Soap Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Soap

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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. See below for a list of palm oil derivatives common in soap.

We found these natural soaps without palm oil and unnecessary chemicals. However, please use this list as a starting point. It is not guaranteed unless it has earned Palm Oil Free certification.

Soap without palm oil

Kiss My Face

It’s incredible to see a mainstream brand offer three bars soap without palm oil.

Pure Olive Oil Soap

bar soap without palm oil

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. 

Update: Kiss My Face is still unavailable in stores for whatever reason but we are thrilled to report it’s now available again. It’s on Amazon.

Olive Oil & Lavender Bar Soap

Ingredients: Sodium Olivate (Saponified Olive Oil), Aqua, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Parfum. See it here.

Olive & Aloe Bar Soap

Contains: Sodium Olivate (Saponified Olive Oil), Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Parfum. You can see it here.

Remwood Product’s Co. Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap

palm oil free soapIngredients: 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.

Ethique

What is unique about Ethique is they make all of their products without palm oil. In addition, they use sustainable ingredients and minimal packaging, including no plastics.

They offer bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and more.soap without palm oil

Ethique Face soap:

Cleansers:

  • 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.

Cleansing balm:

  • SuperStar! is a face cleanser and makeup remover. Ingredients include cocoa butter, kokum butter, coconut oil, cleansing castor oil, and sweet orange essential oil.

Face scrub:

  • Gingersnap is soap scrub for all skin types. It includes vanilla, cinnamon as well as ginger.

Sample pack:

  • Face Sampler – Ethique offers a Face Sampler which includes small samples of these five products:

Face cleaners:

  • Bliss Bar
  • Gingersnap
  • 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.)

bar soap without palm oil

Ethique Body bar soap:

Bodywash:

Body scrub:

  • Mochaccino Body Polish
  • Lime & Ginger Body Polish

Foot polish:

  • Pumice & Peppermint

Sample pack:

  • Body Sampler –  I didn’t know which to choose so I bought Ethique Body Sampler and love it so far.

It comes with five samples:

Each has been lasting a long time. I love them all!

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. All of their soaps and products are palm oil free. Their products are certified Palm Oil Free.

Their soaps include:

palm free soap

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.

soap without palm oil

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

Patchouli

Peppermint

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.

Sea Kelp

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

soap without palm oil

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.

You can order from their website.

Kilted Suds

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 on their website and are always coming up with new combinations.

Bubblegum 

Lemon Seed

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

Rosemary Mint

soaps without palm oil

Sea Side

Island Universe Bar Soap

Honeydew Bar Soap

Lavender Mint

Groovy Wombat with Eucalyptus & Patchouli

Blueberry Soap

Summer Forest Soap with Patchouli & Cedar

Citronella 

Eucalyptus Clove

Calm Bar Soap

Mint Coffee

Lavender Vanilla

Gardener’s Bar Soap

Peet Bros.

Olive Oil Bar Soap

  • Unscented
  • Aloe
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Lavender

Shea Butter Bar Soap

  • Unscented
  • Coconut Vanilla
  • Argan & Sandalwood
  • Charcoal
  • African Black

They have an entire section on their website about why they are palm oil free. They explain the ingredient for each of their soaps, inluding the source of each.

Milk Relief Soap

palm oil free 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. Their entire product portfolio is palm oil free.

They offer 41 (!) natural handmade bar soaps. Here are some of them:

  • Citrus Scrub
  • Cedarwood Lavender & Eucalyptus 
  • Activated Charcoal & Lemon Myrtle
  • palm oil free soapSandalwood
  • 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 ~ SoapStandle

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 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 makes 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.

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.

Palm oil in soap and from other topical products can 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.

Palm oil ingredients in soap

Watch for these ingredients. They very often or always contain palm oil, especially in everyday brands you see in stores.

  • Sodium Palmate
  • Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS)
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Glycerin
  • Glycerine
  • 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
  • Tocopherols

Also, it’s a mistake to assume you are buying palm free soap just because the label looks to be “eco-friendly,” “plant-derived,” “healthy,” and “green.”

Be aware even organic soaps often contain palm oil.

