There’s Palm Oil in My Personal Care Products? Learn Why + How to Make Smart Choices

Published on: January 19, 2022

Palm oil is an invisible part of our lives as a functional ingredient in many household products that we use on a daily basis. There is palm oil in your personal care products, as well, because it mixes easily with other ingredients; it makes your products creamy and improves product stability and shelf life.

Palm fruit

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is a superior ingredient for making good quality soaps, balms, creams, salves, lipsticks, and many other personal care products. It has no scent or taste, produces a creamy texture, keeps products moist, binds ingredients together, and extends shelf life.

Palm oil derives from the fruit of the oil palm that is grown in the humid tropics. Currently, 85% of all palm oil produced globally comes from plantations and smallholders in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Farmers and workers harvest fresh fruit bunches throughout the year and bring their fruit to an extractor where the palm fruit is processed into crude palm oil. The palm kernel is processed into palm kernel oil. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are further processed into ingredients for the personal care market.

Because crude oil is used as an essential building block for ingredients found in your products, you will not see palm oil listed as an ingredient on your product label.

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Why You Should Get Involved
with Palm Done Right

Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:

  • Our planet, due to palm oil’s land efficiency.
  • Local communities, due to the economic development oil palm production creates.
  • Our market, due to palm oil’s versatility and functionality as an ingredient, lifting product quality and performance.

Together, we can influence change for:

  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
  • Retailers that are still listing products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Brokers and distributors that are still supplying their customers with products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Shoppers that have the power to vote with their dollar.

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