THE PALM OIL ISSUE & ETHICAL SKIN CARE

WHAT IS PALM OIL ...

Palm oil is edible plant oil derived from the fruit of the Arecaceae Elaeis oil palm and is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. The palm fruit is the source of both palm oil (extracted from palm fruit) and palm kernel oil (extracted from the fruit seeds). It is widely used as cooking oil, to make margarine and is a component of many processed foods. Palm oil and its derivatives are a main ingredient in the manufacture of soap and skin care products and are now a major player in the production of so called Bio fuels or Agro fuels.

SO WHATS THE PROBLEM ...

To make way for Palm plantations millions of hectares of tropical ecosystems such as Rainforest, grasslands, swamps and peat bogs throughout South America, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa are being cleared, drained and burned annually. This destruction has a devastating effect on the natural balance of our global environment, contributing to global warming, the extinction of many already endangered animal and plant species and human abuse.

PALM OIL IN SOAP AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS ...

One of the main ingredients in most soap products, even so called handmade and natural soap, is palm oil. This can be found on many ingredients listing or INCI of soap products under the name Sodium Palmate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, this is palm oil that has been saponified (chemical interaction of fatty acids and alkali). Palm oil is used because it is inexpensive and readily available compared to other much more beneficial but expensive oils such as olive. Not just soap, but also many skin care products such as lotions, shampoos, balms, butters and creams contain palm derivatives. Many companies make claims about their palm oil being derived from so called sustainable resources; our research has shown that these claims can not be substantiated and that no source of palm oil worldwide is at present sustainable.

PALM OIL FREE PRODUCTS ...

Andalucía Soap Company soaps and skin care products are completely free from palm oil and its derivatives. Aside from the afore mentioned issues, palm oil is an inferior ingredient in the making of fine soap and skin care products, hence its exclusion in our formulations. We strive at all times to use the finest raw materials available always ensuring their viability and sustainability for the environment.

 



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