Ice Cream Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Ice Cream

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It’s always a great time for ice cream! But did you know it often contains palm oil? Here’s a list of ice cream without palm oil.

Take a few seconds to read the ingredients; don’t just buy whatever ice cream is on sale.

Some ice cream brands use better quality ingredients than others. Palm oil is cheap; therefore, it’s widely used in store brands and other inexpensive brands.

Also, the more complicated the flavor, the more ingredients it likely has. When there are more ingredients, there is a greater chance it will have palm oil. Choose simple flavors.

We offer more tips below.

To the best of our knowledge, these ice creams are free from palm oil and palm oil derivatives. Please use it as a reference point as you do your own due diligence. This is list not guaranteed.

You will only know for certain if something is palm oil free if it has earned the Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.  

Ice cream without palm oil

Ben & Jerry’s

There is one brand that always makes palm oil free ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s. You can safely choose any of their amazing flavors. Scroll down for palm free flavors from other brands.

Whatever flavor you crave, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has found a way to make it without palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

On their website, you have to search “palm oil” to find anything about it. And then it’s just their values sourcing page. We weren’t able to find any mention of “palm oil free” anywhere else. We hope Ben & Jerry’s will showcase this on their site as it’s very rare.

Here are most of their pint flavors. Please note, they have many more palm oil free ice creams, frozen yogurts and dairy free choices on their website.

ice cream without palm oil
All flavors are palm oil free
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie
  • Chocolate Shake It
  • Vanilla Toffee Bar Crunch
  • Cold Brew Caramel Latte
  • Ice Cream Sammie
  • It’s Ice… Cream
  • Red, White & Blueberry
  • Brownie Batter Core
  • Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core
  • Karamel Sutra Core
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Core
  • Salted Caramel Core
  • Boom Chocolatta Cookie Core
  • Peanut Buttah Cookie Core
  • Americone Dream
  • Banana Split
  • Bob Marley’s One Love
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie
  • Brewed to Matter
  • Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Cherry Garcia
  • Chillin’ the Roast
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Therapy
  • Chubby Hubby
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch
  • Coffee, Coffee, BuzzBuzzBuzz
  • Everything But The…
  • Gimme S’more!
  • Glampfire Trail Mix
  • Half Baked
  • Milk & Cookies
  • Mint Chocolate Cookie
  • Minter Wonderland
  • New York Super Fudge Chunk
  • Oat of This Swirled
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Peanut Butter World
  • Phish Food
  • Pistachio Pistachio
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • S’mores
  • Salted Caramel Almond
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • The Tonight Dough
  • Triple Caramel Chunk
  • Truffle Kerfuffle
  • Urban Bourbon
  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla Caramel Fudge

Researching ice cream brands

To learn about the way palm oil is used in ice cream, we went to four grocery stores. We looked at all of the ice cream brands with sizes greater than 473.17 milliliters (one pint). There were 18 brands.

We learned all of the store brands contained some type of palm oil ingredient and/or palm oil derivative.

Buy name brand ice cream to better avoid palm oil.

Of those 18 brands, there were 282 flavors that didn’t repeat. We researched the labels from these 282 unique brand and flavor combinations.

(We didn’t include Ben & Jerry’s in the research because we knew they are palm oil free and because we researched ice cream containers larger than one pint.)

Palm oil free ice cream

These are the brands and flavors we found in our local stores that didn’t contain palm oil or palm oil derivatives on their labels. This list is meant to be a starting point. Know that ingredients and vendors change. This list isn’t guaranteed, especially when it comes to Natural Flavors.*

Note, we don’t list any store brands here. We researched five store brands, and all of their flavors contained palm oil in some form. Most contained two or more palm oil ingredients and/or derivatives.

These ice creams do not list palm oil ingredients or palm oil derivatives on their labels. We’ve made notes to exceptions where we reached out to them for additional information.

Alden’s Organic

  • Chocolate
  • Cookies & Cream (It’s very rare to see a palm oil free cookies & cream ice cream.)
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Salted Caramel
  • French Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl

This is for Alden’s Organic Ice Cream in 1.42 liter / 1.5 quart size. A representative from Alden’s Organic confirmed these are palm oil free.

They are very transparent in that they list all of their ingredients for each of their products on their website.

When Alden’s Organic Ice Cream uses palm oil, it’s in the form of “palm kernel oil” and is clearly labeled. They don’t use palm oil derivatives such as monoglycerides.

Note: Their pint-sized Crushin On Cookies & Mint is palm oil free (which is also rare).

Blue Bell Creameries

palm oil free ice cream

  • Black Walnut
  • Rocky Road
  • Natural Vanilla Bean
  • Pistachio Almond
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Ultimate Neopolitan
  • Spiced Pumpkin Pecan
  • French Vanilla
  • The Great Divide
  • Strawberry and Homemade Vanilla
  • Dutch Chocolate
  • Homemade Vanilla
  • Keylime Mango Tart
  • Coffee
  • Tin Roof

These Blue Bell flavors are in 1.89 liters (half gallon).

They don’t list any palm oil ingredients or derivatives on their ingredient labels.

From personal experience, my son has safely enjoyed Blue Bell’s Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream.

Breyers

  • Chocolate
  • Natural Strawberry
  • Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Natural Vanilla

Note, Breyers makes four different Vanilla Flavors. They all pretty much look the same except for their name. Be sure to choose Breyers Natural Vanilla.

Their Natural Vanilla is the only one that doesn’t contain mono- and diglycerides. In addition, it contains just five ingredients.

These are their flavors in the 1.41 liter (1.5 quart) size. They list their ingredients on their website through SmartLabel.

Also note, from personal experience, my son has eaten these Breyers ice cream flavors safely, with no symptoms. We believe them to be fully palm oil free.

Dreyers

  • Butter Pecan
  • Coffee
  • Slow Churned:
    • French Vanilla
    • Vanilla Bean
    • Classic Vanilla
    • Caramel Delight
    • Strawberry
    • Butter Pecan
    • Coffee
    • Chocolate
  • Neopolitan
  • Strawberry
  • French Vanilla
  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla Bean

This is for Dreyer’s 1.41 liter (1.5 quart) containers.

Dreyers is transparent in listing their ingredients for their ice creams on their website. These were Dreyers ice cream flavors we found that didn’t list any type of palm oil ingredients or derivatives on their labels.

Lactaid (lactose free)

  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip

This is for Lactaid’s 946.35 milliliter / one quart size. They list all of their ingredients on their website. These three flavors didn’t have any questionable ingredients on their labels.

Straus Family Creamery Organic

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Dutch Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla Chocolate Chip

We researched Straus Organic in their 946.35 milliliter / one quart size. They make “super premium” ice cream.

You can search on their website, and find they list the ingredients for all of their ice creams under “Nutritional Information” for each flavor and size. The information is very easy to find.

Like the others in our list, we found these Straus Organic flavors didn’t list any type of palm oil ingredients on their labels.

Tillamook

  • Banana Split
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Buttered Maple Pancakes
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Coffee Almond Fudge
  • Oregon Hazelnut & Salted Caramel
  • Rocky Road
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Tillamook Mudslide
  • Malted Moo Shake
  • Old-Fashioned Vanilla
  • French Vanilla
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Salted Butterscotch
  • Vanilla Chocolate Chip
  • Caramel Butter Pecan
  • Creamy PB&J
  • Oregon Strawberry
  • Old-Fashioned Strawberry
  • Oregon Dark Cherry
  • Coffee Almond Fudge
  • Mountain Huckleberry
  • Mudslide
  • Udderly Chocolate
  • Chocolate Cherry Fudge

This is for Tillamook’s 1.66 liter size (1.75 quarts). When you click on one of Tillamook’s flavors, the ingredients as well as other information comes up easily.

These flavors do not list any of the palm oil ingredients and derivatives commonly found in ice cream. A representative from Tillamook confirmed these Tillamook ice cream flavors don’t contain palm oil.

Turkey Hill

Please note, this is their “All Natural” line of ice creams.

  • All Natural:
    • Vanilla Bean & Chocolate
    • Butter Almond & Chocolate
    • Belgian Style Chocolate
    • Mint Chocolate Chip
    • Salted Caramel
    • Vanilla Bean
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter
    • Homemade Vanilla
    • Butter Pecan

This is for their 1.41 liter (1.5 quart) containers. You can see all of their flavors and ingredients easily online.

(Note, The Kroger Company sold Turkey Hill to Peak Rock Capital.)

Make sure to choose Turkey Hill’s All Natural line of ice cream.

All of these flavors listed here do not have any palm oil derivatives or palm oil ingredients on their ingredient labels.

We emailed Turkey Hill about their other ice creams that contain monoglycerides, diglycerides and propylene glycol. The representative said they are not derived from palm oil, and that they are used as stabilizers in some of their products. However, we didn’t include them in this list.

Yes! We loved seeing this “How Many Ingredients Chart” on Turkey Hill’s website. Check it out!

Palm oil ingredients in ice cream

When you look at ice cream ingredient labels, some names for palm oil will be easy to spot. They are the ones that contain the word “palm” in them. Some examples are Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, and Palm Oil with TBHQ.

However, there are others that are considered “palm oil derivatives.” These are ingredients that are made using palm oil but don’t have the “palm” in the name. Unless you check with the manufacturer, you won’t know whether these contain palm oil.

Some examples of palm oil derivatives common in ice cream are Mono & Diglycerides, Monoglycerides, Propylene Glycol, and Polysorbate 80.

In the 282 ice creams we researched, there were a total of 20 different palm oil ingredients and derivatives listed in the ingredients:

  • Palm Oil
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
  • Glycerin
  • Glycerol
  • Glycerol Monostearate
  • Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil
  • Mixed Tocopherols/Vitamin E
  • Mono & Diglycerides
  • Monoglycerides
  • Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Organic Palm Oil
  • Palm Kernel Oil with TBHQ
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Palm Oil with Citric Acid
  • Palm Oil with TBHQ
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Propylene Glycol Monoesters
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Vitamin A Palmitate

Most common palm oil derivatives in ice cream

After researching ice cream containers (larger than one pint) at grocery stores, the most common palm oil derivatives are:

  • Mono & Diglycerides
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Glycerol
  • Monoglycerides

Ice cream without palm oil

We continue to reach out to ice cream companies and hope to have more to add to this list. We hope ice cream companies will come to realize “Palm Oil Free” is a marketing advantage.

There is a difference between Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has different requirements for Ice Cream versus Frozen Dessert.

