Medicine Without Palm Oil ~ Find Palm Oil Free Medication

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Over-the-counter medicine without palm oil is difficult to find. Palm oil derivatives are common in capsules, tablets, pills and liquid medications.

We seek out palm oil free medications because our son has negative reactions to palm oil. In the past, we didn’t realize the antihistamines and other medications were making him worse due to the palm oil derivatives in them.

He would get sore throats from them.

Palm oil free medication

Recently, we found a palm oil free solution for antihistamines, allergy medications, fever reducers, etc. We have these over-the-counter (OTC) medications without palm oil.

Please note, this is not medical advice. Discuss with your healthcare provider what medications you should take.

Here we are sharing our experience. This is the way we were able to acquire palm oil free medicine.

Medicine without palm oil

First, it’s important to know some of the common palm oil derivatives in medications. They include:

  • Calcium Stearate
  • Glycerin
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Stearic Acid

Read the labels for the vitamins, supplements, and medications in your home.

Chances are, you will see at least one of these ingredients listed on each bottle or package because there are many palm oil uses in medicines.

Ingredients such as Propylene Glycol keeps liquid medications shelf-stable.

Manufacturers use stearates such as Magnesium Stearate to help lubricate capsules and tablets. Also, stearates help ensure the tablets don’t stick to the machine

Polysorbate 80 helps bind ingredients together and to improve the consistency in gel caps.

There are many other reasons as well, including using them as stabilizers and fillers.

Using a compounding pharmacy

If you have a compounding pharmacy in your area, you may be able to get medicine without palm oil. You will need a prescription from your doctor.

First, know what OTC medications you are trying to replace. Next, call the compounding pharmacy to ask if they have the active ingredient available.

Ask the compounding pharmacy for approximate pricing before you call your doctor’s office to ask for a prescription.

Most likely, the compounding pharmacy will not accept health insurance. Therefore, you will be paying for the medication out of pocket. It’s important for you to know the charges before you order the medicine.

Find out as much as you can before you call the doctor’s office to minimize questions later.

Read below to learn our experience buying four compounded prescriptions without palm oil:

  • Pain medication in the form of Ibuprofen
  • Cough medicine
  • Two antihistamines (Claritin equivalent and Benadryl equivalent)

Pain medication without palm oil

We didn’t realize the OTC children’s liquid Ibuprofen we were giving our son had palm oil derivatives.

We wanted a palm free option on hand to be able to give him for fevers or pain relief. Because every label we read in the stores contained palm oil derivatives, we called a compounding pharmacy.

We asked if we could have the Ibuprofen itself — the active ingredient in these OTC medicines — in some form.

The person at the compounding pharmacy said we could with a prescription from our physician. They explained if it was a liquid, it would only last for 30 days (without the palm oil derivative-type of ingredients such as Propylene Glycol).

In order for it to be shelf-stable longer than 30 days, we asked about them making it into a capsule form.

After speaking with the compounding representative, I called my son’s pediatrician’s office. I explained what I wanted.

The doctor was able to write and prescribe 400 mg of Ibuprofen in capsule form with additional notation on the prescription to include “hypoallergenic medicine.” The doctor added “not to include Propylene Glycol and Magnesium Stearate.”

medicine without palm oil
Ibuprofen in veggie cap with no filler

We now have 90 capsules, each with 400 mg of Ibuprofen, to have as the need arises.

The receipt / label states: 90 CAP IBUPROFEN (NO FILLER) (VEGGIE) 400MG CAPSULE

Talk to the pharmacist

It’s essential you talk to the pharmacist once he/she has the prescription from your doctor. Our compounding pharmacist called us after she received it.

You have to clarify what the pharmacy will make the capsule with.

Originally, when I spoke with the rep, she said it would be derived from pine bark.

Upon pressing further in the conversation with the pharmacist, I learned the capsules would contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as well.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is often made from palm oil.

After much consulting with the pharmacist, they were able to make it without the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

(Note, I should have asked the doctor to include “no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” on our other prescriptions. This is something you may want to do. If you don’t, remember to tell them you don’t want Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in the medication.)

Again, this is not medical advice. At the store, the pharmacist said to be sure we give him food when we give him Ibuprofen (adults too). She suggested a banana or yogurt, even if it was at night. She said the medicine is hard on the stomach.

Cough medicine without palm oil

During the calls for the Ibuprofen, with the compounding pharmacy and doctor, I also asked for a palm oil free cough suppressant medicine.

cough medicine without palm oil
Cough medicine without palm oil

The doctor wrote a prescription for Dextromethorphan. They didn’t have it in stock and had to order it. The minimum they would fill was 90 capsules.

Based on my son’s age and weight, the doctor prescribed 30 mg capsules.

I picked up the Ibuprofen and asked about the capsule for the cough medicine. The representative again assured me it would be made from pine bark.

After I pressed further, she said they would need to add a filler because each capsule was only 30 mg. It was too small an amount to fill with only the Dextromethorphan. If they did it by hand, it would be time-consuming and cost more.

After discussing the options, we agreed upon baking soda, Sodium Bicarbonate, as the filler.

The label reads: DEXTROMETHORPHAN HBR (SOD BICARB-VEGGIE) 30 MG

We are very relieved to have these medicines on hand for the times our son is sick.

