important? Apakah itu glycerin dan mengapa ianya penting? 

Glycerin is a humectant. It works as super moisturiser where when applied to skin, will attract and trap moisture from surrounding. When this happens these moisture will be 'stuck' on your skin surface, causing the skin to be extremely moisturised.  

Gliserin adalah komponen yang penting dimana ia adalah penarik 'air' yang kuat. Apabila disapu keatas kulit, ia akan menarik wap air dari udara persekitaran dan memerangkap wap air ini di atas kulit kita dan menjadikan kulit kita lembab dan lembut.    

Don't normal soap have glycerin? Sabun biasa tiada gliserin? 

Previously, like years ago, glycerin was in soaps. However in recent times, most companies don't use fat/oils to make soap anymore. They use non-natural chemicals instead which does not produce glycerin as byproduct. Even if it does, glycerin is removed from those soaps and used in moisturiser (like lotion and creams) instead (how else are they gonna make money; by selling soap and moisturisers to you). Handmade soaps on the other hand has all these goodies such as glycerin in so you don't have to use moisturisers after that. 

Dulu memang ada gliserin di dalam sabun kita. Namun demikian sejak beberapa tahun ini kebanyakkan company yang menjual sabun tidak lagi menggunakan lemak/minyak untuk membuat sabun. Sebaliknya mereka menggunakan bahan kimia lain yang tidak menghasilkan gliserin. Kalau ada pun mereka akan mengeluarkan gliserin ini dan memasukkannya kedalam cream dan lotion (cara ini mereka boleh mendapat keuntungan yang banyak sebab pembeli kena membeli sabun dan lotion) sabun yang dibuat sendiri menggunakan lemak/minyak mempunyai gliserin oleh itu selepas mandi dah takpayah gunakan cream/lotion.    

Can't I apply glycerin directly on skin? Bolehkah saya sapu gliserin keatas kulit? 

Yes you can. But the problem is its very sticky so using it might cause discomfort on your skin especially in our country's humidity. 

Boleh. Tapi ianya akan membuatkan kulit kita menjadi terlalu melekit disebabkan oleh cuaca negara ini.    

Are glycerin vegan/ halal? Adakan gliserin vegan/ halal? 

This is another problem with most glycerin. Unless otherwise specified, most glycerin is produced using animal fat (its much cheaper to produce using animal fat and you get a lot extracting them out from animal fat as compared to vegetable oils). So for those who are purchasing anything with glycerin in it (soaps, soapbase, skincare etc) make sure your glycerin is vegetable glycerin and not just 'glycerin' as it may or may not be vegan. All bases made from soap lab is from vegetable glycerin since we strive to become 100% vegetarian store. 

Ini adalah salah satu masalah terbesar dengan gliserin. Jika tidak ditulis, kebanyakkan gliserin dibuat daripada lemak haiwan (ia adalah lebih murah untuk menggunakan lemak haiwan berbanding dengan minyak sayuran). Oleh itu jika membeli barangan yang mempunyai gliserin, pastikan ianya ditulis sebagai vegetable glycerin dan bukan hanya 'glycerin' kerana tak pasti jika ianya vegan : (dibuat dari minyak sayuran). Macam di soap lab semuanya adalah vegetarian dimana semuanya dibuat daripada minyak sayuran. Kami tidak mempunyai barangan yang dibuat dari lemak haiwan.     


If you are one of those who wants to understand why certain ingredient is in your skincare/ cosmetics, learn how to make and formulate your own cosmetics, do contact us on our next class. We also have business courses for those interested to start a business in handmade cosmetics.

 If you would like to start your business right away, take a look at our readymade product (wholesale) here (click) where all the soaps are readymade and can be customized to fit your own brand  The MOQ (minimum order quantity) is low starts from RM 100. 

If you want us to formulate your own product, contact our sister company at soapworksmalaysia@gmail.com.soapworksmalaysia@gmail.com MOQ is RM 1000 for own formulation product


  1. is mixing lye and glycerin create soap? wondering...

  2. No it doesn't. Its a byproduct. you need fatty acids from oil for making soap

  3. Hi nur arina please email us at soapworksmalaysia@gmail.com or whatsapp 0128773817

  4. Hi, a bit off-topic question here, but if I want to make a liquid body bath that actually foams, what ingredients should i mix in? Will castile soap create a foamy body bath? Thanks in advance :D -Alia-

  5. Hi loove. Unfortunately most natural ingredients doesnt give the big bubbles and foam. If you want u will have to add SLS


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