Again, here’s where it’s important to read labels. We’ve found Frozen Dessert cartons near the big party tubs of ice cream. They typically contain palm oil.

Just as the FDA has different requirements for “chocolate” versus “chocolate flavored,” there are different requirements regarding ingredients in ice cream, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, and frozen dessert.

Learn more here to see what the FDA requires of manufacturers to call their product “ice cream.”

Email companies to ask about the source of their ingredients

We have been emailing ice cream companies to ask them the source of their ingredients.

Often, companies sidetrack the question by referring us to their ingredients pages. However, the ingredients usually don’t spell out the source — especially if they are made from palm oil.

As an example, the Polysorbate 80 would be listed but wouldn’t say whether it was made with palm oil. What is Polysorbate 80 made from? You have no way of knowing.

Overall, most of the time, we haven’t been getting exact answers to our specific questions. Often we receive “canned answers” as they must have rules when answering questions about palm oil.

Sometimes companies reply with a statement about how they use RSPO sustainable palm oil.

Other times, they say the ingredient is derived from “natural sources” or “vegetable oil.”

When we ask, “What type of vegetable oil,” or “Is this ingredient sourced from palm oil,” or “Does this ingredient contain any palm oil,” they often do not answer.

Even after sending them the specific UPC code and asking them specifically about the source of one or more ingredients — “Are the mono- and diglycerides derived from palm oil in this product?” — many companies still wouldn’t answer.

They respond saying the information is “proprietary.”

If a company doesn’t respond to our questions, we believe they are hiding something.

One exception is Kroger Family of Stores who answered all of our questions outright. See more information at the bottom of this post.

Palm oil in ice cream

Palm oil is used in ice cream for many reasons. It adds to the mouth feel and texture, making it smooth and creamy. Companies can use it as an emulsifier and a stabilizer.

Since the FDA banned trans-fats in the United States, companies needed to find alternate ingredients for ice cream and other foods.

How to find ice cream without palm oil

Read labels.

Avoid any ice cream that includes Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, and anything with palm- in the name.

Then, once that becomes a habit, you can take it a step further and choose ice cream without Mono- and Diglycerides.

After that, you can choose products that don’t list Polysorbate 80 and Propylene Glycol.

Don’t buy big party pails.

Large grocery stores often sell a store brand ice cream bucket.

Remember, the ice cream is cheap for a reason. It includes palm oil in some form.

Big ice cream party pails may be appealing if you have a large family or are having a party. However, for a few dollars extra, you will make a big impact and have better quality ice cream by choosing a different container.

Shop sales in advance, and buy palm oil free instead.

Buy “name brand” ice cream.

Palm oil and/or palm oil derivatives were in every single carton of store brand ice cream we researched.

Again, store brands are meant to be less expensive than the name brand competitors. No name, generic brands use palm oil to keep their costs down.

Choose ice cream with less ingredients.

Some of these ice creams have as few as five ingredients. Others, those with palm oil, can have 10 – 15 or more.

With the exception of Ben & Jerry’s, more complicated flavors — cookie crumbles, candy add-ins, chunks, swirls, etc. — mean a greater likelihood of palm oil.

The cheaper the ice cream brand, the greater the chance of palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

Some name brand ice cream is less expensive than other brand names.

Why is one brand overall less expensive than the others? They most likely are using palm oil derivatives instead of higher quality, “real” ingredients.

Make sure you are buying “Ice Cream” and not “Frozen Dessert.”

Frozen dessert has less strict requirements about what it needs to contain, thereby increasing the likelihood of palm oil.

Stick with the brands and flavors you know are palm oil free.

Use this list to guide you to find ice cream without palm oil. Also remember that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is palm free.

Choose organic.

For certain, organic ice cream and organic packaged foods can contain palm oil. However, there is often less chance of them using palm oil derivatives.

Buy a simple palm oil free vanilla or chocolate and add in your mix-ins.

Make your own combinations.

You can add palm oil free peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate chips, Milk Chocolate M&Ms, sliced bananas, strawberries, palm oil free cookies, and more.

Watch for mono- and diglycerides in chocolate syrup.

Ice cream sprinkles and jimmies often contain hydrogenated palm kernel oil, palm oil, glycerin as well as other palm oil derivatives.

Ice cream cones and waffle bowls often contain vegetable oil shortening made with palm oil.

Make your own.

You can make your own ice cream at home for a fun family activity.

Another option is to slice and freeze bananas. If you have a Vitamix or other mixer, you can blend them with a teaspoon of vanilla and 100% cacao powder for sweet treat that has the consistency of ice cream.

Soft serve ice cream

Know that many soft serve ice cream in sit-down and fast food restaurants contains palm oil derivatives such as mono- and diglycerides.

You will have to contact the manufacturer in advance to find out the source of the mono- and diglycerides they use. They likely won’t know at the store as the source doesn’t need to be labeled.

Thank you to Ben & Jerry’s

Many people avoid palm oil for environmental concerns. On a personal note, my son gets sick from palm oil and palm oil derivatives. As anyone who has a child with food issues will tell you, it’s an incredible feeling when your child has safe choices.

Incredibly, my son can walk to the freezer section, and pick ANY Ben & Jerry’s flavor he wants. He can choose! He’s not limited in any way. And we don’t have to stress over the ingredients, what to buy, or about him getting sick.

