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. 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.
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
It was difficult to choose among Ethique’s shampoos and conditioners. We were happy to see they offer a Hair Sampler.
It comes with five small bars: three shampoos and two conditioners.
We love them all. 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 Hair Sampler includes these shampoos:
- St Clements
- Frizz Wrangler
- Heali Kiwi
- The Guardian – conditioner
- Wonderbar – conditioner
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: This is the only brand with conditioner without palm oil.
Fat and the Moon
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.
Based in California, Unearth Malee is a palm oil free company.
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.
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.
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:
So the product is 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
- Glycol Distearate
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Stearyl Alcohol
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. Have you found others? Please add them to the Comments so we can check them out. See our lists of Palm Oil Free Products.
We have posts with specific self-care and hygiene products as well: