Names for Palm Oil Derivatives in Everyday Products

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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.

They have a list on their website to help consumers. It contains over 500 alternative names for palm oil and derivatives. View the list here. You can print it out here.

Reading ingredient labels

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.

Capry’

Examples are Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic Acid, and Capryloyl Glycine.

Cetearyl

Some ingredients are Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanote, and Cetearyl Glucoside.

Cetyl’

Examples are Cetyl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, and Cetyl Palmitate.

Emulsifier with a number

Manufacturers will list this ingredient as Emulsifier 470 or E470.

They are E304, E422, E430, E431, E432, E433, E434, E435, E436, E470, E470a, E470b, E471, E472, E472a, E472b, E472c, E472e, E472f, E473, E474, E475, E476, E477, E478, E479, E480, E481, E482, E483, E493, E494, E495

Instead of memorizing them, just avoid E numbers in the 400s.

Ethyl’

Examples include Ethylene Glycol Monostearate, Ethyl Myristate, and Ethylhexylglycerin.

Glyc’

Some examples are Glycerin, Glycerine, Glycerol, and Glycol Distearate.

Remember, look for the letters in other parts of the words, not just the beginning. Examples: Ethylene Glycol Esters and Mono-and-Di-Glycerides.

Iso’

Some examples of ingredients are Isopropyl Acetate, Isoamyl Laurate, and Isopropyl Myristate.

Laur’

You will see Laur’ as in Laureth-5, Laureth-16, etc.

In other instances, you will see it listed as Lauryl Glucoside, Lauryl Lactate, and Laurel Myristate.

Myri’

Examples include Myristate, Myristic Acid, and Myristyl Alcohol.

Octyl’

Words to look for include Octyl Palmitate, Octyl Stearate, and Octyldodecyl Myristate.

Ole’

Look for ingredients including Oleic Acid, Oleyl Betaine, and Oleyl Myristate.

Palm’

Know that when you see palm’ on its own or as part of a longer word, it is definitely made with palm oil.

Some examples are: Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Olein, Vitamin A Palmitate, Palmitic Acid, and Sodium Palmate.

Poly’

When you see Poly’ with any of the other letter combinations, it’s likely palm oil.

Examples include Polyethylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, and Polyoxyethylene Glycol.

Sodium ________

You will see Sodium along with another word. Some examples include Sodium Coco Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate.

Sorbit’

Some of these examples include Sorbitan Caprylate, Sorbitan Distearate​, and Sorbitan Monoglyceride.

Stear’

You may see Stear’ as a number, as in Steareth – 7 or Steareth – 10.

It can also be listed without a number, as in Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, and Stearoyl Lactic Acid.

Toco’

Examples include Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Tocopherols (Vitamin E), and Tocopheryl Linoleate.

Palm oil names – Vegetable oil

When you see Vegetable Oil as an ingredient, and it doesn’t include the source, it may be palm oil.

A way to help know whether it is palm oil is to check the saturated fat count. According to Harvard Medical School, palm oil is high in saturated fat. So if it’s high, it may be palm oil.

names for palm oil
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Palm oil derivatives list

Once you get in the habit, you will learn how to find products without palm oil:

Knowing the common names for palm oil derivatives is a great way to choose palm-free products.

See an example of how to find palm oil ingredients in our post featuring candy without palm oil.

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.

Check out this list of palm oil free products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Oil Free Products ~ List of Products Without Palm Oil

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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.

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.

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:
    • Bagels
      • Boomin’ Berry
      • Cinnamon Raisin Remix
      • Epic Everything
      • Pumpkin Spice Madness (seasonal)
    • Rolls: Organic Sweet Potato Rock ‘N’ Rolls
    • Bread:
      • 21 Whole Grains
      • Good Seed
      • Power Seed
      • White Bread
      • 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

Breakfast foods

See our post Breakfast without palm oil.

