Why We Use the Ingredients We Do
High coconut and olive oil bar soap formulas have a material cost that is 2-3 times more than palm oil based bar soaps. Professional soapers know not to use more than 20% RBD coconut oil in a bar soap due to the resulting Lauric acid harshness. Using more than 10% olive oil (one of the most expensive vegetable oils used to make soap) is pretty much a waste of money as the skin feel benefit of olive oil diminishes rapidly over 9%.
Sustainable Palm Oil
There are vocal groups out there advocating against the use of palm oil. They claim that palm oil damages orangutan habitat. While this is undoubtedly true for Malaysian palm, there are no orangutans in South America where we source our palm oil from. Also, good companies like AGROPALMA and other members of the Sustainable Palm Oil Roundtable designate the highest (altitude) 1/3 of their land as a nature preserve. Vermont Soap advocates making bar soap from sustainable palm oil which produces a high quality, cost effective and long lasting bar. We do not advocate single issue focus on a planet stressed by ALL human activities. The main issue facing biological forms on Earth is a continually increasing human population combined with ever increasing material living standards. Red palm oil offers the highest oil yields per acre of any vegetable oil crop currently under production, and is part of the mix to create a non-petroleum dependent society. Vermont Soap supports the planting and use of palm oil trees when done respectfully and according to Sustainable Palm Oil Roundtable standards.
At Vermont Soap we take the sourcing of our materials and ingredients very seriously!
Good Tea Tree Oil Practices
Tea Tree oil is highly effective for easing the symptoms of skin fungus and acne. We use a lot of Tea Tree oil at Vermont Soap, and wanted to be sure we were getting a pure product made by honest and reputable people. We found all this and more in our friend Howard Owen who grows and distills our Tea Tree Oil in Australia at his Northern Rivers Tea Tree Plantation.
Good Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Practices
Vermont Soap sources its Philippine coconut oil and South American cocoa butter through CIRANDA, a member of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. No slave labor or child labor is used and members have to do annual reporting on a wide variety of metrics. Learn more here.
Hippo Friendly Shea Nut Butter
Your purchase of certified organic shea butter from Vermont Soap helps to preserve the last remaining pygmy hippos in Ghana, West Africa. We source our shea butter from the area surrounding the Wachiau Hippo Sanctuary. In exchange for paying producers a premium for their shea butter, tribal chiefs have agreed to allow their lands to be certified as organic; thus preserving one of the last fragile remaining populations of hippos in the region.
Formaldehyde Free Packaging
Vermont Soap believes our packaging should be just as non-toxic as the products we put in it.
Click here to read our Letter of Continuing Guarantee that our plastic containers are formaldehyde free.
The company we get our aloe from, Terry Laboratories’, will not be classified by OEHHA as a Proposition 65 chemical. The OEHHA listing identifies the chemical concerned as “Aloe Vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract”. All of Terry Laboratories’ products (inner leaf and whole leaf) are decolorized during processing and therefore are not subject to the Proposition 65 listing.