Vegetable glycerin is a thick clear liquid that is made from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy or coconut oil. Found in many personal care products, vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant and attracts moisture to the product.

I first came across vegetable glycerin when I was looking for a way to keep my hair moisturized through the harsh winter weather. At the time I was swimming at least three times a week and frequently outdoors. I also struggled with finding a hat that fit my head and hair, so I out was outside without one. None of these things were helping out my hair. I noticed a few bloggers adding vegetable glycerin to their body lotions and creams as a way to keep their skin moisturized during the drying months and thought that it would hurt to add some to my conditioner too. I added a few drops to a handful of conditioner and immediately felt a difference after one use. My hair was softer and detangling was a breeze. Those few drops of glycerin turned my $2 bottle of Suave conditioner into some pricey luxurious hair treatment.I began adding vegetable glycerin to boost all of my moisturizing products. Adding a few drops to my lotion left my skin soft and supple all day.

I thought I’d share my favorite DIY recipe I came up with during my experimentation with the glycerin. My very simple, super easy leave in detangling hairspray. This spray is the perfect daily moisturizer my hair needs to keep up with the dry cold air without a bunch of build up. Hope this helps any of you looking to bring some moisture back into your locks.


Vegetable Glycerin DIY Leave-In Spray


What you’ll need:

  • Empty Spray Bottle
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Vegetable Glycerin (I got mine here)
  • Lavender Oil (optional)


For a 4oz bottle, add 1tbs of glycerin and 10 drops of lavender oil to your bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera juice. That’s it! be sure to shake the mixture before every use and enjoy your moisturized strands.