Brownies

  • Nature’s Bakery: Double Chocolate Brownie (bars)
  • Pillsbury Brownie Mix: Chocolate Fudge; Milk Chocolate (mix)

Please note, Nature’s Bakery Organic Brownie bars contain palm oil but their non-organic bars do not.

See more brownies and desserts without palm oil.

Butter Substitutes

  • Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter – Organic

Note, margarine and most other butter substitutes contain palm oil.

Candy and chocolate

Much of the candy you find in grocery store contains it. See our list of candy without palm oil for an extensive list of choices.

Note, candy canes are not always palm oil free. Look for ones without Glycerin and Glycerol, palm oil derivatives.

Also, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have different recipes. Choose their regular version. Read labels and choose the ones without palm oil.

Caramel Spread

  • Nuubia Chocolate: Sea Salt Caramel Spread

Cereal

  • Kashi: 7 Whole Grain Flakes CerealWhole Wheat Biscuits, Autumn Wheat; Whole Wheat Biscuits, Island Vanilla; 7 Whole Grain Honey Puffs Cereal; 7 Whole Grain Puffs Cereal; GOLEAN Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal; Kashi Organic Strawberry Fields Cereal
  • Post Shredded Wheat: Original Spoon Size, Wheat Big Biscuit, Wheat ‘N Bran
  • Quaker
    • Life Cereal: Original, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice
    • Puffed Rice; Puffed Wheat; Quisp; Corn Crunch
  • Red Ape Cinnamon: Cinnamon Oatmeal Cup

Choose the ones with the least amount of ingredients. Most are fortified with Vitamin A Palmitate, a palm oil ingredient. Watch for Tocopherols (not labeled with a source) as well.

See a detailed list of cereals without palm oil. See below for Granola.

Chicken strips without palm oil

  • Foster Farms
    • Crispy Chicken Strips
    • Gluten-Free Breast Strips
    • Popcorn Chicken

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.

Cookies

  • Erin Baker’s: All of their products: Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Caramel Apple, Banana Walnut, Carrot Cake, Fruit & Nut
  •  MI-DEL
    • Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip
    • Simply MI-Delicious: Ginger Snaps, Chocolate Snaps, Lemon Snaps, Vanilla Snaps
  • Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread
  • DrSchar
    • Shortbread
    • Butter Cookies
  • Pepperidge Farms
    • 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.

As with everything, be sure to read all labels. Learn more, and see our list of cookies without palm oil.

Dried fruit without 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.)

Granola

  • Erin’s Baker: All of their granola products
    • Homestyle Granola
    • Ultra Protein Granola
    • Sprouted Snacks Nut Mix
  • Purely Elizabeth:
    • 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.

Gum without palm oil

  • Glee Gum: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Bubblegum, Spearmint, Mixed (Triple) Berry, Sugar-Free Bubblegum, Sugar-Free Wintergreeen

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.

Hazelnut spread

  • Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa and Milk
  • Nocciolata Dairy Free Organic Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread
  • Nuubia Chocolate: Caramelized Hazelnut Spread
  • Wild Friends Foods: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Ice cream

  • Ben & Jerry’s: Worldwide, they make all of their flavors and products without palm oil!
  • Breyers: Chocolate; Mint Chocolate Chip; Natural Vanilla; Strawberry; Vanilla Chocolate; Vanilla Chocolate Strawberry

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.

Meat strips, jerky

  • Epic Bar: all of their products are made without palm oil
    • Bites
    • Bits
    • Pork Skins
    • Hunt & Harvest Mix
    • Snack Strips

Nut butters and peanut butter

  • 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
  • Wild Friends Foods: all
  • RX Nut Butter: Honey Cinnamon Nut Butter, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Almond Butter
  • Trader Joe’s:  Organic Peanut Butter Creamy (Salted or Unsalted) Valencia, Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy (Salted or Unsalted) Valencia
  • Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • O Organics: Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Skippy: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Honey Roasted Nut Creamy, Singles Creamy

See our list of peanut butter without palm oil.

