Irish Spring Bar Soap
Asked by: justadream-ga
List Price: $10.00
25 May 2005 00:45 PDT
Expires: 24 Jun 2005 00:45 PDT
Question ID: 525321
Irish Spring Soaps.Do they contain pork tallow,or beef??? There is a letter I found on google,from a consumer affairs person in Colgate-Palmolive,that states that they use only beef tallow.The only problem is that this information is from 2001,about 4 and a half years ago,is it still so? This Question Is For Pafalafa-Ga
Re: Irish Spring Bar Soap
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 25 May 2005 10:54 PDT
Hello again, and thanks for steering this question my way. It sounds like you have a continuing interest in the question of animal-derived consumer products. Fortunately, so do many others, and a good deal of information is available on the web on this topic. I found a more recent posting in Google Groups that confirms that the tallow used in Irish Spring has not changed since the information you found dated 2001. You can see the full letter from Colgate-Palmolive here: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/soc.religion.islam/browse_thread/thread/293b0f250ed141a7/88822dbee1a11ff5?tvc=2&q=%22irish+spring%22+tallow&hl=en#88822dbee1a11ff5 and the key excerpt from the letter is this: ----- Sep 12 2004 All of Colgate-Palmolive Company's bar soaps contain tallow-derived ingredients. The tallowates used in these soaps are obtained only from beef tallow. In addition, the glycerin in these soaps is certified as pork free. The following bar soaps contain no pork or lard and, therefore, are pork-free: Palmolive Gold Palmolive Classic Cashmere Bouquet Beauty Bar Irish Spring Bar, all variants Vel Mild Skin Care Bar ----- I trust this fully answers your question, but as always, if there's anything else I can do for you, just let me know. Cheers, paf search strategy -- searched both Google and Google Groups for [ "irish spring" tallow ]
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Thank You.I apologize for the long reply span,I was in L.A.
Re: Irish Spring Bar Soap
From: whyaduck-ga on 13 Jun 2005 14:52 PDT
1)It would not suprise me to hear that CP uses a standard form letter to answer this question, and I would not expect the wording of that letter to change unless and until the information changed. You could write or email them yourself, but I'd bet you receive the same form letter now posted on the web. 2) The listing for Irish Spring on Drugstore.com says: "Soap contains: Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, and/or Sodium Palm Kernelate" 3) Tallow, since it's a byproduct (meaning: would be garbage if they didn't use it to make soap), is significantly cheaper than palm oil, etc. On the scale that the major companies make soap, this price difference adds up to serious money. I wouldn't expect a change in their formulation without a massive, ongoing consumer outcry. 4) Again, since tallow is a byproduct of the meat processing industry, CP is behaving in an environmentally responsible way, by using a material that would otherwise become a part of the waste-stream. I can assure you, this stuff would be an unwelcome addition to any municipal dump. That, plus it's inexpensive nature, will see tallow-based soaps remain a part of mass-market consumer products for as long as the meat processing industry exists to supply it.
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