Beauty & Skin Care

Why Buy Palm Oil-Free Makeup & Skincare?

In 2018, Greenpeace International released a short, animated video that highlighted the destructive truth behind palm oil. Through the adorable interaction between a young girl and an orangutan, this video explained how this one ingredient is connected to deforestation and wildlife endangerment.

Palm oil continues to be used in many products within the cosmetic industry. It is widely considered an essential ingredient for things, like mascara and shampoo. But with awareness continuing to spread amongst the public, rising demand has developed for more eco-friendly makeup and skincare. These days, there are quite a few brands that are demonstrating that high quality can be achieved in cosmetics without the need for palm oil.

Despite growing efforts, the current palm oil has made little improvements towards sustainability. It continues to ravage the rainforests of Southeast Asia like no other. In fact, one article from The Guardian reports that only a small number of companies were able to meet their environmental goals for this year. This is likely due to the inadequate standards set up by the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the persistent demand for this ingredient from consumers.

Considering the current state of the planet, it is important for everyone to gain a more eco-friendly mindset. Palm oil Free in your makeup and skincare, you can help lessen the demand for this ingredient.

Here are a few brands and cosmetics products that are not only offer palm oil-free makeup but are also great additions to have in one’s collection.

Make Up

Natural Lip Gloss from makeup and skincare

100% Pure is a great brand for those who are just starting to become more Makeup and Skincare eco-friendly. Some of their most noteworthy are the Fruit Pigmented Makeup. The ingredients used in each product are easily understandable. It is easy to feel good about what you are putting on your face.

Makeup and Skincare

The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip See Oil from The Ordinary

Body and facial oils are a great alternative to conventional moisturizers which are often riddled with palm oil derived ingredients. Companies will often include palm oil under the guise of different names. These include palmitate, glycerin, and stearic acid.

Contrastingly, the ingredients of body and facial oils are much more simple and transparent. This is particularly helpful to those with sensitive skin.

Hair Care -Makeup and Skincare

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Hair Sampler from

Products, like palm oil-free shampoo and conditioner, can be more difficult to find. But one brand that is well known for its environmental status is Ethique. Their website clearly describes its commitment to being palm oil-free, plastic-free, and carbon-neutral.

The shampoo and conditioner sampler is a great choice for those who are new to solid beauty products. There is a luxurious and exciting feeling that comes with trying each one.

Don’t Forget About DIY

Another great way to make your skincare routine more eco-friendly is by trying out DIY recipes. By using things that are already in your kitchen, you are expending fewer resources and minimizing demand. DIY skincare can also be very cost-effective.

Luckily, there are already two great POP Style TV articles to inspire you to try DIY cosmetics. Don’t be afraid to try them out!

Every Dollar is a Vote

Products Without Palm Oil

Learning to shop more sustainably can often feel overwhelming. However, this should not deter you from at least trying. Slowly take the time to replace each old product with a more eco-friendly version. Figure out the ones that work best for you. As you carefully transform your cosmetic collection, you will not only feel good about the amazing quality of each product but also the simple change you made to help the planet.

About author


Danielle Im is an undergraduate at Rutgers University studying Art History and Environmental Studies.
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