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CAS: 56-81-5

Glycerin or Glycerol is a simple polyol compound. It is a  colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic.






Glycerin Chemical Structure Composition.


  • Glycerol can be produced by various routes from propylene.
  • Gycerol is a waste product of biodiesel from fats
  • Triglycerides can be saponified with sodium hydroxide to give glycerol and fatty sodium salt or soap.

The main sources are soybeans, palm oil and animal-derived tallow. 


  • Crude Glycerin: glycerol content above 80%, high water content and presence of MONG (Matter Organic No glycerol). Brown. Main use is energy intake in cattle.
  • Technical Glycerin: glycerol content until 95%, low water content and the presence of MONG. Gray. Used in all types of intermediate industrial chemical processes.
  • Glycerin USP/ PhEur: glycerol content above 99%, color less, transparent and MONG and water minimum content. Used in the cosmetics industry, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Glycerin E422: as food Additive.


Used in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and coating industries as a chemical intermediate, humectant, solvent, sweetener, thickening agent, emollient or conditioning agent.

Arpadis is one of the largest chemical distributor in Europe.

Arpadis is handling the storage, transport, export & import formalities of Glycerin globally.