The ice cream we have at home is the one food category in which he doesn’t feel like he is missing out. He has enjoyed 10+ flavors and hasn’t experienced any reactions.

Thank you, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for making ALL of your flavors without palm oil.

I will never be able to convey what it means to not have to watch, not have to worry, and not have to wonder what’s safe and if he will get sick.

It’s also wonderful to be able to tell friends and relatives they can buy “any Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream” for him easily.

palm oil free ice cream
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Disclaimer and positive praise for Kroger

  • Please note that when we contacted ice cream companies, none of them were quick to admit to using palm oil and palm oil derivatives. Many times, customer service representatives did not answer questions even when we gave them the UPC code and asked specifically for the source of their (mono- and diglycerides, natural flavors, etc.).

Other times, they gave us conflicting information. We were not able to get clear answers on ice creams that use “Natural Flavors.”

Many companies responded with how that information is “proprietary.” Therefore, if you are avoiding palm oil for health reasons, be sure to avoid the ones with Natural Flavors unless you contact them.

“Natural Flavors” and “Natural Flavor” can contain palm oil. Natural Flavors may exist in these ice creams.

Kroger Family of Stores is the exception. They went above and beyond to get the information we asked for.

Instead of responding with stock answers, a customer service representative from Kroger Family of Stores sent our inquiries to their R&D and their suppliers. They told us the vendor for the source of the oils were derived from palm and soy oils. While we didn’t include them in our palm oil free list above, we thought it was important to mention Kroger for their honesty and transparency when answering our questions.

Finding palm oil free ice cream

As consumers rush through the grocery store, we are conditioned to make quick buying decisions, often based on price and what’s on sale.

By taking a few extra seconds to read ingredient labels, you can make a palm oil free choice. This will send a message to companies.

Generally speaking…

Higher quality ingredients and less ingredients = Less chance of palm oil

It’s available; you just need to know what to look for on the ice cream cartons. Once you find your favorite palm free brands and flavors, stock up when they are on sale.

Ice cream without palm oil is available. Let companies know consumers are paying attention. Write to them. Buy ice cream without it. Why do you buy palm free ice cream? Please let us know in the Comments.

We’ve noted which companies confirmed which of their flavors are palm oil free. We are grateful to them for responding and for making all or some of their ice cream flavors without palm oil.

To the best of our knowledge, these ice creams do not list palm oil ingredients or palm oil derivatives in their ingredients. Use this list as a starting point but please know it’s not guaranteed. Please do your own due diligence. Also, please remember to read labels every time.

 

 

 

Palm Oil Products ~ What Types of Products is Palm Oil In?

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You may be surprised to learn there are thousands of products that contain palm oil.  If you don’t see “palm” on an ingredient label, it may still contain it.

Know that unless you are being very diligent about reading labels, there’s a high probability there is palm oil in products you have right now. This includes packaged foods, self-care products, cosmetics, and laundry and cleaning products.

This site focuses on products that don’t contain any palm oil. However, it’s easier to avoid it when you know the products that contain it. In this way, you’ll know what to look for.

Print out this list of names for palm oil.

So, which types of products contain palm oil?

Palm oil products

Here are some examples of palm oil products in these categories: Foods, Drinks, Self-Care, Cleaning, and Other.

Foods that contain palm oil

  • Baked goods: Pre-made at the grocery store
    • Doughnuts
    • Cakes, cupcakes
    • Cookies, including refrigerated dough
    • Pies, tarts
    • Scones
    • Cobblers
    • Snack cakes
    • Also in items you use at home: Canned frosting, shortening, cake mixes, food dye, whipped cream, sprinkles
  • Bread, rolls, including refrigerated dough
  • Candy
    • Chewy, including taffy, red whips
    • In pieces – Magnesium stearate, a palm oil derivative, keeps them from sticking to the machines
    • Chocolate and chocolate-flavored
  • Cereal: With Vitamin A of 10% or greater, it likely has Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Cooking spray, grilling spray: If it doesn’t list palm oil, watch for Mono- and Diglycerides
  • Fast food
  • Food coloring: Watch for propylene glycol, glycerin, Polysorbate 80
  • Fried onions in cans
  • Frosting
  • Granola bars, snack, nutrition and protein bars
  • Gum
  • Ice cream, ice cream novelties: Most all soft serve ice cream contains Mono- & Diglycerides
  • Instant noodles
  • Mac & cheese cups and boxes: Watch for Medium Chain Triglycerides or Glycerol Monostearate
  • Margarine, buttery spreads
  • Medicine
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Nut butters
  • Pie crust
  • Pizza, including frozen pizza and refrigerated dough
  • Potato crisps
  • Refrigerated dough: Cookies, biscuits, rolls, pizza, etc.
  • Salad dressing
  • Shoestring potatoes in cans
  • Shortening
  • Spices, seasoning packs, mixes, extracts
  • Vegan products
  • Vitamins: Chewable, liquid, tablets, pills, gummy
  • Many more
palm oil products affect orangutans
Clearing rainforests threatens orangutans and other wildlife.

Drinks that contain palm oil

Be sure to choose drinks with the least amount of ingredients.

