Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Just when we think, O.K. the paraben thing is over..the SLS thing is over…no one in the known world is using them in body products anymore…now…another BIG NO NO!!!
Now, it’s the PALM OIL!! Yes, we use Palm Oil in our famous Artisan soaps….and sometimes it’s Palm Kernal Oil. But now,,,,,another larger soap and body care company has a really large campaign going that Palm Oil is really bad; bad for the environment mostly, bad for orangutans, and something else, I forget.
I just found out about this campaign, but it explains why in the past few months we have had a couple, not many, calls about our use of Palm Oil. The first time, we consulted with our supplier, and found that no, our palm oil wasn’t coming from the places where it is unsustainably grown that the company is boycotting. I called the lady who inquired, but she still believed that just generally, palm oil must be bad.
I asked her what she would suggest we use..and she said soya. Well, our research has shown that vast areas of Latin America are being decimated for soya production by mostly American companies. Canola is Canadian….but is all GMO….so what to use, what to use.?..olive oil is nice..but too soft for a really good soap…we just add a bit to superfat the soap, and also, we use coconut….again…just enough to create a good lather…but it’s too drying to use by itself….mixed with palm oil…the French and Italians say it makes the best soap in the world…and they should know!!
The company boycotting the palm is using ‘rapeseed’ instead. When I grew up on the Prairies,,,fields of rapeseed were everywhere….but the name was not politically correct, or even nice, and it was changed to ‘Canola,’ short for Canadian “ola” or oil. However….it appears that about 100% of Canola is now GMO….remember Percy Smeizer?? Why would anyone want to drop Palm Oil from their soap and add GMO canola?
Not sure…but they are calling it ‘rapeseed oil’ again…and apparently it is not GMO. Also,,,it is way easier to grow than Palm Oil, which is obtained from a tree, not a weed, the Canadian Prairies are now covered with canola …and well, it is famous for being really, really CHEAP!!!!
Are we going to change over?? Don’t think so…actually, it is also famous for making really, really BAD soap!
I’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime…I think our blend of Palm, Coconut and Olive makes about the finest bar in the world…this after 30 years of soapmaking! If anyone out there has more information on the canola/rapeseed question vs palm or palm kernal vs soya….let us know!
Bye for now, and enjoy the last day of August…..(or was that today?)