Shampoo Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Shampoo


Most shampoos contain palm oil ingredients. You really need to be a proactive consumer to find shampoo without palm oil.

There are many common palm oil derivatives in shampoos. See below for a list. Manufacturers use it for many reasons.

Shampoo without palm oil


We were thrilled to find Ethique. All of their products are palm oil free.

This eco-based company was awarded New Zealand’s most sustainable business. They don’t use plastic… and they don’t use palm oil!

In the United States, you can find Ethique on Amazon. They have many choices for palm free shampoos, depending on your scalp and hair condition.

shampoo without palm oil

Dry or frizzy hair: Ethique Frizz Wrangler

Dandruff or scalp problems: Ethique’s Heali Kiwi

Normal-Dry hair: Ethique Damage Control

Normal hair: Ethique Pinkalicious

Oily hair: Ethique St Clements

To volumize hair: Ethique’s Sweet and Spicy Shampoo Bar

Kid’s shampoo without palm oil:Ethique Oaty Delicious

Multi-purpose shampoo bar: Ethique Tip-to-Toe — can use for shampooing and shaving

Unscented: Bar Minimum

Ethique’s newest bars:

  • Wombar
  • Tone It Down

palm oil free shampoo and conditioner

It was difficult to choose among Ethique’s shampoos and conditioners. Their conditioners are also palm oil free.

Ethique Hair Sampler

We were happy to see they Ethique offers a Hair Sampler pack.

It comes with five small bars: three shampoos and two conditioners.

We bought this as a way to try them. We loved each one. Each lasts a long time. And amazingly, they produce foam and lather. Having never tried a shampoo bar before, they were easy to use.

Also, the scents weren’t strong. Even better: They are natural and not made from chemicals.

The Hair Sampler is great way to try a few to see which work best for your scalp and hair needs.

Ethique’s hair products don’t leave residues on your scalp, nor will they inflame your scalp. Since the 1990s, I’ve reactive to SLS and other chemicals in shampoos. I don’t have any issues since using Ethique’s shampoos and conditioners. It’s been incredible.

Since purchasing the Hair Sampler, I bought the full-sized Heali Kiwi. I liked it but want to try another one. Now that it’s running low, I’m ordering Ethique’s Frizz Wrangler.

Palm oil free conditioner and shampoo

Ethique Hair Sampler includes these shampoos:
  • St Clements
  • Frizz Wrangler
  • Heali Kiwi
  • The Guardian – conditioner
  • Wonderbar – conditioner
  • Tone It Down

In addition, Ethique donates 20% of profits to organizations including: International Animal Rescue; The Orangutan Project; World Animal Protection; HUHA (Helping You Help Animals)

Note: Of all the conditioners we looked at, so far this is the only brand of conditioner without palm oil we were able to find available in the United States.

On a personal note, after using the Sampler, I chose to purchase The Guardian. I’ve used this conditioner for months; the bar lasts a very long time. My hair was always tangly after getting out of the shower but now I comb through it easily.

Fat and the Moon

dry shampoo without palm oil

Like Ethique, all of Fat and the Moon’s products are palm oil free. They offer an extensive line of products.

They have a dry shampoo without palm oil.

Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo

With just four ingredients, this dry shampoo includes lavender essential oil and cleans your hair and scalp without stripping away your natural oils.

Kilted Suds

This is a company who makes all of their products palm oil free. This includes their shampoo bars, hair oils, bar soap, and lotions. They highlight that they are palm oil free.

Their ingredients are easy to find on their website.

In addition, their products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free and vegan friendly. Even more, they don’t use parabens and sulfates.

palm oil free shampoo bar

They make four different shampoo bars, 3.5 ounces each.

All hair types:

  • Shampoo Bar with Shea Butter & Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Beach Hair Shampoo Bar

Thick hair and curly hair: Citrus Shine Shampoo Bar

Dandruff prone; oily scalp: Not a Flake Shampoo Bar – made with tea tree oil and lime oil

Unearth Malee

Based in California, Unearth Malee is a palm oil free company.

palm free shampoo bar

Their products are also vegan and organic. And, they advertise they are palm oil free on their labeling.

These bars are between 4.5 oz and 5 oz.

Normal to Dry hair:

  • Agave Nectar Aloe Shampoo Bar
  • Coconut Milk Thai Lime Shampoo Bar

Dry scalp: Rosemary Mint Green Tea Shampoo Bar

Shampoo for thin hair: White Orchid Ginseng Shampoo Bar

They give back to non-profits, including Orangutan Foundation International.

Read about Unearth Malee’s stance on palm oil.

Viva La Body

Available in Australia, Viva La Body makes their products palm oil free.

shampoo without palm oil
Natural Balance Bar shampoo

In addition, their shampoos and conditioners are all Certified Palm Oil Free with the Orangutan Alliance trademark. They also advertise being palm oil free on their website.

They have palm oil free shampoo bars and conditioner bars. These bars are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.

In addition to being certified palm oil free, their products are vegan, silicone free, completely plastic free, and biodegradable.

Shampoo bars without palm oil: 

Available in Salon and Natural formulas:

  • Balance Bar
  • Creamy Curls
  • Every Day People
  • Keep It Calm
  • Lifesaver Detox
  • Rescue Bar
  • Scalp Solution
  • Toning Bar
  • Vitamin Boost
conditioner without palm oil
Creamy Curls conditioner
Conditioner bars without palm oil:
  • Toning Bar
  • Scalp Solution
  • Rescue Bar
  • Keep It Calm
  • Every Day People
  • Balance Bar
  • Vitamin Boost
  • Lifesaver Detox
  • Creamy Curls

Palm oil in shampoo

There are many reasons companies use palm oil in shampoo. Manufacturers use it to:

Create lather and foam

There are many palm oil derivatives in shampoos as lather-builders. Consumers like lather and suds.

Stabilize ingredients

When companies are combining ingredients — and there are many in most commercial shampoos — they need a stabilizer to keep the ingredients together so they don’t separate.

As a preservative

Some palm oil derivatives work to keep contaminants out. These ingredients also:

Remove oil



Condition hair

Make the product easy to smooth through hair

Finding palm oil free shampoo

Most shampoos contain palm oil. Oftentimes, shampoos contain more than one palm oil ingredient.

Common palm oil derivatives in shampoo include:

  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Cocamide MEA
  • Glycerin
  • Glycol Distearate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Stearyl Alcohol

Soap stand for shampoo and conditioner bars

We’ve found SoapStandle to be an easy and convenient way to air out our shampoo bars and conditioner bars.

By resting the bar on the stand, the bars can dry completely and not disintegrate from sitting in water. This solution allows air to dry out the bottom of the soap as well.

This stand is easy to use and easy to clean. It’s a great counterpart to use with your eco-friendly soap, shampoo, and conditioner bars.

Palm oil free shampoo

Most likely, whatever shampoo you are using has palm oil in it. Like with most self-care products, when something has less ingredients, it’s usually better.

In order to find shampoo without palm oil, you absolutely have to be a conscious consumer. Most shampoo has several palm oil ingredients.

Please support these brands of palm free shampoos and palm oil free conditioner. Have you found others? Please add them to the Comments so we can check them out. See our lists of Palm Oil Free Products.

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1 thought on “Shampoo Without Palm Oil ~ List of Palm Oil Free Shampoo”

  1. I’ve got to mention Kilted Suds again here. They have 4 different shampoo bars, all of which are palm free, sulfate free and free from any palm derivatives!

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