Are you avoiding palm oil for dietary or environmental reasons? If so, it’s important to know the names for palm oil derivatives.
Once you know what you are looking for, it’s much easier to find and choose palm oil free products.
Names for palm oil derivatives
According to the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP), there are over 1,000 names for palm oil derivatives. They reference them when they are qualifying products for Palm Oil Free Certification.
After years of research, POFCAP continues to update their extensive list which you can use as a resource when you want to buy products without palm oil.
If you want to support palm oil free products and companies, check the ingredients in foods, cleaning products, medicine, and personal-care items, including toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, shampoo, and lip balm.
If it has an ingredient label, review it for palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
You can print out a copy of POFCAP’s list, and bring it with you, or reference it from your phone.
Alternative names for palm oil
Of course, we won’t always be able to check ingredient labels against a list of hundreds of names for palm oil. That’s why it’s important to learn some of the common prefixes and ingredient names for palm oil.
Once you are in the habit of reading labels, it will get much easier, especially when you buy certain products.
As an example, in consumables such as cereal and milk, you will learn to look for Vitamin A Palmitate.
In ice cream, you will know to look for palm oil, palm kernel oil, and mono- and diglycerides.
Palm oil derivatives list
Once you start recognizing the prefixes and letter combinations, you will see they are easy to spot on labels. You will often see many combination clues in one ingredient name.
An example is a prevalent palm oil derivative called Polyethylene Glycol.
Polyethylene Glycol = poly + ethyl + glyc
Here are some letter combinations associated with palm oil derivatives.
Examples are Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic Acid, and Capryloyl Glycine.
Some ingredients are Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanote, and Cetearyl Glucoside.
Examples are Cetyl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, and Cetyl Palmitate.
Emulsifier with a number
Manufacturers will list this ingredient as Emulsifier 470 or E470.
As stated above, remember to also print out POFCAP’s list of alternate names for palm oil to help you avoid the many ways companies use palm oil derivatives.
Alternative names for palm oil
To avoid palm oil products, it’s essential you check for alternative names for palm oil on the ingredient labels. There are hundreds of derivatives, but knowing the letter combinations to watch for makes it much easier.
When you read ingredient labels, you will start to learn the common names for palm oil and what products contain palm oil.
Also, looking for palm oil ingredients will become a lot easier once you know how manufacturers use palm oil.
Then you can easily spot the different palm names and palm oil derivatives.
If you seek out palm oil free products, you know how difficult it can be. Palm oil is prevalent in processed foods, cleaning products, and personal care items.
This list of palm oil free products includes categories that typically contain palm oil and derivatives. The list starts with foods, then includes palm free self-care and hygiene products, and then cleaning products.
We update this list regularly. Check back often. The more we support products made without palm oil, the better.
According to Today’s Dietitian, the FDA’s proposal to ban trans fats has created even greater demand for palm oil in foods.
In addition to the environmental concerns, many people avoid palm oil for health concerns.
With 500+ names for palm oil derivatives, it’s a challenge to find products without palm oil.
Choosing real, whole foods is a great start. Cooking healthy meals at home means less chance for palm oil.
Please, do your best to support these brands and products so they will continue making them without palm oil. As always, read labels. Manufacturers continue to change their ingredients to save money.
Please note, this list is not guaranteed. To be confident a product is palm oil free, it will have earned the Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark from the International Palm Oil Free Accreditation Programme.
Palm oil free products
Bread without palm oil
We have confirmed Dave’s Killer Bread doesn’t use palm oil or palm oil derivatives. They use organic canola oil and zero palm oil derivatives.
Dave’s Killer Bread:
Cinnamon Raisin Remix
Pumpkin Spice Madness (seasonal)
Rolls: Organic Sweet Potato Rock ‘N’ Rolls
21 Whole Grains
Blues Bread (blue cornmeal crust)
Honey Oats & Flax
100% Organic Whole Wheat
English Muffins: Killer Classic and Rockin’ Grains
You absolutely must read labels before you buy any bread, buns and rolls. In the United States, palm oil derivatives are common.
