Personal Care Items Our Son Uses With a Palm Oil Intolerance

personal care items with palm oil intolerance


Palm oil is prevalent in personal care items such as soap, shampoo, lip balm, etc. Palm oil makes our son sick. This is a list of the personal care items he uses in order to stay healthy and live palm oil free.

Palm oil is common in processed foods as well as in non-foods.

When we first made the connection that palm oil was causing him to have allergy symptoms, we started logging what he ate. We eliminated foods.

At that time, we only knew to eliminate foods with “palm oil” and “palm kernel oil” from his diet. Still, he was having reactions.

We didn’t know why until we came upon the list from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme (POFCAP). We learned there are hundreds of names for palm oil ingredients. Many of them don’t have “palm” in them, making them more challenging to recognize. 

We printed out this list of names for palm oil and didn’t buy any food until we cross-referenced it against their list. It continues to be a tremendous help. 

At that time, we didn’t know palm oil is common in non-food items as well. Our son was still getting sick. Oftentimes it was from personal care products that contained palm oil.

Learn more about his reactions to palm oil in our post about his palm oil allergy or palm oil intolerance: Can You Be Allergic to Palm Oil?

Palm oil in personal care items our son was using

After we drastically cut down on processed foods, there were other times he would get sick — sometimes right before our eyes. Meaning, he would have an almost-immediate reaction to a product.

During this time, we started to learn how prevalent palm oil is in all types of products, including soap, toothpaste, and shampoo, etc.

Reactions from lip balm

He had such chapped lips that we put a free sample of a Rodan + Fields serum on them before he went to bed. While his chapped lips went away overnight, he woke up with a bad sore throat.

We looked up the ingredients, and sure enough, there were at least two palm oil ingredients in it. (The ingredients had “palm” in the name.)

Reactions from toothpaste

Awhile later, he had dry lips and cracking in the corners of his mouth. When we learned there is palm oil in toothpaste, we sought out to find a different one. When we finally found one — he used Redmond Earthpaste — his lips healed in days.  

Reactions from soap

Never again do we use the free samples in hotels, no matter how eco-friendly the packaging.

After using soap from a hotel, our son got such a bad sore throat, he was sick for days. Whenever we travel, we bring a full-size palm oil free bar with us for our family to use.

How does our son live without palm oil? This is a list of the foods he eats. Here we discuss the personal items he uses regularly.

Learn how to use less palm oil; One way is by using less of these types of products when you use them. Another is to skip a day, especially for something like lotion. 

Personal care items without palm oil when you have a palm oil intolerance

It’s important to know that even companies who seem to be environmentally-friendly often use palm oil in their products.

You may see companies highlight the “coconut” in their products only to look at the rest of the ingredients and see many palm oil derivative names.

Also, if they don’t spell out the source, as in Tocopherol (Soy) or Tocopherol (Sunflower) it most likely contains palm oil.

Always try to find products with the least amount of ingredients. For non-food products, these tend to be the ones that don’t have scents. 

Smaller, independent, speciality companies also will use higher quality ingredients. Remember, palm oil is inexpensive. That’s why so many companies use it.

We have many lists of personal care products without palm oil in which we list all of these smaller companies and their amazing palm oil free products. Our household uses many of them.

For this post, we are listing what our son uses regularly. 

Please note, we aren’t guaranteeing any of these are palm oil free. You don’t know if something is 100% palm oil free unless it has the Palm Oil Free certification labeling. These are products our son uses safely. 


  • Davids Natural Toothpaste

We are grateful to have found this toothpaste. It foams and is minty. He feels his teeth are clean after using it. 

Unfortunately, we haven’t found a fluorinated toothpaste without palm oil. 

Typically, there is more than one palm oil ingredient in toothpaste, no matter how eco-friendly it may seem. Some of them include Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, and Propylene Glycol.

See toothpaste without palm oil for more info.


  • Schmidt’s Original Deodorant
  • Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

This is a great example of a company who spells out the source. As an example, they spell out the source of each of these ingredients which in other products are typically made from palm oil:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil)
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E, sunflower derived)

We are thrilled to find this deodorant at Target now. 

See our post about deodorant without palm oil.

Bar soap

  • Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap / Remwood Products – He uses at home.
  • Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap – We bring on vacation and all use.

There are so many palm oil ingredients in liquid and bar soaps you find at mass retailers. These include Sodium Palmate, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, etc.

