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This product is great and does what it's meant to! Back in April, I went on a health kick and started to lose weight. I was quite chubby before but now I have lost a stone - yay! This was my go to product during and after the weight loss. I used this every night after washing and I don't have any saggy skin - I firmed up great! The smell of the cocoa is quite strong and it reminds me of the chocolatey, biscuity smell of fake tan. It is a strong smell so it could be overpowering to some people although I really like it! The consistency of the cream is good as well: i'd describe it to be thinner than most normal body moisturisers but thicker than E45 creams (which are renowned for their thinness). Overall a decent product which does what it says! Would highly recommend!!!
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Body Butter
I have had this product for a while now and as it is a massive bottle it has taken me ages to use it up - also I like to switch between my bath/body products fairly regularly. This is the only Palmers body product I have tried and I think I will have buy some more from Palmers.
- Product description (from amazon.co.uk)
"A unique formula specifically designed to maintain your body to its natural, original firmness. Made from pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, this non greasy lotion helps tighten skin after pregnancy or weight loss. In addition, Ginseng and Vitamin E help to nourish and rejuvenate tired skin. Co Enzyme Q10 - a powerful antioxidant - stimulates skin cells for a more toned and smoother appearance."
- About the product
I bought this product quite a while ago from Bodycare I think as it was really cheap and it sounded great; the bottle is massive at 315ml (10.6 fl oz) so it has taken me ages to finish it. The bottle isn't clear so you can't see how much you have left and the bottle has a pump dispenser which is one of my favourite things about the product/packaging. The body butter is dermatologically tested and it is paraben free. Palmers is against animal testing, which is always good to know.
- Using the product and results
When I first bought this product I used half of the bottle and then I left it in the back of my many beauty draws and I used up the last part of the bottle before going on holiday in August this year and overall, I was a little bit disappointed by this product. I use about half a pump of product on each area, for example, one pump for each arm etc. I find that this product is really think as you would expect it to be for a body butter but it does absorb really quite quickly which means that I can get away with using a bit more moisturiser than I normally could. The texture is very smooth and creamy and the consistency is very thick - not as thick as the Body Shop body butters though. One of the first things I noticed about this product, apart from the consistency is the scent! This product has a gorgeous scent in my opinion - the scent is that of cocoa I guess as that is the second main ingredient after water. The scent smells like gorgeous creamy milk chocolate! I love the scent is is fairly similar to the Lush easter special bath bomb called 'donkey oaty' which is gorgeous and based on the Lush Charity Pot Lotion. The body butter despite its really thick consistency applies and massages into the skin so quickly and easily; the body butter feels incredibly smooth and creamy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly too which is a bit unexpected as it is such as thick, rich product. It does not take me long to apply this product and it only takes about five to ten minutes for the product to fully absorb so I can get dressed fairly quickly.
The product leaves my skin incredibly smooth, soft and very moisturised but it does not make my skin greasy and heavy feeling which is great. The gorgeous scent of this body butter transfers to the skin really well and the scent stays! The scent stays on my skin for a good amount of time and the scent actually transfers to my pyjamas and makes them smell like subtle milk chocolate which is great - unless you are craving chocolate! I used this product everyday for two weeks before my holiday in august in the hope that it would have some effect to tone my skin but the effect really wasn't great - I did notice a very slight tone effect but nothing very noticeable which is quite disappointing as the firming/toning feature is the main selling point of this product - and this product works so well otherwise. Overall, this product smells amazing, it has a nice texture/consistency, the product applies and massages into the skin quickly/easily and the body butter leaves my skin smoother, softer, very well moisturised and scented - like milk chocolate - I only use this in the evenings because of the scent. The only negative point about this product is the lack of the firming/toning qualities that this product claims to have but I have not experienced really while using this product.
- Price and availability
This product can be bought from amazon.co.uk from between £5.76 to £7.99. This body butter is also available to buy from feelunique.co.uk for £4.95 (315ml), online chemists and Superdrug for £4.85 (315ml).
*Quick, easy and convenient to use because of the pump dispenser
*Smooth texture and thick consistency
*Gorgeous milk chocolate scent - that stays and even transfers to my clothing!
*Leaves my skin really well moisturised, smooth and soft
*Cheap and fairly widely available
*One bottle will last ages!
*Absorbs within five minutes approx
*Doesn't leave my skin heavy or greasy
*Doesn't really tone/firm my skin that much
Thank you for reading my review
I have used many of the Palmers Cocoa Butter range over the years, but this is one I always go back to.
