Palm Kernel Oil

What does it do?

Palm kernel oil is a highly stable saturated oil and is used as one of the primary ingredients in our antiperspirant stick. It essentially provides the body or base material which the other oils and waxes modify in order to provide a pleasant experience of the product on our skin (for example how soft it feels on application and how well it glides over the skin).

What are the alternatives?

Other commonly used base ingredients to give a stick product body include other natural oils or waxes, petrolatum or mineral oil, or synthetic silicone fluids like cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasilioxane, cyclomethicone, or phenyl trimethicone.

What are the risks?

Palm kernel oil is widely used in food and is considered safe when applied to the skin based on current as well as historical uses.

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.

What is it?

Palm kernel oil is an oil obtained by mechanical extraction from the kernel or seed of the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), the same plant which provides palm oil (palm oil comes from the pulp of the palm fruit as opposed to the seed). Palm kernel oil has also been used in many processed foods and as a cooking oil and, like other vegetable oils, can be used to prepare biofuels.

Toms of Maine suppliers of palm oil and palm kernel oil are all members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is an organization that was formed in 2004 in response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. Members of the RSPO must agree to a code of conduct and make a commitment to support, promote and works towards the production, procurement and use of Sustainable Palm Oil.

At Toms of Maine, we are committed to promoting sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil production and we believe working with members of the RSPO has been an important first step. We have continued to show commitment to this effort by purchasing “green palm credits” to offset our annual consumption of Palm oil. The purchase of these credits is managed through an organization called GreenPalm.org. GreenPalm matches RSPO certified producers with companies that purchase credits. We can be audited by Greenpalm to ensure that the credit purchase we made matches the amount of palm oil used in our products.

We are currently considering additional options that could help deepen our commitment toward sourcing of sustainable & responsible palm oil and palm kernel oil, in terms of purchasing certified sustainable sources of Palm oil and Palm kernel oil.

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