Look for soap, and all of these products, with the fewest ingredients possible.

See more info in our post about soap without palm oil.


He doesn’t regularly use traditional shampoo. Instead, he uses:

  • Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap / Remwood Products

Shampoo bars are less likely to contain palm oil than liquid shampoos.

Some palm oil ingredients in shampoos include Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Glycerin.

See our list of shampoo and conditioner without palm oil.

Lip balm

  • Booda Organics Original Lip Balm
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing Moisturizer 

Ingredients in lip balms vary greatly. You will find some products with just a few ingredients and many others with 10+ ingredients. Remember, the more ingredients something has, the greater the chance it has palm oil.

Like all of these personal care products, there are many palm oil derivatives to watch out for. Some include Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, etc. 

See lip balm without palm oil for more info.


  • Badger Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen All Season Face Stick
  • Badger Sport Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream Clear Zinc

Whether you are looking for a cream, lotion, or a spray, it’s difficult to find this palm oil free. The palm oil derivatives are usually in the Inactive Ingredients. There are many to watch for, including Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Glycerol Stearate, etc. 

See our list to learn more about sunscreen.


At times, our son has needed lotion but so far we haven’t used it. When we do, we will use what we buy regularly:

  • Ethique Coconut & Lime Butter Block

There is a long list of the palm oil derivatives companies use in lotion. Some of them include Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, etc. 

See our post about lotion without palm oil. 

Personal care products you can use if you avoid palm oil 

We have others items he uses on occasion but these are the ones he uses most often. While we are always looking for more products he can use, we try not to change his products because we know these are working for him. 

Using less overall

By using less products overall, it is better for the environment. It also saves money. In addition, it means less ingredients and chemicals our body has to process. 

These are some items we use which make living without palm oil easier.

Eco-friendly brands and greenwashing

When you start looking at the long list of ingredients in most self-care products and non-food products you buy, it’s incredible.

Most of the ingredients don’t have “palm” in the name. 

Before intentionally giving up palm oil, our household never took much notice. Were there always so many ingredients in these products? I don’t think so.

Back in the 1990s, I switched to an eco-friendly brand of shampoo and conditioner. I found the Sodium Lauryl Sulfite and the Aluminum Lauryl Sulfites and similar type ingredients in other products affected my scalp.

Fast forward twenty years, I was still buying from the same company but the products affected me. They weren’t the same “clean” type ingredients they used to be.

This company built an image as being environmentally-friendly — and even though they’ve changed ingredients to lower quality / cheaper ingredients in so many of their products — most consumers don’t know or care.

Why Palm Oil Free labeling certification is important

Palm oil is in all of types of self-care, hygiene, and beauty products.

It’s in shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, and deodorant. It’s in shaving cream, cosmetics, lipstick, nail polish, hair dye, hair gel, and face paint. 

Most consumers have no idea many of the ingredients in these items are derived from palm oil.

The only way to know is if the product has earned Palm Oil Free certification. 

Remember, if you are avoiding palm oil for environmental reasons, you may be fine with purchasing products that use sustainable palm oil. However, if you avoid it because you have a palm oil sensitivity, you need to know if it has palm oil in it.

When a product has a Palm Oil Free label on it, you will know for sure that each ingredient was thoroughly researched, down to the source.

How to find hygiene items without palm oil

Choose products with the least amount of ingredients.

Assume “Glycerin” and “Tocopherol” are made from palm oil unless they state the source. See our other posts for the ways palm oil derivatives are present in these types of products.

Know that most hygiene and personal care items contain more than one palm oil ingredient.

Learn the ways in which companies use palm oil. In this way, you will know what to look for no matter what the product.

When looking for palm oil free personal care type products, it’s best to patronize small businesses and artisans. Go to your local farmer’s market. Check out the label from a bar soap when you are in a specialty shop.

These are the opportunities to support small businesses while also getting a much higher quality product. 

List of favorite palm oil free care products

  • Davids Natural Toothpaste
  • Schmidt’s deodorants
  • Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap / Remwood Products
  • Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap
  • Booda Organics Original Lip Balm
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing Moisturizer
  • Badger Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen All Season Face Stick
  • Badger Sport Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream
  • Ethique Coconut & Lime Butter Block
Thank you for reading and for being an Informed Consumer! 

