Palm Oil Free Products List (UK 2019)

Palm oil is a kind of vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees. 66 million tonnes of palm oil is produced each year, making it the most commonly used vegetable oil.

Originating from West Africa, it is now grown throughout Africa, Asia and North and South America, with Indonesia and Malaysia exporting 85% of all palm oil.

According to Greenpeace, palm oil is found in half of all supermarket products. But there are devastating consequences caused by the increased demand for this cheap edible oil.

Palm oil production was responsible for 8 per cent of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008, as forests are cleared to grow oil palms.

UK supermarket Iceland recently released their 2018 Christmas advert, Rang-tan, a short cartoon telling the story of rainforest destruction caused by palm oil production, and its catastrophic effect on the critically endangered orangutan.

The advert was originally created and used by Greenpeace, and has gone viral on social media after apparently being banned from being shown on television for being too political.

The message of the advert has certainly hit home with many of us, and a petition on change.org to “release Iceland’s banned Christmas advert on TV” has more than 950,000 signatures at the time of writing, and looks certain to hit a million signatures soon.

Elephants, rhinos and tigers are also suffering as a result of unsustainable development by the palm oil industry, and if nothing changes, species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers in less than 3 years.

So, as consumers, how can we minimise our use of palm oil products and help save animals like Rang-tan?

As many of us become aware of the impact of palm oil on the environment and wildlife, it makes sense to try not to buy products containing it.

But this is easier said than done when palm oil is found in around 50% of packaged items sold in a typical supermarket.

Palm oil is found in many items on our weekly shopping lists, such as bread, peanut butter, margarine, ice cream, chocolate and instant noodles.

Vegans need to check food such as vegan cheese, which often uses palm oil as a dairy substitute.

Palm oil isn’t just found in food either – many shampoos, shower gels, soaps, moisturisers, washing detergents, toothpastes and even makeup can contain palm oil too.

Luckily, some supermarkets and brands are starting to produce and sell more products without palm-oil.

We’ve compiled a list of palm oil free brands below.

Palm Oil Free Food List

Almond butter

  • Smooth Natural Almond Butter
  • Meridian Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Meridian Smooth Almond Butter
  • Nutural World Smooth Almond Nut Butter
  • Pip & Nut Smooth Almond Butter

 

Biscuits

  • Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Milk
  • Island Bakery
  • M&S All Butter Cookies
  • M&S Shortbread
  • McVities Rich Tea
  • Traidcraft Geobakes Shortbread Biscuits
  • Traidcraft Half coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger
  • Traidcraft Shortbread Rounds
  • Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits
  • Walkers Shortbread

 

Bread

  • Iceland own-brand bread
  • Weight Watchers bread
  • Warburtons Danish White
  • Warburtons gluten-free bread

See our overview of where to get palm oil free bread here.

 

Butter

  • St Helen’s Farm goat butter
  • Yeo Valley

 

Chocolate

  • Booja Booja
  • Chocolat Madagascar
  • Divine
  • Green & Blacks
  • Loving Earth
  • Madécasse
  • Montezuma’s
  • Seed and Bean

See our overview of which chocolate brands are palm oil free here.

 

Crackers

  • Amisa Buckwheat Crispbread
  • Kallo Savoury Rice Cakes
  • Paterson’s Rough Oatcakes
  • Real Foods Original Corn Thins
  • Ryvita (except for Multi-Seed Thins)
  • Tesco Multigrain Crackers

 

Crisps

  • Trafo Potato Chips
  • RW Garcia Tortilla Chips
  • Mackies Crisps
  • Walkers Crisps
  • Kettle Chips

 

Dog food

  • Benevo Pawtato Dog Chews
  • Burns
  • Yarrah
  • Benevo
  • Simpsons Premium

 

Easter eggs

  • Booja Booja
  • Cocoa Loco
  • Divine
  • Montezuma
  • Moo Free
  • Ponchito

 

Formula milk/Infant formula

  • Kendamil

 

Granola

  • Planet Organic Paleo Super Berry Granola
  • Lizis Original Granola

 

Granola bars

  • Planet Organic Paleo Chocolate Bliss

 

Gravy

  • Essential Trading Onion Gravy Powder
  • Marigold Organic Gravy Mix

 

Hot chocolate & cocoa

  • Cafedirect San Cristobal Drinking Chocolate
  • Cocoa Loco Hot Chocolate Spoon
  • Divine Cocoa
  • Divine Drinking Chocolate
  • Enjoy Raw Chocolate Hot Cocoa Drink
  • Equal Exchange Fairtrade & Organic Cocoa
  • Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Green and Blacks Organic Hot Chocolate Drink
  • Hasslachers Bar of Drinking Chocolate
  • Hasslachers Hot Chocolate Drops
  • Suma Prepacks Organic Fairly Traded Cocoa Powder

 

Ice cream

  • Alder Tree
  • Roskillys
  • Yeo Valley Organic ice cream

 

