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Why Green Personal Care Products Matter | By Monique van Wijnbergen

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Most of us use multiple personal care products daily. These products nourish our skin, make us feel good and help us get that special glow when we’re getting ready for the day. Many of the ingredients essential for making these products are derived from palm oil. So, whether we realize it or not, this means we are consuming some form of palm oil every day.

Founder of Oh, Oh Organics, Gay Timmons, is very passionate about greening the ingredient supply chain of our personal care products, including palm oil. This has been her mission since she founded her organic ingredient company 21 years ago. According to her, “We are all in agriculture.” She believes that the personal care industry will find more creative ways to innovate once we all realize this.

Need For Change

To date “the industry is complacent,” says Gay, a scientist herself. Many manufacturers stick to the chemical ingredients they know, instead of using more innovative plant-based sources. She believes we need more creativity and explore new solutions. Change is on the horizon though, with more brands demanding green ingredients. Gay has seen the demand for organic palm oil, as well as other organic ingredients growing, especially from mission-driven businesses that want to create positive impact.

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