Humectant

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Humectant

A substance that attracts and retains moisture from the air.  Honey and glycerin remain liquid because they are hygroscopic.  Sugar and table salt will also attract moisture and anti-caking agents or desiccants are used to keep them from clumping due to their hygroscopic nature.  Here on PaganPath, humectant and hygroscopy are used interchangeably unless otherwise noted.  For example, honey may be referred to as a humectant or as a hygroscopic ingredient.

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