Palm-Oil Egg Hunt: Day 4

Welcome to the fourth palm-oil egg hunt of the week. If you're unfamiliar with the premise of this game/exercise, here is the gist: 

Before you hunt for Easter eggs this upcoming Sunday, test your skills by looking for ingredients that are commonly derived from conflict palm-oil. We thought it would be fun to make a game out of what is truly the most annoying part of being palm-oil free: checking the ingredients list. The better we understand the more complex palm-oil derivatives that are out there, the more we are in control of our own environmental impact.  Each day this week, we'll post five or so eggs that you can look for in your home or in a grocery store:

Here's a quick rundown of the above ingredients:

Vegetable oil: This might be the most common form of palm-oil you see. Right now, the US does not require vegetable oil comprised of oil aggregates to be labeled as such, so it is safe to assume that many veggie oils contain palm-oil, unless it says 100% pure canola oil, etc. Hint: All food stuffs

Stearic acid: A saturated fatty acid that can be derived from both animals and plants. A surfactant and emulsifier. It is the basic building block of many eggs you have seen this week. Hint: All beauty and body products

Glyceryl oleate: The product (ester) of glycerin and oleic acid. It often takes the form of a light yellow liquid. Its presence reduces surface tension, allowing for substances to emulsify effortlessly. Hint: Lip butters

Butyl stearate: A stearate ester. This primarily acts as a lubricant, eliminating the 'drag' of certain products as they are applied. Hint: Nail polish

Cetyl palmitate: A white, wax-like substance. It also smooths the surface textures and lubricates upon application. Because this ingredient is commonly derived from animals (dolphins and whales), it is then made from palm-oil to make it "animal-friendly" and "vegan." Hint: Eyeliner

Be sure to check the #PalmOilEggHunt hashtag on social media to see what's been found! If you want to a see a summary of all the eggs we've covered so far, click here

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