Palm oil is a common ingredient in soap. Here’s a list of palm oil free soap and how to find soap without palm oil derivatives.
Palm oil is hidden in hundreds of names. Most of them don’t include “palm” in the name.
Palm oil ingredients in soap
Watch for these ingredients which are common in liquid and bar soap.
Most everyday soap brands you see in stores contain one or more of these palm oil derivatives:
- Sodium Palmate
- Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS)
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Lauric acid
- Sodium Cocate, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Sulfite, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate
- Stearic acid
Also, it’s a mistake to assume you are buying palm free soap just because the label looks to be “natural,” “eco-friendly,” “plant-derived,” “healthy,” and “green.”
Be aware even organic soaps often contain palm oil.
Soap without palm oil
We found these soaps without palm oil and unnecessary chemicals. However, please use this list as a starting point. They are not guaranteed unless they have earned Palm Oil Free certification.
Kiss My Face
It’s incredible to see a mainstream brand offer three bars soap without palm oil.
Pure Olive Oil Soap
Ingredients are Sodium Olivate (Saponified Olive Oil), Water, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt).
Their label says it’s free from parabens, phthalates, fragrance, and added color.
This is my favorite soap. I use it almost exclusively since we have sought out palm oil free soaps. We bring it with us when we travel.
It’s scent-free and non-greasy. They are available in 4 oz and 8 oz bars. Each lasts a long time.
Olive Oil & Lavender Bar Soap
Ingredients: Sodium Olivate (Saponified Olive Oil), Aqua, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Parfum.
Olive & Aloe Bar Soap
Contains: Sodium Olivate (Saponified Olive Oil), Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Parfum.
Remwood Product’s Co. Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap
Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Lard and Castor with Baking Soda.
This was the first bar soap we found that didn’t contain palm oil. It lasts a long time.
We use this bar soap in our home and like it doesn’t have a fragrance. This is my son’s favorite soap. He’s been using it for almost two years. See below for review.
What is unique about Ethique is they make all of their products without palm oil.
Ethique’s products are certified Palm Oil Free through Orangutan Alliance.
In addition, they use sustainable ingredients and minimal packaging, including no plastics. They offer bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and more.
Ethique Face soap:
- Bliss Bar is for normal to dry skin: It’s made with coconut, vegetable glycerine, (the glycerine is from sustainably managed coconuts — not palm oil!) and clay. It’s fragrance-free.
- In Your Face is a face and body bar. It’s made with coconut oil, mandarin and sweet orange essential oils, cocoa butter and sea salt.
- SuperStar! is a face cleanser and makeup remover. Ingredients include cocoa butter, kokum butter, coconut oil, cleansing castor oil, and sweet orange essential oil.
- Gingersnap is soap scrub for all skin types. It includes vanilla, cinnamon as well as ginger.
- Face Sampler – Ethique offers a Face Sampler which includes small samples of these five products:
- Bliss Bar
- In Your Face
Lotion and serums:
- The Perfector
- Saving Face Serum
(We haven’t tried their Face Sampler yet but purchased and love their Body Sampler as well as the Hair Sampler.)
Ethique Body bar soap:
- Matcha, Lime & Lemongrass
- Lavender & Mint
- Sweet Orange & Vanilla
- Lime & Ginger Bodywash Bar
- Charcoal, Kaolin & Oatmeal
- Pumice, Tea Tree & Spearmint
- Mochaccino Body Polish
- Lime & Ginger Body Polish
- Pumice & Peppermint
- Body Sampler – I didn’t know which to choose so I bought Ethique Body Sampler and loved it.
It comes with five samples:
- Creme Bodywash Bar
- Lime & Ginger Body Polish
- Teatree & Spearmint Foaming Bodywash
- Lavender & Vanilla Glow Deodorant
- Coconut & Lime Butter Block (moisturizer)
Each lasted a long time. Of these, I bought the full-size versions of: Creme Bodywash Bar, the Lavender & Vanilla Glow Deodorant, and the Coconut & Lime Butter Block.
Also, Ethique explains each ingredient and what it’s derived from. Because of this, you will not wonder if the ingredient is derived from palm oil.
You may see similar ingredients in other products; however, they are most likely made from palm oil. Ethique’s are palm oil free.
Freedom Soap Co.
Free from parabens and other synthetic preservatives, Freedom Soap Co. handcrafts their soaps in small batches. Additionally, they use natural ingredients using the cold-process method of soap-making.
They are committed to the environment using only sustainable ingredients.
According to Orangutan Alliance, all of Freedom Soap Co.’s products are certified Palm Oil Free.
Their soaps include:
Activated Charcoal: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Activated Charcoal, Cedarwood Essential Oil, and Pine Essential Oil.
Coffee + Peppermint: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Coffee, Peppermint Essential Oil.
Eucalyptus + Mint
Lavender: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Lavender Essential Oil, and Lavender Buds.
