The Ultimate Guide to Palm-Oil Free Toothpaste
When you first take inventory of the conflict palm-oil in your life, toothpaste seems like an inescapable item. After all, mainstream toothpastes contain glycerin, propylene glycol, and/or sodium lauryl sulfate (to foam), derived largely from untraceable palm-oil. I myself would often buy Crest, a popular U.S. oral care brand owned by Proctor & Gamble. But P&G only certifies less than half of their palm-oil derivatives and that percentage is all Green Palm, which doesn't mean much to us.
While P&G has promised to ensure that their derivatives (and whole palm-oil) are deforestation-free, this plan won't be fully fleshed out until 2016, and may take time from there to implement. Thankfully, you don't have to wait that long for ethical oral care. There are plenty of alternative pastes, soaps, and powders out there. We've also included a few palm-free options (at the bottom) that you can find at any mainstream health food store - some of which are perfect for children.
20+ options for a clean mouth and peaceful mind:
1. Earthpaste Toothpaste, $7.99 | This glycerin and SLS-free paste can be easily bought on sale at my local Sprouts, which I really appreciate. There are five flavors to choose from, including Lemon Twist which is kid-friendly. Read our full review here. Vegan.
2. Shantara's Soaps Tooth Soap, $6 | A solid tooth soap perfect for traveling, as it comes in its own tin! Three flavors are available - Peppermint, Clove, and Tea Tree - and each formula promises lots of bubbles, which you won't get with a powder. Activated charcoal acts as a natural whitener. Vegan.
3. Fig & Yarrow Tooth Powder, $16 | This complex powder starts with a base of white clay, sea salt, and baking soda. Wild-harvested myrrh, licorice root, xylitol, and neem are then added for their anti-microbial properties. The flavor is undeniably luxe, too: Cornmint and Lavender. Vegan.
4. Good4You Herbals Tooth Powder, $20 | This powder is a big splurge and comes in two flavors: Original and Beach Rose. The latter showcases locally gathered beach rose petals, French pink clay, and Himalayan pink salt from Pakistan. If you're going to go all-out, this is a contender. Vegan.
5. Mother Mountain Herbals, $7 | Sprinkle this mixture of bentonite clay and baking soda on a wet toothbrush and experience the four thieves in action: oils of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Vegan.
6. Fat & the Moon Tooth Soap, $12 | This is one of my favorite products ever. You just add a drop or two of soap on your toothbrush and it will suds just as well as any toothpaste with SLS. Read our full review and see photos here. Vegan.
7. Fat & the Moon Tooth Polish $10 | This is a fun addition if you're having a hard time finding palm-free tooth whiteners or just want to try something new. Sprinkle a bit of this powerful powder on top of your toothpaste and and gently brush away tea or coffee stains! Vegan.
The following two companies are not palm-oil free, though the toothpastes they sell have been verified as 100% palm-free and widely available in health stores, like Whole Foods, across the country:
8. Dr. Bronner's Toothpaste, $6.49 | Did you know that this popular soap company made toothpaste? I spot this well-priced paste at the store often, in one of it's three flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, and Peppermint. We also verified with their chemist and the glycerin in their toothpaste comes from organic soybean oil. Vegan.
9. Weleda Toothpaste, $2.50-8.00 | This brand offers some of the most targeted pastes on this list, like the Ratanhia flavor which treats and strengthens gums. There are five flavors total to choose from, one of which is especially for children, and travel sizes are available. All flavors are vegan EXCEPT for the Salt, which contains lactose. We also confirmed that all of the glycerin in these pastes are derived from non-GMO rapeseed oil from Germany.
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