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From Palm Oil to Shea Butter

As a small business owner I feel great responsibility to put out quality products. I need to stand 100% behind my soaps and salves or all the hard work fizzles at the point of sale if I'm not confident with what I have to offer. When I first started 'the biz' I was introduced to palm oil as a major ingredient in soap manufacturing. It's a low cost and makes a quality bar, with hardness, lather, and gentle cleansing. I had the choice to buy sustainably forested palm oil, which I paid more for, but it still always felt a bit crunchy. I found myself telling the ingredients to customers and slightly averting my eyes when I mentioned palm. I cringed with the thought that I could be attributing to

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