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    Posted: Mar 23 2010 at 7:26pm

What have you heard about this, or which do you find better?

Glycerin is an alcohol, known also by the chemical names glycerol and 1,2,3, propane triol. It can be obtained via hydrolysis of naturally occurring plant or vegetable fats (triglycerides) or via chemical synthesis from petrochemicals. It is a conditioning alcohol similar to other conditioning alcohols, but it has three very hydrophilic hydroxyl (-OH) groups as opposed to a single one. Because of this, glycerin is far more water soluble than some of the other conditioning alcohols such as lauryl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol.
 
: Lanolin is a very greasy material produced by the sebaceous glands of sheep. It acts as an excellent moisturizer for skin and hair and also functions as an effective water barrier. A byproduct of wool-gathering and refining, it is easily obtained and is a renewable resource. For this reason, lanolin has been used as an emollient in hand and body creams and hair products for many centuries. Many consider animal oils to be more compatible with human skin and hair than vegetable or mineral oils.Lanolin is a mixture of fatty acids, wax esters, and a complex mixture of other organic compounds. It is classified as a wax (as opposed to an oil or fat), and is a solid at room temperature (melting point: 100-107F). In its natural state, lanolin contains about 25-30% water by weight. When applied to skin or hair, it is very effective at penetrating the surface and enhancing moisture retention. Lanolin is also beneficial because it continues to absorb moisture from the air, and can thus act as a humectant for the skin or hair.
 
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I've always been told to stay away from lanolin because its a synthetic and it just sits on the strands providing no real moisturizing benefits.  Where did you get the info from?  If in fact is factual, I would say lanolin would be the better one to use AFTER  a moisturizing agent.  It seems it works best as a barrier from keeping the moisture from escaping.  Thanks for the info!
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I got the info from naturally curly.com
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I'm kind of grossed out by lanolin because it comes from sheep and I've seen it stinking at a farm when I was a child! I know that it's in a lot of lotions though so some ladies are probably using it without even realizing it.

I don't use either so I don't know which is better. You should give them both a try and compare.
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lanolin in products like DAX work good on the scalp where as glycerin is a humectant that adds moisture to hair and skin so they have two completely different functions
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afro that makes sense!!
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Why is lanolin good for the scalp? 
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I was reading that they are both good moisturizers. I have   a lanloin product (sta soft fro) and I have the regular glycerin mixture. I think lanolin, being heavy , could be used better in the winter to mositurize. The glycerin mix is good also.
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I bought some Glycerin/Glycerol the other day and have been using it with 2 parts water and a splash of Olive Oil in a spray and I cannot belive how soft my hair is!!!! it's amazing stuff and it only cost me a few pounds.

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But Glycerin if you use pure (I don't recommend it) will pull water from the air. If you put it on your tongue it will dry that spot so much that you will get a blister. Must mix with water if you are using the pure one and it's thick. Doctors use it on burn patients too. I love it and it was good after my surgery and I really couldn't do my hair
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