Consumers seek out these 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 include:

  • Castile soap – Read ingredients before you buy castile soap. Even leading brands contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
  • Coconut soap
  • 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.
  • Handmade soap
  • Lavender soap
  • Natural soap
  • Oatmeal soap
  • Organic soap
  • 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.

Deodorant without palm oil

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.

Here is a website which will show you how.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Soap Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Soap”

  1. Coconut, Babassu, and Murumuru are all types of palm. Also, Kiss my Face is no longer. Finally, try Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company.

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    • Thanks for reaching out about palm oil free soaps. We will check out those brands.

      Kiss My Face offers three bar soaps without palm oil: Olive & Aloe; Olive Oil & Lavender; and Pure Olive Oil.

      We understand coconut and palm are in the Palm Family: Arecaceae. However, “palm oil” and palm oil derivatives are from oil palm, not coconut.

      The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has an informative site in which you can reference Classification for Kingdom Plantae down to Family Arecaceae. From there you can view the “Palm family” and down one level to Genus and from there to Species.

      We understand coconut to be the Cocos nucifera L. Species. Palm oil — as we refer to it on this site — is the oil palm Species Elaeis guineensis Jacq.

      https://plants.usda.gov/java/ClassificationServlet?source=display&classid=Arecaceae
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253018302433

      They are definitely “related,” and it’s interesting to learn more about it. Thanks again!

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      • Please tell me where to buy Kiss My Face Olive Oil bar soap. I can’t find it anymore, except on ebay for exorbitant prices. My favorite soap.

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        • We love Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap as well. We found it at our local health food grocery. It was less than $6 for three bars, and they last such a long time.

          It’s so disappointing Amazon is no longer offering them inexpensively. Thank you for taking the time to Comment about this.

          If you do a Google search for “Kiss My Face,” you will see a Store Locator link. You can put in your zip code to find the retailers in your area that carry their products. Unfortunately, you will have to call the stores or go in to see if they carry the soap, but it will be a start.

          We hope you find it easily! It’s a great palm oil free soap.

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    • Thank you for researching this. We look forward to some of their products returning on the store shelves. We really hope they have palm oil free options and keep these soaps palm oil free.

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    • Thank you for commenting with this helpful info. We hope they keep these three soaps palm oil free and add in other products as well.

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    • Thanks for the suggestion, Jane! It’s great to see they advertise their products as palm oil free and actually list out all of their ingredients in each product.

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  2. Despite the fact that it is still listed on many of their wrappers, I believe the JR Liggett shampoo bars are palm oil free. On their website they have declared they no longer use it.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to make this suggestion.

      We will check them out to see if they are palm oil free. If you are interested in shampoos and soaps without palm oil, avoid the ones with labels that list it in the ingredients. If it says “palm oil” in the ingredients, the shampoo contains it.

      While they may now be palm oil free, they may have older stock in stores until they sell out.

      This happened to us with a few products — unfortunately, they were favorite products that used to be palm oil free but the companies were reformulating to include palm oil. We purposely bought out the “old” palm oil free versions.

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  3. All of the products from Kilted Suds are free from palm and its derivatives. They have a liquid soap too!

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    • Thank you for taking the time to comment with this information. We’ve confirmed with Kilted Suds about their products and are happy to be able to include their palm oil free bar soaps above. We also added their shampoo bars to another post.

      Thank you for adding to this discussion and for this suggestion. It’s a big help to everyone.

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  4. Where have you been all my life?!? SO GLAD to have found someone doing all this research for me! THANK YOU!!!

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    • Thank you for taking the time to write!

      Our son gets sick from it, and after months of keeping everything in notebooks, we thought this would be a good way to help people find what they CAN have rather than what they can’t.

      We want to support these companies who are finding alternatives to palm oil ingredients and draw positive attention to them. We hope more companies will submit their palm oil free products for Palm Oil Free certification labeling. This will make it easier for consumers to support them. We want companies to know many consumers care about the environment and seek out palm oil free options.

      If there are any products you can add, please do. We’d love to have a long list in lots of categories. Thank you for being a proactive consumer!

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