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Palm Oil And Marseille Soap

You regularly ask us why our white Marseille soap is not palm oil free. Even if we answer you individually, we are committed to sharing this information with everyone, because transparency and authenticity are part of Rampal Latour's values. Because not only the issue of our ecological footprint, but also that of health, are key to Rampal Latour's commitments and innovations.

From 2011, Rampal Latour has taken this environmental issue into account: it is by considering a set of factors that we have therefore committed ourselves tothe most eco-responsible solutionat the time: that ofpalm oil certified sustainable byRSPO.

On the strength of this initial eco-responsible commitment, and aware of current criticisms, we have put into perspective the question of eliminating palm oil in a global way, because it cannot be resolved simply. In addition to the ecological aspect, removing it would have a strong societal and human impact. After long months of research,we succeeded in removing palm oil from the formulation ofour Marseille soap with olive oil.

A certified palm for a controlled human and ecological impact

Palm cultivation provides a living for many farming families: 4.5 million people in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Anxious to take all these elements into account, we have chosen to support the most sustainable exploitation for forests and for farmers, by buyingRSPO-certified palm oil(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, namely an association for the sustainable exploitation of the palm). What is bad is not palm oil per se but the overconsumption in general, of any plant whatsoever.

If palm oil is removed, it will have to be replaced by another oil, which not only will not have exactly the same benefits, but will in turn contribute to deforestation for lack of diversity.

Substituting another plant would only shift the problem. The cultivation of palm trees has a better yield for a much smaller cultivation area than most other trees: it takes 5 times less area than rapeseed for example. In addition, the palm produces for more than 30 years.*

RSPO is still today the best guarantee for sustainable palms. The RSPO association's mission is to change the practices of producers to bring them towards fully sustainable production, so it is important to encourage their actions. Like us, RSPO is in continuous improvement and works to change mentalities.

*Source :Palm oil: incomparable productivity

Our major concerns: eco-responsibility and respect for health

Eco-responsibility is our concern, moreover we have builtour modern factorymanufacturing of Marseille soap so that it consumes4 times less water, 7 times less energyand does not discharge any waste water into the ground.

Beenvironmentally friendly, it also means making soaps that last longer, with an economic and ecological concern, thanks to a unique know-how (ultra-fine grinding) that puts quality at the heart of our production.

Rampal Latour works on its environmental impact while also being concerned about health, with certified products. This is how we innovated with:

- AMarseille's soapAtpatented processwhich retains its original glycerin (more than 3% for green Marseille soap and more than 7% for white Marseille soap, i.e. more than in most moisturizing creams) in perfect respect for the environment (7 times less energy and 4 times less water), complying with the most demanding regulations in terms of contaminants and toxicity.

- ThereSAFELIFE range:made from our extra pure Marseille soap, excluding risky ingredients (endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials, allergens) listed by toxicology experts.

- Our Savon de Marseille is alsoCOSMOS-certified. The purified oils that we use are therefore validated by Ecocert according to the Cosmos standard, which imposes production rules in accordance with green chemistry.

With more than 190 years of know-how, we can't stop improving to allow the world to feel good about themselves! It is our intention to continue our research in this direction. To learn more about our know-how, do not hesitate toContact usand to comevisit our factoriesmanufacturing in Salon de Provence.

DID YOU KNOW ?The consumption of palm oil for soaps represents less than 1% of the world consumption of palm oil, against 80% for its use in food. However, its use in cosmetics challenges consumers and manufacturers concerned about eco-responsibility issues.

DID YOU KNOW ?Palm oil is soft and emollient for the skin. It allows the soap to lather better and last longer: the soap is therefore more economical for the consumer.