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Sustainability

Since the start of Christina May, we have always prided ourselves on our philosophy towards sustainability, and continue to strive to improve our products, packaging and working methods, to reduce our carbon footprint, and make the planet a better place.

Please click here to read our palm oil statement.

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Locally Sourced and Made in England

As we manufacture all our products at our farm site in the heart of the Sussex countryside, we never buy our finished products from anywhere else, be it in the UK or abroad. Not only does this give us greater control over the quality of the product, it also helps reduce our carbon footprint.

We always look to source our raw materials and ingredients as locally as possible. This reduces our carbon footprint as well as supporting the local rural economy, two things that we are passionate about. Examples of locally sourced materials include our paper packaging, perfumes, brochures and our corrugate.

Sustainable and Recyclable

We endeavour to be sustainable in everything we do. We are proud to say that all soaps made by us are in completely plastic free packaging using either paper wraps or board both of which are fully recyclable.

We recycle as much as possible. This means we will buy ingredients and raw materials that are recyclable whenever possible. We reuse packaging material. For example, rather than bring in additional material to pad out online orders we will reuse what we already have. When cardboard is no longer suitable for use, we arrange for it to be collected for recycling.

Palm Oil – The Facts

There is much talk of palm oil in the media and its use in products. It can be found in nearly 50% of the packaged products found in supermarkets, and is commonly used in the beauty industry. The use of palm oil in human society is complex, and a broader understanding of its use and how it can and should be used is necessary.

We are proud to confirm that the palm oil that we use is exclusively sourced from from members of the RSPO (Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil).

Why is palm oil used so much?

There are two main reasons for palm oils popularity: versatility and production efficiency.

It is odourless and colourless, and does not impact on the fragrance of cosmetics or the flavour of food. It is semi-solid at room temperature, and resistant to oxidation which gives the products a longer shelf life.

What Is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is a highly versatile edible vegetable oil, derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palms, primarily the African oil palm Elaeis guineensis. It is grown in wet, tropical locations around the world. Indonesia and Malaysia are its biggest producers.

Why is palm oil used in soap?

Palm oil produces a bar of far higher quality than alternative oils. Palm oil-based soaps are longer-lasting and create a great lather making it highly effective at cleaning.

Finally, it is less resource-hungry to produce, making it more environmentally friendly than its alternatives.