Lotion Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Moisturizer


Palm oil is common in lotions, creams and moisturizers because it’s inexpensive and versatile. Companies use it as a preservative. It also works as an emollient to soften the skin. Here’s a list of lotion without palm oil.

Read labels, and choose lotions with the least amount of ingredients to lessen your chance of palm oil.

There are many ways companies disguise palm oil in self-care products.

We became aware of palm oil in lotion because our child has allergic reactions to palm oil. Palm oil allergy / intolerance 

Palm oil derivatives in lotion

Take a look at the ingredients in some moisturizers and lotions you already own. What’s in them?

While you likely won’t see “palm oil” listed in the ingredients, you will see palm oil derivatives such as:

  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Ceteareth 30,  Ceteareth 20
  • Cetearyl Glucoside
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Coco Caprylate
  • Dimethicone
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Ethylexylglycerin
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Glycerin
  • Glycerin (Vegetable)
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Glyceryl Monostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate
  • Laureth-7
  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38
  • PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate
  • PEG-40 Stearate
  • PEG-100 Stearate
  • Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sorbitan Tristearate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Stearoyl Glutamate
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Tocopherol (with or without Vitamin E listed)

Typically, there will be more than one palm oil ingredient in lotion, making them easy to find on labels.

Unless the company lists the source of an ingredient — as in Tocopherol (Sunflower) — you won’t know whether it’s made from palm oil unless you contact them. Palm oil derivatives are common in face creams, lotions, moisturizers, etc.

Lotion without palm oil

Support these companies who make palm oil free lotions, creams and moisturizers. They are the exception in this industry.

Most of these brands also list all of their ingredients transparently on their websites.

Even more, some of these companies make all of their products palm oil free.

Please note, we do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from 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 free balm


  • After Sun Balm
  • Aromatic Chest Rub
  • Baby Balm
  • Badger Balm
  • Badger Balm Unscented: Contains just two ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil and organic beeswax.
  • Belly Butter
  • Damascus Rose Beauty Balm
  • Foot Balm
  • Tattoo Balm

It’s easy to find the ingredients in each of Badger’s balms on their website.

Be aware of companies who make it difficult to find their products’ ingredients.

moisturizer without palm oilBooda Organics

  • Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer
    • Spread the Love, 2.3 oz
    • Tub of Love, 8.4 oz

Booda Butter is available two sizes. It contains just five ingredients.

Their ingredients are Certified Organic & Unrefined.

Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Jojoba Oil. 

Booda Organics confirmed their products are palm oil free.

butter block without palm oil


  • Ethique Butter Blocks
    • Sweet Orange & Vanilla
    • Coconut & Lime
    • Jasmine & Ylang Ylang
  • Peppermint & Tea Tree Foot Balm
  • Love Baby Bar Baby Massage Bar

Ethique makes all of their products, including these Butter Blocks and Bars, without palm oil.

Their products are certified Palm Oil Free by Orangutan Alliance.

Ethique spells out each ingredient. They also have an “Our Ingredients” page which explains the SOURCE of each ingredient.

In addition, they explain how the ingredients aren’t derived from palm oil and what they use instead.

palm free face moisturizer
palm oil free facial moisturizer

The Fanciful Fox

  • Best Buds Body Butter
  • Body Lotion
    • Beatnik Poet
    • Fire Dance
    • Lucid Dream
    • Pink Wednesday
    • Oats I Did It Again
  • Bright Eyes: Eye Cream
  • Facial Moisturizer
    • About Face
    • Present Perfect
    • Blemish Buster
    • Save Face
  • Hand & Body Moisturizer
    • Sweetie Pie Whipped Cream
    • Unicorn Dreams Whipped Cream
  • Naked Baby Mild Lotion

They list their ingredients on their website. Their owner verified all of their products are palm oil free.

face and body cream without palm oil

Fat and the Moon

  • All Cream
  • Aloe Lotion
  • Face Oil
  • Love Thyself Bod Oil
  • Moon Fat Bod Oil

Here is another company who lists their ingredients on their website. Also, they make all of their other products without palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

Freedom Soap Co.

Freedom Soap Co.

  • Whipped Shea Butter

They make all of their bar soaps and other products without palm oil. You can find all of their ingredients easily on their website.