Nutrition bars, including snack, granola bars and fruit bars

  • Enjoy Life Foods
    • Crispy Grain & Seed: Banana Caramel, Chocolate Marshmallow, Cranberry Orange, Maple Sweet Potato
    • Protein Bites: Sunseed Butter, Dark Raspberry, Cinnamon Spice, Dipped Banana
  • Honey Bunchies Peanut Pecan Honey Bar
  • RXBAR
    • Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate, Coffee Chocolate, Maple Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate
    • RXBAR Kids: Apple Cinnamon Raisin, Berry Blast, PB&J, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Van’s Foods Gluten Free Cranberry Almond snack bars
  • KIND
    • Pressed by KIND Fruit Bars: Cherry Apple Chia, Mango Apple Chia, Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach, Strawberry Apple Cherry Chia
    • KIND Sweet & Spicy Bars: Roasted Jalapeno, Korean Chili, Chipotle Honey Mustard
    • KIND Bars: Almond & Coconut, Almond Coconut Cashew Chai, Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt, Honey Roasted Nuts & Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, Raspberry Cashew & Chia, Almond & Apricot, Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, Fruit & Nut; Peanut Butter & Strawberry
  • Clif Kid Organic Z Bar: Caramel Chocolate, Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chip, Iced Oatmeal Cookie, Iced Lemon Cookie, S’mores
  • Purely Elizabeth: Grain-Free SuperFood in Banana Nut Butter, Peanut Butter, Coconut Cashew, Chocolate Sea Salt
  • Simply Balanced Chewy Granola Bars Apple Berry Flavored Organic
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars: Maple Brown Sugar, Oats & Honey, Peanut Butter

Note, Enjoy Life Crispy Grain & Seed bars are the first in the United States to be earn the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme’s (POFCAP) “Palm Oil Free” label.

Enjoy Life also earned the Palm Oil Free certification for four flavors of their Protein Bites.

Honey Bunchies confirmed their bar is palm oil free.

RXBAR confirmed they only make palm oil free products.

Avoid chewy, coated, and “filled” bars. Also, watch for Glycerin, Glycerine, and Tocopherols, typically made from palm oil.

Don’t be persuaded by “healthy-looking” packaging. To learn more, see our list of granola bars without palm oil.

Popcorn

  • Angie’s A Boom Chicka Pop: Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, Light Kettle Corn, Salted Caramel, Buttery Caramel
  • 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.

For more information, see our list of popcorn without palm oil.

Potato chips

  • Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips: Original; Waffle Cut Sea Salt; Waves Sea Salt; Waves 40% Reduced Fat Sea Salt
  • Lay’s Potato Chips: Classic; Kettle Cooked Original; Lightly Salted Classic; Lightly Salted Wavy Original
  • Lesser Evil: Perfectly Salted; Salt & Apple Cider Vinegar; Jalapeno ‘n Honey

Avoid potato crisps and chips in cans. Also avoid shoestring potatoes and potato sticks.

Canned potato snacks typically contain Mono- and Diglycerides sourced from palm oil. Watch out for organic potato chips which often contain organic palm oil.

Pretzels

  • Rold Gold
    • Braided Honey Wheat, Rods Original, Sticks Original
    • Thin Crisps: Buffalo Wing, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Dijon
    • Tiny Twists: Original, Cheddar, Honey Mustard
  • Snack Factory
    • Everything, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Mustard & Onion, Sesame, Original, Original Minis, Organic Original
  • Snyder’s of Hanover
    • Mini Pretzels, Sticks Pretzels, Snaps Pretzels, Butter Snaps, Rods Pretzels, Thins Pretzels, Olde Tyme, Homestyle, Dipping Sticks, Sourdough Hard Pretzels
    • Braided Twists: Honey Wheat, Ancient Grain, Blueberry
  • SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzel
    • Original, Pretzel Bites, Multigrain

Especially read labels when you are looking for gluten-free varieties. Manufacturers often use DATEM or palm oil as a replacement. Also, some single serving bags and often holiday varieties contain palm oil.

