Toothpaste Without Palm Oil | List of Palm Oil Free Toothpaste

At long last! We were able to find palm oil free toothpaste. If you are looking for natural toothpaste, it should be eco-friendly as well.

While you usually won’t see “palm oil” on ingredient labels, it’s usually present in the form of derivatives such as Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, SLS, and more. Manufacturers often use palm oil for sweetening and foaming in toothpaste.

Even natural, vegan, and 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.

Eco-friendly toothpaste

We’ve checked dozens of toothpaste ingredient labels, and even in health food stores, they are hard to find. To date, we’ve found these brands.

There is only ONE brand we found that makes palm oil free toothpaste with fluoride: Grin Natural

Palm oil in toothpaste

See below for the ways palm oil ingredients are hiding in toothpaste. Some common palm oil ingredients to watch out for in toothpaste include:

  • Glycerin (You will see this in most toothpaste brands.)
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and SLS
  • Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate
  • Lauryl Glucoside
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Steareth-30

If the source isn’t listed, it’s typically from palm oil.

Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate are very common in natural-seeming toothpaste.

Palm oil free toothpaste

Please note, our information comes from the product manufacturers. Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from Orangutan Alliance or from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme is the only way to determine products are 100% palm oil free. 

Grin Natural Toothpaste 

We are very excited to try Grin Natural. We weren’t sure we would be able to buy it because we live in the United States and Grin Natural is made in New Zealand.

palm oil free fluoride toothpaste

Grin Natural is certified Palm Oil Free by Orangutan Alliance. This means each of their toothpaste ingredients was traced down to the source. Because they are certified palm oil free, this means you don’t have to worry and wonder about hidden palm oil derivatives.

Note, this is the only palm oil free toothpaste we found with fluoride:

  • Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
  • Whitening Travel Toothpaste with Fluoride
  • Grin Kids’ Berry-Licious with Fluoride

Grin Natural palm oil fluoride-free toothpaste: 

  • Whitening Toothpaste Fluoride-Free
  • Strengthening Toothpaste Fluoride-Free
  • Freshening Cool Mint Toothpaste Fluoride-Free
  • Freshening Cool Mint Travel Toothpaste Fluoride-Free
  • Kids’ Strawberry Fluoride-Free
  • Kids’ Orange Fluoride-Free

They spell out the source of their ingredients on their website. The Glycerine they use is from soybean and/or rapeseed, not from palm oil. The Lauryl Glucoside is from coconut, not palm oil.

In addition, their toothpastes are free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Propylene Glycol, Parabens, and Hydrogen Peroxide. They don’t contain artificial sugars, colors, preservatives, flavors, or fragrances. 

Grin Natural Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride contains natural Propolis extract which bees make. It has antiseptic cleansing properties. Their fluoride toothpastes contain Sodium Monofluorophosphate (1000 ppm). 

You can buy this palm oil free toothpaste if you live in the United States (and likely elsewhere in the world) easily from their website. They offer free shipping with a minimum purchase. They also make biodegradable toothbrushes and biodegradable dental floss, flossers, and picks. 

We received a sample of their Fluoride-Free Natural Strengthening Toothpaste (will update when we use it) and are planning to purchase their Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride. This will be the first fluorinated toothpaste my son will have used in years, (he has reactions to products with palm oil) and we are truly ecstatic he will be able to incorporate this into his dental routine.

Redmond Earth Paste

They confirmed they make all of their toothpaste without palm oil:

palm oil free toothpaste

  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Twist
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Wintergreen
  • 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. They’ve confirmed they make their toothpaste without palm oil. 

When we first bought it, they only sold Peppermint. It’s white and it is mint-flavored. Everyone in our house uses it.

Since using for over a year, my son hasn’t had any issues. My son has a palm oil intolerance / allergy and doesn’t have reactions from the Peppermint. He hasn’t tried the other Davids Natural Toothpaste flavors. In the United States, you can find Davids at Target.

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint – Charcoal
  • Herbal Citrus – Peppermint 

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.

palm free toothpaste

Davids Natural Toothpaste is free from sulfates, fluoride, artificial flavor, color & preservatives. Their toothpaste is vegan and cruelty free.

The carton is made from 100% wind power as well and is recyclable. They care about sustainability and the environment.

My son uses Davids Premium Natural Peppermint Toothpaste. He loves the taste and texture and that it feels like his teeth are clean. 

Bite Toothpaste Bits

This is another natural toothpaste. Bite Toothpaste Bits are natural, palm oil free, and environmentally friendly. Bite Toothpaste Bits are an eco-friendly toothpaste option. They confirmed their toothpaste bits are palm oil free. (They were on Shark Tank as well!)

Bite Toothpaste Bits contain coconut oil instead of palm oil. It’s in the form of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate which helps create foam and helps clean teeth.

eco-friendly toothpaste bits

Instead of squeezing out the toothpaste, Bite Toothpaste comes in Bits. You place a bit in your mouth, and use a wet toothbrush to brush your teeth.

