100% natural face and body soap, made with Hawaiian coconut, macadamia and noni oil. Zero Waste. Handmade in Hawaii with aloha.
Available for purchase within Hawaii only!
Saponified oils of Coconut*, Palm*, Rice Bran, Olive, Shea Butter*, Macadamia Nut*, Stearic Acid, Noni Oil*, Natural Mica Colorant*
* = Certified Organic
PHE description for white labeled Puna Noni soap bar
This product is (pulled from Puna Noni site):
Packaged from 100% recycled paper
Synthetic Free and Fragrance Free
Gluten Free and Soy Free
Made with Sustainable Palm Oil and/or Coconut Oil Resources
Saponified oils of Coconut, Palm, Rice Bran, Olive, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut, Stearic Acid, Noni Oil, Coconut Scented Oil*
* = Certified Organic
FAQ: Which is worse - palm oil or coconut oil?
We can all agree that anything in excess is unsustainable. The question we need to ask ourselves is: what is the best choice?
What is the difference between palm oil and coconut oil?
Both palm and coconut oils are extracted from the palm tree family, just different trees. Palm oil is extracted from oil palm and produces oil very efficiently and is used in a variety of products (Pulitzer article). Coconut oil is extracted from the coconut palm and its oil is used to make a variety of products, but it takes more energy and resources to extract the oil.
How they grow?
Coconuts in Southeast Asia grow primarily in mixed-use plantations with crops like banana, cacao, and coffee. Oil palm is found in industrial monoculture plantations. Even within smallholder farms are usually only growing oil palm, the evidence suggests it doesn’t grow well with other plants (Pulitzer article). In short, palm is mono-crop and coconut is generally grown in a diversified environment.
What are the environmental impacts?
"According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), coconut threatens some 20.2 species per million metric tonnes of oil produced, followed by olive with 4.1 species, oil palm with 3.8 and soybean, 1.3. In fact, coconut cultivation has directly contributed to the extinction of some species." (Source: Independent UK). However, a counter argument suggests that "palm oil threatens five times more species than coconut oil, according to IUCN (321 versus 66), and palm oil production is growing much faster." (ScienceMag.org article)
Both of these claims are interpretations of the same data. The end goal is to figure out which oil is the most sustainable so we can make informed decisions.
What are our options?
Smithsonian Magazine states that: "As destructive as the oil palm is to the environment, it may be better than the alternatives. No other crop can yield even a third as much oil per acre planted. And along with using less land, the oil palm gobbles up significantly fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers than coconut, corn or any other vegetable oil source."
Pono Home Essentials carries the most ethically developed product with organic and non-toxic ingredients. It’s ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible.