The ultimate palm oil-free beauty shopping list

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Remember the Iceland Christmas advert that got banned? Of course you do. Because it was heartbreaking. The animated short film, created by Greenpeace, featured an orangutan and the destruction of its rainforest habitat at the hands of palm oil growers.

Palm oil is one of the most widely used vegetable oils, believed to be found in 50% of supermarket products from food to cleaning products and cosmetics. But what most people don’t know is just how catastrophic the production of the ingredient is to the environment. To put things into perspective, according to National Geographic the industry has caused the deaths of 150,000 orangutans and 90% of their habitat since 1999. 

Sadly the majority of beauty products used daily contain palm oil, but the good news is that there are plenty of planet-friendly products available on the market *phew*. So to help minimise our ecological footprint and save our orangutan pals, we’ve done some digging and hunted down 12 palm oil-free make-up alternatives…


Available in black or brown, PHB’s award-winning All in One Natural Mascara lengthens, thickens and volumizes eyelashes with a gentle water-resistant formula for all-day wear that won’t smudge or flake. It contains botanical oils and is pH balanced, making it suitable for even the most sensitive of peepers.


Australian brand Neek Skin Organics have released an 8-shade lipstick line that is completely vegan; even the lipstick tubes are made from bamboo. Each shade is infused with Shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E for an ultra-hydrated pout.


Inika’s loose eyeshadow range ticks all the boxes when it comes to environmental sustainability. Available in 18 highly pigmented and totally buildable shades, each eyeshadow is palm oil-free, cruelty free, certified vegan and Halal.


Accentuate eyes with this plant-based long lasting liquid eyeliner. Available in black or brown, the eyeliner is made with botanical oils and minerals with an easy-to-use brush applicator for flicks sharp enough to slice away the haters but not the palm trees. Yaaas.


Wash hands free of palm oil destruction with LUSH’s first 100% palm oil-free bar of soap. Made with extra virgin coconut oil, organic cocoa butter and sunflower oil, it helps clean, gently buff and polish the skin.


Suitable for sensitive skin, Lucy Bee’s body cream is hydrating, soothing and refreshing. Made with avocado, aloe vera, coconut and olive oil the lotion is not only palm oil-free and cruelty-free but is also 100% vegan.


Handmade with organic argan oil, sea buckthorn and coconut, this liquid foundation infused with +SPF30 offers full coverage with a silky texture that won’t clog pores, and provides a natural yet flawless finish.


This mineral foundation contains zinc oxide, a natural ingredient with anti inflammatory properties, making it ideal for those with acne-prone skin. Its formula is great for building up over problem areas whilst keeping skin looking natural. No filter needed.


This adorable handbag sized, eco-friendly wooden compact bronzer is 100% palm oil-free and compliments almost all skin tones with it’s blendable caramel and chocolate shades. Infused with organic oils such as jojoba, coconut and sunflower it delivers a natural lit glow.


Made without parabens and other harsh chemicals normally found in your usual pot of nail polish, Pacifica’s range is palm oil-free, 100% vegan and cruelty free. Pacifica even use recyclable packaging and donate to local women’s shelters. We’re not crying, you are.


Get eyebrows on fleek with PHB’s pressed eyebrow powder, available in four different shades. The smudge-proof formula is buildable and made from the purest ingredients making it suitable for sensitive skin; it’s even water resistant.


Want something that doesn’t include any animal ingredients, harmful chemicals and won’t strip hair of its natural oils? Look no further than Heavenly Organics all natural shampoo powder. This friendlier alternative to the traditional shampoo may be little weird, but it works. Made with just two ingredients: sodium bicarbonate and fruit extract powder, simply add water to a teaspoon sized heap to create a paste and massage directly onto hair and scalp.