A New Soap Recipe: Our Big Decision

January 15, 2019

Whispering Willow: Palm-Free Bar Soap

In 2010, our little company started making bars of soap.  It was our first product and, not to brag, but it was pretty great (okay, bragging a little bit).  We started with a simple recipe of olive oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil.  We only used certified organic ingredients and scented the bars with essential oils - most of which were also organic.  Folks fell in love with our soap and over the years we've sold tens of thousands of those bars.

In time, we came to the conclusion that while we loved that original recipe, we could and should do better.  We have always been an eco-conscious company and our inclusion of palm oil in our soap never sat well.  We made an effort to seek out sustainably sourced palm but this never felt like enough and it became increasingly hard to find.  If you aren't familiar with the ecological effects of palm oil, take a minute to learn more.

So, at the beginning of 2018, we began experimenting with new soap recipes.  While going palm-free was a major focus, the reformulation was also about what we were adding to the bar and not just what we were taking away.  We wanted a richer lather, more vitamins & nutrients for your skin, and we wanted new packaging.

After many iterations, we settled on a wonderful recipe that we believe is a significant evolution for our bar soap.  We started with old favorites like organic coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, and organic shea butter.  Then we added new rich ingredients like sunflower, jojoba and avocado oils - all organic as well.  You may recognize these from our body oil and hand salve products.  These oils are full of skin loving vitamins and are incredibly moisturizing.  Finally, we added organic castor oil to help create a fuller, longer lasting lather.

To top it all off, we had these gorgeous boxes designed that allow us to be creative with styling the tops of the bars. The result is a luxurious, palm-free bar of soap that we are so ridiculously proud to call ours!

We're so excited to share our love of our new bar soaps with you!  


Be Well,
Whispering Willow Signature




3 Responses

Julia & Wayne
Julia & Wayne

April 03, 2019

Martha – Thanks for your question! We offer both a honey oatmeal soap and a goat milk soap that contains oats. Because the oats we use may come from a facility that also processes other grains, we cannot say that our soap is gluten free. Feel free to email us directly with any further questions.

Carol Wong
Carol Wong

March 14, 2019

I love that you are always looking for new ways to prove your already awesome products. Thanks for sharing thoughts on being mindful of how we take care of ourselves!

Martha Lidman
Martha Lidman

March 14, 2019

It sounds like your soap is gluten free. Can you confirm it, please?

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