I first discovered Palmer's Cocoa Butter about 6 years ao when it was on offer in my local Bodycare. I was looking for a thick body moisturiser, and picked up a bottle of the normal stuff for about £3.50. Since then this is the body moisturiser I use most.
When I became pregnant I was paranoid about getting stretch marks, and noticed the firming butter from the Palmer's range, so picked up a bottle when I was in Boots. This cost me £5 for 2 bottles at the time, and contains 315ml. This comes in the standard white bottle with the orange and brown logos on the front. This product is one of the few which is in a pump action bottle, which makes it easier to dispense.
The cream itself is very thick and yellow and has quite a strong scent of cocoa, which for anyone who doesn't know what it smells like, it is like a vanilla/chocolate smell, but not as sweet. The product contains mostly natural ingredients such as cocoa butter and shea butter (similar to Body Shop Body Butters), and also includes collagen to help keep skin firm.
I used this on my legs and belly every morning and night from when I was about 3 months pregnant and was starting to slightly show. I continued this until about 6 months after having my son and still use it occasionally today. Because the moisturiser is so thick, only a small amount is needed to go a long way, but it left my skin feeling very soft and smooth. With regards to my tummy, and stretch marks, I don't know if I got lucky, but it really worked. Whenever I had a midwife appointment and they were checking the bump she used to say she could tell i'd been using cocoa butter and that she swears by it.
I have one very slight stretch mark that you can't really notice, and apart from that my tummy looks the same as before I had my son (maybe less toned due to muscle damage from a c section). I am so impressed by this, and don't think it's in my genes as other family members and my mum have really bad stretch marks.
I really think this helped to keep stretch marks at bay, and to firm my tummy after having my son. The price you pay for a bottle is worth it to have this effect. The only downside, is because it is a pump action bottle, when the bottle gets to about a quarter full it is very hard to get the product out, so it involves removing the lid completely and banging the bottom of the bottle to get some lotion out. Apart from this, it is a fabulous product and has given me the confidence to get in a bikini, something I never thought would happen after having a baby.
I have used quite a variety of Palmers products over the years and really am a bit of a sucker for any kind of variation they put out on the market. I love their creams so much that when they repackage them and add some new property I'm drawn in, knowing that at the very least the cream will be as good as the original.
The original cream is a yellow/creamy colour and is relatively thick in consistency. It is just below body temperature so when it comes into contact with your skin it begins to melt and so goes on easily and creates a lovely smooth feel for your skin. It soaks in very easily but still manages to feel like a very rich and hydrating cream. I really love the original cream and so had high hopes for this firming version.
This cream comes in a 313ml pump bottle. I really like the pump bottle because it is easy to use even with greasy hands. This is also a large format than other Palmers cream so really handy as it lasts ages. My only real issue is that as the cream begins to deplete it is pretty hard to get out of the bottle. The plastic of the bottle is also quite tough so cutting into it is challenging.
The cream is identical to the original cream, it has the same rich feel and the same lovely cocoa smell to it. The smell really is amazing and lasts ages on my skin, it always smells so good it makes me hungry. The cream feels nice when it rubs in and definitely hydrates my skin. In terms of firm I tried to use this cream consistently to see if there was a difference. My skin definitely felt very smooth and soft but I didn't really see any difference in the firmness of my skin. I did use this consistently for a couple of months and though my skin felt lovely I think it probably would have felt the same if I had used the original cream.
This cream costs a little over £3 depending on where you purchase it from. Though the cream is lovely it is not drastically different from the original formula which works out a little cheaper. In future I'll be sticking to the original cream, though I'm glad I tried this one so now I know there isn't much difference.
Another lovely cream from Palmers, but no firming in sight.
I bought this cream on offer in Boots it was 2 for £5 normally a full sized bottle which contains 315ml of the cream costs £4. The bottle is white in colour with a picture of a woman. The front of the bottle states that the cream is suitable for use after pregnancy and weight loss and that it contains Co Enzyme Q10.
Palmers describe this cream on their website as;
A unique formula specifically designed to restore your body to its natural, original firmness. Made from pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, this non greasy lotion tightens skin even after pregnancy or weight loss. Pure Cocoa Butter, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter firms and tones while improving skin elasticity and texture. In addition, Ginseng and Vitamin E help to nourish and rejuvenate tired skin. Co Enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that stimulates skin cells for a toned and smooth appearance.
You use this cream in the same way as any other body moisturiser. If you have used any other Palmers products you will know that the smell for all of these creams is very similar, they smell like a mixture of chocolate and vanilla, this may not be to everyones taste as it can be a little rich. The cream is very thick and feels concentrated. You only need to use a small amount. It spread really easily over my body, but it did take a long time to soak in and I felt it left a slightly greasy residue on my skin. I had to wait a good 15 minutes before getting dressed which is not ideal when you are busy!