Some of them include: Mono- and diglycerides; DATEM; Sodium Stearyl Lactylate; and Sorbitan Monostearate
Please note, their Gluten-Free Breast Nuggets contain palm oil and is clearly labeled.
A representative from Foster Farms also added: Because our formulations are subject to change, please be sure to check the ingredient statement prior to each purchase.
However, this is true all the time when you are looking for palm oil free products.
Also, many companies who make breaded products often only list “vegetable oil,” without the source. In order to support palm oil free products, you will need to know the source before buying it.
Coffee without palm oil
Red Ape Cinnamon: Cinnamon Coffee; Ginger Coffee
These coffees are free from palm oil and obtained Palm Oil Free certification by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Programme.
Palm oil is most likely not common in regular ground coffee.
However, it can be used to create flavors in coffee. When you buy a bag or canister of ground flavored coffee — as in Creme Brulee, Vanilla, Caramel, etc. — it may contain palm oil in the “natural flavors” that won’t be spelled out.
Think about how the coffee company is making the buttery caramel flavor, etc.
Creamers without palm oil
In addition, watch for palm oil derivatives in CREAMERS. One major brand lists “palm oil” in the ingredients. Other palm oil derivatives in creamers to avoid are:
Mono- and Diglycerides
Sodium Stearyl Lactylate
Half & Half is often a palm oil free option.
Erin Baker’s: All of their products: Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Caramel Apple, Banana Walnut, Carrot Cake, Fruit & Nut
Thin & Crispy: Milk Chocolate Chip, Toffee Milk Chocolate, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chessmen Butter Cookies
Note about Pepperidge Farms: They wrote back to say that different suppliers may use palm oil so they can’t confirm these cookies are always 100% palm oil free.
We included them on this list because we have purchased them for years, and in our area they have remained palm oil free. We appreciate their transparency and for using real ingredients in their products.
Update: We are happy to see they have kept their Holiday Chessmen Butter Cookies the same recipe as last year — no palm oil!
Bare Snacks offers apple, banana, and coconut chips with many organic offerings.
Fruit snacks without palm oil
KIND Fruit Bites: Cherry Apple, Mango Pineapple Apple, Strawberry Cherry Apple
Many fruit snacks contain Glycerin, Glycerine, and/or Vitamin A Palmitate, which are palm oil derivatives.
Sometimes Citric Acid can be sourced from palm oil. Therefore, if you are avoiding palm for health reasons, you need to check with the manufacturer to find out if the Citric Acid is derived from palm oil.
Graham crackers without palm oil
Honey Maid Graham Crackers: Original, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Vanilla
More than ever, and especially in “generic,” store brands, graham crackers contain palm oil. READ LABELS!
Nabisco’s Honey Maid line was the only one we found in our grocery store without it.
However, note the Honey Maid Low Fat version contains a palm oil derivative called DATEM. The boxes look similar. (DATEM is a now-common palm oil derivative companies are using in bread.)
Erin’s Baker: All of their granola products
Ultra Protein Granola
Sprouted Snacks Nut Mix
Ancient Grain in four flavors
Nut Butter Granola in two flavors
Grain-Free Granola in two flavors
Ancient Grain Minis (single serving sizes in four flavors)
Open Nature Honey Nut Granola
Simply Balanced Organic Blueberry Granola with Flax
Most granola brands contain Tocopherols and/or Glycerin, palm oil derivatives. See below for granola bars.
Glee Gum is also free from artificial chemicals, flavors, and dyes.
In gum, there are often palm oil derivatives such as palm-oil based Glycerol or Glycerin.
Remember, even “healthy packaging” — across all product lines, not just for gum — does not mean the product is palm oil free. If you see Organic Vegetable Glycerin or Vegetable Glycerin, chances are, it’s made with palm oil.
Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa and Milk
We are grateful to Ben & Jerry’s for making all of their ice cream without palm oil.
Please note, when looking at the vanilla Breyers flavors, only the Natural Vanilla is a palm oil free product. Their Extra Creamy Vanilla, French Vanilla, and Homemade Vanilla contain Mono- and Diglycerides.
Choose ice cream with as few ingredients as possible unless you are choosing Ben & Jerry’s.
See our post: Ice Cream Without Palm Oil. We researched 18 ice cream brands and 250+ cartons of ice cream. We found 20 different palm oil derivatives and ingredients in them.
Palm oil derivatives to watch for in ice cream include: Mono & Diglycerides, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Polysorbate 80, and Vitamin A Palmitate.
Spread the Love Foods: They make all of their products without palm oil and label their nut butters ‘Palm Oil Free’ which demonstrates how important it is to them. Naked Organic Peanut Butter, Naked Crunch Organic Peanut Butter, Unsalted Almond Butter, Unsalted Crunch Almond Butter
Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Co: They have all palm oil free products. Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew ButterWild Friends: All of their products are made without palm oil. Classic Creamy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Peanut Cashew Super Butter, Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter. They also made palm free Sunflower, Almond and Super Butters. (They are certified as Palm Oil Free products.)
Teddie All Natural: All of theirs are palm oil free: Creamy, Crunchy, Organic, and with Flaxseed
Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn: Avocado-licious; Classic Cheddar; Himalayan Pink; Himalayan Gold; Oh My Ghee!; Jalapeno ‘n Honey; Himalayan Sweetness
Popcornopolis: Nearly Naked Gourmet
Quinn Snacks: Their microwavable popcorn seems to be the only product of it’s kind without palm oil. They make seven flavors palm oil free. Some flavors include Parmesan & Rosemary and White Cheddar. Check them out here.
Watch out for seasonal flavors which may contain palm oil.
All of Red Ape Cinnamon’s products listed in this post have been certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Programme.
Even if spices don’t list palm oil in the ingredients, you won’t know if they are derived from palm oil sources unless you verify with the company.
Note, “Natural Flavors” in spices (and all products) can include palm oil.
Taco shells without palm oil
Ortega Taco Shells: (Be sure to read all ingredients, especially for their whole wheat and flour tortillas. Their other taco shell products contain Mono- and Diglycerides as well as Glycerin which are palm oil derivatives.)
Yellow Corn Shells
Good Grains line:
Yellow Corn & Spinach; Blue Corn Taco Shells; Whole Grain Corn and Lentil Taco Shells; Yellow Corn & Ancient Grains; and Yellow Corn & Red Bell Pepper
Whole Grain Corn
Trader Joe’s Trader Jose’s Taco Shells
Read labels and choose palm oil free taco shells. You should be able to find them.
Watch for the brand that advertises their taco shells are “Made With 3 Ingredients.” Usually, that is a good thing as the less ingredients usually means less palm oil. However, in this case, the taco shells include palm oil.
Red Star Active Dry All Natural Yeast: 3 pack
They advertise these packets as:
The only all natural, pure yeast with no added ingredients, on the market.
All other yeasts we found — in jars and in packets — contains Sorbitan Monostearate. This can be a palm oil derivative. You have to check with the companies to find out if it contains or was treated with palm oil.
Red Star’s Active Dry Yeast in the packets contains just Yeast.
In the United States, we have yet to find spray cleaners, dishwasher detergent, and non-specialty laundry soap without palm oil. Even healthy-seeming brands contain them.
Spray cleaners often contain “plant-derived cleaning agents” which are typically made with palm oil derivatives.
To clean without palm oil use:
Spray bottle with vinegar and water: Clean kitchen, bathrooms, windows, floors
Baking soda: Clean sinks
Lemon: Look online for ways to use lemon for cleaning
Use a Swiffer Sweeper stick with reusable microfiber cloth instead. Use it to mop your floors without chemicals.
