However, as with all skin care products, if you have any concerns then we recommend that you test our soap on a small area of your skin before using it on your whole body.
I use organic RSPO palm oil as one of the 6 oils and butters in my soap.
The use of palm oil in products always causes a lot of controversy so let me explain the reasons why I have chosen to use it in my signature soap (salt bars and facial bars are palm oil free).
I use palm oil because it makes a noticeable difference to the quality of a soap. Not only are the bars harder and longer lasting than those which are palm oil free, they have a richer, more luxurious lather.
Despite all of the bad press, palm oil itself isn't the enemy. It is the way it is grown and harvested that is the problem.
The press would have you believe that boycotting the use of palm oil is the cure. But that will not stop the deforestation issue. There is strong evidence that switching to other fast growing oil producing plants will in fact exacerbate the problem.
Replacing palm oil with other types of vegetable oil (sunflower, soybean, rapeseed) means that much larger amounts of land actually needs to be used and thus the deforestation problem would get worst, not better.
This is because palm trees produce 4-10 times more oil than other crops per unit of cultivated land, meaning more, not less, virgin rainforest is needed.
The answer to the problem is to only use palm oil that comes from certified, sustainably managed forests and not virgin forest.
These are inspected, audited and certified annual to ensure that no virgin rainforest is used and that all plantations of trees are managed by local farmers in a sustainable way. This enables farmers in those areas to improve their livelihoods while protecting the ecosystem.
The palm oil that I use in my soaps is from accredited RSPO certified plantations.
So by pledging to only used certified sustainable palm oil in our products, I can be confident that I am not contributing to any further destruction of the habitat that orangutans and many other creatures call home.