In this article, we’ll be looking at palm oil.
Many of you, we’re sure, will already know what palm oil is and the importance of finding alternatives to it.
If so, please feel free to skip the information about palm oil below and go straight to our list of the best palm oil free soaps in the UK.
What Is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is produced from the oil palm.
It is made in Central America, South East Asia, Central and West Africa.
In the areas where it is grown, palm oil is often used as a cooking oil, but it is also exported globally for use in a variety of products, including soap.
Palm oil is a very useful ingredient, and can be found in roughly 50% of products in the supermarket.
The reason palm oil is used in so many products is that it produces ten times more oil per unit than sunflowers, soybeans and rapeseed.
On just 5% of the vegetable oil farmland, oil palms produce 38% of the world’s vegetable oil.
This sounds great, but palm oil plantations are under scrutiny due to their effects on the environment and the local wildlife and human populations.
The deforestation, removal of natural habitats and even whole villages has had dramatic effects on the local wildlife, people and the world.
As the oil palm is so good at producing large amounts of oil, companies want to increase the amount of palm oil plantations around the world.
However, to do this, they need to clear space. The problem is that making space for palm oil plantations often involves cutting down rainforests.
These forests that act as filters for all the poisons we are sending into the atmosphere.
So, if these are replaced, we lose a very important part of our filtration system that is helping manage the world’s carbon problem.
So, palm oil itself isn’t inherently damaging, but the act of tearing down masses of trees and native habitats is.
It impacts the world in so many ways, ways that we may not even fully understand yet!
Many companies still use palm oil in thousands of products like soap. In fact, you are most likely using a product right now with palm oil in unless you have taken steps to rid palm oil from your life already.
Palm oil is everywhere and will stay unless us, as consumers, make a statement.
While there are many charities and businesses around the world trying to stop the deforestation caused by palm oil plantations, this is unlikely to be very effective unless customers change their buying habits.
By using palm oil free products, we can reduce the amount of palm oil sold and, hopefully, reduce the amount of forest being cut down to make palm oil.
In order to reduce the amount of palm oil sold, you need to know which products contain palm oil and which are free of palm oil.
In soap, palm oil is usually listed as Sodium Palmate on the ingredients lists, so avoid any soap products with this ingredient if you want to cut out palm oil.
All of the soaps below are palm oil-free and are an excellent way to begin ridding your life of palm oil! Instead of using palm oil, these soaps use alternatives such as olive oil and coconut oil.
Best Palm Oil Free Soaps in the UK
1. Oliva Olive Oil Soap
This olive oil soap is made using the traditional soap making methods of Crete.
Oliva don’t test this soap on animals, nor does the soap contain any artificial perfumes or colours.
Plus, this olive oil soap is 100% biodegradable and is completely and perfectly vegan and vegetarian.
The olive oil used in this soap is pure, unrefined olive oil.
This means that this soap is gentle on the skin and so it’s perfect for those with even the most sensitive skin. Use this soap in the shower or just to wash your hands and you’ll feel great.
Not only is this soap great for the environment and everything it calls home, but it is also great for your skin and provides the perfect amount of cleaning power for any area of the body!
2. Suma Handmade Natural Soap
We have to say, that this probably the best-smelling soap on this list.
The natural rose and geranium fragrance give this soap a smell very similar to Turkish Delight.
This may not be a fragrance to everyone’s tastes, but it certainly fills our nostrils with the sweet smell of happiness every time we use it.
This soap from Suma is free from SLS, parabens and, of course, palm oil. It is also certified cruelty free by BUAV.
These are all very good selling points, but we love this soap because of how nice it feels on your skin.
If you have dry skin, you have to give this soap a try—your skin will thank you!
3. Amity Handmade Aleppo Soap
Amity call this soap the oldest and most natural soap in the world. This Aleppo soap is made by Amity’s own Master Soap Maker which puts us in mind of an old wizard!
This soap is pH neutral, it’s not tested on animals and contains no parabens. It is natural and pure making it the perfect soap for the whole family, regardless of your skin type.
Plus, it can help a lot with skin allergies, eczema and dry scalps too.
This soap can be used anywhere and moisturises, protects and nourishes your skin.
If you are looking for a soap that is great for extremely sensitive skin or want a natural soap for your baby’s bath, this is a great one to choose.
It smells great and works amazingly.
4. Friendly Soap Natural Handmade Aloe Vera Soap
Friendly Soap only has four ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and aloe vera… oh, and a touch of water.
Aloe vera is, of course, rich in vitamin E, C and beta-carotene and has been used for thousands of years for its excellent skin healing properties.
As well as the aloe vera, the natural oils in this soap come together to form a beautiful combination that is perfect on any type of skin.
Friendly Soap doesn’t test any of their products on animals; they are all free from palm oil and all the other stuff that is harmful to you and the environment.
All their soaps are also packaged in plastic-free recycled and recyclable packaging.
In short, Friendly Soaps make some of the best soaps in the world for your skin, the environment and everything that calls it home.
5. Niugini Organics Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Soap
This is the palm oil free soap on this list for the lavender lovers!
This pure coconut oil soap is made from organic coconut oil, perfect for sensitive skin and has no nasty stuff in it at all.
This soap is handmade and hand packed. All the ingredients are harvested by local people who are paid above Fair Trade prices.
This soap not only cares for your skin, the environment and animals, but the local people who make it.
It is the perfect soap for you if you love lavender and want to support a company who make real differences in the world.
There are three other fragrances to choose from too: lemongrass, unscented and patchouli, we just happen to be lavender lovers!
We hope this look at palm oil and palm oil free soaps has helped you understand the huge impact this oil is having on the world.
In order to reduce the deforestation caused by palm oil production, we need to make changes to the products we use every day.
These changes start with taking a simple step like using one of the soaps above!
To find out more about other natural and nearly natural products that don’t use any of the nasty stuff found in commercially-made products, please explore our website further.
We have loads of amazing products on here that can help your skin, hair and beauty routine and the world at the same time.