How to Use Less Palm Oil Each Week ~ Reducing Palm Oil Demand

how to use less palm oil


Here’s how to use less palm oil each week. Each day, most consumers use products that contain it. However, there are easy things you can do to reduce demand.

You may be seeing “palm oil” on more labels than ever before. In the United States, much of the reason is the FDA banned companies from adding artificial trans fats to foods.

In our household, we limit palm oil as much as possible. The main reason we seek out palm oil alternatives is because our son gets sick from using products that contain it.

Sometimes palm oil causes him to have allergic reactions, other times, he gets sore throats, congestion, fever, etc.

Even if you don’t give it up entirely, there are easy things you can do to use less.

Ways to use less Self-Care Products

For products you use daily, like toothpaste — which usually contains palm oil — try using a little bit less. 

For personal care products, such as these below, try skipping a day, especially if you are just hanging out at home. Many times we use products out of habit.

  • Shaving cream
  • Bubble bath, bath bombs
  • Body washes
  • Lotion, moisturizers, creams
  • Mouthwash
  • Cosmetics, lipstick, etc.

As an example, if your habit is to slather lotion on after showering, skip a day, or use less overall.

Most all self-care products typically contain palm oil. These include shampoos, conditioners, and soap as well.

If you can use one these products one less day a week than you usually do, that will extend the life of your product, thereby reducing demand.

If you can’t skip a day, maybe you can use less of it when you use it. 

Eating less Processed Foods to lessen demand

Try eating a little bit healthier each week. Processed foods often contain palm oil. 

Use what you have

It’s common to find expired foods in cabinets and molding fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.

We have a different habits now that we have larger refrigerators and more kitchen storage. Also, we have easier access to food than generations ago.

Sometimes we stockpile.

Start trying to eat what you already have instead of going to the store to buy more food.

Grocery shopping

When you shop, focus on buying real, whole foods. 

eat real foods to lessen palm oil demand

Shop with a list

When you shop with a list, you will be less apt to buy processed foods that contain it.

Buy more fruits and vegetables

Pick up fruit and vegetables for snacks at home and as side dishes to your meals.

There are many that are easy to pack to eat on the go.

Some examples are grapes, bananas mandarins, oranges, snap peas, snow peas, carrots, etc. Nuts are also a portable snack.

Cook at home

Try to limit the processed foods you eat at home by making homemade meals a couple times each week. It doesn’t have to be complex. 

If you cook dinner four times a week, try making a little extra each time so you will have leftovers for the other days.  

Determine what to eat at home and what to eat on the go

We often buy processed foods for school lunches, road trips, and for snacks.

If you can reserve those snacks for when you need them — instead of snacking on them while you are at home — you will buy less processed foods overall. 

Some examples are power bars and other snack and granola bars. Don’t eat these at home. Save them for when you are out and about and need a grab & go snack.

Read labels at home

Get familar with the foods you are buying. Read the ingredients, and use less of the ones that have “palm” in them.

Do you choose margarine, which contains palm oil, instead of butter, which doesn’t? Try using a little less one day a week. 

Ways to reduce consuming palm oil in Drinks

Drink water instead of sports drinks.

Stopping for coffee

Do you stop for coffee every day? Try going one less day a week.

Unless you are buying black coffee or tea, the coffee drinks likely contain whipped toppings, milk, creamers, etc. — all of which contain palm oil derivatives. Bottled coffee drinks do as well.

Vitamin A Palmitate — a palm oil derivative — is common in milk, creamers, and in milk alternatives. 

Making coffee at home

If you regularly make your own coffee at home, one day a week can you use less creamers? They often contain palm oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, and/or Mono- & Diglycerides which are palm oil derivatives.

“Naturally Flavored” can mean it contains palm oil. Buy whole beans and grind them at the store. They have this option at most major grocery stores and Costco.

Use less while Cleaning

Dishwasher detergents and laundry detergents contain palm oil derivatives.

Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they are full. If you don’t have a full load, use less detergent.

Most all cleaning products contain palm oil. This is true for cleaning products that look eco-friendly, “all natural,” and green.

We have yet to find  cleaners for kitchens, baths, floors, dishes, etc. without palm oil ingredients in them.

Look online for ways to use baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar for cleaning.

Use microfiber cloths wash floors.

There is a company called Norwex who makes cloths you can use without any cleaners. You wet them and use them to kill bacteria. You can use them to wash floors, counters, sinks, windows, showers, bathrooms, etc. without any chemicals. 