Also note, Freedom Soap Co. has taken extra steps to apply for and earn palm oil free certification. All of Freedom Soap Co.’s products are Orangutan Alliance Certified Palm Oil Free.

Kilted Suds lotion

Kilted Suds

  • Breath with Eucalyptus & Mint
  • Chamomile with Hemp Seed Oil
  • Citrus with Hemp Seed Oil
  • Creative
  • Dathuil
  • French Vanilla
  • Gnat Away Solid Lotion Stick
  • Groovy Wombat Lotion
  • Hibiscus
  • Lilac & Lily
  • Muscle Relief Massage Butter
  • Patchouli
  • Pumpkin Spice with Hemp Seed Oil
  • Rainforest Lotion with Hemp Seed Oil
  • Sleep with Lavender and Cedar

Kilted Suds makes all of their lotions and and other products without palm oil.

They also list the ingredients for all of their products on their website. The owner confirmed the Tocopherols, Cetearyl Alcohol and Coco-Glucoside they use are not derived from palm oil. Instead, they use olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil.

Simply Eden

  • Foot and Body Balm
    • Peppermint & Lavender
    • with Immune-Supportive Essential Oils

Their Peppermint & Lavender balm is handmade with six ingredients: Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil.

Also, it’s easy to find the ingredients for their lotions on their website.

organic lotion bar without palm oil derivatives
Unearth Malee – palm oil free organic lotion bar

Unearth Malee

  • Body Butter
    • Citrus Woods Organic
    • French Lavender Organic
    • Prickly Pear
  • Organic Lotion Bar
    • Ginger Lemongrass
    • Jasmine Mint
    • Lavender Chai
    • Patchouli Orange
    • Prickly Pear
  • Treatment Balm
    • Ginseng
    • Thai Herbal Muscle Rub
    • Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory

Unearth Malee makes all of their self-care products, including these butters, lotions and balms, without palm oil.

Palm oil common in all types of lotions

Whether you use an “all purpose” lotion or one specifically for eyes, hands, feet, body or face, there is likely palm oil in it. Body butters contain palm oil. Baby lotions and creams contain it. It’s common in foot cream, hand moisturizers and eye cream.

While scented lotions generally contain more ingredients, unscented lotions still contain palm oil derivatives.

Hypoallergenic lotions also contain palm oil.

The majority of the lotions you will find in grocery stores and stores such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Costco, etc., will contain palm oil.

Remember, palm oil has many uses and is a versatile product. It’s also very inexpensive for manufacturers to use.

The very best thing you can do is read labels. If the lotion has a long list of chemical names — many of them are above — you can be sure they aren’t palm oil free.

The only way to know for certain is if the product is Palm Oil Free certified.

Second best is to ask the company — ask them to check with their R&D department — specifically about each ingredient. Most customer service reps will not know the source of the ingredients.

Watch for “natural” lotions

Note, even in brands, labeling and packaging you may perceive to be “natural, healthy, and earth-friendly,” there may be palm oil ingredients. Companies who advertise them as vegan and cruelty-free can still contain palm oil.

Plant-derived lotions

In self-care products, marketers use buzzwords such as “Plant-Derived.” This may mean the creme or moisturizer contains palm oil.

Natural ingredients in lotions

You might also see labeling advertising the lotion is “Natural” or made using “Natural Ingredients.” This is another marketing tool. Palm oil is considered “natural.”

Using less lotion

Using less of something with palm oil in it is a way to lessen overall demand. What can you do? Try skipping a day or using less lotion each time you apply it. Make small changes and find ways to use less palm oil.

Palm oil free lotion

There are many reasons consumers seek out palm oil free moisturizers and lotions. Many avoid palm oil for the environmental implications. Others avoid it for health reasons.

This is a list of the personal care items our son uses without palm oil. 

Vote with your dollars and buy palm free lotion. Ask companies about their ingredients. Thank companies who are making lotions without palm oil.

Remember, when companies advertise lotions as non-allergenic, hypo-allergenic, natural, or plant-derived, these too can contain palm ingredients hidden under other names.

Do you know other palm oil free creams, lotions, and moisturizers? Please leave them in the Comments so we can all support these brands. Why do you seek out these types of products? Please let us know in the Comments.

This list is not guaranteed; use it as a starting point. Remember, Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free. 

Sunscreen Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Sunscreen

find palm oil free sunscreen


When you look for sunscreen without palm oil, you typically won’t see ‘palm oil’ in the ingredients. Most are in the form of palm oil derivatives.

