All cosmetic creams contain palm oil in hidden ways
Compared to our food, where it is easy to find palm oil in the list of ingredients (it is indicated as “vegetal oil” or “vegetable fats”), it is harder in cosmetic products.
Here is a list of the most common ingredients to help you detect palm oil. When you have a quick peek at your cream, you’ll see at least one of these ingredients, almost always derivatives of palm oil:
-- Glycérine (the one contained in our formulas is from Canola oil)
-- Caprylic Capric Triglyceride
-- Coco Caprylate Caprate
-- Decyl Oleate
-- Dicaprylyl Ether
-- Isopropyl Palmitate
-- Oleyl Erucate
-- Oleyl Linoleate
Cosmetics without palm oil, is it possible?
Seeing the incredible number of ingredients issued from palm oil, it seems very difficult to do without it. Especially when all the professionnels whom we talked to about the project said it was impossible.
Thankfully, we didn’t give up and we challenged ourselves to show that creams WITHOUT ANY derivatives of palm oil could become a reality.
We fought to prove that another way of formulating cosmetics is possible. Because we can’t accept that cosmetic products, even those certified organic, contribute to deforestation… because for oO, organic is not just a charter to correspond to, it’s a way of life. A demand, an ideal and concrete actions to complete.
If it’s not from palm, where does it come from?
Some of our ingredients come from wheat, others from Canola, others from lantana… The idea is, for us, to absolutely use ingredients from not only one vegetal source but many different ones.
We do not make a new palm oil out of another plant. We fight on the contrary to stop uniformizing, our biodiversified formulas clearly show that.
We are done using one and only ingredient for everything to make economies of scale.
Another cosmetic is possible.
Another economy is possible.
Another world is possible.
But, what is the problem with palm oil?
Palm oil is the food and cosmetic ingredient we find in most of our every-day products.
Billions of gallons are necessary and to produce them, manufacturers take over South-East Asia and more and more Africa, thousands of acres of trees razed to the ground to transform them into palm groves.
We started a blog in april 2010 on the subject, explaining the ravages of palm. It you want to learn more, here is an amazing initiative and a few articles that will interest you:
Living without palm oil – I held up my end of the bargain: to stop consuming palm oil and its derivatives for a whole year.
If, in combination with using oO products, you want to do more against palm oil, here are a few organizations we like for their courage and perseverance to make manufacturers of palm stagger: