Dear Lavera, I’d like to know why glycerin is the third ingredient in your cooling eye roll-on. An endearing little product that took care my tired eyes last week. But I read that glycerin is a soap-derived ingredient that can eventually dry out skin used over a long period of time. It’s used in a lot of moisturisers by most beauty brands. Sodium lactate – the glycerin alternative – is your fourth ingredient. But I wondered why you need glycerin if you have a natural alternative? Please help.
Answer: ‘Dear Brighter Shade of Green, thank you for putting the question forward to us and of course we don’t mind you quizzing us over our choice of ingredients.
The glycerin used in Lavera products is pure vegetable based, and is found in all natural fats – this is not a peteroleum-based glycerine which has a drying effect. The benefit is that it improves the skin’s moisture levels.
The sodium lactate that Lavera uses is obtained by fermentation of wheat and also has moisturising qualities. So the natural glycerin together with the sodium lactate provide extra moisturise for the delicate eye area, which in turn enhances the anti-ageing care.’
Isn’t it great when beauty brands respond and act accountable to their product? And all within 24 hours too.
I researched a little more and found that glycerin can indeed come from different sources – synthetic glycerin is petroleum based and natural glycerin is from fats, oils and plants – mainly coconut or palm oil (sorry no time to get into the ethics of palm oil deforestation here right now).
The point is that it’s not a chemical nasty and Lavera did a fine job at answering that most efficiently. Thanks x.