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.
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
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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
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.
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 brand we found with fluoride:
- Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
- Whitening Travel Toothpaste with Fluoride
- Grin Kids’ Berry-Licious with Fluoride
Grin Natural palm oil free toothpaste without fluoride:
- 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. Use this link for a $5 off coupon. They offer free shipping with a minimum purchase. (We purchased one tube and received free shipping.) They also make biodegradable toothbrushes and biodegradable dental floss, flossers, and picks. If you purchase a 3-pack, you will receive free travel size toothpaste.
We received a sample of their Fluoride-Free Natural Strengthening Toothpaste and just purchased their Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride. In addition to finding it online, TJMaxx sometimes carries Grin Natural Toothpaste but it will be a hit or miss.
Redmond Earth Paste
They confirmed 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. 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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon
- Calcium carbonate: 4 tablespoons
- 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)
- Small bowl or glass to melt coconut oil
- Small bowl
- Bottle or container to store toothpaste; glass preferred
- Melt coconut oil in microwave for 7 – 10 seconds
- In a small bowl, add baking soda, calcium carbonate, and Xylitol (optional) and mix
- Add distilled water and mix
- Add melted coconut oil and mix
- Drop in anise essential oil; continue mixing
- Once it’s smooth, add to jar and seal
- 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.
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:
- Makeup without palm oil
- Soap without palm oil
- Lip balm without palm oil
- Palm oil free deodorant
- Shampoo without palm oil
- Sunscreen without palm oil
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.