It’s more prevalent than ever before

Remember, palm oil and the hundreds of derivatives means it’s a versatile oil. It can be used in hundreds of ways, in hundreds of products.

It’s in everything from deodorant and medicine to desserts and candy.

Palm oil is inexpensive. That’s why companies use it.

That’s also why food companies turned to palm oil to replace the inexpensive artificial trans fats they were no longer allowed to add to foods. 

In addition, other food companies started adding it their products.

With all the attention it received for being inexpensive and very versatile, other companies — who weren’t adding artificial trans fats to their foods — also started using it.

Many did this for existing products and many started introducing it in their new products.

Ways to lessen palm oil usage

Remember, it’s a versatile oil. It has many uses which makes it attractive to companies. It’s also inexpensive, just like the trans fats were.

In addition to being so common in processed foods, it’s common in most types of household products, including personal care items, cleaning products, and more.

While it may be difficult for your lifestyle to avoid it entirely, buying less processed foods is an easy way to lessen demand.

When it comes to the personal care products you use, try using less of one (or more) of them each week.

Take a small step to look at your habits. What do you use a lot of? Is there any way of using less? 

When you shop, find one new product without palm oil to replace one you have at home that contains it.

See these easy tips to find palm oil free products. 

See ultimate list of palm oil free products

Why lessen demand

Many consumers avoid it for environmental reasons and to stop deforestation. In places like Indonesia and Malaysia, rainforests are burned down to establish palm oil plantations.

We originally started avoiding it because palm oil negatively affects our son; it makes him sick. These are the foods he enjoys and personal care items he can safely use. 

There are likely ways here and there you can reduce your palm oil use each week. Thanks for being an Educated and Informed Consumer!



Names for Palm Oil Derivatives in Everyday Products

names for palm oil


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.

“Palm” in the name means it’s made with palm oil

Looking over ingredient labels to see if you see anything with “palm” in the name is a great place to start. 

Palm = Palm Oil

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 and beauty products, 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.

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.


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


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.


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


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.


Examples include Myristate, Myristic Acid, and Myristyl Alcohol.


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


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


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, Organic Palm Oil, Palm Olein, Vitamin A Palmitate, Palmitic Acid, and Sodium Palmate.


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.


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


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.


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.

Read about palm oil health here.

Our son has a palm oil intolerance. He experiences allergy symptoms and gets sick from anything with palm oil in it. This includes foods and non-foods. See lists of what he eats and the personal care products he uses.

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 Halloween candy without palm oil. If you are reading this during the holiday season, check out our holiday candy post.

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. 

Please note, even if you don’t give up palm oil completely, are there easy ways to use less palm oil to lessen demand.

Check out this list of palm oil free products.










Palm Oil Free Products ~ List of Products Without Palm Oil

palm oil free products


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. We started this website because our son has a palm oil intolerance.

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. In addition, “Natural Flavors” can contain 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.

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.


  • Pillsbury Brownie Mix: Chocolate Fudge; Milk Chocolate (mix)

See more brownies and desserts without palm oil.

Butter Substitutes

  • Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter – Organic

Note, margarine, spreads, and most other butter substitutes contain palm oil. Choose real butter to avoid palm oil.

Candy and chocolate

  • Nelly’s Organics

Much of the candy you find in grocery store contains it. See our list of Halloween candy without palm oil for an extensive list of choices. Update: We also published a holiday version.

Note, conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day typically contain palm oil ingredients.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.

Update: We are happy to see they have kept their Holiday Chessmen Butter Cookies the same recipe as last year — no palm oil!

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.)


  • 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.

Marshmallows without palm oil

  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: regular size and minature

For palm oil free s’mores, we use:

  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar: any size
  • Honey Maid Grahams (Many other brands contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives such as DATEM.)

Meat strips, jerky

  • Epic Bar: all of these 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.

Watch marketing buzzwords. “No Stir” and “No Need to Stir Labels” means they contain palm oil.

Also, don’t buy products labeled Peanut Butter Spread which also contains palm oil (plus many more ingredients). 

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
    • 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.


  • 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. 

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.


  • 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.


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


We have a post dedicated to snacks without palm oil.

  • Sensible Portions Garden Veggie: Chips; Straws (Note: We are not sure if the Organic ones are palm oil free.)

Spices without palm oil

  • 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.

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
    • 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.