There is more information in our pretzels without palm oil post.

Puffs

  • Lesser Evil Grain Free: “No Cheese” Cheesiness; Apple Cider Vinegar; Himalayan Pink Salt

Snacks

We have a post dedicated to snacks without palm oil.

  • Sensible Portions Garden Veggie: Chips; Straws

Spices without palm oil

  • Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
  • Red Ape Cinnamon
    • Ground Cinnamon; Cinnamon Sticks, Cassia Cinnamon Chips
    • Ginger Tea Bag Cut; Ground Ginger
    • Turmeric Pieces; Ground Turmeric

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.

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
    • Tostada Shells
  • Trader Joe’s Trader Jose’s Taco Shells

Read labels and choose palm oil free taco shells. You should be able to find them.

palm oil free products
Just contains Yeast, not Sorbitan Monostearate

Yeast

  • 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.

Palm oil free personal care products

Conditioner without palm oil

  • Ethique:
    • The Guardian (for frizzy, dry or damaged hair)
    • Wonderbar (oily or normal hair)
  • Viva La Body: (in Australia) all nine conditioners

Cosmetics without palm oil

At long last we were able to find palm oil free cosmetics!

  • Axiology
    • Lipstick: They offer 30 palm oil free lipsticks in neutrals, pinks, oranges, reds, purples, and more.
    • Crayons: They have six colorful shades.

They clearly list all of their ingredients on their website. They use organic coconut oil, organic avocado oil, and organic castor oil instead of palm oil.

  • Fat and the Moon:
    • Highlighter, tint:
      • Beam
      • Glow
    • Eye color:
      • Earth Eye Coal
      • Eye Coal
      • Lapis Eye Coal
      • Leaf Eye Coal
    • Lip color:
      • Clay Idol Lip Paint
      • Dusk Lip Paint
      • Hecate Lip Paint
      • Lip & Cheek Stain
      • Mortar & Pestle
      • Wood Nymph
      • Zlata Baba
    • Cheek color:
      • Lip & Cheek Stain
  • Hurraw!
    • Bronze Aura Balm
    • Copper Aura Balm
    • Pearl Aura Balm
    • Silver Aura Balm
    • Gold Aura Balm

They make their products with vegan, organic and raw ingredients.

Their Aura Balms are coconut-based. You can use them on brow ridges, cheeks, collarbones — on skin where you want some color.

Cosmetics without palm oil in Australia

  • Sugar Venom (all of their products)
    • Lips & Cheeks
    • Eye pencil
    • Mascara
    • Foundation
    • Eye shadow

Deodorant

  • Booda Organics Booda Butter Cream Deodorant (cream)
  • Ethique:
  • Fat and the Moon:
    • Deodorant Cream
    • Sensitive Pit Cream
  • Schmidt’s: (solid stick)
  • Food Grade Organic Natural Deodorant Kids (roll on)

See our list of deodorant without palm oil and learn to watch out for these ingredients:

Propylene Glycol; Tocopherols without the source; Triglycerides without the source; Vitamin E without the source; Steareth – 100; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Sodium Stearate; Stearyl Alcohol

Lip balm

  • Badger Balm: All of them are palm free
  • Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm
  • Dunnock and Hinny: Rose Mint and Lavender
  • Fat and the Moon:
    • Lip Salve
    • Ruby Red Tinted Balm
  • Freedom Soap Co.
    • Orange + Rosemary
    • Peppermint
    • Tea Tree
    • Sweet Orange
  • Hurraw!
    • Moon Lip Balm: Blue Chamomile Vanilla
    • Sun Lip Balm: SPF 15 Tangerine Chamomile
    • Unscented
    • Baobab Banana
    • Echium Raspberry Tinted Lip Balm
    • Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm
  • Simply Eden
    • Peppermint with Zinc
    • Unflavored
    • Sweet Orange Chili Pepper
    • Chai
    • Sinus Eze
    • Cucumber Melon
    • Coffee Bean
    • Peppermint
  • Unearth Malee

Watch for Tocopherols. Unless they include the source, they are often made with palm oil. The Tocopherols in Hurraw! are sourced from sunflower.

