Palm Oil Problem #1 Vague Product Labelling

Other names for palm oil
drinks and convenience foods
Palm oil is contained in around 60% of food items, cleaning products and toiletries. It is obscured by changing the ingredient name.

There is no legislation to stop this vague product labelling of palm oil

Despite the lobbying and activism of various environmental groups and those concerned with consumer rights, palm oil remains labelled in a vague unclear way. It’s hidden in plain sight, an ingredient in everything from ice-cream to lipstick, biscuits to toothpaste.

Part of the mission of this website is to educate people on the products that A. contain palm oil and B. decipher whether or not this palm oil is from a sustainable source.

When it’s not clearly labelled as #Palmoil you can identify it on product packaging with these ingredient prefixes:STEAR, GLYC, PALM, LAUR. That’s all you need to remember 💚 to #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

Here is how the palm oil lobby AKA Orangutan Land Trust justify obscuring the simple name ‘palm oil’ on the label

Leaving aside the fact that many parts of the world have different food labelling laws.

I guess what this greenwashing lobbyist is saying is that consumers should know all of the 400 names? What a load of bullshit.

Palm oil’s many names

Other names for palm oil

Here’s an abbreviated list of other names for palm oil

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:*

  • PKO – Palm Kernel Oil
  • PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
  • PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
  • FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil
  • OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)
  • Palmate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
  • Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Chemicals which contain palm oil
  • Steareth -2
  • Steareth -20
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
  • Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil)

Here’s the full list for your reference

It’s a disgusting indictment on democracy when something as simple as ingredients on the products we consume cannot be standarised and simplified at consumers’ request. The entire world’s forests are at stake! Skip to the end to sign the most recent petitions to standardise palm oil on product labels in Australia and New Zealand.



2-Ethyl Hexyl Stearate

100 Cetyl/stearyl ether



acetylated glycol stearate

Acetylated monoglycerides

Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472a/E472a)

Acrylated Palm Oil



AHCOHOL 0810 (Octyl Decyl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 0898 (Octyl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 1098 (Decyl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 1216 (Lauryl/Myristyl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 1299 (Lauryl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 1498 (Myristyl Alcohol NF)

AHCOHOL 1618 (Cetyl Stearyl/Cetearyl Alcohol)

AHCOHOL 1698 (Cetyl Alcohol NF)

AHCOHOL 1898 (Stearyl Alcohol NF)

AHCOHOL® Fatty Alcohols

Alkyl alcohol Aluminium stearate

Alkyl polyglucoside

Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids (470/E470a; E470b)

Aluminum dimyristate

Aluminum Isostearates

Aluminium myristate

Aluminium palmitate

Aluminium stearate

Ammonium laureth sulphate

Ammonium lauryl sulphate

Anionic & Non Anionic Surfactants (too generic an ingredient, need more info on)

Arachamide mea

Ascorbyl palmitate

Ascorbyl palmitate (304)

Ascorbyl stearate

Azelaic acid

Behenic acid 85% (C22)

Behentrimonium methosulphate


beta Carotene


Butyl myristate

Butyl stearate

Butyl Stearate IPM (Isopropyl Myristate)





Calcium lactylate

Calcium oleyl lactylate

Calcium myristate

Calcium stearate

Calcium stearoyl lactylate (482/E482)



Capric Acid (C10)

Capric triglyceride

Capryl Glucoside


Caprylic acid

Caprylic acid (C8))

Caprylic triglyceride

Caprylic/capric acid (C810)

Caprylic-capric triglycerides

Caprylic-capric-stearic triglyceride

Capryloyl glycine

Caprylyl glycol

Carboxylic acid

Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) (can come from PKC cellulose)






Ceteareth (2-100)

Cetearyl alcohol

Cetearyl ethylhexanote

Cetearyl glucoside

Cetearyl isononanoate

Cetearyl olivate



Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)


Cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC)


