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Palm kernel oil is a highly stable saturated oil and is used as one of the primary ingredients in our
antiperspirant stick. It essentially provides the body or base material which the other oils and waxes modify
in order to provide a pleasant experience of the product on our skin (for example how soft it feels on
application and how well it glides over the skin).
Other commonly used base ingredients to give a stick product body include other natural oils or
waxes, petrolatum or mineral oil, or synthetic silicone fluids like cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasilioxane,
cyclomethicone, or phenyl trimethicone.
Palm kernel oil is widely used in food and is considered safe when applied to the skin based on
current as well as historical uses.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no
two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic
reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort
or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body
Palm kernel oil is an oil obtained by mechanical extraction from the kernel or seed of the oil palm
(Elaeis guineensis), the same plant which provides palm oil (palm oil comes from the pulp of the palm fruit as
opposed to the seed). Palm kernel oil has also been used in many processed foods and as a cooking oil and,
like other vegetable oils, can be used to prepare biofuels.
are native to the tropical rain forest region of West Africa along the coastal belt from Liberia to Angola.
The palm has spread east to the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar and Malagasy and is now cultivated widely throughout
the tropics. Other parts of value besides the oil-producing fruits and seeds of the palm include the leaves,
which are used as a thatch, and the leaf stalks for fencing and as cooking fuel. The palm kernel oil we use
originates from plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia.
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