Your everyday beauty products probably have palm oil on the ingredients list. Why? Because palm oil is a safe and versatile ingredient that gives your cosmetics their creamy texture, foaming action and hydrating abilities. But not all palm oil is sourced responsibly.

Companies, such as L’Oréal, Avon, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Esteé Lauder Companies, have all committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Palm oil has many cosmetic benefits but certified sustainable palm oil benefits your beauty routine and the planet. 

Here are more reasons why companies choose certified sustainable palm oil for their cosmetic products: 

  • Versatility: Palm oil is used for a wide variety of cosmetic needs such as cleansing, foaming and thickening, and can increase the skin’s ability to absorb cosmetic products. It makes products easy to spread across skin and is responsible for the silky, moisturizing texture you want in your creams and lotions.  
  • Responsibly produced: With global warming a major concern, people are looking for products with ingredients that aren’t  harming the environment. Certified sustainable palm oil is produced according to strict standards that protect the planet and wildlife. 
  • Long lasting: Palm oil improves the stability and shelf life of products, decreasing the amount of expired products in your bathroom cabinet. 
  • Hydrating: You don’t want your lipstick or cleanser to dry out your skin. Skin needs moisture to feel good and look good. Palm oil locks in moisture and acts as a lubricant to create a protective, hydrating barrier on your skin.  
  • Supports small farmers: Companies using Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil in their cosmetic products are supporting independent small family farmers who make up 40 percent of the country’s palm oil production. 

Palm oil is clearly a smart cosmetic ingredient, but knowing where a company sources its palm oil is crucial. It’s no secret that some palm oil has been linked to deforestation. What you might not know is countries, led by  Malaysia, are producing palm oil under strict sustainability standards from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Malaysia has even created its own more stringent sustainability scheme, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) program.

L’Oréal is one company that not only uses palm oil for its benefits but has also worked to ensure its palm oil is sourced sustainably, saying, “100% of the palm oil sourced by L’Oréal has complied with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards since 2010, following the rigorous Segregated (SG) model, one of the most demanding.” 

Look for cosmetics with palm oil on the label, but don’t stop there! Choose products made by  companies that put our planet first and have pledged to use certified sustainable palm oil.

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