That always leads on to me singing this - Dammit Janet and I'm hoping that from this moment on, you do the same. The world would be a better place with random humming of Rocky Horror Picture Show songs.
Note: The following contains acronyms that you probably know, but just in case:
FO - Fragrance Oil (as in "I'm a FO Ho")
CP - Cold Process soap (made with oils, butters, lye, love, chemistry and witchcraft)
MP - Melt and Pour soap, or Glycerin soap (a pre-made soap base for creativity purposes and for tricking people into thinking soap is food. Please send pics of faces after they realise their terrible mistake)
In the world of products and all of the wonderful ingredients that we get to use, there are some issues in pleasing all of the people all of the time. When we consider some of the implications involving some of these ingredients (think deforestation, for starters) we get into an area where some people are just unwilling to use things like Palm oil. The trouble for people like me, is that those people are often the same people unwilling to use 'chemicals' (don't get me started on the use of that word in a negative way, just don't) and so the SLS-free soap base suits the 'natural' side of them but it contains Palm Oil, and the Palm-free version has SLS in it.
My regretful answer to those people is not to use my glycerin soap, because I don't have any plans to make my own bases at this stage and I've recently found a truly fantastic base which is low-sweat and is really lovely to use as soap, yet has an ingredients list full of things with only three syllables. I haven't got the time to come up with and make my own Palm-free, SLS-free base, unfortunately. Particularly when I take into account how many kilos I go through in class sessions.
That's why I make cold process as well. Because I also enjoy using the stuff that truly is all natural and made from scratch with my chandler hands.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandlery just in case you're thinking about Matthew Perry at this stage.
The reason I am writing this is that I have recently decided to focus the business on Glycerin Soap. Because, quite frankly, I love it. I love everything about it. I love working with it, cleaning up after it, FO blending in it, teaching it, adding glitter to it, everything. I also love CP, but I have a loyal customer base which seems to cover about the number of loaves I make each year. I don't need to do any more of that, but I WANT to work with MP.
Teaching an MP class is more fun than a fridge full of wine. Everyone enjoys the process and if the occasional student wants to learn CP, then we can go from there. But shining, colourful, scented soap being popped out of a mold by someone who has never done it before? Magic.
For clarity (which MP soap can definitely have!):
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat protein (conditioner)
Notes: Hypo-Allergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Biodegradable, No Animal Testing, No Animal Products, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Non-GMO
TL;DR - Should you be a person who has an issue with Palm Oil, let me know and I will use the Palm-free version for you.