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Palm Oil Myths

When I set about developing the Native Nut range of natural soap I made a very conscious decision not to use palm oil, because I was concerned about the widespreag clearing of rainforests required for it's production.  Instead I chose macadamia, coconut and olive oil. 

In researching other natural soap products I was alarmed that many of the artisan soap available in high end gift shops and eco stores contain palm oil (often claiming it to be sustainable or they simply said something vague like "vegetable oil").

I would advise everyone to check out exactly what plants the oils came from before buying the most apparently "eco friendly" soap, wash, shampoo or conditioner. 

Names for palm oil and it's derivatives include but are not limited to : Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

There are more and more brands eschewing simple palm oil in favour of so called sustainable palm oil. 

So what is sustainable palm oil? 

Quite simply it is palm oil that is sourced from plantations that are more than 30 years old. I am not at all sure how that makes them sustainable other than any native habitat was cleared over 30 years ago and that somehow makes it OK. 

By that logic in 30 years time...we can all feel fabulous about the environmental destruction that is happening today, because it happened 30 years ago and so now it's sustainable. It seems there is no slow down in global demand and no change in the basic practice of stripping the landscape bare and replacing it with a monoculture and no real effort to find any alternatives. 


You be the judge but if that's what business is pitching as sustainable then I am not buying it. 

That's we don't and never will use palm oil in any of our products or recipes. 

We like to keep things simple so we chose to fragrance each of our soaps with a single essential oil. All of the essential oils we have chosen have some antiseptic properties.

We only use 100% pure essential oils. Some people do occasionally find their skin reacts to some essential oils, so if you think you might be sensitive to any of our fragrances l you should test the soap on a small area of skin before use.