At long last! We were able to find palm oil free toothpaste.
While you usually won’t see “palm oil” on ingredient labels, it’s usually present in the form of derivatives such as Glycerin, SLS, and more.
Manufacturers often use palm oil for sweetening and foaming in toothpaste.
Even natural, healthy-looking toothpaste brands typically contain palm oil in some form. Toothpaste companies may advertise “Coconut Oil” but when you read the ingredients, you will find several palm oil derivatives as well.
We’ve checked dozens of toothpaste ingredient labels, and even in health food stores, there are hard to find. To date, we’ve found three brands.
We haven’t found a palm oil free toothpaste with fluoride.
See below for the ways palm oil ingredients are hiding in toothpaste.
Please note, our information comes from the 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.
Palm oil in toothpaste
Some common palm oil ingredients to watch out for in toothpaste include:
- Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and SLS
- Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
- Sodium Stearate
If the source of the Glycerin isn’t listed, it’s most likely from palm oil.
Palm oil free toothpaste
Redmond Earth Paste
They make all of their toothpaste without palm oil:
- Lemon Twist
- Earthpowder Peppermint with Charcoal
In addition to not containing palm oil derivatives, Earth Paste is free from foaming agents, artificial coloring and is fluoride free.
On a personal note, my son — who has an intolerance to palm oil and reacts to anything with palm oil in it — started using Earth Paste Lemon Twist, and it solved our issues.
Prior to finding this palm oil free toothpaste, he had really bad chapped lips, including the skin around his lips, for weeks.
Within just days of using Earth Paste toothpaste, his lips completely healed.
Since using this brand of toothpaste, he hasn’t had chapped lips, cracking on the sides of his lips/mouth, or any mouth-sore issues whatsoever. He used Earthpaste for over a year.
He has reactions to palm oil in foods, and we didn’t realize it was also in personal care items, including toothpaste, soap, lip balm, etc.
Davids Best Natural Toothpaste
We were thrilled to find Davids Natural Toothpaste to change up my son’s dental care routine. It’s white and it is mint-flavored. Everyone in our house uses it.
They’ve confirmed they make their toothpaste without palm oil. Since using it, my son hasn’t had any issues.
In addition, 98% of their ingredients are from the United States — in order to support American jobs — including their Glycerin which is derived from non-GMO soy.
It’s free from sulfates, fluoride, artificial flavor, color & preservatives. It’s vegan and cruelty free. The carton is made from 100% wind power as well and is recyclable.
My son now uses Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste. He loves the taste and that it feels like his teeth are clean.
This toothpaste is white, which he also likes.
Fat and the Moon
- Tooth Cleanse Anise & Clove
We also bought this palm oil free tooth cleaner. It’s a liquid, not a paste.
My son uses Fat and the Moon’s Tooth Cleanse occasionally to switch up his oral care. We are always happy when we find palm oil free products and love to try them.
You only need 2-3 drops on your toothbrush. The bottle will last a long time.
My son likes that it foams. He said it feels like his teeth are getting clean.
This palm oil free toothpaste alternative is also fluoride-free.
The ingredients are Castile Soap (Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract), Organic Myrrh Tincture, and Essential Oils of Organic Anise and Organic Clove.
As a side note, most castile soap contains palm oil derivatives. It’s remarkable Fat and the Moon spells out the ingredients in theirs and that it’s palm oil free.
We verified with Fat and the Moon their Anise & Clove Tooth Cleanse is palm oil free.
- Fat and the Moon Tooth Polish
They also offer a Tooth Polish for once-a-week use. It’s geared more toward adults to help prevent coffee stains, etc. This tooth polish is made without palm oil derivatives.
Toothpaste without palm oil
Most all toothpastes contain palm oil derivatives.
Brands that advertise “natural” contain it.
Toothpastes which contain “coconut oil” will also list palm oil derivatives on their labels.
You will likely find more than one palm oil ingredient in toothpaste.
Toothpastes that don’t contain palm oil typically don’t foam. So if a toothpaste label says “no foaming agents,” there’s a better chance of it not less palm-based ingredients.
Also, you may have luck seeking out non fluoride toothpaste. This is because toothpaste without fluoride often has less ingredients overall.
Don’t assume just because you buy organic toothpaste that it’s free from palm oil. You still have to read all ingredient labels.
Many organic toothpastes contain Glycerin and other palm oil derivatives. We have been unable to find palm oil free toothpaste with fluoride.
Toothpaste without palm oil
At first, we went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, hoping to find toothpaste without palm oil. After reading all the ingredients, we thought we found two of them.
After a week of trying each, my son still had extremely dry lips. I looked up the ingredients on both toothpastes and found out both had hidden palm oil derivatives.
Afterwards, I found Earth Paste at a natural grocery store, and it’s been a miracle for us. My son needs a palm free toothpaste, and this works for him.
He’s been alternating between the Lemon and the Peppermint but now mostly uses Davids. Here is a list of personal care items he uses in order to stay safely palm oil free.
SLS free toothpaste
When a toothpaste advertises it is SLS free, that means it doesn’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
SLS is controversial for many reasons. For our purposes, we avoid products and toothpaste with SLS because it is often made with palm oil.
You may see toothpaste brands advertise themselves as SLS free and assume they are palm oil free. Know this is not always the case.
Sodium Methyl Cocyl Taurate
Some SLS-free toothpastes use Sodium Methyl Cocyl Taurate instead of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Manufacturers consider this ingredient to be milder and less irritating; however, it is still a synthetic surfactant.
Also, if you are looking for a toothpaste without palm oil, you will want to avoid both SLS and Sodium Methyl Cocyl Taurate.
According to the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme, like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is considered a palm oil derivative.
Palm oil free toothpaste
There are many uses for palm oil. Manufacturers use it in a multitude of ways, under hundreds of names. It’s a versatile oil.
Many self-care products that are free from palm oil use coconut instead. You can choose to make your own toothpaste without palm oil as well. Many homemade recipes use baking soda. Some also use food-grade Calcium Carbonate powder.
Due to palm oil deforestation, many consumers want products without palm oil.
It’s hard to avoid it altogether, but there are certain palm oil products to avoid that are easy to replace.
Do your best to support palm oil free toothpaste.
We are so grateful to Earth Paste, Davids, and to Fat and the Moon for making tooth cleaners without palm oil. If you know of others, please post in the Comments.
We are not medical professionals. Please consult with your physician and dental health care provider before changing dental health routines.
This list is meant to be a starting point; it isn’t guaranteed. To ensure it’s Palm Oil Free, it should be certified by the International Palm Oil Free Trademark Certification Programme. Read labels and do your own due diligence.
Why do you avoid palm oil in toothpaste? Do you know of other brands? Please leave your Comments below.