Part of the soap base
Have you ever heard of the need for caustic soda to make soap? Well, here it is. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a white, crystalline substance widely used in soap making.
Sodium hydroxide is a key ingredient in the saponification process that is used to create our palm-free, vegetarian soap base. It starts with rapeseed and coconut oils that are made up of triglycerides, which are compounds made of fatty acids and glycerine. When heated together, triglycerides and sodium hydroxide react and create a fatty acid salt, which is more commonly known as soap, and leave all the glycerine aside.
Initially Lush collaborated with its suppliers to produce a palm oil free soap base, which contained a blend of rapeseed oil and coconut oil. This is what Lush uses is most of its soaps today. Since then Lush has also gone a stage further to develop our own in-house soap base, resulting in 100% palm oil free soap Movis, made from sunflower oil, Fair Trade organic FUNDOPO cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil and wheatgerm. This in-house base is now used throughout the reformulated gourmet soap range, which launched in 2017 online. Experimenting with an in-house soap base enables greater creative control of the soaps production process, along with full transparency and traceability of the ingredients used.
How you can reduce your palm oil print
You can reduce your palm oil print by choosing to avoid products containing palm oil, or by selecting products that use palm oil that has been farmed sustainably and is conflict-free. Check the ingredients on the back of packaging and remember that palm oil can be passed off as vegetable oil, and also appear as palm kernel oil, palmitate and Glyceryl Stearate.
There are many benefits of reducing your palm oil print, from helping to preserve the natural habitats of rare species to protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples. But perhaps the biggest benefit of all is that you are sending a message to all who benefit from the palm oil industry that the destruction of tropical forests and their inhabitants has to stop.