Otherwise known as Glycerol, vegetable glycerin is a water-soluble sugar compound used in many body care products, such as lotions, soaps and gel washes to add consistency and act as a skin-softening agent. It is a non-toxic ingredient, according to Environmental Working Group (EWG) evaluations. Glycerol is often used in personal products to maintain a product’s smooth texture and in soaps as a fragrance alternative for those with sensitive skin. It is also said to contain skin conditioning (humectant) properties which hydrates skin by pulling moisture from the air into layers of the dermis for a lasting plump, supple appearance.