Learn more by checking out lip balm without palm oil.

Lipstick without palm oil

See the Cosmetics without palm oil section above. Axiology is proudly palm oil free and offers free shipping from their website in the United States.

Medicine

See our post for medicine without palm oil. We were able to acquire it by going to a compounding pharmacy.

Look at the OTC tablets, capsules and liquids in your home. They likely contain palm oil derivatives which are listed in the above-mentioned post.

Two common ingredients to watch for and avoid include Magnesium Stearate and Propylene Glycol.

Moisturizer and Lotion

  • Booda Organics:
    • Booda Butter Pure Daily Moisturizer
    • Tub of Love
  • Ethique:
    • Coconut + Lime Butter Block
    • Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Butter Block
    • Peppermint & Tea Tree (foot balm without palm oil)
    • Love Baby Bar
  • Fat and the Moon:
    • All Cream
    • Aloe Lotion
    • Face Oil
    • Love Thyself Bod Oil
    • Moon Fat Bod Oil
  • Freedom Soap Co.:
    • Whipped Shea Butter
  • Kilted Suds
    • Citrus with Hemp Seed Oil
    • French Vanilla
    • Lilac & Lily
    • and many more!
  • Unearth Malee Organic Lotion Bar:
    • Jasmine Mint
    • Lavender Chai
    • Ginger Lemongrass
    • Prickly Pear
    • Patchouli Orange

In Australia:

  • Honestly: Baby Lotion Bar

See our post, Lotion Without Palm Oil for more information and products.

Shampoo

  • Kilted Suds: all shampoo bars
  • Fat and the Moon Lavender and Cocoa Dry Shampoo
  • Unearth Malee: shampoo bars
  • Viva La Body: (in Australia) all 18 bars
  • Ethique:
    • Damage Control
    • Frizz Wrangler
    • Heali Kiwi
    • Oaty Delicious (for kids)
    • Pinkalicious (for Normal hair)
    • St Clements (for Oily Hair)

On a personal note, I couldn’t decide which Ethique shampoo and conditioner to choose. I was happy to see they offer a sample set.

Each box comes with three of Ethique’s palm oil free shampoos and two of their palm oil free conditioners.

In this way, I have been able to sample these shampoos:  Damage Control, Frizz Wrangler, and Heali Kiwi.

Also, the sample set comes with two conditioners: The Guardian and Wonderbar.

It’s been a great way to try them all. They are all quality products, easy to use, and work really well.

See Shampoo without palm oil for more information about what palm oil ingredients to watch for.

Shaving without palm oil

  • EmpireSquid
    • PreShave Oil
    • MacSplash Aftershave Oil
    • Beard Oil Healing Blend
  • Fat and the Moon Olive and Clay Shave Cream
  • Freedom Soap
    • Beard Balm
    • Beard Oil
    • Shave Soap

EmpireSquid’s Vitamin E is derived from non-GMO soy as well as sunflower oil.

Soap

  • Booda Organics: Booda Butter All-In-One-Soap
  • Ethique – all of their bar soaps, lotions, shampoos, deodorants are free from palm oil
  • Freedom Soap Co: all bars
  • Kilted Suds: all bars
  • Kiss My Face:
    • Pure Olive Oil Soap
    • Olive Oil & Aloe Soap
    • Olive Oil & Lavender Soap
  • Milk Relief Soap
  • Remwood Products Co: Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap
  • Unearth Malee: all bars
  • Viva La Body: (Australian) all bars

Read soap without palm oil for more information.

