Here's the scoop: Palm oil is often disguised, hidden behind many different ingredient names you probably don't recognize when you go to your pantry or bathroom to check. To make things even more confusing for you as a consumer, sometimes companies will only disclose ingredients like "vegetable oil," and though that vegetable oil blend likely contains palm oil, it's not always a labeling requirement.
To help you navigate these confusing waters and avoid unwittingly voting for rainforest destruction with your dollars, here is a partial list of other names for palm oil-derived ingredients:*
*Disclaimer: Through research we've found that Vitamin A Palmitate can be derived from any combination of vegetable oil such as olive, coconut, canola and/or palm oil. Though in all the cases we've documented, companies use palm oil to make derivatives like Vitamin A Palmitate, it can be tricky to know for sure.(1.)
United as customers and citizens, we're telling brands that orangutans and the forests they live in are worth more than the pennies they're saving. We are demanding that they commit to only using responsible palm oil produced without causing the destruction of rainforests, carbon rich peat lands or the abuse of human rights.
The crisis caused by Conflict Palm Oil is urgent and the stakes are high.2
Just so you know, Every single ingredient used in Aromatic Essentials has been investigated and absolutely contains no palm oil, even my vegetable glycerine is from Coconut not Palm. (Glycerin is most commonly derived from animal sources and if it's not, it's usually derived from Palm).
P.S Aromatic Essentials does not use ANY of the ingredients containing Palm oil. That is just one reason that sets me apart from the others.
During the past decade the orangutan population has decreased by approximately 50 percent in the wild. This is primarily due to human activities including rainforest destruction for palm oil plantations. At present, 80 percent of orangutan habitat has been altered or lost.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year.3
The Bornean orangutan population declined by 60% in the past 60 years and is projected to decline by 82% over 75 years. Its range has become patchy throughout Borneo, being largely extirpated from various parts of the island, including the southeast. The largest remaining population is found in the forest around the Sabangau River, but this environment is at risk.
Sumatran orangutan populations declined by 80% in 75 years. This species is now found only in the northern part of Sumatra, with most of the population inhabiting the Leuser Ecosystem. In late March 2012, some of the last Sumatran orangutan in northern Sumatra were reported to be threatened with approaching forest fires and might be wiped out entirely within a matter of weeks.4