Palm oil is common in lotions, creams and moisturizers because it’s inexpensive and versatile. Companies use it as a preservative. It also works as an emollient to soften the skin. Here’s a list of lotion without palm oil.
Read labels, and choose lotions with the least amount of ingredients to lessen your chance of palm oil.
There are many ways companies disguise palm oil in self-care products.
We became aware of palm oil in lotion because our child has allergic reactions to palm oil. Learn more here.
Palm oil derivatives in lotion
Take a look at the ingredients in some moisturizers and lotions you already own. What’s in them?
While you likely won’t see “palm oil” listed in the ingredients, you will see palm oil derivatives such as:
- Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
- Caprylyl Glycol
- Ceteareth 30, Ceteareth 20
- Cetearyl Glucoside
- Cetearyl Alcohol
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Coco Caprylate
- Elaeis Guineensis
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate
- Glycerin (Vegetable)
- Glyceryl Caprylate
- Glyceryl Monostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate
- Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38
- PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate
- PEG-40 Stearate
- PEG-100 Stearate
- Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate
- Propylene Glycol
- Sorbitan Tristearate
- Stearic Acid
- Stearoyl Glutamate
- Stearyl Alcohol
- Tocopheryl Acetate
- Tocopherol (with or without Vitamin E listed)
Typically, there will be more than one palm oil ingredient in lotion, making them easy to find on labels.
Unless the company lists the source of an ingredient — as in Tocopherol (Sunflower) — you won’t know whether it’s made from palm oil unless you contact them. Palm oil derivatives are common in face creams, lotions, moisturizers, etc.
Lotion without palm oil
Support these companies who make palm oil free lotions, creams and moisturizers. They are the exception in this industry.
Most of these brands also list all of their ingredients transparently on their websites.
Even more, some of these companies make all of their products palm oil free.
Please note, we do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from product manufacturers. Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme is the only way to determine products are 100% palm oil free.
- After Sun Balm
- Aromatic Chest Rub
- Baby Balm
- Badger Balm
- Badger Balm Unscented: Contains just two ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil and organic beeswax.
- Belly Butter
- Damascus Rose Beauty Balm
- Foot Balm
- Tattoo Balm
On their website, it’s easy to find the ingredients in each of Badger’s balms.
- Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer
- Spread the Love, 2.3 oz
- Tub of Love, 8.4 oz
Booda Butter is available two sizes. It contains just five ingredients. All of them are Certified Organic & Unrefined. Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Jojoba Oil.
All of Booda Organics products are palm oil free.
- Ethique Butter Blocks
- Sweet Orange & Vanilla
- Coconut & Lime
- Jasmine & Ylang Ylang
- Peppermint & Tea Tree Foot Balm
- Love Baby Bar Baby Massage Bar
Ethique makes all of their products, including these Butter Blocks and Bars, without palm oil. Their products are certified Palm Oil Free by Orangutan Alliance.
On their website, Ethique spells out each ingredient.
They also have an “Our Ingredients” page which explains the SOURCE of each ingredient. In addition, they explain how the ingredients aren’t derived from palm oil and what they use instead.
The Fanciful Fox
- Best Buds Body Butter
- Body Lotion
- Beatnik Poet
- Fire Dance
- Lucid Dream
- Pink Wednesday
- Oats I Did It Again
- Bright Eyes: Eye Cream
- Facial Moisturizer
- About Face
- Present Perfect
- Blemish Buster
- Save Face
- Hand & Body Moisturizer
- Sweetie Pie Whipped Cream
- Unicorn Dreams Whipped Cream
- Naked Baby Mild Lotion
They list their ingredients on their website. Their owner verified all of their products are palm oil free.
Fat and the Moon
- All Cream
- Aloe Lotion
- Face Oil
- Love Thyself Bod Oil
- Moon Fat Bod Oil
Here is another company who lists their ingredients on their website. Also, they make all of their other products without palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
Freedom Soap Co.
- Whipped Shea Butter
They make all of their bar soaps and other products without palm oil. You can find all of their ingredients easily on their website.
Also note, Freedom Soap Co. has taken extra steps to apply for and earn palm oil free certification. All of Freedom Soap Co.’s products are Orangutan Alliance Certified Palm Oil Free.
- Breath with Eucalyptus & Mint
- Chamomile with Hemp Seed Oil
- Citrus with Hemp Seed Oil
- French Vanilla
- Gnat Away Solid Lotion Stick
- Groovy Wombat Lotion
- Lilac & Lily
- Muscle Relief Massage Butter
- Pumpkin Spice with Hemp Seed Oil
- Rainforest Lotion with Hemp Seed Oil
- Sleep with Lavender and Cedar
Kilted Suds makes all of their lotions and and other products without palm oil.
They also list the ingredients for all of their products on their website. The owner confirmed the Tocopherols, Cetearyl Alcohol and Coco-Glucoside they use are not derived from palm oil. Instead, they use olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil.
- Foot and Body Balm
- Peppermint & Lavender
- with Immune-Supportive Essential Oils
Their Peppermint & Lavender balm is handmade with six ingredients: Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil.
It’s easy to find the ingredients for their lotions on their website.
- Body Butter
- Citrus Woods Organic
- French Lavender Organic
- Prickly Pear
- Organic Lotion Bar
- Ginger Lemongrass
- Jasmine Mint
- Lavender Chai
- Patchouli Orange
- Prickly Pear
- Treatment Balm
- Thai Herbal Muscle Rub
- Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory
Unearth Malee makes all of their self-care products, including these butters, lotions and balms, without palm oil.
Palm oil common in all types of lotions
Whether you use an “all purpose” lotion or one specifically for eyes, hands, feet, body or face, there is likely palm oil in it. Body butters contain palm oil. Baby lotions and creams contain it. It’s common in foot cream, hand moisturizers and eye cream.
While scented lotions generally contain more ingredients, unscented lotions still contain palm oil derivatives.
Hypoallergenic lotions also contain palm oil.
The majority of the lotions you will find in grocery stores and stores such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Costco, etc., will contain palm oil.
Remember, palm oil has many uses and is a versatile product. It’s also very inexpensive for manufacturers to use.
The very best thing you can do is read labels. If the lotion has a long list of chemical names — many of them are above — you can be sure they aren’t palm oil free.
The only way to know for certain is to ask the company — ask them to check with their R&D department — specifically about each ingredient. Most customer service reps will not know the source of the ingredients.
Watch for “natural” lotions
Note, even in brands, labeling and packaging you may perceive to be “natural, healthy, and earth-friendly,” there may be palm oil ingredients. Companies who advertise them as vegan and cruelty-free can still contain palm oil.
In self-care products, marketers use buzzwords such as “Plant-Derived.” This may mean the creme or moisturizer contains palm oil.
Natural ingredients in lotions
You might also see labeling advertising the lotion is “Natural” or made using “Natural Ingredients.” This is another marketing tool. Palm oil is considered “natural.”
Palm oil free lotion
There are many reasons consumers seek out palm oil free moisturizers and lotions. Many avoid palm oil for the environmental implications. Others avoid it for health reasons.
This is a list of the personal care items our son uses without palm oil.
Vote with your dollars and buy palm free lotion. Ask companies about their ingredients. Thank companies who are making lotions without palm oil.
Remember, when companies advertise lotions as non-allergenic, hypo-allergenic, natural, or plant-derived, these too can contain palm ingredients hidden under other names.
Do you know other palm oil free creams, lotions, and moisturizers? Please leave them in the Comments so we can all support these brands. Why do you seek out these types of products? Please let us know in the Comments.
This list is not guaranteed; use it as a starting point. Remember, Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free.