Jaffa cakes

  • Kelkin Gluten Free Jaffa Cakes

 

Ketchup

  • Biona Classic Tomato Ketchup
  • Biona Organic Tomato Ketchup with Agave Syrup
  • Dr Will’s Tomato Ketchup
  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup
  • Meridian Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • Mr Organic Italian Organic Ketchup
  • Mr Organic Naturally Sweetened Tomato Ketchup

 

Margarine

  • Naturli Organic Vegan Spreadable
  • Yeo Valley Organic Buttery & Spreadable

 

Nut butters

  • Biona Almond Butter
  • Carleys Organic Cashew Nut Butter
  • Carleys Organic Raw Rainforest Nut Butter
  • Equal Exchange Peanut Butter
  • Essential Trading Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Cashew Nut Butter
  • Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Organic Almond Butter
  • Meridian Organic Peanut Butter
  • Raw Health Whole Raw Organic Almond Butter
  • Suma Organic Peanut Butter

 

Nutella alternatives & chocolate spreads

  • Meridian Cocoa and Hazelnut Butter
  • Tiptree Chocolate Spread
  • Venchi Original Chocolate Spread
  • Waitrose Dark Chocolate Spread

 

Oatcakes

  • Paterson’s Rough Oatcakes

 

Olive oil spread

  • Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread

 

Peanut butter

  • Equal Exchange Peanut Butter
  • Essential Trading Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Organic Peanut Butter
  • Suma Organic Peanut Butter

See our overview of which peanut butter brands are palm oil free here.

 

Puff pastry

  • Cooks’ Ingredients Frozen Butter Puff Pastry Blocks

 

Stock cubes & powder

  • Suma Organic Reduced Salt Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • Suma Organic Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • Vecon Vegetable Stock

 

Sweets

  • Biona Organic
  • Truede Turkish Delight
  • YumEarth

 

Vegan butter/margarine/spread

  • Naturli Organic Vegan Spreadable
  • WayFare Foods
  • Mouse’s Favourite

 

Vegan sausages

  • Vegusto
  • VegiDeli Gourmet Meat Free Sage & Marjoram Style Sausages

 

Wraps/Tortillas

  • Old El Paso

 

Palm Oil Free Toiletries & Cosmetics List

African black soap

  • Cebra Ethical Skincare African black soap

 

Anti-dandruff shampoo

  • Avalon Organics Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Lamazuna Scots Pine Solid Shampoo Bar

 

Antiperspirant/Deodorant

  • Earth Conscious
  • Natural Deodorant Co
  • PitRok
  • Salt of The Earth
  • We Love the Planet
  • Weleda Deodorant

 

Emulsifying wax

  • Infinity Ingredients

 

Eye cream

  • dieNikolai Eye Serum
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Eye Gel
  • Green People Age Defy Line Eraser Lip & Eye Serum

 

Face wash

  • Conscious Skincare Face Wash
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Facial Tonic for Sensitive Skin & Eczema
  • Friendly Soap Natural Cocoa Butter Facial Soap Bar
  • Friendly Soap Natural Shea Butter Facial Soap Bar
  • Optiat Lemongrass Lifter Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Mouthwatering Mandarin Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Potent Peppermint Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Vanilla Velvet Coffee Scrub
  • Tropika 100 percent Natural Nourishing Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin & Eczema

 

Goat milk soap

  • All Natural Soap Co
  • Cyril’s Soap Shed

 

Hand cream

  • Mount Purious Gardeners Green Finger Hand Balm
  • Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm
  • Fruits of Nature Hand Lotion

 

Hand wash & liquid soap

  • Fruits of Nature Hand Wash
  • Nilaqua Instant Hand Sanitiser Plus

 

Moisturiser & face cream

  • Conscious Skincare Day Cream Moisturiser
  • Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm
  • Fushi BioVedic Radiance Face Cream
  • Fushi Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • Fushi Organic Castor Oil
  • Fushi Organic Evening Primrose Oil
  • Fushi Organic Flax Seed Oil
  • Fushi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender

 

Shampoo & shampoo bars

  • Avalon Organics
  • Ecozone Organic Baby Shampoo
  • Friendly Soap Natural Shampoo Bar
  • Lamazuna Scots Pine Solid Shampoo Bar
  • Living Naturally Coconutty Soapnut Shampoo Bar
  • Tints Of Nature Dry Shampoo

See our overview of which shampoos are palm oil free here.

 

Soap

  • Dalit Handmade Soaps
  • Friendly Soap
  • Incognito Luxury Soap
  • Living Naturally
  • Oliva Olive Oil Soap
  • Suma Handmade Natural Soap

 

Toothpaste

  • Georganics Natural Toothpaste
  • Green People Fennel & Propolis Toothpaste
  • Green People Organic Children’s Toothpaste
  • Jack N’ Jill Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste
  • Lamazuna Solid Toothpaste
  • Sarakan Fluoride Free Toothpaste

See our overview of which toothpaste brands are palm oil free here.

