a) Make our range free of palm oil and its derivatives, or,
b) Only use Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) ingredients from segregated supply chains.
Both of these are challenging.
One, because it is virtually impossible to create a high quality, pleasant, effective cosmetic product without the use of palm oil or palm oil-derived substances to emulsify, preserve and bind ingredients, which is why there are only a handful of products authentically claiming this.
And two, because the palm oil industry is a mess. We are a tiny company trying to do something that not even the very big companies have achieved, because demand at this point for CSPO just doesn't exist.
We believe and hope this will change. Manufacturers are starting to demand more access to sustainable palm oil and its derivatives, which means there will be more reason for harvesters to sell palm oil that is ethical and sustainable.
Meanwhile, we are injecting much love, time and care into removing the miniscule traces of palm oil derivative we do use in just ONE of our products, so that we are completely palm free, while simultaneously hunting for suppliers who can offer conflict-free, certified sustainable palm oil ingredients to use in place of those we currently do use. To our knowledge, no such thing currently exists.
We didn't set out to be the gold standard in palm oil-free skin care, but we are trying our best to do what we believe is right. Many friends in the industry express the exact same frustrations and share our goals.
Being an honorable, accountable, transparent, and GOOD company is very important to Zoë and Go-To, so if you have any further questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(And, hey, why not )