  • Fresh Mint
  • Mint with Activated Charcoal
  • Berry Twist (geared toward kids)

In addition to being sustainable and made without palm oil, Bite Toothpaste Bits come in refillable glass jars. This makes it a zero waste toothpaste.

Zero waste toothpaste

When you order additional Bits, you reuse and refill the glass jar. This eliminates plastic waste. In addition, their refills come in compostable pouches. They don’t use any plastic.

They are cruelty-free. Their ingredients are vegan-friendly.

Eco-friendly toothbrush

In addition, Bite Toothpaste Bits makes eco-friendly toothbrushes. They are made from bamboo. What’s unique about them is the brushes have a detachable head so you can change out the top and reuse the bottom. This company practices sustainability through and through.

Fat and the Moon

They confirmed these dental hygiene products are palm free.  

  • 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. My son likes that it foams. He said it feels like his teeth are getting clean.

palm oil free toothpaste

You only need 2-3 drops on your toothbrush. The bottle will last a long time.

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.

  • 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.

Most brands that advertise “natural” contain palm oil along with many chemicals.

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 having 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. We have been unable to find palm oil free toothpaste with fluoride in the United States.

Organic toothpaste

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, Glycerine and other palm oil derivatives. 

Vegan toothpaste / Cruelty-free toothpaste

Don’t assume just because you buy vegan toothpaste or cruelty-free toothpaste that it’s palm oil free. Read all of the ingredients before buying. If they don’t spell out the source of the Glycerin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate 

Question when you see Vegetable Glycerin or Glycerin (Plant-Based) on ingredient labels without the source listed. Which vegetable? Which plant? Oftentimes, companies are quick to spell out “Coconut” but you will rarely see they list “Palm Oil.”

Sometimes on companies’ master ingredient page on their websites, they may list out some — but usually not all — of their ingredients. If they do list “Palm” as one of their sources, it will be listed with other sources as well. Palm will be listed last as in: from coconut, soy, canola, palm. 

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 was a miracle for us. My son needs a palm free toothpaste, and this worked for him.

He’s been alternating between the Lemon and the Peppermint but years later now mostly uses Davids. Here is a list of personal care items he uses in order to stay safely palm oil free. We look forward to trying Bite Toothpaste Bits as well.

Chemicals in toothpaste

Many of the man-made chemicals you see on toothpaste labels contain palm oil. These are palm oil derivatives are common in eco-friendly brands:

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Glycerin, Glycerine
  • Propylene Glycol

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. Sodium Lauryl  Sulfate is just one name for many surfactants in toothpaste.

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.

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. In toothpaste, manufacturers use surfactants and foaming agents to clean. They also use humectants to retain moisture.

Many self-care products that are free from palm oil use coconut instead. However, if you see coconut on the label, it can still contain palm oil. Once you learn how to find products without palm oil and the names for palm oil, it gets much easier. Be loyal to products when you learn they are palm oil free. 

DIY toothpaste

You can choose to make your own toothpaste without palm oil as well. There are many homemade toothpaste recipes you can use. Most of them use baking soda and essential oils.

Most homemade toothpaste recipes call for:

  • Baking soda
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Coconut oil
  • Peppermint essential oil (not recommended)

One of the advantages to homemade toothpaste is you can omit Glycerin which is a soap that alters the oral microbiome. In addition, while many DIY toothpaste recipes include essential oils, many have anti-bacterial properties which can alter the good bacteria in the mouth.

Homemade toothpaste recipe

Recipe adapted from askthedentist.com:

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda:  1/2 teaspoon 
  • Calcium carbonate:  4 tablespoon
  • Cold-pressed organic coconut oil (melted): 1 teaspoon 
  • Distilled water:  2.5 teaspoons 
  • Anise essential oil (this essential oil is good for the mouth): 1 – 2 drops
  • If for kids, add: Xylitol (2 tablespoons plus 1 additional teaspoon)

Other materials:

  • Small bowl or glass to melt coconut oil
  • Small bowl 
  • Spoon
  • Bottle or container to store toothpaste; glass preferred 

Steps:

  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 7 – 10 seconds
  2. In a small bowl, add baking soda, calcium carbonate, and Xylitol (optional) and mix
  3. Add distilled water and mix
  4. Add melted coconut oil and mix
  5. Drop in anise essential oil; continue mixing
  6. Once it’s smooth, add to jar and seal
  7. It can remain on counter for 5-7 days. Leave that amount out and store the remainder in the refrigerator.

Most homemade recipes use baking soda. Some also use food-grade calcium carbonate powder.

Earth-friendly toothpaste

As the demand for palm oil increases, so does deforestation. Developers clear rain forests to create palm oil plantations. This affects native people, plant species and wildlife, all of whom make their homes in rain forests. In addition, rain forests benefit our world as they improve the air and affect climate. 

Many consumers seek earth-friendly toothpaste. Choosing one above or making your own toothpaste is a natural way to avoid palm oil and be sustainable.