  • Creamers
  • Drink mixes
  • Flavored drinks, coffees
  • Milk, including nut, soy, etc.: Unless it’s whole milk, it likely contains Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Sports drinks

Self-care products with palm oil

  • Bar soap
  • Cosmetics: Mascara, lipstick, powders, foundation, nail polish, lip balm, etc.
  • Deodorant: Spray, solid, cream
  • Liquid soap
  • Lotion and moisturizer
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream, gel
  • Sunscreen: Spray, lotion, stick, cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Wipes

Cleaners that contain palm oil

Detergents and cleaners — in liquids, tablets, powders and sprays —  typically contain palm oil. Even plant-derived and eco-friendly ones have it. This is where it’s essential to know names for derivatives because you won’t see “palm oil” listed in the ingredients.

  • All-purpose spray
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Disposable sweeper pads
  • Floor cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shower/tub sprays
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Window cleaner
  • Wipes

Other products

  • Biofuel
  • Candles
  • Cough drops, throat lozenges
  • E-juice, e-liquid, vape juice
  • Medicine: In gel cap, tablet, pills, liquid
  • Vitamins: In liquid, gel, gummy, tablet

What products contain it

According to Rainforest-Rescue.org, palm oil in foods is the greatest worldwide demand, taking 71% of the market for palm oil. Consumer products account for 24% total palm oil use. Energy accounts for 5% of global demand.

Palm oil is common in items you may not expect. You can learn more by reading labels. You will may notice Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil are common.

Lots of different names for it

Other times, you may see Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Red Palm Oil, or Organic Palm Oil. If you are interested in avoiding palm oil products, it’s important to not buy items with these palm ingredients.

Once you start reading labels, you will become more familiar about the types of products that contain palm oil. In so doing, you may have questions about other ingredients that seem similar.

palm oil in everything
Palm oil from Elaeis guineensis is what companies use in products.

The scientific name for the palm oil that companies use in products is Elaeis guineensis. This type of palm oil comes from the oil palm tree.

The oil palm tree is not the same type of palm as coconut. Also, Caranuba wax is different. They are all “from palm trees” but there are many different types of palms.

Why is palm oil in everything

There are many reasons why palm oil is in everything.

It’s cheap

One reason is because palm oil is inexpensive. It’s a productive crop in that farmers can grow more palm oil per hectare than other oils. Especially in Sumatra and Borneo, developers are clearing rainforests to make way for more palm oil plantations. This seriously threatens native species.

It’s versatile

Another reason palm oil is in everything is because it’s a versatile vegetable oil. It works in many ways in many different types of foods.

Many properties

It has a high melting point and can remain semi-solid at room temperature. This makes it work equally well in creamy products — in everything from food spreads, dressings, lotions, shampoo and frosting — as well as in products that need to be more solid — like bar soaps, lip balm, shortening, and deodorant sticks. 

Shelf life

In addition, companies also use it to increase the shelf life of products. It works as a preservative in food and non-food items. 

Crunchy or chewy

This versatile oil can help foods keep their crunch. Used other ways, palm oil enables processed foods to be chewy.

Mouthfeel

It works very well to enhance the mouthfeel of products. This is why common palm oil products include dough, ice cream, margarine, spreads, creams, fillings, shortening, canned frosting, etc.

Who uses it?

Manufacturers put palm oil in everything from soap to laundry detergent, dish soap, to processed foods including baked goods, instant noodles, granola bars, candy, and more.

Replaced trans fats in processed foods

Palm oil works well to replace trans-fats that were once so common in foods.

Since the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned trans fats in foods in the United States, companies needed to find replacements. Because palm oil works in so many ways, companies changed recipes and started adding it to their foods.

Items containing it

If you are trying to avoid products that use palm oil, start by reading labels. Don’t buy products with any palm- ingredients. After that, learn the other names for palm oil derivatives in common, everyday items.

Pick a product and find a palm oil free option. Sometimes all the options in a category contain palm oil. You may have to do without or make your own.

After you find a product without it, continue to be brand-loyal as long as it remains palm oil free.

After that, choose another product without it. This website has examples of palm oil free products in many categories, including soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen, shampoo, candy, cereal, etc. We have a very popular post which lists all of them together.

You may be surprised at what types of items at the store contain palm oil. If you want to avoid palm oil products because of environmental concerns and the controversy surrounding sustainable palm oil, this website is a good place to start.

We started this website because our son gets very sick from palm oil and palm oil derivatives. Many people choose either sustainable palm oil or ones without it at all. There’s a lot you can do if you are trying to avoid it.

What can I do?

You can start by taking some easy first steps such as buying more fresh fruits and vegetables.

After that, you can try to cook from scratch more. Then, you can learn some recipes and bake from scratch — without using shortening — instead of buying pre-made desserts from the grocery store. 

You can use less self-care items overall. After you get in that habit and need to buy replacements for the items you use frequently, you can substitute palm oil free options.

Making simple switches at home is a great place to start. Use baking soda, vinegar, or lemon for cleaning.

Read labels so you can find the products that use palm oil and choose the ones that don’t. Remember, there hundreds of names for palm oil, and there are dozens of ways companies use it because it’s so versatile. It’s also inexpensive.

Because there are so many derivative names, there are thousands of products that contain palm oil.

Sunscreen Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Sunscreen

find palm oil free sunscreen

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When you look for sunscreen without palm oil, you typically won’t see ‘palm oil’ in the ingredients. Most are in the form of palm oil derivatives.