Sunscreen lotions, creams, balms and sprays typically contain palm oil in some form.

Here are some common ways palm oil may be hiding in your sunscreen — even in healthy-seeming labels or more expensive brands:

  • Calcium Stearate
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Capryl Glycol
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cocoglucoside
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Isostearic Acid
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Tocopherol
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Vitamin E and Vitamin E Tocopherol

Get ready for summer!

We’ve confirmed with these companies these sunscreens are palm oil free. However, this list is not guaranteed. Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free. 

Sunscreen Without Palm Oil

W.S. Badger Co.

They have confirmed these sunscreens are free from palm oil derivatives.

palm oil free sunscreen

Sunscreen lotions and creams without palm oil:

  • Clear Zinc Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen Unscented SPF 35
  • Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Tinted Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30
  • Unscented Sunscreen SPF 15
  • Lavender Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Sunscreen Bug Repellent
  • Kids Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Baby Sunscreen SPF 30
  • Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen SPF 40
  • Sport Sunscreen SPF 35

palm oil free sunstick

Sunscreen sticks without palm oil:

  • Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 35
  • Kids Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 35

Other palm free sun care products:

  • After Sun Balm Organic Skin Moisturizer
  • Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 15

Read labels and choose one of these palm oil free sunscreens from Badger. (Note, their SPF 25 lotions contain it.)

Empire Squid

They have confirmed all of their products, including their sunscreens, are palm oil free.

sunscreen without palm oil

  • LifeGuard:
    • Facial Sunscreen
    • Organic Sunscreen – available with beeswax or vegan
    • Sunscreen with Red Raspberry

These are available in Original or Extra Protection. They contain zinc oxide.

The Vitamin E in these sunscreens are palm oil free and made with non-GMO soy and sunflower oil.

  • Sun Set After Sun Spray – contains aloe vera and zero preservatives

palm free sunscreen

Kiss My Face

They have confirmed they make these two sunscreens without palm oil.

  • Kiss My Face Organics Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Face + Body SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

Palm oil free sunscreen

It’s a good idea to wear sunscreen in the summer, on vacations, and when you will be outside for awhile. More people use sunscreen on sunny days in the spring and fall as well.

It’s really important to read labels for sunscreen. We have searched most every commercial brand, and they all contained some type of palm oil derivative. Oftentimes, they contained more than one.

Plant-derived = palm oil 

If you look on many sunscreen companies’ websites (and many products in general), companies often describe their ingredients as plant-based or plant-derived. If they aren’t explaining the source — Which plant?! — it’s often likely from palm oil.

Watch out for industry buzzwords.

Many companies who tout “plant-derived,” “natural”, “vegan”, and “organic” may still be using palm oil derivatives in their sunscreens.

Please support these sunscreens without palm oil.

How to find sunscreen without palm oil

find palm oil free sunscreen

There are many things you can do.

Read labels.

Learn how companies use palm oil so you know what to watch for.

Find out which products likely contain it.

There are hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives. Print this list for a reference.

You may be learning how prevalent palm oil is in self-care products. Check out these posts:

Our son has allergic reactions to palm oil. We consider it to be a palm oil intolerance. If you experience similar reactions, learn more about our/his experience with a palm oil allergy. These are personal care products he uses safely.

Remember to read labels as companies change ingredients. This list is meant to be a starting point as a reference to help find sunscreen without palm oil.

Let us know why you choose sunscreen without palm oil. If you know of palm free sunscreens, please list them in the Comments. Thank you for being an Educated Consumer.

Please note, we do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from product manufacturers. Do your own due diligence.

Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme ensures products are 100% palm oil free. 





Deodorant Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Deodorant


When you are looking for deodorant without palm oil, choose the ones with as few ingredients as possible.

In deodorant, palm oil ingredients are hidden under many names. They are prevalent in spray, wipe, and stick deodorants as well as antiperspirants.

Palm oil ingredients in deodorant

Common palm oil derivatives in deodorant include:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Ceteareth-25
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Elaeis guineensis 
  • Ethylhexyl
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Palmitate
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Steareth – 100
  • Stearic Acid
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Tocopherols without the source listed
  • Triglycerides
  • Vitamin E without the source

Deodorant without palm oil

It is possible to find deodorant free from palm oil derivatives. All of these companies show their ingredients easily and transparently on their websites. They have nothing to hide!

