The Ultimate Guide to Palm Oil Free Face Wash

You might not believe me, but I’ve only ever slept in my makeup like two times. My skin type is Unforgiving Witch, and it behooves me to wash and pamper her before bed. If not, I’ll wake up to skin like that after a long flight: dull and dry — yet somehow also oily? I cleanse, tone, moisturize, the whole nine yards, but my face wash is the foundation of my nightly routine. I’m always on the lookout for one substantial enough to wash off the day’s makeup, pollution, and subway stank, yet gentle enough not to strip my precious moisture barrier away. And then there’s conflict palm oil.

Palm oil* — being the basis of much of the world’s glycerin — is a common ingredient in many cleansers. In the past, it’s been tough to avoid, but a whole slew of new brands and formulations has recently cropped up. From suds to oils, we’ve got the face washes that banish dirt without soiling Earth.

👀  *Ingredients to look for  👀
Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-150 Distearate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glyceryl Laurate, Myristic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Laureth, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, PEG-100 Stearate

Cleansing Oils and Balms


Liquid and Cream Soaps


Powder and Grain Cleansers


Bar Soaps

Know more palm oil free face wash brands? Let us know in the comments.