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POFCAP Trade markInternational Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme

Although our campaign relates primarily to the issue of animal-tested cosmetics and their ingredients, we are mindful that consumers are also concerned about the use of palm oil and derivatives in products.

To that end, we are delighted to collaborate with the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) – an international certification trademark programme. At the time of writing it offers the only International Certification Trademark for palm oil free products and it is already approved to certify products in Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Sweden and the USA.  Applications are pending in nine other countries.  

Each product displaying their International Palm Oil Free Certification trade mark has been thoroughly researched via their accreditation process and has been certified palm oil and palm oil derivative free. Companies that are accredited cruelty-free by us and have had their entire range of products certified palm oil free are denoted on the Choose Cruelty Free List as “CPOF“. 

For all enquiries about palm oil free certification, please contact the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme directly.

A-Z of Alternate Names for Palm Oil and its Derivatives

The following information about palm oil and its derivatives has been kindly provided by Bev Luff of With Compassion & Soul Inc.

Many food products have palm oil listed as ‘vegetable oil’ and in non food products there are hundreds of alternate names for palm oil. If an ingredient in the product you are researching has any one of the following names then it is most likely to be palm oil unless otherwise certified. On odd occasions these ingredients may also be derived from other sources. If the product you are checking has one of the ingredients below you may want to contact the company to find out its derivation.

Here are just some examples of alternative names for palm oil. Unfortunately the full list is HUGE, but it is in alphabetical order for easier reference:

Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472a/E472a)
Alkyl Poly Glucoside
Aluminium stearate
Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids (470/E470a; E470b)
Ammonium laureth sulphate
Ammonium lauryl sulphate
Arachamide mea
Ascorbyl palmitate
Ascorbyl palmitate (304)
Azelaic acid
Butyl stearate
Calcium lactylate
Calcium oleyl lactylate
Calcium stearate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate (482/E482)
Capric triglyceride
Caprylic acid
Caprylic / Capric Glycerides
Caprylic triglyceride
Caprylic/capric triglyceride
Caprylic/capric/stearic triglyceride
Capryloyl glycine
Caprylyl glycol
Carotene (sometimes made from palm)
Ceteareth (2-100)
Cetearyl alcohol
Cetearyl ethylhexanote
Cetearyl glucoside
Cetearyl isononanoate
Cetyl acetate
Cetyl alcohol
Cetyl ethylhexanoate
Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose
Cetyl lactate
Cetyl octanoate
Cetyl palmitate
Cetyl ricinoleate
Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472c/E472c)
Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)
Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)
Decyl Glucoside
Decyl oleate
Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472e/E472e)
Dilinoleic acid
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
Distilled Monoglyceride Palm
Elaeis guineensis oil
Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 470-8, 481-483, 493-5
Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)
Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243)
Ethylene glycol monostearate
Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate
Ethylhexyl Palminate
Ethylhexyl palmitate
Ethylhexyl stearate
Fatty alcohol sulphates
Glycerin or glycerol (442)
Glyceryl distearate
Glyceryl laurate
Glyceryl monostearate
Glyceryl myristate
Glyceryl oleate
Glyceryl polymethacrylate
Glyceryl Rosinate
Glyceryl stearate
Glyceryl stearate SE
Glycol distearate
Glycol stearate
Guineesis (palm)
Hexyl laurate
Hydrogenated palm glycerides
Isopropyl isostearate
Isopropyl palmitate
Isopropyl titanium triisostearate
Isostearamide DEA
Isostearate DEA
Isostearic acid
Isostearyl alcohol
Lactic and fatty acid easters of glycerol (472b/E472b)
Lauramide DEA
Lauramide MEA
Lauramine oxide
Lauric acid
Lauroyl sarcosine
Lauryl betaine
Lauryl lactate
Lauryl glucoside (from palm)
Lauryl pyrrolidone
Linoleic acid
Magnesium myristate
Magnesium stearate
Mixed tartaric, acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472f/E472f)
Mono-and- di-glycerides of fatty acids (471/E471)
Mono-glycerides of fatty acids
Myristic acid
Myristic Cetrimonium Chloride Acid
Myristyl alcohol
Myristyl myristate
Octyl palmitate
Octyl stearate
Octyldodecyl myristate
Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate
Oleamide MIPA
Oleic acid
Oleyl betaine
Palm fruit oil
Palm kernel oil
Palm oil
Palm olein
Palm stearine
Palmitic acid
Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride
Palmitoyl myristyl serinate
Palmitoyl oxostearamide
Palmitoyl oligopeptide
Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
PEG-100 stearate
PEG-15 stearyl ether
PEG-150 distearate
PEG-2 oleamine
PEG-20 stearate
PEG-4 laurate
PEG-40 stearate
PEG-8 distearate
PEG-8 stearate
PEG-80 sorbitan laurate
Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate
Peptide complex
Polyethylene (40) stearate (431)
Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids (475/E475)
Polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid (476/E476)
Polyglycerol-2 oleyl ether
Polyglyceryl-3 dilisostearate
Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate
Polyglyceryl-4 oleyl ether
Polysorbate 60 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate (435/E435)
Polysorbate 65 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan tristearate (436/E436)
Polysorbate 80 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monoolate (433/E433)
Potassium stearate
PPG-15 stearate ether
Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids (477/E477)
Propylene glycol laurate
Propylene glycol stearate
Retinyl palmitate
Saponified elaeis guineensis
Sodium cetearyl sulphate
Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
Sodium lactylate; sodium oleyl lactylate; sodium stearoyl lactylate (481/E481)
Sodium laurate
Sodium laurel
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium laureth sulphate
Sodium laureth-13 carboxylate
Sodium lauroyl lactylate
Sodium lauryl
Sodium lauryl ether sulphate
Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium lauryl sulphate
Sodium palm kernelate
Sodium palmate
Sodium palmitate
Sodium stearate
Sodium stearoyl lactylate
Sorbitan isotearate
Sorbitan laurate
Sorbitan monostearate (491)
Sorbitan oleate
Sorbitan palmitate
Sorbitan sesquioleate
Sorbitan trioleate
Sorbitan tristearate
Sorbitan tristearate (492)
Stearalkonium chloride
Stearalkonium hectorite
Stearamide MEA
Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine
Stearic acid (vegetable oil)
Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)
Stearoyl sarcosine
Stearyl alcohol
Stearyl dimethicone
Stearyl heptanoate
Sucrose stearate
Sucroseesters of fatty acids (473/E473)
TEA-lauryl sulphate
Tocopheryl linoleate
Triacetin (1518)
Vegetable glycerin
Vegetable oil
Zinc stearate

For more information please refer to and support the groups listed below:

For information in relation to consuming food containing palm oil visit Heart Foundation Australia

Page updated: 12 January 2018

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