Sunscreen lotions, creams, balms and sprays typically contain palm oil in some form.

Here are some common ways palm oil may be hiding in your sunscreen — even in healthy-seeming labels or more expensive brands:

  • Calcium Stearate
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Capryl Glycol
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cocoglucoside
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Isostearic Acid
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Tocopherol
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Vitamin E and Vitamin E Tocopherol

Get ready for summer!

We’ve confirmed with these companies these sunscreens are palm oil free. However, this list is not guaranteed. Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free. 

Sunscreen Without Palm Oil

W.S. Badger Co.

They have confirmed these sunscreens are free from palm oil derivatives.

palm oil free sunscreen

Sunscreen lotions and creams without palm oil:
  • Clear Zinc Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen Unscented SPF 35
  • Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Tinted Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30
  • Unscented Sunscreen SPF 15
  • Lavender Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Sunscreen Bug Repellent
  • Kids Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Baby Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen SPF 40
  • Sport Sunscreen SPF 35

palm oil free sunstick

Sunscreen sticks without palm oil:
  • Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 35
  • Kids Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 35
Other palm free sun care products:
  • After Sun Balm Organic Skin Moisturizer
  • Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 15

Read labels and choose one of these palm oil free sunscreens from Badger. (Note, their SPF 25 lotions contain it.)

Empire Squid

They have confirmed all of their products, including their sunscreens, are palm oil free.

sunscreen without palm oil

  • LifeGuard:
    • Facial Sunscreen
    • Organic Sunscreen – available with beeswax or vegan
    • Sunscreen with Red Raspberry

These are available in Original or Extra Protection. They contain zinc oxide.

The Vitamin E in these sunscreens are palm oil free and made with non-GMO soy and sunflower oil.

  • Sun Set After Sun Spray – contains aloe vera and zero preservatives

palm free sunscreen

Kiss My Face

They have confirmed they make these two sunscreens without palm oil.

  • Kiss My Face Organics Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Face + Body SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

Palm oil free sunscreen

It’s a good idea to wear sunscreen in the summer, on vacations, and when you will be outside for awhile. More people use sunscreen on sunny days in the spring and fall as well.

It’s really important to read labels for sunscreen. We have searched most every commercial brand, and they all contained some type of palm oil derivative. Oftentimes, they contained more than one.

Plant-derived often = palm oil

If you look on many sunscreen companies’ websites (and many products in general), companies often describe their ingredients as plant-based or plant-derived. If they aren’t explaining the source — Which plant?! — it’s often likely from palm oil.

Watch out for industry buzzwords.

Many companies who tout “plant-derived,” “natural”, “vegan”, and “organic” may still be using palm oil derivatives in their sunscreens.

Please support these sunscreens without palm oil.

find palm oil free sunscreen

Read labels. Learn how companies use palm oil so you know what to watch for. There are hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives. Print this list for a reference.

You may be learning how prevalent palm oil is in self-care products. Check out these posts:

Remember to read labels as companies change ingredients. This list is meant to be a starting point as a reference to help find sunscreen without palm oil.

Let us know why you choose sunscreen without palm oil. If you know of palm free sunscreens, please list them in the Comments. Thank you for being an Educated Consumer.

Please note, we do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from product manufacturers. Do your own due diligence.

Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free. 

 

 

 

 

Deodorant Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Deodorant

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When you are looking for deodorant without palm oil, choose the ones with as few ingredients as possible.

In deodorant, palm oil ingredients are hidden under many names. They are prevalent in spray, wipe, and stick deodorants as well as antiperspirants.

Common palm oil derivatives in deodorant include:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Ceteareth-25
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Elaeis guineensis (palm) kernel oil
  • Ethylhexyl
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Palmitate
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Steareth – 100
  • Stearic Acid
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Tocopherols without the source listed
  • Triglycerides
  • Vitamin E without the source

Deodorant without palm oil

It is possible to find deodorant free from palm oil derivatives. All of these companies show their ingredients easily and transparently on their websites. They have nothing to hide!

Please note, this list is not guaranteed. We reached out to companies to confirm and cross-referenced their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives.

To be certain deodorant or any products are palm oil free, they should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.

Use this as a starting point, and check these out:

deodorant without palm oil

Ethique

  • Sans – Unscented Solid Deodorant
  • Botantica – Lavender & Vanilla
  • Rustic – Lime, Eucayptus, & Cedarwood

Ethique confirmed all of their products, including deodorants, are palm oil free.

This is one of the few companies who advertises each of their products as “palm oil free” on their website. They are cruelty-free, sustainable and vegan as well.  They also include minimal packaging.

no palm oil deodorant

Ethique’s deodorants are for all skin types. They are made with bamboo and zinc oxide. They are free from aluminum and baking soda.

We also like they have an Ingredients section on their website which explains the source of each of their ingredients. Many ingredients specifically state they are not sourced from palm oil.

Fat and the Moon

deodorant cream palm oil free

Fat and the Moon confirmed their vast array of products are all palm oil free. Most of the ingredients in these deodorants are organic.

Deodorant Cream and Lil’ Deodorant Cream

Deodorant Cream comes in 2 oz and 6 oz while their Lil’ Deodorant Cream is available in a .5 oz tin.

These creams are made with coconut oil and baking soda. The baking soda is aluminum free.

deodorant cream free from palm

Additional ingredients include arrowroot starch, beeswax, essential oils of black pepper, clary sage, bergamot, tea tree and grapefruit.