Lemon + Grapefruit: Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Lemon Essential Oil, and Grapefruit Essential Oil.
Lemongrass + Ginger
Oatmeal: Ingredients are Saponified Oils of Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Organic Oatmeal, Lavender Essential Oil, plus Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
Palmarosa + Ginger
Pine + Eucalyptus: Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Pine Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
Plain Jane: Ingredients are Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, and Apricot Kernel.
Rose Clay: Contains Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, and Rose Clay.
Sweet Orange + Cinnamon
Sweet Orange + Cloves
Tea Tree: Contains Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Activated Charcoal, Cedarwood Essential Oil, plus Pine Essential Oil.
Sweet Orange + Patchouli: Ingredients are Saponified Oils of Coconut, Olive, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed, Castor, Apricot Kernel, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, and Patchouli Essential Oil.
Booda Organics Booda Butter All-In-One-Soap
Their website notes that neither the spring water nor the sodium hydroxide remains after saponifying oils. They air-dry their soap for over 2 months before cutting it by hand.
They handcraft their soap from scratch.
Booda Organics makes their soap and all of their products without any palm oil or palm oil derivatives.
Ingredients: Organic & Unrefined Olive Oil, Organic & Unrefined Coconut Oil, Organic & Unrefined Fair Trade Shea Butter, Artesian Spring Water, Sodium Hydroxide.
Here’s a company who also highlights their soap as palm oil free. In addition, their products are vegan-friendly and not tested on animals. Even more, their products are free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol, and petroleum.
Check out these soaps from Kilted Suds without palm oil. They have many more and are always coming up with new combinations.
Charcoal Poppy: Contains Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Water, Sodium hydroxide, Charcoal, Papaver orientale (Poppy) seed.
Lemme Lime with Avocado
Island Universe Bar Soap
Honeydew Bar Soap
Groovy Wombat with Eucalyptus & Patchouli
Summer Forest Soap with Patchouli & Cedar
Calm Bar Soap
Gardener’s Bar Soap
Unearth Malee is another company that doesn’t use palm oil in their products. It’s a huge part of their focus.
Beer Shave Soap
Black Pepper Charcoal Detox
Chai Tea Chocolate
Cilantro Mint Basil
Dead Sea Minerals
Dragon Fruit Green Tea
Hawaiian Salt Seaweed
Honeysuckle Rice Milk
Lavender Lotus Blossom
Plus many more!
Here is another company who is proud to be palm oil free. They explain the ingredient for each of their soaps, inluding the source of each, on their website.
Olive Oil Bar Soap
- Green Tea
- Lemon Thyme
Shea Butter Bar Soap
- Coconut Vanilla
- Argan & Sandalwood
- African Black
Milk Relief Soap
Here is another soap company who highlights the fact they are palm oil free.
Ingredients: Whole Goat’s Milk, Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Cold Pressed Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oil.
They make their soap from scratch and by hand in New Zealand.
Viva La Body
For Australian consumers, there is Viva La Body.
Viva La Body has their entire product portfolio certified Palm Oil Free through Orangutan Alliance.
They offer 41 (!) natural handmade bar soaps. Here are some of them:
- Citrus Scrub
- Cedarwood Lavender & Eucalyptus
- Activated Charcoal & Lemon Myrtle
- Rose Geranium & Pink French Clay
- Tea Tree & Eucalyptus
- Spearmint Scrub
- Tea Tree & Cinnamon
- Rosemary & Clove
- Rosewood Lavender & Sweet Orange
- Sandalwood & Spearmint
- Cinnamon Spice
- Lavender & Oatmeal
- Cinnamon & Patchouli
- Ylang Ylang & Lemongrass
- Cinnamon Orange & Patchouli
- Coconut Cream
- Gardeners Hand Scrub
- Sandalwood & Patchouli
- Mandarin Lavender & Patchouli
- Lavender Scrub
- Lemongrass & Oatmeal
- Peppermint & Poppyseed
Soap stand to extend the life of bar soap
This soap holder from SoapStandle makes it easy to use bar soap. It extends the life of your soap by airing it out.
It’s a simple piece you rest your soap on. It allows the soap to dry out completely, even from the bottom. This really helps extend the life of the soap.
In addition, it eliminates the gooey mess from leaving the soap wet on the counter.
It’s really easy to use. In the past, we were always trying ways to air out the soap by propping it on different things. SoapStandle is an easy solution.
Palm oil free bar soap review
The soaps we’ve tried and use regularly from the list are Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap, Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap, and Ethique’s Lime & Ginger Body Polish, Creme Bodywash Bar, and Teatree & Spearmint Foaming Bodywash.
We love that these soaps get the job done without added ingredients and artificial fragrance.
The Grandma’s and Kiss My Face soaps contain just three ingredients. Even though the main ingredient is olive oil, the Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil soap doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or oily.
