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Oct 28, 2013

Below is South Of France's response to my e-mail of yesterday. Much as Jordan's cereal has decided, South of France states it will not cease using Palm Oil. I include my response to them at the bottom of their e-mail.

SOF soaps and the use of Palm Oil
Victoria Neilson <>
4:22 PM (3 hours ago)
to meEmily

Dear Mr. Kirkby –

Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to us regarding your concerns on the use of illegally harvested palm oil.  We absolutely share your concerns and have been working diligently to address this critical issue since Palm Oil is an integral part of our formula and is responsible for the rich creamy lather in each bar.  In preparation for the introduction of the new 6 oz bar which started shipping to stores in September, we worked closely with our suppliers to ensure that we only used sustainable palm oil in these new bars.  All of these 6 oz bars are now made with palm oil certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the leading organization in this area of promoting change in the effects of palm oil planting on the environment.   We feel that this is the most effective way to support the effort of encouraging sustainable palm production.  For additional information on the RSPO, please visit


I hope that this allays your concerns and that you will be able to continue to enjoy our terrific soaps.





Victoria Neilson

Vice President and General Manager






> From: Michael Kirkby []

> Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2013 3:58 PM

> To: Info

> Subject: South of France Soaps


> To Whom It May Concern,

> I have used South of France soaps for three years now. It is a very good product and one of the finer soaps on the market.

> I recently looked at the ingredients on the label and noticed that you use Palm Oil in your soaps. Although most companies say they use only sustainable palm oil most palm oil is not from sustainable oil estates that were either converted from a prior product or were created prior to the governmental issue of what is allowable and sustainable.

> The fact of the matter is that illegal logging and the creation of illegal palm oil estates is still ongoing and is the originator of much palm oil on the market. Our forests and particularly the rain forests are the lungs of our planet. It is not just that orang-utans and other indigenous wildlife are endangered due to habitat loss it is the loss of forests that help to regulate climate and global temperature.

> Until you cease to use palm oil in your product; I will no longer use it.


> Sincerely yours,

> Michael Kirkby

Michael Kirkby <>
7:35 PM (0 minutes ago)
to Victoria
Dear Ms. Neilson,
                          Thank you for your timely reply but due to the damage that palm oil has already done; I've decided to boycott all products containing it. Might I suggest using coconut oil instead?
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Posted: Monday October 28, 2013, 4:36 pm
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