 

Palm Oil Free Cleaning & Dishwashing Products List

Dishwasher tablets

  • Ecozone Brilliance All in One Dishwasher Tablets
  • Ecozone Dishwasher Tablets Classic
  • Ecozone Ultra All-In-One Dishwasher Tablets

 

Washing powder

  • Ecoegg Laundry Egg
  • Ecozone Ecoballs
  • Ecozone Kit Colour Oxygen Laundry Tablets
  • Ecozone Laundry Tablets
  • Ecozone Non-Bio Laundry Capsules
  • Ecozone Soap Nuts
  • Living Naturally Organic Soapnuts

 

Washing up liquid

  • Ecoleaf Washing Up Liquid
  • Ecozone Washing Up Liquid
  • Greenscents Washing Up Liquid

 

Is There Palm Oil In…

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication, but brands may change their ingredients in the future.

  • Aveeno – Yes, Aveeno contains palm oil.
  • Doritos – Yes, Doritos usually contain palm oil. It is often labelled as “vegetable oil”.
  • Dove Soap – Yes, Dove soap contains palm oil.
  • Greggs vegan sausage roll – Yes, Greggs’ vegan sausage roll contains palm oil.
  • Justin’s Almond Butter – Yes, Justin’s Almond Butter contains palm oil.
  • Kinder – Yes, Kinder eggs contain palm oil.
  • Kit Kats – Yes, Kit Kats contain palm oil.
  • Lindt – Yes Lindt chocolates contain palm oil
  • Marmite – No, Marmite does not contain palm oil.
  • Nutella – Yes, Nutella contains palm oil.
  • Pringles – Yes, Pringles contain palm oil.
  • Oreos – Yes, Oreo cookies contain palm oil.
  • Quaker Oats – Yes, Quaker Oats contain palm oil.
  • Quality Street – Yes, Quality Street chocolates contain palm oil.
  • Quorn – Yes, Quorn contains palm oil.
  • Walkers Crisps – No, Walkers Crisps do not contain palm oil.
  • Yankee Candle – Yes, Yankee Candles contain palm oil.

 

Names for Palm Oil

Currently there isn’t any law that requires manufacturers to clearly list “Palm Oil” in the ingredients list or write “Contains Palm Oil” on the packaging.

Palm oil is often hidden in ingredients lists since lots of different ingredients can contain or be derived from palm oil.

Here’s a list of different names for palm oil and ingredients that often come from palm oil:

  • Asorbyl Palmitate
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Emulsifier – can contain palm oil
  • Etyl Palmitate
  • Fractionated Palm Oil
  • Glyceryl
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palm Fruit Oil
  • Palm Kernel
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palm Kernel Olein
  • Palm Kernel Stearin
  • Palm Stearine
  • Palmate
  • Palmitate
  • Palmitic acid
  • Palmitoyl Oxostearamide
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3
  • Palmityl Alcohol
  • Palmolein
  • Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
  • Sodium Kernelate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate
  • Sodium Lauryl Lactylate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium Palm Kernelate
  • Stearate
  • Steareth -2
  • Steareth -20
  • Stearic Acid
  • Vegetable fat – can contain palm oil
  • Vegetable oil – can contain palm oil
  • Vitamin A Palmitate

40 names for palm oil

Where to Buy Palm-Oil Free Products

Ecco-Verde

Natural make-up and skincare website Ecco Verde has a great range of palm-oil free toiletries and beauty products.

This website has a large range of everyday items such as toothpaste (including a variety for children), soaps and moisturisers.

There are also some high quality beauty products, such as facial serums, shaving products, face masks, sunscreen and lipsticks.

Prices start at around £2 for a body lotion.

Ethical Superstore

Snacks such as biscuits and crisps often contain palm-oil, but it can be hard to cut snacks out of our diet altogether.

Online shop Ethical Superstore stock a wide variety of palm-oil free snacks, perfect for lunch boxes and when you’re on the go.

Most of the snacks are also vegan friendly, gluten free and additive free, so they’re a healthier alternative to regular crisps and biscuits too.

For example, Hippeas Organic Far Out Fajita Chickpea Puffs contain only 90 calories per serving, so they’re better for your waistline as well as the environment.

Iceland

Iceland have not only raised awareness of the devastating impact of the palm oil industry on orangutans and other wildlife with their Rang-tan advert and ‘Choose a Christmas without Palm Oil’ campaign, the supermarket has now removed or replaced palm oil from the majority of their own brand foods.

To make it easier to shop for products that are free from palm-oil, Iceland have a green ‘No Palm Oil’ badge displayed on packaging and online.

The large range of food includes ready meals, biscuits, ice cream, pizzas and a ‘No Palm Oil’ Christmas range, so you can stock up on festive favourite such as mince pies with a clearer conscience this Christmas.

Iceland has also stated, “By the end of 2018, 100% of our own brand food will contain no palm oil. We are the first UK supermarket to commit to removing palm oil from all own brand food.”

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