Palm oil free cleaning products in Australia
Clean Conscience: This is an Australian brand. These products have been certified as palm oil free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark.
Multipurpose Spray Kitchen
Multipurpose Spray Bathroom
Multipurpose Spray Lemon Myrtle
Pure Liquid Hand & Body Soap Lemon Myrtle
Palm oil free cleaning products in the United Kingdom
HumbleStuff: This is a company in Scotland. They ship throughout the UK. Their products have been certified palm oil free by the Orangutan Alliance.
Soft Cleaning Paste
Lemon Myrtle Multi-Purpose Spray
Refill for Multi-Purpose Spray
Candles without palm oil
In the United States:
The Fanciful Fox:
Lemon Sage Ginger
Their palm oil free candles are made with 100% soy wax. They offer 20+ palm oil free candle varieties on their website. We listed a few above.
Cocolux Australia: Pure Copper, Coconut Oil Candle
They use sustainable, organic coconut instead of palm oil. Based in Australia, they offer free international shipping.
Most candles use palm oil. Read labels. Reach out to companies to ask the source of their ingredients.
Infant formula without palm oil
LittleOak Infant Formula is the first infant formula in the world to be certified palm oil free. It is available in New Zealand.
Palm oil free products
It is increasingly difficult to find palm oil free products. In the US, the FDA has required manufacturers to eliminate trans fats from processed foods. Companies have turned to palm oil as the replacement.
Demand for palm oil continues to rise.
In addition to foods, manufacturers rely on palm oil ingredients in cleaning products. It is a challenge to find laundry detergents, spray cleaners, dish soap, and dish wash detergent without palm oil.
It’s also difficult to find palm oil free self-care items.
Palm oil is prevalent in soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste, and cosmetics.
Companies who don’t use palm oil
These companies make all of their products palm oil free:
If you experience reactions to it, please take a moment to report your symptoms to the FDA. They make it easy to complete online via their form. You should have as much information about the product as possible. It’s fast and will hopefully make a difference.
Support palm oil free products
Read labels every time. Often, companies change their ingredients.
Read labels and buy the palm oil free products. Vote with your dollars.
As consumers, there is a lot we can do to support products without palm oil. Together, we can:
Go on social media and tell companies palm oil free products are important.
Ask companies for palm oil free alternatives.
Go on social media and ask companies why their products contain palm oil.
Read ingredient labels before you buy anything.
Buy palm oil free products and brands.
Find companies who don’t use any palm oil, and be loyal to them.
Thank companies who are making their products palm oil free. (First, be sure there aren’t palm oil derivatives in them.)
You can also email companies. However, most often, you will be contacting a customer service representative. You won’t know if your message is getting past this person to the decision-makers within the company.
Often, when we email companies, we get canned, generic answers back from them. Many reply with their “sustainable palm oil” policy without seeming to read the questions.
It’s only when we delve further that we reach someone with more authority to get accurate information.
This is why we suggest you email them but also contact them professionally on social media. You may attract more attention to your message.
We continue to contact companies to confirm their products are palm oil free. Check back often for this updated list of palm oil free products. We will be adding more posts with palm oil free products.
Please note, this is not meant to be medical advice. Consult with your healthcare provider.
We sourced this list after looking at ingredient labels and comparing them against lists of hundreds of names for palm oil ingredients and derivatives. We contact companies to inquire about their specific products that seem to be made without palm oil. As they write back, we continue to update and note when they confirm their products are palm oil free.
Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark labeling
However, the only way to know a product is 100% palm oil free is if it is has earned the Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark from the International Palm Oil Free Accreditation Programme.
Before you buy anything, read the labels while you are in the store. Buy the products that don’t list palm oil and palm oil derivatives. Read labels every time.This list is meant to be a starting point and is not guaranteed. Use it as a starting point. Please do your own due diligence.