Does toothpaste contain palm oil?

Yes, most all brands and flavors of toothpaste contain palm oil. Even labels with clean labeling and other advertising typically contain it.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly toothpaste, be sure it doesn’t contain palm oil ingredients. Truly eco-friendly toothpastes will be zero waste as well. Do your best to support palm oil free toothpaste.

We are so grateful to Grin Natural, Davids, Earth Paste, Bite Toothpaste Bits, and Fat and the Moon for making tooth cleaners without palm oil.

Learn how to use less palm oil each week. For information on other self-care and hygiene products, see:

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 Palm Oil Free by Orangutan Alliance or the Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme. Read labels and do your own due diligence.

Why do you want eco-friendly toothpaste? Do you believe when a company advertises “natural toothpaste” that it is? Did you know palm oil is common in toothpaste? Please leave your Comments below. 

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9 thoughts on “Toothpaste Without Palm Oil | List of Palm Oil Free Toothpaste”

  1. I just want to thank you for doing this extensive research on Palm Oil and Palm Oil by products. I recently started having severe allergic reactions to what seemed like everything, until I stumbled across your blog in the search of what could be the culprit. You brought to light that it does indeed seem like I have developed a severe allergy to palm oil after I realized it was the ingredient that was in common with everything I was reacting to. I feel like you’ve saved my life by enlightening me and by helping me navigate which products to avoid and which are safe. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I suffer on a daily basis and even went to the hospital for help and all they did was give me a 24 hr allergy medication which made me violently ill for 3 days until it finally left my system. I am having to also enlighten the doctors that have been trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I know there is a lot of ground work I still have to do, and it will be a constant struggle to deal with since its hard not to be exposed to this ingredient but at least I feel well informed because of you and your family. God bless you!

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    • Dear Ashley, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write. I am sorry to hear how much you suffer from palm oil.

      We wish you the best of health and patience as you navigate labels. Print out the list of alternative names for palm oil derivatives and reference it before you buy anything.

      Doing this all the time has greatly decreased the times my son has gotten sick. It gets a lot easier once you know the way companies use palm oil, the types of products it’s in, and the common palm oil derivatives to look for in the categories of products you buy. My son and I pretty much assume everything contains palm oil, and it’s the exception when it doesn’t. It’s not worth him having something and getting so sick.

      I hope you will continue to talk with your doctors about this as we continue to do. Our doctors, pharmacists, nurses — even people at the stores when they see us reading labels. It’s all an opportunity to educate.

      By simply reading labels, and buying the products that don’t have palm oil and palm oil derivatives (and in many cases having to make our own products) we can all make such a difference.

      If you are inclined, write to companies who have now started using palm oil, and try to get it through to the decision-makers within the companies. Let them know you are not buying their products. Support and thank companies who are making their products without it. Again, make sure to thank the decision-makers. Tell them about Palm Oil Free certification labeling.

      You and my son are not alone from having bad reactions to palm oil — so many people read our post about it. Couple these serious and adverse health reactions to palm oil plus all the environmental reasons to avoid it, and hopefully companies will start learning it’s a huge marketing position to make and advertise their products as being palm oil free.

      Thank you again for taking the time to write. I showed your beautiful comments to my son, and he (and I) just lit up.

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  2. I have an allergy to palm oil too and I am slowly finding products I can use. The toothpaste I found I can use is – David’s Toothpaste https://davids-usa.com.

    Their customer service confirmed to me that none of their ingredients are derived from palm oil.

    Reply
    • Hello Tammy, Thank you for writing. I am sorry to learn you have reactions from palm oil. I’m glad you figured out that is what has been bothering you.

      We really appreciating you writing with this suggestion. It’s been incredibly difficult to find toothpaste without palm oil. Even when brands advertise their products as Glycerin free and SLS free, we are learning they typically contain palm oil derivatives.

      We will reach out to David’s and will hopefully be able to include them on this list. Wouldn’t that be fantastic to have another company to choose from!

      Thank you again. We wish you the best of health and patience as you learn about more products you can have. They are out there! Keep reading labels and matching them against the hundreds of alternate names for palm oil. Best wishes!

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    • Hi Tammy, We wrote them David’s Toothpaste on 2/4/19 and followed up twice since. We will update when we hear back. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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  3. Hi – I want toothpaste that contains fluoride but not palm oil. It seems like all the ones that have fluoride are not pal oil free. Do you know of any that have fluoride but no palm oil?

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    • Hi, we’ve haven’t been able to find one unfortunately. I was concerned when my son made the switch to Earthpaste.

      The great news is that after a year of using it, my son has had two dental checkups and hasn’t had any cavities. We do live in an area with fluorinated water. He only drinks water and brushes twice a day.

      This isn’t meant to be medical advice; it’s only to tell you our experience. I was concerned with there not being fluoride but we haven’t been able to find palm oil free toothpaste despite reading dozens of ingredient labels from many different stores.

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