Sunscreen

  • EmpireSquid LifeGuard Sunscreen:
    • Facial
    • Organic
    • Red Raspberry
  • Kiss My Face:
    • Organics Mineral Face + Body SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
    • Organics Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
  • W.S. Badger:
    • Sport Sunscreen Stick
    • Kids Sport Sunscreen Stick

There are typically palm oil derivatives in sprays, lotions, creams and sticks. Even organic and healthy-seeming brands contain palm oil derivatives.

Some ingredients to watch out for in sunscreen include: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

See sunscreen without palm oil for more palm oil free options.

Toothpaste

Ingredients to watch out for include Glycerin, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and Propylene Glycol, all palm oil derivatives.

Learn more at toothpaste without palm oil.

Cleaning products without palm oil

Laundry detergent without palm oil

  • Booda Organics Suds of Love Laundry Soap (powder)
  • Ethique: Flash Laundry Bar (to clean by hand); can also use on dishes
  • Unearth Malee: (32 – 64 loads; powder)
    • Lavender Lemongrass Detergent
    • Thai Lime Eucalyptus
  • Unearth Malee Organic Laundry Stain Stick

Cleaning products

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
  • Creamy Cleanser
  • Window Cleaner
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Air Freshener
  • Laundry Powder
  • 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:
    • Eucalyptus Lemongrass
    • Lemon Parsley
    • Vanilla
    • 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.

In Australia: 

  • 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.

palm oil free products
Use this list of palm oil free products when you shop.

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:

  • Axiology Beauty
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Booda Organics
  • Davids
  • Divine Chocolate
  • EmpireSquid Organics
  • Erin Baker’s
  • Ethique
  • Fat and the Moon
  • Freedom Soap Co.
  • HumbleStuff (UK)
  • Hurraw!
  • Kilted Suds
  • Lesser Evil
  • Nelly’s Organics
  • Nocciolata USA
  • Spread the Love Foods
  • Sugar Venon (Australia)
  • The Fanciful Fox
  • Unearth Malee
  • Viva La Body (Australia)

Why choose palm oil free products

There are many reasons consumers look for palm oil free options.

Many people choose to avoid palm oil for the environmental concerns and due to the concerns about sustainable palm oil.

Others avoid it for health concerns. According to EatingWell, palm oil and palm kernel oil are high in saturated fat. Learn more here.

Other consumers choose palm oil free products because they experience allergic reactions or get sick from palm oil.

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.

Learn why companies use palm oil so you can look for palm free versions.

Sometimes you can make your own.

Print this list to learn other names for palm oil.

How to support palm oil free products

As consumers, there is a lot we can do to support products without palm oil. Together, we can:

      1. Go on social media and tell companies palm oil free products are important.
      2. Ask companies for palm oil free alternatives.
      3. Go on social media and ask companies why their products contain palm oil.
      4. Read ingredient labels before you buy anything.
      5. Buy palm oil free products and brands.
      6. Find companies who don’t use any palm oil, and be loyal to them.
      7. 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.

Have a palm oil free holiday.

Reach out to companies

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.

However, please do your own due diligence as well. Before you buy anything, read the labels while you are in the store. Buy the products that are palm oil free. Read labels every time. This list is meant to be a starting point and is not guaranteed. Use it as a starting point.

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!

 

11 Tips to Find Palm Oil Free Products Without Palm Oil Derivatives

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Once you start looking for products without palm oil, you will be shocked to learn how many contain palm oil derivatives.

According to industry experts, palm oil is now in half of all packaged goods. It’s in hygiene items, cosmetics, and cleaning products.

While it takes a little bit of work, especially at first, there are ways to find products without palm oil.

Celebrate global climate change by not buying or using anything with palm oil.

Find palm oil free products

1. Buy products with less ingredients

Bottom line:  Less ingredients = Less chance for palm oil

This is the case with food and non-food items.