Another problem I did encounter with this bottle was that as the cream started to run down it was difficult to get any out of the bottle as it was so thick! I had to turn the bottle upside down and remove the pump to get any out. Towards the very end of the bottle I even cut it open as it felt like there was a lot of cream still left in there.
I noticed after using this my skin felt soft and supple.I have recently had a baby and religiously started using this in the last few months of pregnancy and I continued using it after giving birth. I was lucky only to get a few stretchmarks which faded very quickly after only a week or so of use. I didn't however notice any difference in the firmness of my skin. I wasn't expecting a miracle as my stomach had been stretched an awful lot.
I would only give this cream 3 out of 5 stars, I think it does help prevent stretchmarks to a certain extent and it also helps improve the appearence of the ones you already have, however I don't think that it firms your skin up, I used this all over my body twice a day everyday. I think to firm up your only option is exercise.
Price: £3.99 for 250ml
For: Firming and tightening skin after pregnancy or weight loss
The packaging on this product is quite plain, boring, and somewhat old-fashioned in my opinion. Nothing exciting, but it's what's in the bottle that counts, right? It has a press top pump dispenser to ensure you get a controlled amount from the bottle, and this has a smooth action and works well.
The only problem really with this type of packaging is that if you don't use it fro a few days the product solidifies in the end of the dispenser so you get a hard lump of the cream before you get any that's usable.
The butter itself is thinner than the original cocoa butter formula, and therefore easier to spread over the skin and massage in, making it go further. It has the same strong cocoa scent of most Palmer's cocoa butter products, which you will either love or hate.
It feels refreshing and cooling when you first apply it, and it's a nice consistency to massage into the skin, but it does take some work as it doesn't sink in quickly. It makes skin feel very soft and smooth instantly, and you're left with that strong cocoa butter scent on your skin all day.
After using this product for a few months I've found that whilst it keeps my skin soft and smooth, it hasn't made any difference to the firmness or elasticity of my skin, which is it's main selling point. It hasn't tightened my skin or reduced the look of stretchmarks and scars, which is another benefit it boasts.
All in all I don't think this is worth the money as it doesn't do what it says, though it is a good general moisturiser.
Thumbs kind of in the middle from me.
Well recently, I've put on weight. No matter what anyone says, I know I have, my clothes feel tighter, I hate looking in the mirror and my self-confidence is very low currently. And all I seem to be doing lately is lounging at home, watching useless TV. So a couple of days ago my old friend came over for the night, and we were having a nice girlie chat, and she recommended using Palmers Coco Butter Firming Butter, as it helped her firm up after she had her daughter. So I thought I'd give it a go..
Okay, firstly, as most of you will know, I love really lovely, sweet smells, and this did not disappoint me. It smelt gorgeous, of Coco and slightly of coconut. It smelt really sweet, but it wasn't an overpowering smell, which the makers could of so easily have done, thankfully they didn't. So after smelling the Coco Butter, I was getting mega excited, because I wanted to smell as good as this product. Yummy.
This product is pretty much like a moisturior, you apply the lotion to the areas you want to, and massage in. I personally applied it to my thighs, arms, breasts, and my stomach, which is a problem area for me. The actual application was fairly easy, but the disadvantage of the application was the product was quite oily, which I suppose is expected from a Coco Butter product, but the oily texture did actually annoy me abit, hate when my hands are all oily, so if your like me, make sure you have baby wipes handy.
So the important part, the results. Well I was amazed that it actually worked, my skin did feel lovely and soft, and also did fill slightly firmer, but I couldn't see any results as of yet. But to me there was a more important positive result, it made me feel better in myself. The smell and the softness of my skin, did actually make me feel better and slightly more sexy, mainly because it makes you feel sexier, and more elegant.
I have been using 'Palmers Cocoa Butter' on and off for many years. Palmers Cocoa Butter retails for about £4 - £4.99 for the 270g pack. I buy mine at the local beauty shop and have also bought it in Superdrug previously..
It comes in a large white opaque round jar with a white screw top cover with the words 'Palmer's' in an orange caption and the 'Cocoa Butter Formula' in white letters with a brown caption box..
The rest of the jar has words 'with Vitamin E' and 'Heals & Softens rough, Dry skin' and 'Smoothes Marks & Scars' on the front.
