THE REAL

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March 11, 2019

photo: Bjorn Vaughn 

Transparency has become an important part of any modern business that desires to let their customers know more about how they operate and what is in and entailed in their products. Regarding skincare, it occurs to me that there are some companies that are either complacent or worst, liars. I’m not speaking about companies that make promises that their products will age backwards, I am referring to claims of cruelty free and more specifically, regarding palm oil*.

Recently, I read on one website of a skin and haircare brand, ‘…we promise to never test on animals, nor use derivatives that cause them distress’. Although much of their range seems animal friendly, their skincare range, like many other companies, include the use of Cetearyl Alcohol which is in part, made from palm oil and thus is, by definition- a derivative. Cetearyl Alcohol is cheap, easy to use and has many applications, much like palm oil itself. It is widely used as an emulsifier or thickener for...

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