Also, we always are updating and adding to this list as we find palm oil free products.
Continue to be a proactive consumer. Let companies know you are paying attention. Vote with your dollars by buying the palm oil free versions.
Please leave your Comments below with tips, palm oil free products you have found, or anything to help build awareness. Thank you!
In addition, reference their website. You can access the list from your phone before you buy anything. It contains the hundreds of ways palm oil is hidden in ingredient names. It’s in alphabetical order so you can somewhat easily check each label before you buy something.
It’s important to read the labels of everything you buy if you are trying to avoid products with palm oil.
(Yes, this will take time in the beginning. However, after a few times, you will know most of the derivatives you are looking for depending on the product, and it will become so much easier.)
3. Install a palm oil app like Spoon Guru
What’s great about an app on your phone is you don’t have to worry about the long list of palm oil derivatives you are trying to avoid.
There are several palm oil apps which help consumers find products with sustainable palm oil. However, we only use the apps that scan for productswithout it entirely.
One reason is my son gets sick from anything with palm oil. Secondly, even sustainable palm oil increases the overall demand. Third, read up on sustainable palm oil; very little is able to be guaranteed sustainable. Companies who say or think they are using sustainable palm oil may not be.
For these reasons, we look for products completely free and clear of palm oil.
Spoon Guru app
The Spoon Guru app helps consumers rule out intolerances as well as lifestyle dietary categories.
While it offers recipes and many other features, we’ve only used it when shopping to scan bar codes on food items. Their in-depth bar code scanning technology will identify what is safe for the consumer based on their preferences.
We use it for Palm Oil Free when we shop. It’s especially helpful when there is a long list of ingredients to read through. If there is a palm oil derivative listed — as in Polysorbate 80 — the Spoon Guru technology will tell you to put it back.
We love this app! Once we emailed them to let them know Vitamin A Palmitate was listed in a cereal but was coming up as palm oil free, and they were wonderfully responsive.
Install this free app if you are looking for a thorough palm oil free app!
Enjoy Life Foods becomes the first food company in the U.S. to receive Palm Oil Free Certification for its Grain & Seed Bars and Protein Bites.
Wild Friends Foods also has many of their products certified Palm Oil Free.
Red Ape Cinnamon is another company who has products certified through the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.
10. Keep learning and have patience
Once you have found some products free from palm oil, it will get easier to know what to look for.
11. Be loyal: Support the brands that are palm oil free
After looking for 100% palm free products, you will appreciate the companies who don’t use it. Sometimes it will truly feel like a victory!
Make a difference! Write them an email. Blast a positive note about them not using palm oil on social media.
Most of all: Buy their products.
Stay loyal to these companies so they keep their products free from palm oil.
12. Learn more about sustainable palm oil
Take some time to learn about sustainable palm oil and how the industry is regulated. Check many sources to be informed about all sides of this issue.
When you inquire of companies to ask if they use palm oil, many are quick to reply they use sustainable palm oil. Dig deeper.
13. Learn about the issues with deforestation
Is palm oil bad? Learn about it. When you can educate yourself about deforestation and other issues, it’s often more motivating to make a change.
How to find palm oil free products
There are so many packaged foods, supplements, medicines, hygiene, and cleaning products with palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
However, once you start knowing the types of ingredient names to look for, you will have an easier time of finding products free from palm oil.
You can find products without palm oil. You have to actively be reading labels and comparing them to the list referenced above in order to avoid it completely.
But once you are in the habit or reading labels, it takes just seconds. You will also learn to choose products with less ingredients overall. Additionally, you will know the types of products that use it.
If you are avoiding palm oil because of environmental concerns or health reasons, you need to know how palm oil is hidden in everyday products.
It will get easier when you know what you are looking for. Use these 13 ways to find products without palm oil.
We are not medical professionals, and this is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare professional. Always read labels. Why do you look for palm oil free products? Please leave a Comment below.