Handmade soap without the palm oil

Handmade soap without the palm oil

At Heyland & Whittle we are committed to the environment and offering you as much choice as possible. While we’ve made sure to use sustainable palm oil in our products in the past, we’re now launching a range focusing on alternatives instead. These include olive oil, rapeseed oil and avocado oil.

You’ll still get the superb cleaning that comes from every soap we make and put our name to, as well as a sumptuous range of fragrances for the ultimate experience. It just means that if you’re trying to avoid palm oil, you’ll have plenty of options from our collection.

Palm oil and the environment

Palm oil is a ubiquitous vegetable oil that comes from the fruit and kernel of the oil palm, which is grown across Africa and South East Asia. In recent years, there has been much concern about biodiverse forests being destroyed for its cultivation. This has led to some people trying to avoid products containing palm oil, as well as a certification system to ensure palm oil is being produced sustainably.

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Olive oil

Switch to olive oil, rapeseed oil or avocado oil-based soaps with Heyland & Whittle’s new range of palm-oil free products.

When looking for an alternative to rapeseed oil, olive oil is a particularly good option. It’s rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, which can be helpful for anyone suffering from acne or eczema-prone skin. Using a soap with an olive oil base will help to keep your skin hydrated and give you a healthy glow, whatever the weather.

Rapeseed oil

Rapeseed oil has great environmental credentials, not least because it can be grown in the UK, cutting down pollution associated with transporting it from afar. It is high in antioxidants, which protect the skin from factors that promote ageing, including ultraviolet light, radiation and common pollutants in the air.

Avocado oil

Avocado is not just for putting on toast. Its oil contains beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E, which are all highly effective at moisturisation. Add to this the linoleic acid, oleic acid, and other monosaturated fatty acids for healing and you’ve got something of a wonder product.


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Environmental benefits of solid soap

To paraphrase Anne Marie Bonneau, who said we don’t need a handful of people doing it perfectly, but millions of people doing it imperfectly, we can all do our bit for the environment. Switching to solid soap helps to cut down on plastic as it doesn’t need to be packaged in a bottle, while opting for a palm oil-free soap can help to prevent deforestation. Go a step further and choose to have your solid soap simply wrapped to cut down on boxes and then recycle the mail order packaging once it arrives.

Shop the Heyland & Whittle range of soaps here.