It has been commented on in soap group of Portugal, relevant issues of the negative impacts of cultivation and extraction of palm oil, made from a non-sustainable, socially incorrect by the world’s largest producers, Indonesia and Malaysia.
I had already commented on this issue post – “Palm oil can be sustainable?”: http://www.japudo.com.br/en/2013/01/01/can-palm-oil-be-sustainable/
People more mobilized want to ban the use of palm oil in handmade soap and both seek alternative formulations that do not contain the palm. It is perfectly possible to make a formulation without palm, palm remembering that is rich in palmitic acid and stearic acid rather than the acids are saturated giving the required hardness to the soap. The rule then is to seek butters and oils that are high in palmitic and stearic.
There are no many options and usually expensive compared to the palm. They are, cocoa butter, shea butter and rice bran oil.
Ana Caseiro Duarte Costa soaper from Saboaria group soap posted a link from the site of Amanda Griffin soaper, where she explains very well the issue of palm and also presents five alternative formulation of palm free.
I was curious to know what would be the impact on costs of replacing palm for these more expensive raw materials.
I contacted Amanda Griffin and she kindly gave me permission to publish these formulas here on the site.
Amanda’s website is: Http://www.lovinsoap.com/2012/06/palm-free-recipes-day-1/ # comment-3816
I did the analysis and the result shows a large impact on costs. Reaches almost double the cost and the best of the alternatives, the cost increase is 57%.
This same analysis done for the conditions of Portugal and there is also a strong impact in general.
Our luck is that Brazil is the 7th producer of palm oil and different other giants of Asia, our production is done in a sustainable and responsible through the serious work done by the largest company headquartered in the state of Pará
If someone wants the complete spreadsheet, please contact me.