Cetrimonium bromide

Cetrimonium chloride

Cetostearyl alcohol

Cetyl acetate

Cetyl alcohol

Cetyl ethylhexanoate

Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose

Cetyl lactate

Cetyl myristate

Cetyl octanoate

Cetyl palmitate

Cetyl ricinoleate

Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide

Cetyl/stearyl ether

Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472c/E472c)

Citris seed extract




Coco – Caprylate

Coco – polyglucose

Cocoyl sarcosine

Coco – DEA

Coco – Glucoside

Coco Alkyl Betaine

Coco MEA

Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)

Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)

Cocoamidopropyl Amine Oxide


Cocomide – DEA

cocomide – MEA

Cocomidopropyl – Betaine


Coconut Fatty Acid

Decal – Glucosde

Decyl Myristate

Decyl oleate

Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472e/E472e)

Dicaprylyl Ether

dicocoyl ethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate

Dicocoyl Pentaerythrityl Distearyl Citrate

Dilinoleic acid

Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate

Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate

Distilled Fatty Acids

Distilled Monoglyceride Palm

Distilled Palm Kernel (DPK)

Dried Yeast

EBS – Ethylene Bis Stearamide

EBS Beads



Elaeis guineensis oil

Emulsifier 422

Emulsifier 430

Emulsifier 431

Emulsifier 432

Emulsifier 433

Emulsifier 434

Emulsifier 436

Emulsifier 470

Emulsifier 470a

Emulsifier 470b

Emulsifier 471

Emulsifier 471a

Emulsifier 471b

Emulsifier 471c

Emulsifier 471d

Emulsifier 472e

Emulsifier 473

Emulsifier 474

Emulsifier 475

Emulsifier 476

Emulsifier 477

Emulsifier 478

Emulsifier 481

Emulsifier 482

Emulsifier 483

Emulsifier 484

Emulsifier 485

Emulsifier 493

Emulsifier 494

Emulsifier 495

Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)

Emulsifying wax

Ethoxylated glycerol monooleate

Ethoxylated lauryl alcohol

Ethoxylated monoglycerides 

Ethoxylated Sorbitan monostearate (SMS)

Ethoxylated Sorbitan Mono-stearate (STS)

Ethoxylated palm oil

Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243)

Ethylene glycol monostearate

Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate

Ethylhexyl myristate

Ethylhexyl palmitate

Ethylhexyl stearate


Ethylene glycol diesters

Ethylene glycol esters

Ethylene glycol monoesters

Ethylene glycol monostearate


Ethyhexyl hydroxystearate

Ethylhexyl myristate
Ethylhexyl palminate
Ethylhexyl stearate

Fatty Acid Diethanolamides

Fatty Acid Monoethanolamides

Fatty Acids

Fatty Alcohol Alkoxylate

Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate

Fatty alcohol sulphates

Fatty isethionate

Fractionated Palm Methyl Esters


Glycerin or glycerol (442)


Glyceryl cocoate

Glyceryl esters

Glycerol di-myristate

Glyceryl distearate

Glyceryl laurate

glyceryl monococoate

Glyceryl monostearate

Glyceryl myristate

Glyceryl oleate

Glyceryl polymethacrylate

Glyceryl rosinate

Glyceryl stearate

Glyceryl stearate SE

Glyceryl tripalmitate

Glycol distearate

Glycol stearate

Grapefruit seed extract

Guineesis (palm)


Hexyl laurate


Humectant 422

Hydrogenated palm glycerides

IPO (Isopropyl Oleate)

Isopropyl Acetate

Isopropyl isostearate

Isoamyl laurate

Isobutyl myristate

Isocetyl alcohol

Isocetyl myristate

Isodecyl oleate

Isopropyl esters

Isopropyl isostearate

Isopropyl myristate

Isopropyl palmitate

Isopropyl titanium triisostearate

Isostearamide DEA

Isostearate DEA

Isostearic acid

Isostearyl alcohol

Isostearyl isostearate

Isostearyl myristate

Isostearyl neopentanoate

Isotridecyl myristate

Lactic and fatty acid esters of glycerol (472b/E472b)