Please note, this list is not guaranteed. We reached out to companies to confirm and cross-referenced their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives.

To be certain deodorant or any products are palm oil free, they should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.

Use this as a starting point, and check these out:

deodorant without palm oil


  • Sans – Unscented Solid Deodorant
  • Botantica – Lavender & Vanilla
  • Rustic – Lime, Eucayptus, & Cedarwood

Ethique confirmed all of their products, including deodorants, are palm oil free.

This is one of the few companies who advertises each of their products as “palm oil free” on their website. They are cruelty-free, sustainable and vegan as well.  They also include minimal packaging.

no palm oil deodorant

Ethique’s deodorants are for all skin types. They are made with bamboo and zinc oxide. They are free from aluminum and baking soda.

We also like they have an Ingredients section on their website which explains the source of each of their ingredients. Many ingredients specifically state they are not sourced from palm oil.

Fat and the Moon

deodorant cream palm oil free

  • Deodorant Cream
  • Lil’ Deodorant Cream
  • Sensitive Pit Cream
  • Lil’ Sensitive Pit Cream

Fat and the Moon confirmed their vast array of products are all palm oil free. Most of the ingredients in these deodorants are organic.

Deodorant Cream and Lil’ Deodorant Cream

Deodorant Cream comes in 2 oz and 6 oz while their Lil’ Deodorant Cream is available in a .5 oz tin.

These creams are made with coconut oil and baking soda. The baking soda is aluminum free.

Additional ingredients include arrowroot starch, beeswax, essential oils of black pepper, clary sage, bergamot, tea tree and grapefruit.

Sensitive Pit Cream and Lil’ Sensitive Pit Cream

Their Sensitive Pit Creams are free from baking soda.

These are made with coconut oil, arrowroot starch, magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia), beeswax, essential oils of basil, and vetiver.


palm oil free stick deodorant unscented

Deodorant Sticks:

  • Bergamot + Lime
  • Cedarwood + Juniper
  • Charcoal + Magnesium
  • Fragrance Free
  • Lavender + Sage
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Moon Flower
  • Rose + Vanilla
  • Waves
  • Ylang – Ylang + Calendula

Sensitive Skin Deodorant Sticks:

palm free stick deodorant

  • Fragrance Free
  • Coconut Pineapple
  • Geranium Flower
  • Jasmine Tea
  • Lavender Tips
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Tea Tree

Schmidt’s deodorants are certified vegan and cruelty free. Also, they are free from aluminum, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrances.

Their regular deodorants contain Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda). Their Sensitive Skin deodorants do not.

If you look on their website, you will see they show the source of each ingredient. For example:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil)

Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)

If you were to see these ingredients — without their source listed — in other deodorants, they will often be sourced from palm oil.

My son, who has allergic reactions from personal care products and foods with palm oil, uses Schmidt’s unscented, Fragrance Free deodorant as well as the Bergamot & Lime.

See the personal care products he uses with a palm oil intolerance.

It’s easy to apply and gets the job done. Their sticks are 3.25 ounces.

I was thrilled to see Schmidt’s deodorant is available at our local Target and Walmart! This makes it convenient for the Everyday Consumer to purchase deodorant without palm oil derivatives on their labels.

Booda Organics

  • Booda Butter Cream Deodorant

This is a cream deodorant. We found this at our natural grocer. Also, you can look online for locations in your area or purchase it online from their site.

organic deodorant no palm oil

Booda Organics confirmed all of their products are palm oil free.

This handmade cream deodorant is Non-GMO verified, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan. It’s also soy, bee, wax, and gluten free.

It’s free from propylene glycol, aluminum, alcohol, phthalates and parabens, sulfates, chemicals and synthetics.

This deodorant contains Pure Baking Soda, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter, Organic Tapioca Flour, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic & Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter.

This cream deodorant is 2.4 ounces. A little goes a long way.

They explain on their website you could also use this for bug bites and bee stings.

Food Grade Organic Natural Deodorant Kids

This is roll on deodorant. We ordered it online for our kids. They prefer solid blocks and stick deodorants so while we tried it, we didn’t repurchase.

Certified palm oil free deodorant 

Earth Sense Organic

  • Organic Natural Deodorant:
    • Jasmine
    • Sandalwood

Earth Sense Organic is a French company.

