Last night I discovered online that there actually still is one kind of palm oil availalble, but it's double fractionated. Can I use this for making cold process soap (with olive oil and coconut oil)?
If you would like to make a veggie soap, of course you can use it, but you have to know exactly what the product is because there are various palm fractions on the market.
The first question is whether it's liquid product (palm olein) or a solid product (palm stearin). If it's olein, see if there's a number after the name like Olein 64 or something like that. If it's stearin, it might be harder to know what it is, but find out what you can. No matter the type of product, see if there's a data sheet available from the supplier that you can download or have e-mailed to you. That could make things easy.
If it's a double-fractionated liquid product, this is called palm super olein and it would have a composition similar to the following (I've put the numbers for regular unfractionated palm oil in parentheses for comparison).
Lauric acid - 0 (0)
Myristic acid - 1 (1)
Palmitic acid - 35 (44)
Stearic Acid - 4 (5)
Oleic acid - 45 (39)
Linoleic acid - 13 (10)
Linolenic acid - 0 (0)
IV - 64 (53)
Regular palm olein can be used in place of palm and you probably wouldn't notice a difference. Super olein isn't a huge difference but you'd probably want to adjust your recipe a little because it's not as hard.
If it's palm stearin, it could be blended with a certain percentage of olive oil to make it essentially the same as palm oil. I can help you with that stuff, but first see what you can find out.