Update: I am happy to report the Ibuprofen and cough medicine both relieved his symptoms and didn’t cause additional problems and reactions as medications have in the past.

It is a huge relief to have these medications. We threw away our other OTC pain and cough medicines so we wouldn’t give them to him in error.

Antihistamines without palm oil

A week after we picked up the above medicines, I ordered allergy medications.

The OTC children’s liquid allergy medications we had in our medicine cabinet all had what-seemed-to-be palm oil derivatives in them. When my son took these medications, he would get a sore throat.

(The companies have yet to respond to my email inquiries asking them to confirm if the ingredients in question are derived from palm oil.)

Benadryl equivalent

First, I wanted a stripped-down Benadryl equivalent. The active ingredient in Benadryl is Diphenhydramine, a histamine-blocker.

Allegra equivalent

Second, I wanted an OTC allergy medication for typical allergy symptoms. I was hoping to get the active ingredient in Allegra. We had never used Zyrtec or Claritin.

I called the same compounding pharmacy I used to get the Ibuprofen and cough medicine to ask if I could get these antihistamines. They had the active ingredient in Benadryl which they could make for me with a prescription.

However, they were unable to get Fexofenadine, the name of the active ingredient in Allegra. The pharmacy rep said they could use the active ingredient in Zyrtec which is Cetirizin. She explained, however, “it would be expensive,” and dissuaded me from it.

She needed to verify and call me back to see if they could get Loratadine, the active ingredient in Claritin.

Calling another compounding pharmacy

While I was waiting, I called another compounding pharmacy in our area. This second compounding pharmacy had the Benadryl equivalent, Diphenhydramine, in stock.

They too were unable to get the Fexofenadine. However, they did have the Claritin equivalent, Loratadine, in stock.

From this second pharmacy, I was able to acquire these antihistamines without palm oil.

I phoned my son’s pediatrician’s office and explained exactly what I wanted in the form of these two medications. The pediatrician called me back. He was able to write the prescription like he did for the other two medications.

When the pharmacist had the prescriptions, he called me to clarify and confirm what I wanted. We had a detailed conversation to ensure there wouldn’t be any palm oil derivatives in the capsules or as fillers.

The labels read:

DIPHENHYDRAMINE (DYE/LACTOSE FREE) 25 MG CAP

LORATADINE (DYE/LACTOSE FREE) 10 MG CAP

Now with four common OTC medications being palm oil free, we feel much better about giving these to our son when it’s necessary.

Cough drops without palm oil

Typically, the cheaper the cough drop, the more likely it contains palm oil.

Many store brand cough drops include these palm oil derivatives:

  • Glycerin
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides

Name brand cough drops often contain Glycerin.

Unless you contact the company directly to ask them the SOURCE of these ingredients, you won’t know if they are derived from palm oil.

However, generally, companies are looking for inexpensive ingredients, and palm oil is cheap.

We have not yet researched cough drops without palm oil. However, a brand to consider may be Halls Cough Drops. If you are at the store, you may want to keep this brand in mind.

We found these cough drops without Glycerin or Medium Chain Triglycerides and use them exclusively:

Young Living Essential Oils Thieves Cough Drops

The active ingredient is 8 mg of menthol.

cough drops without palm oil

Ingredients include 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Also, they are free from preservatives, dyes, artificial flavors, and sugar.

Talk to your doctor

If you are seeking medicine without palm oil, it’s important to speak with your doctor. Most medications contain fillers, lubricants, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and more.

In order to get a “stripped down” version, you will most likely need to go to a compounding pharmacy.

Talk with your doctor about options for medicines.

For us in our situation, it’s been reassuring to know we can give our son these palm oil free medications when he needs them.

Many people avoid palm oil due to the environmental issues. Once you know names for palm oil derivatives, it may surprise you to learn how prevalent palm oil is in everyday products.

Read labels. Be an educated consumer. See our list of palm oil free products and support them when you shop. What’s in your medicine? Please leave a note in the Comments.

Toothpaste Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Toothpaste

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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 free toothpaste

Redmond Earth Paste

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 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.

palm free toothpaste

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.

There’s lots more great info about this company on their website.

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.

We’ve been purchasing ours from Amazon but are very happy to now find it at Sprouts. (Update: I just saw it on the counter at my local TJMaxx as well!)

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.

palm oil free toothpaste

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.

Some ingredients to look for include:

  • Glycerin
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and SLS
  • Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Steareth-30

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. Earth Paste Lemon

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.

However, once you learn how to find products without palm oil and the names for palm oil, it gets much easier.

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.

For information on other self-care and hygiene products, see shampoo without palm oil, lip balm without palm oil, and 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 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. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily tips.

 

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 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 our favorite soap. We 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. We buy the 4 ounce bars. Each lasts a long time. (They offer two other palm free soaps which are listed below.) Update: We have learned Kiss My Face products have been removed from stores. We are awaiting further information.

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. 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

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

Kiss My Face

Olive Oil & Lavender Bar Soap

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

Olive & Aloe Bar Soap

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

Soap stand to extend the life of bar soap ~ SoapStandle

This soap holder from SoapStandle makes it easy to use bar soap. It’s a simple piece you rest your soap on. It allows the soap to dry out completely, even from the bottom. This 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.

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. 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.

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.

Watch for these ingredients. They very often or always contain palm oil.

  • 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.