glyc·er·in | \ˈglis-rən, ˈgli-sə-\
variants: or glycerine

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Infused with an impressive blend of calming ingredients like honey extract, rose water, and glycerin, the mask instantly tames irritation and leaves a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I Tried Knours, the Skin-Care Brand That Customizes a Routine Based on Your Menstrual Cycle," 1 June 2018 Thanks to the hydrating blend of fatty oils and moisture-locking glycerin and sodium hyaluronate (a.k.a. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Philosophy Is Turning Its Purity Made Simple Mask Into a Moisturizer," 7 Feb. 2018 The most popular and effective humectants are glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Debris speckled her slick skin, clinging to the homemade serum of glycerin, lanolin, and vitamin E oil that’s preserved her wedding-day face. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there are clouds of vegetable glycerin vapor, there are probably essential oil vaporizer pens. Kathryn Tuggle, Good Housekeeping, "The Rise Of The "Personal Diffuser" Stick—Is Essential Oil Vaping Safe?," 19 Sep. 2017 If your scalp feels tight and dry and the length of your hair is brittle, mix and match a soothing glycerin or allantoin mask with a keratin treatment. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "7 New Ways to Boost Your Hair-Care Routine This Year," 16 May 2018 For dry skin, choose a hydrating cream with ingredients like glycerin or aloe. 9. Natalie Gontcharova, Good Housekeeping, "11 Mistakes You Make With Sunscreen," 24 Apr. 2014 The ingredients of the liquid vary, but generally include nicotine (though some are nicotine free), chemicals to vaporize the nicotine (like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin), additives and flavoring. Scientific American, "E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of glycerin

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycerin

French glycérine, from Greek glykeros sweet; akin to Greek glykys

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The first known use of glycerin was in 1830

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English Language Learners Definition of glycerin

: a thick, sweet, clear liquid used in making medicines, food, soap, etc.


variants: or glycerine \ˈglis-(ə-)rən \

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