The product itself is a dark cream (almost yellow) body butter with a smooth feel. Palmers Cocoa Butter has a sweet noticeable coconut scent on opening the jar and this scent remains long after application to the skin.
It contains Cocoa extract, Mineral Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Fragrance,, Microcrystalline Wax, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl acetate, Benzyl Alcohol and Carotene.
Palmers Cocoa Butter is recommended as one of the products that helps to smooth and blend unattractive marks and scars.
It is great as a moisturiser to use all over the body and is recommended as an after tanning butter and after exposure to the sun and wind. It is also recommended for stretch marks & during and after pregnancy.
In my opinion, the product makes my skin smooth and soft and leaves it feeling clean, fresh and pampered when I use it as a body butter and moisturiser after a shower or bath.
As for the stretch marks, I think you'd have to use this all the time for a very long time to see a big difference, I do not notice the change on mine but then I do not use it everyday, maybe some may choose to differ on that...
It is also good value for money as it comes in a large jar with a generous amount that lasts long.
©marina321 Dooyoo May 2009; Ciao.co.uk May 2009; Ciao.com May 2009
I got given this for my birthday a few months ago and I instantly fell in love with the smell. Many people have claimed that it's too strong, but i felt that it was just right. I love the chocolatey smell and the strongness fades after awhile, but leaves a nice cocoa smell on your body for hours.
Once I had gotten past the wonders of the smell, however, i began to find it quite frustrating. It was exceedingly difficult to spread onto my body. It's quite a thick lotion that I couldn't get to spread far, meaning that I needed to use a lot of the cream and spend a lot of time just trying to get it to cover the whole of my body.
On the plus side, once I'd got it spread over my body I was very pleased with the results. It was very moisturising and it softened my skin wonderfully. I also felt that after using it for just a few days my skin felt firmer and more toned.
Overall, I don't think that I would buy this product again. While the results I achieved with it were great, it really isn't worth trying to get it to spread. I could easily achieve the same results with a different moisturiser that isn't as much of a hassle.
What is it?
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. It's a kind of moisturising skin cream for the body.
It claims to soften, smooth and relieve dry skin. It's main active and most beneficial ingredient being cocoa butter. It also contains coconut oil and vitamin E.
Is it any good?
I first bought this so I could use it to moisturise my skin after a shower. But I found it too rich and didn't absorb quick enough before I had to get dressed. I would often feel a bit clammy with all my clothes on, not a good thing. Plus the smell of the cocoa butter is quite strong and as it's also an artificial scent, I think it somehow reacts with the skin, warm temperature or something, because the scent gradually changes into some annoying aroma that puts you off sitting near to anyone for the worry of smelling like you had terrible body odour or something. This, I never bought again for a while.
However, last month, I was in desperate need of something for my hands and this was the only thing affordable thing on the shelves. It claimed to have a new formula and this time I could feel a better difference. The cream was slightly lighter in texture and absorbed quicker than before. This is quite a rich cream so does still take some time to sink in, once it has - there is no greasiness, unlike its consistency from before. The scent is less pungent, lighter and still the delicious cocoa butter aroma - quite a chocolaty feel, if you don't like chocolate it can make you feel sick after a while, but it is still mainly a cocoa butter scent so it's quite pleasant.
As a moisturiser, it's ok. It gives immediate relief for my dry hands but I don't feel that it's a 'proper' moisturiser - one that hydrates deeply into the skin. It feels more like a barrier cream, although it is definitely more than that. However, this seems to wash out quite easily - after washing my hands, I often have to reapply this again, so I am sure that this doesn't nourish right down deep into the skin as I had hoped.
This costs around £2.19 for a large 250ml which I think is a bargain considering that all the other moisturising cost the same but only for around 50ml.
A good soother for the skin but not a true moisturiser.
Thanks for reading. xx
I had never heard of Palmers until a little while ago, so the chances are that some people on here havent heard of the brand yet either. If you read my review on their Cocoa Butter you will know that I passed their products many times in Boots but never investigated further as the packaging looked so cheap. I soon realised the error of my ways after my sister introduced me to the wonderful smoothing effects of the Cocoa Butter. Although the butter is one of the best body moisturisers I have ever used, you need a fair amount if you wish to cover the whole of your body. I only use it on my legs because they get dry, but it still uses more than I would like to.
When I saw that Palmers had a 2 for £6 offer on everything I quickly snapped up a pot of Cocoa Butter and decided to try some of their Moisturizing Body Oil.
~ The container ~
Lets get the slating over and done with .
The oil is contained within a medium sized slimline bottle with a label that looks rather outdated. To be brutally honest, it looks foul but what does it really matter? Moisturiser is used at home, there is no need to be flashing it around in public (oh, the shame!)