Lactylated Monoglycerides

Lauramide DEA

Lauramide MEA

Lauramine oxide
























Lauric acid

Lauric Acid (C12)

Lauroyl sarcosine

Lauryl Alcohol Ethoxylates (2, 3 & 4 Mole)

Lauryl betaine

Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen​

Lauryl glucoside

Lauryl lactate

Laurel myristate

Lauryl pyrrolidone

Lauryl sarcosine


Lecithin isopropyl palm oil

Linoleic acid

Magnesium myristate

Magnesium stearate

Metallic stearates

Methyl laurate (1214)

Methyl myristate

Methyl laurate stearate (1218)

Methyl oleate (1898)

Methyl palmitate-stearate (1618)

(Methyl palmitate-stearate – DPK)

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
Monoglyceride citrate 
Myreth 3 myristate​


Myristic acid

Myristic Acid (C14))

Myristic Cetrimonium Chloride Acid


Myristyl alcohol

Myristyl myristate

Myristoyl Sarcosine
Myristoyl Sarcosinate
Myristyl alcohol
Myristyl myristate
n- Butyl esters


N-stearoyl phytosphingosine

N-stearoyl sphinganine



Octyl palmitate

Octyl stearate

Octyldodecyl myristate

Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate

Oleamide MIPA

Oleic acid

Oleic Acid FGK

Oleyl betaine

Oleyl myristate

Oleoyl sarcsine

Olivem 1000

Olive – emulse

Oliv-wax LQC

PALMESTER fatty esters

Palm fruit oil

Palmitoleic acid

Palm Kernel Acid
Palm kernel cake

Palm Kernel Diethanolamide

Palm Kernel Fatty Acid

Palm Kernel Monoethanolamide

Palm kernel oil

Palm Methyl Esters

Palm oil

Palm olein

Palm stearine

Palm Sterine (PS)


Palmitamidopropyl betaine​

Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride


Palmitic acid

Palmitic Acid (C16)

Palmitoyl acid

Palmitoyl alcohol

Palm oleic acid

Palmitoyl myristyl serinate

Palmitoyl oligopeptide

Palmitoyl oxostearamide

Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3

Palm Methyl Ester 
PBS Base

PEG-2 cetyl/stearyl ether

PEG – 7

PEG-100 stearate

PEG-12 Carnauba

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

Pentaerythritol tetra caprai/caprylate
Pentaerythrityl tetracaprylate/tetracaprate

Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate

Peptide complex

PG dicaprylate/caprate 
PK oleic acid




PME 1214 (Methyl Laurate Myristate)

PME 1218 (Methyl Laurate Stearate)

PME 1298 (Methyl Laurate) PME 1618

PME 1618 (Methyl Palmitate Oleate)

PME 1698 (Methyl Palmitate)

PME 1898 (Methyl Oleate – PK)

POFA (palm oil fuel ash)

Polyethylene glycol

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 laurate

Polyglyceryl-4 oleyl ether


Polyoxyethylene Glycol (PEG-7)

Polysorbate 60

polyoxyethylene (20)

sorbitan monostearate (435/E435)

Polysorbate 65

polyoxyethylene (20)

sorbitan tristearate (436/E436)

Polysorbate 80

polyoxyethylene (20)

sorbitan monoolate (433/E433)







POME palm oil mill effluent

Potassium Cetyl Phosphate

Potassium Palmitate

Potassium myristate

Potassium stearate

PPG-15 stearate ether

PPG-4 Laureth-5

Propylene glycol monoester
Propylene glycol myristate

Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids (477/E477)

Propylene glycol laurate

Propylene glycol stearate

Retinyl palmitate

Rubber Grade Stearic Acid

Saponified elaeis guineensis




Sodium cetearyl sulphate

Sodium Coco Sulphate

sodium cocoyl glycinate 
​Sodium cocoyl isethionate

Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)

Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye

Sodium lactylate

Sodium laurate

Sodium laurel

Sodium laureth sulfate

Sodium laureth sulphate

Sodium laureth-13 carboxylate

Sodium lauroamphoacetate

Sodium lauroyl glutamate

Sodium lauroyl lactylate

Sodium lauryl

Sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES)

Sodium lauryl sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate

Sodium lauryl sulphate

Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

Sodium myristate

sodium oleyl lactylate

Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

Sodium stearoyl lactylate

Sodium palm kernelate

Sodium palm kerneloyl isethionate

Sodium palmate

Sodium palmitate

Sodium stearate

Sodium stearoyl fumarate

Sodium Stearoyl glutamate

Sodium stearoyl lactylate

sodium stearoyl lactylate (481/E481)

Solubiliser PS20
Sorbitan Caprylate
Sorbitan Cocoate
Sorbitan diisostearate 
Sorbitan Distearate​ 
​Sorbitan ester

Sorbitan isotearate

Sorbitan laurate

Sorbitan monoglyceride

Sorbitan monolaurate
Sorbitan monopalmitate

Sorbitan monostearate (491)

Sorbitan palmitate

Sorbitan sesquioleate

Sorbitan trioleate

Sorbitan tristearate

Sorbitan tristearate (492)

Sorbitan triglyceride

stearalkonium bentonite

Stearalkonium chloride

Stearalkonium hectorite

Stearamide MEA

Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

Stearamine Oxide

Steareth – 2

Steareth – 7

Steareth – 10

Steareth – 11

Steareth – 13

Steareth – 14

Steareth – 15

Steareth – 16

Steareth – 20

Steareth – 21

Steareth – 25

Steareth – 27

Steareth – 30

Steareth – 40

Steareth – 50

Steareth – 100

Stearic Acid (C18)& (570)

Stearic acid (vegetable oil)

Stearic Acid 50 NF Powder

Stearic Acid 55% 65%, 70%, 90%

Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)

Stearic hydrazide



Stearoyl sarcosine

Stearyl acetate

Stearyl alcohol

Stearyl alcohol NF

Stearyl caprylate,

Stearyl citrate

Stearyl dimethicone

Stearyl glycyrrhetinate

Stearyl heptanoate

Stearyl Octanoate

Stearyl Stearate

Stearyl tartarate

Stearyltrimethylammonium Chloride​​

Stearoyl lactic acid

Stearyldimethyl amine

Steartrimonium chloride
Succinylated monoglycerides

Sucrose esters of fatty acids (473/E473)

sucrose distearate

sucrose oleate

sucrose tristearate

Shea butter (extended)

Sucrose stearate

Sulphonated Methyl Esters​

Synthetic beeswax


TEA-lauryl sulphate


Temest 2 EHC (Ethylhexyl Cocoate)

Temest 2 EHP (Ethylhexyl Palmitate)

Temest 2 EHS (Ethylhexyl Stearate)

Temest 810 (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride)

Temest 99 (Isononyl Isononanonate)

Temest ALB (C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate)

Temest CTE (Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate)

Temest CTN (Cetearyl Isononanoate)

Temest DO (Decyl Oleate)

Tetradecylocadecyl myristate

Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate

Tocopheryl linoleate


Triacetin (1518)



Tridecyl myristate


Triple Pressed Stearic Acid


Veg Emulse

Vegetable Emulsifier

Vegetable glycerine

Vegetable gum (466)

vegetable mono diglycerides

vegetable oil

Vit A

Zinc myristate

Zinc stearate

Mandatory palm oil labelling

Currently, the EU and the UK mandates that all products must clearly label palm oil on their products. It wasn’t that hard, and it resulted in greater consumer choice so that consumers could support and save the animals they love, rather than harming them. Let’s demand the same in Australia and New Zealand now!

A victory for common sense and the consumers’ rights to know.

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