Many soaps, skin creams, shampoos and other items contain palm oil. Go for brands that don’t do this. The main one is soap (labelled as ‘sodium palmate’). Its use is causing all kinds of harm to orangutans and other endangered creatures. But be careful, as many other items in the chemist also contain palm oil. It’s often labelled under different names including:
- Palm kernel oil
- Stearic acid
- Palmitic Acid
- Sodium lauryl sulphate is the foaming agent used in most shampoos (can be from palm oil, coconut oil petroleum – petrol!) A good reason for choosing natural shampoos.
Awake Organics is a great brand that is plant-based, organic and free from palm oil, sold in zero waste packaging. Their shampoo powder is even mixed with water to save weight and water, and has ingredients to help combat hair loss (avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing).
Nearly all bars of soap sold in supermarkets and chemists also contain palm oil. Years ago, most were made with beef fat (sodium tallowate). But today most people won’t use it, so instead they have switched to palm oil (sodium palmate) instead.
Organik Orangutan was set up by a woman who loves orangutans. All the bars donate a portion of profits to help orangutans. This company also offers a dog shampoo (avoid essential oils for allergies, sensitive skin and never use them on cats). See how to naturally give your dog a bath.