What is palm kernel and palm oil?
Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil derived from the kernel of the oil palm Elaeis guineensis. It should not be confused with the other two edible oils derived from palm fruits: palm oil, extracted from the pulp of the oil palm fruit, and coconut oil, extracted from the kernel of the coconut.
Can I substitute palm kernel oil for palm oil in soap making?
Palm oil is also used in candle making. Palm kernel oil has similar properties to coconut oil and is used to make a white-coloured, harder bar of soap that provides a fluffy, bubbly lather. Palm kernel oil is less drying than coconut oil, and is often used as a substitute.
Is Palm kernel oil bad for environment?
Despite palm oil's bad reputation, it can actually be a very healthy cooking oil as long as it's not hydrogenated. Non-hydrogenated palm oil, high in healthy fats and phytonutrients, doesn't go rancid quickly and is a high-heat oil.