In addition to not having aluminium and other heavy metals, Earth Sense Organic’s Natural Deodorants are certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme. 

Make your own deodorant

An even better alternative is to make your own deodorant. You can make it palm oil free by using this recipe from

Once you get the ingredients, it’s easy to make DIY deodorant.

Palm oil free deodorant and antiperspirant

Know that many of the name-brand deodorants, even those advertising aluminum-free and propylene glycol free, most likely contain palm oil.

Like with bar soap, you will have a better chance finding a stick or bar type of deodorant without palm oil than finding it as a spray or wipe.

Use this list to make it easy to find. Remember, read labels.

Here’s how to use less palm oil each week.

These are many common palm oil derivatives you will find in deodorants and antiperspirants. If you know of other palm oil free deodorants, please list them in the Comments.

See sunscreen without palm oil

Please note, this list is meant to be a starting point as a reference and isn’t guaranteed. Please read labels as manufacturers change ingredients. Support Palm Oil Free labeling.

Support companies who make palm oil free deodorant and be loyal to them. See our list of palm oil free products.

Please let us know in the Comments why you seek out deodorant without any palm oil ingredients.



Lip Balm Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Free Lip Balms

lip balm without palm oil


Lip balm is not created equally. For just a little bit more money, you can buy lip balm without palm oil.

As always, the less ingredients, the better.

We looked at two lip balms from the same major manufacturer. One had 19 ingredients and the other contained 49! Both contained palm oil derivatives. 

Palm oil ingredients in lip balm

Palm oil derivatives are common in lip balm. If the company doesn’t name the source, these ingredients are typically derived from palm oil. You will need to contact the company to ask.

Here are some palm oil ingredients in lip balm:

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline
  • Diisostearyl Malate
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Sorbitan Stearate
  • Tocopherol — If it doesn’t state the source, as in Tocopherol (Sunflower), you won’t know if it’s palm derived
  • Vitamin E

The more you learn about palm oil uses and names for palm oil derivatives in everyday products, the easier it is to avoid them.

Lip balm without palm oil

To the best of our knowledge, after cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives, these lip balms do not have any palm oil ingredients.

We reached out to these packaged cookie companies to confirm; however, this list is not guaranteed. To be certain lip balms, chapsticks, or any products are palm oil free, they should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.

W.S. Badger Co.

eco friendly lip balm

  • Badger Balm Unscented
  • Chai Rose
  • Cheerful Mind
  • Cinnamon Bay
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cool Mint
  • Creamy Cocoa
  • Ginger & Lemon
  • Herbal Lip Care
  • Highland Mint
  • Holiday Jumbo: Peppermint Stick; Cinnamon Swirl; Orange Spice
  • Lavender & Orange
  • Lime Rocket
  • Mocha Cocoa
  • Peppermint
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Pomegranate Cocoa Butter
  • SPF Lip Balm Sunscreen
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine Breeze
  • Tea Tree Herbal
  • Unscented Classic
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Vanilla Madagascar

Badger confirmed these balms are palm oil free. They also make lip tints.

lip balm without palm oil

Booda Organics

  • Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm
  • Eco Balm:
    • Creamy Cocoa
    • Enlightened Mint
    • Purely Naked

Booda Butter Naked Lip Balm is a vegan balm. It’s unflavored and unscented. It’s free from tocopherols. Ingredients include sweet almond oil and wild-crafted candelilla wax.

This was the first palm oil free lip balm we found and used. We love it!

They’ve just introduced their Eco Balms. Their website describes their quality ingredients.

Booda Organics makes all of their products without using palm oil or derivatives. Their products don’t contain tocopherols or preservatives.

Dunnock and Hinny

  • Vegan Lip Balm
    • Lavender
    • Rose Mint

Dunnock and Hinny puts the ingredients right on top of the lip balm container — making it easy to see.

Fat and the Moon

palm oil free salve

  • All Salve

You can use this for more than just lips. It’s makes a great salve for burns, cuts and bites. Heals skin.

It’s organic and shelf stable without the palm oil derivatives many companies use.

Ingredients include calendula and Oregon grape leaf.

tinted palm oil free lip balm

  • Ruby Red Tinted Balm 

This is balm you can use for your lips and cheeks.

It contains essential oils of clove and sweet orange.

