Which Moisturisers Are Palm Oil Free in the UK?

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Palm oil is a very popular ingredient, not only in cosmetics but in our food too!

This popularity sadly means that not all palm oil is being sustainably sourced and this is causing massive deforestation, especially in the Indonesian rainforests that are home to endangered orangutans.

The increased demand for palm oil means that animal habitats are being destroyed and leaving orangutans, elephants, Sumatran tigers and other endangered species at risk of extinction.

Many brands are opting to create palm oil free products and finding new, sustainable ingredients as a base for soaps, moisturisers and other skincare products.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the best palm oil free moisturisers available in the UK at the moment.

Palm Oil Free Moisturisers in the UK

1. OPTIMA Organic Coconut Oil

While it’s not formulated specifically as a moisturiser, OPTIMA’s Organic Coconut Oil could be the perfect, natural way to bring moisture back to your skin.

With no hidden nasties or additives, this method of moisturisation should suit a whole manner of skin types. However, coconut oil isn’t ideal for using on the face, especially if you’re prone to acne.

This particular coconut oil has been produced without refining, hydrogenation, bleaching or deodorising, so you can be sure you’re getting a lovely natural product.

If you don’t like the sound of slathering coconut oil all over your face, you could try using it for something else – it’s super versatile:

  • Use it as a hair mask
  • Cook with it
  • Mix it with sugar and a drop or two of peppermint oil to make a lip scrub
  • Use it to make a body scrub
  • Brush your teeth with it
  • Brush your dog’s teeth with it!

There are tonnes of uses for coconut oil!

Pros

  • Ultra-versatile
  • Relatively cheap
  • Organic ingredient
  • 100% coconut oil
  • Great natural moisturiser for skin

Cons

  • Can be a little greasy
  • Some may find difficult to apply
  • Scent may not suit all
  • Not recommended for acne-prone skin
Should You Put Coconut Oil on Your Face?

Lots of people use coconut oil as a face moisturiser, but it’s probably not a good idea if you’re prone to acne breakouts.

Coconut oil doesn’t get fully absorbed by the skin and is comedogenic, which means it blocks pores. It scores a 4 on the 0-5 comedogenic scale, meaning it’s one of the most comedogenic ingredients used in skincare products. Therefore, it’s probably best avoided if you have acne-prone skin.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is antimicrobial and could help reduce acne. However, this doesn’t mean that applying pure coconut oil to your face will reduce spots or help with acne. Studies such as this one into the effectiveness of lauric acid for treating acne don’t use pure coconut oil.

 

2. PraNaturals 100% Organic Shea Butter

Here’s another 100% natural product on our list – PraNaturals Organic Shea Butter.

This tub of wonders is the perfect option for those who don’t quite fancy the coconut oil route to moisturised skin, but still, want something natural and organic.

This product even has a subscription option which offers a discounted price if you want to make sure you get a regular dose of Shea butter goodness.

Not unlike coconut oil, shea butter is a great natural way to keep skin, lips and hair looking tip top and feeling healthy.

This PraNaturals product is produced ethically in Ghana and does not go through any treatments before making its way to you.

The raw Shea butter contains no additives or chemicals that you wouldn’t want to apply to your skin and it smells absolutely divine!

Pros

  • 100% Shea butter
  • Organic ingredient
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Chemical-free
  • Offers UV protection
  • Non comedogenic (doesn’t block pores)

Cons

  • Smell may not suit all
  • Texture might not suit everyone
  • Can be a little awkward to use/apply

 

3. Odylique Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream

 

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Avocados are great on toast but they can also be great for your skin too!

This Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream from Odylique makes a great night cream as it helps to not only moisturise your skin but plump it slightly too.

All of Odylique’s products are palm oil free, so they’re a good brand if you’re looking for palm oil free beauty products.

As the name suggests, you can, in fact, use it as a day cream also. The fatty acids in avocado are perfect for nourishing the skin and the addition of potassium and lecithin mean that you get an ultra-moisturising effect.

A “ heavenly blend” of essential oils provide a lovely scent to this cream and also have their own skin-loving benefits: lavender to help fight acne, frankincense for anti-ageing, bergamot for balancing oily skin and ylang-ylang to reduce irritation and redness.

Ylang ylang and lavender are also great for helping you relax, making this the perfect cream to apply before going to sleep.

Pros

  • Chemical-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fair trade
  • Organic ingredients
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Free from common allergens
  • Anti-ageing properties

Cons

  • Expensive for size of product
  • Scent may not suit all

 

4. Ultra Bee All in One Honey Balm

Tattoos are becoming more popular and mainstream by the second and if you have one, you’ll know that aftercare can be a bit of a pain.

Finding the right product to help keep your tattooed skin hydrated and salved can be tough and lots of aftercare can be a bit greasy.

This Ultra Bee All in One Honey Balm is a lovely natural way to look after your ink and it can double up as a lip balm too!

For those of you without body art, this product can help to soothe dry skin, relief chapped lips and can also protect your skin from the elements—perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

Of course, bee products will not suit vegans but will suit anyone who is looking to keep their skincare routine 100% natural.

Ultra Bee’s Honey Balm (with bee propolis) also contains the powers of avocado, so your skin will benefit from the vitamins, fatty acids and nourishing oils this green machine has to offer.

Pros

  • Multipurpose product
  • 100% natural
  • Suited to sensitive skin and certain skin conditions
  • Paraben-free
  • SLS-free
  • No animal testing

Cons

  • Pretty pricey
  • Not Vegan-friendly
  • May not suit all skin types

 

5. PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender

PHB’s Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel is handmade in the UK using natural, organic ingredients and comes in a recyclable glass jar – support local and help reduce your impact on the environment while you get silky soft skin!

With aloe and lavender providing a beautiful scent as well as their skin-healing properties, applying this gel will be a pleasant experience for the senses.

Aloe is naturally soothing to irritated skin, so this product could be used on sunburn and could help to reduce inflammation caused by eczema, also, lavender has great anti-ageing properties—it helps to encourage new skin cell growth and assists in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

There are no nasties in this gel, so you can rest easy, knowing that you are only applying the nicest, most natural ingredients to your skin: natural minerals, vitamins and antioxidants will help to hydrate and nourish your lovely face!

Pros

  • Paraben-free
  • SLS-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Vegan-friendly

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Scent may not suit all
  • Gel consistency might not suit all

 

Sustainable Palm Oil Moisturisers

While boycotting palm oil seems like the obvious thing to do to help protect the wildlife and forests at risk from palm oil production, it might not actually be the most environmentally friendly choice.

Palm oil provides a very high yield per hectare when compared to alternative crops, so replacing palm oil could actually contribute to more deforestation due to less efficient land use.

Choosing products that contain sustainably sourced palm oil could be as good or better than going palm oil free in some cases. However, the process of accrediting products as being ‘sustainable’ is flawed, and some people argue that there’s no such thing as “sustainable palm oil”.

Here are some moisturiser brands that have been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO):

  • Antipodes
  • Avalon Organics
  • Burts Bees
  • Faith in Nature
  • Green People
  • Jason
  • Lavera
  • Nourish London
  • Organic Surge
  • PHB Ethical Beauty
  • Pacifica
  • Skin Blossom
  • Weleda

 

Conclusion

There really is something for everyone on our list, so you’re sure to discover your new favourite palm-oil free moisturiser.

Our favourite has to be coconut oil, it’s just so versatile and natural, so it’s a sure-fire winner in our book!

However, coconut oil isn’t a good choice for those with acne-prone skin. If you suffer from acne, shea butter is a better choice as it’s non comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t block pores.

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