Sensitive Pit Cream and Lil’ Sensitive Pit Cream

Their Sensitive Pit Creams are free from baking soda.

These are made with coconut oil, arrowroot starch, magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia), beeswax, essential oils of basil, and vetiver.

Schmidt’s

palm oil free stick deodorant unscented

Deodorant Sticks:

  • Bergamot + Lime
  • Cedarwood + Juniper
  • Charcoal + Magnesium
  • Fragrance Free
  • Lavender + Sage
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Moon Flower
  • Rose + Vanilla
  • Waves
  • Ylang – Ylang + Calendula

Sensitive Skin Deodorant Sticks:

palm free stick deodorant

  • Fragrance Free
  • Coconut Pineapple
  • Geranium Flower
  • Jasmine Tea
  • Lavender Tips
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Tea Tree

Schmidt’s deodorants are certified vegan and cruelty free. Also, they are free from aluminum, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrances.

Their regular deodorants contain Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda). Their Sensitive Skin deodorants do not.

If you look on their website, you will see they show the source of each ingredient. For example:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil)

Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)

If you were to see these ingredients — without their source listed — in other deodorants, they will often be sourced from palm oil.

Our kids use the unscented, Fragrance Free deodorant. It’s easy to apply and gets the job done. Their sticks are 3.25 ounces.

Update June 2019: I was thrilled to see Schmidt’s deodorant is available at our local Target and Walmart! This makes it convenient for the Everyday Consumer to purchase deodorant without palm oil derivatives on their labels.

Booda Organics

  • Booda Butter Cream Deodorant

This is a cream deodorant. We found this at our natural grocer. You can look online for locations in your area or purchase it online from their site.

organic deodorant no palm oil

Booda Organics confirmed all of their products are palm oil free.

This handmade cream deodorant is Non-GMO verified, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan. It’s also soy, bee, wax, and gluten free.

It’s free from propylene glycol, aluminum, alcohol, phthalates and parabens, sulfates, chemicals and synthetics.

This deodorant contains Pure Baking Soda, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter, Organic Tapioca Flour, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter.

This cream deodorant is 2.4 ounces. A little goes a long way.

They explain on their website you could also use this for bug bites and bee stings.

Food Grade Organic Natural Deodorant Kids

This is roll on deodorant. We ordered it online for our kids. They prefer solid blocks and stick deodorants so while we tried it, we didn’t repurchase.

Make your own deodorant

An even better alternative is to make your own deodorant. You can make it palm oil free by using this recipe from EdiblePerspective.com.

Once you get the ingredients, it’s easy to make DIY deodorant.

Palm oil free deodorant and antiperspirant

Know that many of the name-brand deodorants, even those advertising aluminum-free and propylene glycol free, most likely contain palm oil.

Like with bar soap, you will have a better chance finding a stick or bar type of deodorant without palm oil than finding it as a spray or wipe.

Use this list to make it easy to find. Remember, read labels.

These are many common palm oil derivatives you will find in deodorants and antiperspirants. If you know of other palm oil free deodorants, please list them in the Comments.

See sunscreen without palm oil

Please note, this list is meant to be a starting point as a reference and isn’t guaranteed. Please read labels as manufacturers change ingredients. Support Palm Oil Free labeling.

Support companies who make palm oil free deodorant and be loyal to them. See our list of palm oil free products. Please let us know in the Comments why you seek out deodorant without any palm oil ingredients.

Lip Balm Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Free Lip Balms

lip balm without palm oil

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Lip balm is not created equally. For just a little bit more money, you can buy lip balm without palm oil.

As always, the less ingredients, the better.

We looked at two lip balms from the same major manufacturer. Both definitely contained palm oil derivatives; however, one had 19 ingredients and the other contained 49!

Palm oil ingredients in lip balm

Palm oil derivatives are common in lip balm. If the company doesn’t name the source, these ingredients are typically derived from palm oil. You will need to contact the company to ask.

Here are some palm oil ingredients in lip balm:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline
  • Diisostearyl Malate
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Sorbitan Stearate
  • Tocopherol — If it doesn’t state the source, as in Tocopherol (Sunflower), you won’t know if it’s palm derived
  • Vitamin E

The more you learn about palm oil uses and names for palm oil derivatives in everyday products, the easier it is to avoid them.

Lip balm without palm oil

To the best of our knowledge, after cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives, these lip balms do not have any palm oil ingredients.

We reached out to these packaged cookie companies to confirm; however, this list is not guaranteed. To be certain lip balms, chapsticks, or any products are palm oil free, they should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.

W.S. Badger Co.

eco friendly lip balm

  • Badger Balm Unscented
  • Chai Rose
  • Cheerful Mind
  • Cinnamon Bay
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cool Mint
  • Creamy Cocoa
  • Ginger & Lemon
  • Herbal Lip Care
  • Highland Mint
  • Holiday Jumbo: Peppermint Stick; Cinnamon Swirl; Orange Spice
  • Lavender & Orange
  • Lime Rocket
  • Mocha Cocoa
  • Peppermint
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Pomegranate Cocoa Butter
  • SPF Lip Balm Sunscreen
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine Breeze
  • Tea Tree Herbal
  • Unscented Classic
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Vanilla Madagascar

Check out their extensive product list. Badger confirmed all of their balms are palm oil free. They also offer lip tints.

lip balm without palm oil

Booda Organics

  • Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm
  • Eco Balm:
    • Creamy Cocoa
    • Enlightened Mint
    • Purely Naked

Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm is a vegan balm. It’s unflavored and unscented. It’s free from tocopherols. Ingredients include sweet almond oil and wild-crafted candelilla wax.