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.

palm oil free products
Just contains Yeast, not Sorbitan Monostearate


  • 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


  • Booda Organics Booda Butter Cream Deodorant (cream)
  • Ethique:
    • Lavender & Vanilla (bar)
    • Spearmint & Lime (bar)
  • Fat and the Moon:
    • Deodorant Cream
    • Sensitive Pit Cream
  • Schmidt’s: (solid stick)
    • Schmidt’s Fragrance Free Natural Deodorant
    • Bergamot + Lime
    • Lavender + Sage
    • Ylang-Ylang Calendula
    • Charcoal + Magnesium

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.


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.


  • 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:
    • Frizz Wrangler
    • Heali Kiwi
    • Oaty Delicious (for kids)
    • Pinkalicious (for Normal hair)
    • Saint 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. It’s been a great way to try some of Ethique’s palm oil free products. They are all high quality, 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.


  • Booda Organics: Booda Butter All-In-One-Soap
  • Ethique: all of their bar soaps
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste
  • Fat and the Moon: Tooth Cleanse, Tooth Polish
  • Redmond Earthpaste: Peppermint with Charcoal, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Lemon Twist, Peppermint, Wintergreen

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 without chemicals

  • Norwex:
    • EnviroCloth
    • Polishing Cloth
    • Dusting Mitt
    • Many more

Norwex uses anti-bacterial silver in their cloths. You use them for counters, floors, sinks, appliances, and more. They are great for the kitchen and the bathroom. They also have one for windows and floors.

When you use them, you don’t need to use chemical-laden and palm oil-laden sprays. Norwex cloths are among our favorite items to use.

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:
    • Gingerbread Candle
    • 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. 

You must look for candles with 100% ______ labeling, as in 100% Soy. Don’t be swayed by seeing “Made with Soy” or “Made with Coconut” in the labeling. They usually also contain palm oil.

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 and personal care items.

Palm oil is prevalent in soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste, and cosmetics.

Even if you don’t give it up completely, there are ways to use less palm oil each week.

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. 

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. Take a look around our site for lots more information about how to find palm oil free products.

Check back often for this updated list of palm oil free products. We update this website daily. 

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!


14 Easy Tips to Find Palm Oil Free Products

find products without palm oil


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. 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 products without it entirely.

One reason is my son gets sick from anything with palm oil. Foods and personal care products containing palm oil ingredients cause him to have allergic reactions.

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.

3. 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 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.

4. 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. Bookmark it here.

In addition, you can reference their 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.)

find products without palm oil

5. Learn about the uses for palm oil 

It’s important to 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. (Look for whole milk which typically free from palm oil.)

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

6. Learn what products usually contain palm oil

Along the same lines of knowing what it’s used for, it’s also helpful to know which products typically contain it.

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

Food items:

  • Candy
  • Cake mix
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Doughnuts and desserts; most pre-made confections at the store
  • Canned frosting; frosting on pre-made desserts
  • Granola, nutrition and energy bars
  • Gum
  • Margarine and butter substitutes
  • Shortening
  • Snacks
  • Whipped cream and whipped toppings


  • Milk (whole milk often does not have it; however, all other dairy milk as well as plant- and nut-based milks are often fortified with it)

Medicines, etc.:

  • Vitamins and supplements
  • OTC allergy medicine

Hygiene and self-care items:


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

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

7. 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 with or without Vitamin E listed
  • 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-

8. Buy fresh, whole foods 

When you buy fruits and vegetables, you don’t need to worry about palm oil and the hundreds of palm oil derivatives.

There is so much you can do with real foods. They are healthy, portable and so versatile. Fresh fruit is nature’s candy!

You can enjoy fresh produce for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner — as sides, a main dish, and as a sweet treat.

9. Buy from small companies and local artisans

Another tip to avoid palm oil is to support small companies and local businesses.

Small snack manufacturers will tend to use less palm oil overall. This is true with candy manufacturers and many other industries as well.

Frequent farmer’s markets and be loyal to small cottage industries. 

Smaller soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and candle manufacturers are also less likely to use palm oil ingredients.

10. Read 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.

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.

In 2019, Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar changed it’s name from “Milk Chocolate” (without palm oil) to “Chocolate Candy” (with palm oil).

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

11. 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.

Work to replace one food or self-care product at a time. Use up what you have, and then seek out a palm oil free replacement.

Continue to do this for products you use regularly.

You can build on from there, one product at a time.

12. 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.

When you vote with your dollars, you make the biggest difference.

13. 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.

14. 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.

Tips 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.

Here are ways to use less palm oil each week.

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 14 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.