Fat and the Moon has a wide variety of products, all of which are palm free.

Freedom Soap Co.

palm free lip balm

  • Peppermint Lip Balm
  • Sweet Orange + Rosemary 
  • Tea Tree 

Freedom Soap Co. who confirmed they don’t use any palm oil or the hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives.

Hurraw! Balm

  • Almond
  • Baobab Banana
  • Black Cherry Tinted
  • Chai Spice
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Earl Grey
  • Echium Raspberry Tinted
  • Grapefruit
  • Kapha
  • Licorice
  • Lime
  • Mint
  • Moon
  • Orange
  • Papaya Pineapple
  • Pitta
  • Sun
  • Unscented
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Vata

palm free lip balm

Wow, what a huge range of palm free flavors.

They have confirmed the Tocopherols in their lip balm is from sunflower and not palm oil.

They use raw, organic and vegan ingredients.

Hurraw! is another company who believes in the importance of making their all of their products without any palm oil ingredients.

Unearth Malee

palm free company

  • Cocoa Macadamia Lip Balm
  • Lemongrass Mint 
  • Watermelon Coconut Tinted 

These are packaged in an eco-friendly, push-up paper tube.

According to Uncommon Malee, all of their products are free of palm oil and palm ingredients.

They have lots to say on their website about why they don’t use palm oil. It’s titled, ‘Why Palm Oil Free.’

Also, they highlight a “No Palm Oil” icon along with their “Organic” and “Vegan” imprints.

Simply Eden

  • Chai
  • Coffee Bean
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Peppermint with Zinc
  • Peppermint
  • Sinus Eze Sinus Balm
  • Sweet Orange Chili Pepper
  • Unflavored

Simply Eden has confirmed their lip balm flavors are all palm oil free.

Kiss My Face

  • Sport Lip Balm SPF 30

Kiss My Face confirmed this balm is palm oil free.

How to find lip balm without palm ingredients

Avoid additional characteristics.

When companies add flavors and other characteristics — soothing, moisturizing, medicinal, tinted, sun protection, hydration, etc. — there are greater chances for them to have palm oil ingredients.

Seasonal flavors usually contain more palm oil ingredients than traditional flavors. (This is the case for food as well.)

Don’t be swayed by labeling.

Just because lip balm labeling states “coconut” doesn’t mean it’s palm oil free. Watch for labels that promote “all natural” and “plant derived ingredients.” These all can contain palm oil.

lip balm without palm oil

Shop at local stores and natural food stores.

Stores such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are less likely to carry palm oil free products.

Check out your Whole Foods, Natural Grocer, Sprouts, etc. for varieties of small batches. You may find them on Etsy and craft bazaars as well.

Support smaller businesses.

Keep away from major manufacturers, especially ones who offer many different types of lip balm.

Compare prices.

Companies use palm oil because it’s versatile and inexpensive. Generally, the more expensive the balm, the better chance it won’t have palm oil derivatives.

Lip balm is fairly inexpensive to begin with. By spending a little bit more, you will be able to avoid palm oil.

Choose balm with less ingredients.

Simply put, the less ingredients, the less chance of palm oil.

Seek chapstick and balms with Palm Oil Free labeling 

To know for certain a product is palm oil free, seek out companies who have products which have earned Palm Oil Free certification.

Make your own lip balm

There are many sites that show you how to make your own lip balm that is palm oil free. Here’s one that suggests using coconut, grapeseed or sweet almond oil.

Why choose palm oil free lip balms

There are many environmental reasons consumers choose lip balm free from palm oil. There are many animals now on the endangered species list because of palm oil plantations.

Palm oil is prevalent in most self-care and hygiene products. Read more if you want to support these types of products:

You can do your part by choosing lip balm without palm oil. By making simple choices, you can choose the products that make less of an impact.

Be sure to always read labels. Companies change ingredients regularly. This list is not guaranteed and is meant to be a starting point. To know for certain a product is Palm Oil Free, look for labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Trademark Certification Programme.

On a personal note, we started this website because our son gets sick from anything with palm oil. This includes foods as well as personal care items. He once got very sick from using a lip serum with palm oil ingredients. See our posts about his palm oil allergy here as well as a list of what personal care products he uses.

Please list any other lip balms without palm oil in the Comments. We’d love to research them and add them to this list. Why do you avoid palm oil?