My son, who has a palm oil intolerance/sensitivity, loves the Remwood’s Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap.
None of the soaps on this list contain palm oil derived chemicals in the form of detergents and surfactants.
This means they don’t make lather and foam. We don’t miss it.
These bars last a long time. We keep them on a SoapStandle.
In addition, they retain their composure/hardness and really seem to last longer than other soaps we’ve used. Interestingly, it’s as if they wick away water and don’t leave the soap ring.
We are looking forward to trying the other palm free soaps above as well.
Palm oil free soap
We researched hundreds of soaps using lists with 500+ names for palm oil ingredients to find palm free bar soap.
We have verified the soaps above do not contain palm oil derivatives. However, this list is not guaranteed. Please do your own due diligence.
Kiss My Face has confirmed they make their three soaps above without palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
Ethique makes all of their products, including their soap, without palm oil.
Freedom Soap Co.’s line of soap — and other products — are also palm oil free. Depending on where you live, you can find their products in stores.
Booda Organics has confirmed their products as well as their soap is palm oil free. You can find their products at natural food stores, therapeutic wellness spaces, and more.
Kilted Suds verified they make all of their bar soaps and all of their products without palm oil.
Peet Bros. confirmed they make all of their bar soaps and products without palm oil ingredients.
Viva La Body confirmed they make all of their soaps and other products without using palm oil and related derivatives.
Depending on your skin type — normal, oily, dry, acne-prone — you can find a soap without palm oil.
Use these soaps throughout your home. Keep one at each sink in your kitchen and bathoom. Keep another bar by your shower or bath.
Find palm oil free soap
It’s typical for soap manufacturers to use palm oil as an ingredient in soap. Why? It’s inexpensive and binds the soap together.
Learn about palm oil uses.
Companies use ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate — all common in soap and typically made using palm oil — to create foam, lather and suds.
Other common palm oil derivatives in soap include Sodium Palmate, Glycerin, or Glycerine.
Why use palm free soap
Many people choose to avoid palm oil for environmental reasons. In addition, some consumers avoid palm oil for health reasons.
If palm oil makes you sick when you ingest it, you may want to discuss with your physician if you should avoid it in personal care products as well. Please note, we are not medical professionals.
See the list of personal care products my son uses with his palm oil allergy or palm oil intolerance.
Palm oil in soap is common. Chemical and ingredients in soap and from other topical products may be absorbed into your skin, the body’s largest organ.
Palm oil is inexpensive and prevalent in soap. Soap manufacturers use it in many ways in order to save money.
Finding soap without palm oil
If the soap you are using doesn’t say palm oil, palm kernel oil, or red palm oil, it still may contain palm oil. Sodium Palmate is made using palm oil.
Consumers seek out “All Natural” and other types of trending, healthy-seeming soaps. However, when you read the ingredients, often you will find they contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives, including Sodium Palmate, Citric Acid, Tocopherols, and more.
For instance, these types of soaps still often contain palm oil ingredients:
Castile soap – Read ingredients before you buy castile soap. Even leading brands contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
Goat milk soap
Glycerin soap – If it’s not spelled out on the ingredient label, you will have to check with the manufacturer to know the source of the glycerin.
Shea butter soap
You may be stunned to read the ingredients to find they are usually made with sulfates, and other ingredients, most of which are derived from palm oil.
Liquid soap without palm oil
We have yet to find a liquid soap without palm oil.
I am updating this post because I just returned from an Oils party. Guests could pay to make different products. I went with the sole purpose of buying a palm oil free liquid soap.
The hostess instructed us to use a few drops of essential oil, Glycerin and Castile Soap.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the soap because there was a bottle of Glycerin with no ingredients listed other than “Glycerin.” When I arrived home and researched the company, I learned their glycerin derived from palm oil.
Additionally, the Castile Soap, with it’s gleaming, healthy-seeming bottle, contained multiple palm oil derivatives.
Palm oil free soap
Many people may want to make their own soap without palm oil. With a few soap making supplies, you can get started. There are recipes.
You can find palm free soaps which exfoliate and detoxify. Some are therapeutic and/or antibacterial. Some are unscented. There are options for acne-prone skin. You have choices, no matter what your skin type.
With this list, you can find soap for your hands, face, and body… all without palm oil.
If you know of other palm oil free soaps, please list them in the Comments so we can research them and include them on this list.
See our current list of palm oil free products to help making find them easier.
Please support these companies who make soap without palm oil. It’s always great to find palm oil free products.
Please note, the information above is based on our own Internet research, reading labels, and reaching out to companies. We are always updating our posts.
Please note, we are not medical professionals. Consult with your physician or health provider if you are seeking medical advice.
As we find more soap without palm oil, we update this list. Always read labels as manufacturers change ingredients.
Look for Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme to be certain a product is palm oil free.
Why do you choose palm free soaps and products? Have you found others? Please Comment below so we can all learn.