2. Reference a list of alternate names for palm oil

This is essential. The International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme in Australia has researched all the ways palm oil is used. They have compiled a list of palm oil derivatives.

We have reprinted it with their permission. You can print it here.

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. Know why companies use palm oil derivatives 

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Learn about palm oil uses.

When you know the ways companies use it, you will be able to avoid the types of products that have it.

Until you investigate further, you may not know that ingredients like Vitamin A Palmitate — added to cereals to boost Vitamin A content to 10% or higher — contains palm oil.

Vitamin A Palmitate is also added to non-full-fat milk to boost Vitamin A. (Whole milk is typically free from palm oil.)

Manufacturers are using palm oil and palm oil derivatives in many ways and for different reasons.

4. Learn common names for palm oil

In addition to your list above, in time you will be able to quickly scan ingredients and recognize palm oil derivatives.

It will be easy for you to see “palm oil” and “palm kernel oil” spelled out in ingredients.

Start by:  Not buying products with Palm-

Then, take it a step further: Don’t buy products with these common ingredients:

  • Glycerin
  • Glycerine
  • Mono- & diglycerides
  • Propylene glycol
  • Tocopherols
  • Vegetable oil — not specifying the type

Unless otherwise noted, they are typically made with palm oil. Here’s more information about names for palm oil. 

When you’ve mastered that, take it a step further. Don’t buy products with these these types of words:

  • Capr-
  • Cetea-
  • Cetyl-
  • Ethyl-
  • Glyce-
  • Glyco-
  • Iso-
  • Laur-
  • Mono-, Di-, Tri- glycerides
  • Myris-
  • Octyl-
  • Palm-
  • Poly-
  • Sodium ______ (Many sodium ingredients in cleaning and hygiene products are derived from palm oil; look these up on the above-mentioned list.)
  • Sorbitan esters
  • Stear-

5. Learn what products usually contain palm oil

To learn how to find products without palm oil, you need to know places manufacturers use it.

Here are some categories of products that usually contain palm oil:

Food items:

Drinks:

  • Milk (unless it’s whole milk; even plant- and nut-based milks are often fortified with it)

Medicines, etc.:

  • Vitamins and supplements
  • OTC allergy medicine

Hygiene and self-care items:

Cleaners:

  • Spray cleaner (even eco-friendly-looking ones)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent

Here are some categories of products that often contain palm oil:

  • Ice cream
  • Salad dressing
  • Sport drinks, energy drinks
  • Peanut butters, nut butters, spreads

6. Check labels every time

Often, companies change suppliers and ingredients. Some examples:

Nabisco now lists palm oil for every variety of Oreo cookie we’ve seen. However, they used to be palm oil free.

Every box of Ritz Crackers Originals we’ve seen in stores lists “palm oil” in the ingredients but they didn’t always. (Interestingly, the ingredients for this product on their website do not mention palm oil at all. It still includes soybean oil and cottonseed oil.)

In 2018, Peanut M&Ms started including palm oil. Now all of their Peanut M&Ms contain it.

Also in 2018, Post added Vitamin A Palmitate to their HoneyComb cereal.

You will also find that some versions of the very same products will have different ingredients. Companies use different vendors and recipes.

7. Look for palm oil free certification and labeling

Hopefully, more and more, companies will recognize that being palm oil free is considered something to promote and advertise.

We hope it will become more common and sought-out, much like “gluten free” and “no high fructose corn syrup.”

The first company to earn palm oil free certification status for some of their products in the United States is Enjoy Life Foods. They will have eight products certified as palm oil free.

According to Business Wire:

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 their products certified as palm oil free.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Learn about the issues with deforestation

Is palm oil bad? Learn about it.

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.

Find products without palm oil derivatives

It’s in foods and self-care items you wouldn’t have ever considered. You are most likely using palm oil on a daily basis without realizing 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 11 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.