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...
Late last year, Iceland (the frozen goods supermarket brand) announced that they will not be using any palm oil in their own range products any more. I never gave Iceland much thought before that but their Rang- Tan's campaign and commercial* (which was unfairly banned**) actually brought tears to me eyes. And I’m one tough dude.
It’s a difficult one to get away from and, why do we need to? Palm oil production, a majority in Indonesia, involves deforestation, sometimes illegal, which drives indigenous people from their homes. Orangutans are also driven away and can die in the process. Deforestation also creates climate change. Why is it difficult to get away from? It’s in cream crackers. It’s in the vegetable oil you cook with. It’s in peanut butter. Basically it's in half of what you buy at a supermarket and, it’s in most skincare products, organic, vegan, natural or otherwise. It's in all the most well known brands out there.