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Plant-Based Stearic Acid-Containing Mints By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

Posted on December 16, 2015 by The VRG Blog Editor

In a recent article, The VRG reported that Wrigley’s® Wint O Green, Pep O Mint and Spear O Mint Life Savers® Mints contained stearic acid derived from tallow and lard.

The VRG canvassed other mint brands in order to discover if any others contained animal-derived stearic acid.

We located and investigated 50 mint brands, most of which contain either stearic acid or a stearate compound such as calcium stearate or magnesium stearate. Of these, only ten contained stearic acid.

Excluding Wrigley’s, the remaining nine contained vegetable-derived stearic acid. All of these nine companies confirmed to us by email or phone that they use vegetable-derived stearic acid. Ingredients are listed on the websites given below. (Scrolling down the page after opening the link may be necessary to view ingredient information.) Ingredient source information is also available on most of the websites. If you have further questions contact the company.

All of these brands may be purchased in the United States or online.

The VRG will report on other mint brands in upcoming articles.

Mints Containing Vegetable-Derived Stearic Acid

Body Mint®

CHoward’s® Mints


Hint Mint®

Meltzer’s® Puremints

Polo® Mints

Spry® Gems Mints

Trader Joe’s® Green Tea Infused Mints

Zellie’s® Mints


Wrigley’s Life Savers mints contain stearic acid derived from tallow and lard.

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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