So, in making soap you see many people talk about or are concerned with batching palm free soap. I thought about it, experimented with some recipes and have come to the conclusion that I am PALM FREE!!! For two reasons....One..I want to be able to get in my car and drive to buy my soaping ingredients and not have to order online and Two...(well this is the biggest and should be #1) help save the orangutans! I read these horrible stories about massive deforestation, indigenous peoples being displaced and animals being left without food and know I do not want to be part of that!! How could I? I also know that my tee-tiny little soaping business won't even put a dent in stopping this seriousness from happening, but I can try to do my part and be better.
Palm Oil is used in soap making for a hard bar and for a great lather. I've made a few batches palm free and really see no difference. Mine are hard...really hard! and lather quiet nicely. I think I've hit on a perfect combination and will most likely use it with a few tweaks in my bars.
Now there is the flip side to this story...sadly there always is....what about the people who have palm plantations and provide much needed jobs. They have families and have a need too. There is much to consider when making your decision. I've decided that my (like I said before tee-tiny) business won't really make that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things and to do what is easiest for me.....Palm free....since I don't know of a local supplier to drive to get it. Sound unreasonable? I think not.