This was the first palm oil free lip balm we found and used. We love it!

They’ve just introduced their Eco Balms. Their website describes their quality ingredients.

Booda Organics makes all of their products without using palm oil or derivatives. Their products don’t contain tocopherols or preservatives.

Dunnock and Hinny

  • Vegan Lip Balm
    • Lavender
    • Rose Mint

Dunnock and Hinny puts the ingredients right on top of the lip balm container — making it easy to see.

Fat and the Moon

palm oil free salve

  • All Salve

You can use this for more than just lips. It’s makes a great salve for burns, cuts and bites. Heals skin.

It’s organic and shelf stable without the palm oil derivatives many companies use.

Ingredients include calendula and Oregon grape leaf.

tinted palm oil free lip balm

  • Ruby Red Tinted Balm 

This is balm you can use for your lips and cheeks.

It contains essential oils of clove and sweet orange.

Fat and the Moon has a wide variety of products, all of which are palm free.

Freedom Soap Co.

palm free lip balm

  • Peppermint Lip Balm
  • Sweet Orange + Rosemary 
  • Tea Tree 

Freedom Soap Co. who confirmed they don’t use any palm oil or the hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives.

Hurraw! Balm

  • Almond
  • Baobab Banana
  • Black Cherry Tinted
  • Chai Spice
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Earl Grey
  • Echium Raspberry Tinted
  • Grapefruit
  • Kapha
  • Licorice
  • Lime
  • Mint
  • Moon
  • Orange
  • Papaya Pineapple
  • Pitta
  • Sun
  • Unscented
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Vata

palm free lip balm

Wow, what a huge range of palm free flavors.

They have confirmed the Tocopherols in their lip balm is from sunflower and not palm oil.

They use raw, organic and vegan ingredients.

Hurraw! is another company who believes in the importance of making their all of their products without any palm oil ingredients.

Unearth Malee

palm free company

  • Cocoa Macadamia Lip Balm
  • Lemongrass Mint 
  • Watermelon Coconut Tinted 

These are packaged in an eco-friendly, push-up paper tube.

According to Uncommon Malee, all of their products are free of palm oil and palm ingredients.

They have lots to say on their website about why they don’t use palm oil. It’s titled, ‘Why Palm Oil Free.’

Also, they highlight a “No Palm Oil” icon along with their “Organic” and “Vegan” imprints.

Simply Eden

  • Chai
  • Coffee Bean
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Peppermint with Zinc
  • Peppermint
  • Sinus Eze Sinus Balm
  • Sweet Orange Chili Pepper
  • Unflavored

Simply Eden has confirmed their lip balm flavors are all palm oil free.

Kiss My Face

  • Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

Kiss My Face confirmed this balm is palm oil free.

How to find lip balm without palm ingredients

Avoid additional characteristics.

When companies add flavors and other characteristics — soothing, moisturizing, medicinal, tinted, sun protection, hydration, etc. — there are greater chances for them to have palm oil ingredients.

Seasonal flavors usually contain more palm oil ingredients than traditional flavors. (This is the case for food as well.)

Don’t be swayed by labeling.

Just because lip balm labeling states “coconut” doesn’t mean it’s palm oil free. Watch for labels that promote “all natural” and “plant derived ingredients.” These all can contain palm oil.

lip balm without palm oil

Shop at local stores and natural food stores.

Stores such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are less likely to carry palm oil free products.

Check out your Whole Foods, Natural Grocer, Sprouts, etc. for varieties of small batches. You may find them on Etsy and craft bazaars as well.

Keep away from major manufacturers, especially ones who offer many different types of lip balm.

Compare prices.

Companies use palm oil because it’s versatile and inexpensive. Generally, the more expensive the balm, the better chance it won’t have palm oil derivatives.

Lip balm is fairly inexpensive to begin with. By spending a little bit more, you will be able to avoid palm oil.

Choose balm with less ingredients.

Simply put, the less ingredients, the less chance of palm oil.

Seek chapstick and balms with Palm Oil Free labeling 

To know for certain a product is palm oil free, seek out companies who have products which have earned Palm Oil Free certification.

Make your own lip balm

There are many sites that show you how to make your own lip balm that is palm oil free. Here’s one that suggests using coconut, grapeseed or sweet almond oil.

Why choose palm oil free lip balms

There are many environmental reasons consumers choose lip balm free from palm oil. There are many animals now on the endangered species list because of palm oil plantations.

Palm oil is prevalent in most self-care and hygiene products. Read more if you want to support these types of products:

You can do your part by choosing lip balm without palm oil. By making simple choices, you can choose the products that make less of an impact.

Be sure to always read labels. Companies change ingredients regularly. This list is not guaranteed and is meant to be a starting point. To know for certain a product is Palm Oil Free, look for labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Trademark Certification Programme.

Please list any other lip balms without palm oil in the Comments. We’d love to research them and add them to this list. Why do you avoid palm oil?