What will I have to change? Beauty

I’ve started looking at what of my existing daily routine will be suitable during my month palm oil free. I’ve done pretty well swapping products recently to be vegan or vegan-friendly. Here’s my shower shelf…


From left to right: Optima AloeDent Whitening fluoride-free toothpaste, Original Source Coconut shower gel, Superdrug Coconut & Sweet Almond shampoo and conditioner, Superdrug B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser and B. Active Day Cream, dr.organic Tea Tree Deodorant.

So can they stay for Orangutanuary – my month of palm oil free living to raise awareness for the Orangutans and other rainforest wildlife losing their homes and lives?


Optima AloeDent Whitening Flouride Free toothpaste is suitable for vegans and not tested on animals. Not all Optima products are sfv though so check their labels.

The ingredients I’m not sure about are the Glycerin and Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate. They look a bit like the names the WWF advises to watch out for (see my post here). I’ve also found this list from Palm Oil Investigations and they seem likely to be palm oil derivatives.

Result: New toothpaste likely needed! I’ll email Optima for confirmation.

(Update: Optima have confirmed there is palm oil in their glycerines and they don’t know its origins.)

Shower Gel:

Original Source Coconut Shower Gel is definitely vegan, as it features the Vegan Society trademark.



Ingredients however do include Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Glycerin.

Result: New shower gel likely needed! I’ll email Original Source for confirmation.

Shampoo and Conditioner:

Superdrug Caring Coconut & Sweet Almond Shampoo and Conditioner both clearly state they’re suitable for vegetarians and vegans, that Superdrug is against animal testing and have the Leaping Bunny logo.

Ingredients almost certainly look to include palm oil derivatives though. There’s Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glyceryl Oleate, Propylene Glycol and glycerine.

Result: New shower gel likely needed! I’ll email Superdrug for confirmation.

Face Scrub:

Superdrug B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser. As with other Superdrug own-brand products they clearly mark this as suitable for vegans and it has the Cruelty-Free Leaping Bunny logo.


Ingredients include the common culprits though – Glycerin, Propylene Glycol and a new one Ethylhexylglycerin.

Result: New exfoliator scrub likely needed! I’ll email Superdrug for confirmation.


Superdrug B. Active Day Cream is another own-brand product clearly marked suitable for vegans and not tested on animals. I forgot to take a photo though so here’s the ingredients list from the website.


Ingredients are getting more easy to spot now but this list is definitely the hardest to read. Look at those names! Here I can see Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Ethylhexyl palmitate…ugh, think it’s just safe to say anything with this many ingredients you can’t pronounce isn’t a great choice!

Result: Stick to coconut oil 🙂


dr.organic Organic Tea Tree Deodorant is not tested on animals, nor are any of dr.organic’s products.


There’s clearly no SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) but other ingredients include Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3, and one I’ve not seen on anyone’s warning lists but seems clearly palm-based – Isocetyl Palmitate.

Result: New deodorant likely needed! I’ll email dr.organic for confirmation.



I’ve not had any responses to my palm oil ingredient questions yet, but disappointingly it seems likely palm oil has snuck its way into all of my vegan products! Might be a month of coconut oil and soap free washing at this rate. Anyone got tips for palm oil free products? Send them over!!



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