It has a lid which you push down on one side and a little hole flips up on the opposite (like some shampoo bottles do). When I bought it there was a seal over the inside of the lid to avoid leakage and tampering of the contents.
~ The oil ~
When you remove the foil seal on the lid and put your nose to the bottle you can faintly smell coconut lightly mixed with chocolate (sounds strange, but it works). It is not so strong that it is intrusive, but it is strong enough that you can smell it immediately after application to your skin. It is a similar pale yellow colour to vegetable cooking oil.
~ Texture ~
Oily hmm, I guess that was obvious! It is very oily though, unlike some more expensive oils which melt into your skin instantly (ahem, Origins Birthday Suit mmm). Admittedly this does take a little absorbing, which is why I only feel comfortable applying it to my legs, anything else would feel a little greasy and nasty. However, for the cheap price were willing to give it a little extra time to work its magic arent we?
~ Application ~
Exactly the same as you would apply normal moisturiser in a cream form. Just put a little bit of the product either on your hand or on the desired area and massage in.
It sounds simple enough but here is the biggest problem with this product. Remember that flip top lid I mentioned earlier? Why, oh why? It is terrible the oil leaks all down the side of the bottle and makes an annoying oily mess. I was rather annoyed at this after the first application but because the result was so brilliant that I vowed to resolve this problem.
In Boots they sell separate little empty pump spray bottles for around £1. Ok, so this adds to the cost, but you only ever need to buy one and it makes life a whole lot easier using this. I poured a small amount of the oil into the spray bottle and hey presto perfect! It sprays out in small amounts as opposed to the silly pouring mechanism of the Palmers bottle which dispenses too much.
Palmers suggest that you apply it directly to your damp skin and then pat it dry after a few seconds. I guess this may help with the absorption rate, but I dont do this as I like to feel the full benefit of a leg full of oil.
~ Results ~
I find that I can get my legs to be soft with other products, but they always feel *silky* soft with oil so much better. This oil is no exception. I apply it pretty much every night just before bed when I get out of the bath/shower. I dont really know how I coped without this product well, I do, I just had dry, slightly rough skin on my legs!
~ How does it work? ~
Well this product states that it contains Vitamin E, which is essential to the maintenance of healthy skin. It helps to keep it young, supple and toned, not to mention moisturised.
~ Does it live up to its claims? ~
Palmers claim: Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil is a light oil formulated with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to help soften and soothe tough, dry skin. This rich formula absorbs quickly, allowing you to put on even the most delicate of fabrics immediately.
It definitely lives up to all the moisturising claims. I am not sure about the delicate fabric claim though. I would hesitate to put on satin clothes or say, pyjamas after applying this; I would definitely leave it a while.
~ Tips ~
1) This product is far more effective if you exfoliate your skin first. If you fail to do this, all you are doing is moisturising dead skin cells which will remain on the surface and prevent your skin from feeling as soft as it could.
2) This and Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula are great for application after a fake tan. It keeps the skin beautifully soft and maintains the tan for longer.
3) You can also use this as a moisturising bath oil. You just pour a little in and it makes your skin nice and soft while you relax. The only down side to this is that it leaves the bath very slippery and greasy and will require cleaning afterwards, but I can confirm that it does leave your skin nice and soft. Probably best for the day before housework is done!
4) A little warm water and a few drops of this in a bowl is perfect for a pre-manicure soak. It helps to soft up the nails and cuticles.
5) I use Decleor nail oil, but occasionally I will use this to soften my cuticles (to stimulate better growth). It is a bit messy to apply via the spray mechanism though, so I recommend that you either spray some on a part of your body that you want to moisturise and then use the leftovers *OR* empty out some old nail varnish that you dont want and use that bottle!
~ Price and availability ~
I think that this product is fairly cheap for the marvellous effect it has on my skin. I have had my bottle for over two months and it is not yet half gone (that is using it nearly every night to do my legs and including using some for baths). It costs (£4.50 check price) for 250ml, which seems relatively inexpensive to me, considering the last body oil I used was Decleor and cost £21, achieving a similar result.
I have seen this sold absolutely everywhere. They sell it in most chemists, Boots, Superdrug and even some bigger supermarkets. Quite often they have a 2 for £6 offer on in Boots, so when I see this on I take advantage as its an even better buy.
~ Website ~
Palmers website is: http://www.palmerscocoabutter.com
It is a bit old-skool style (lol) but there is all the background information you could possibly want to know about the products they sell.
One star is removed for the terrible packaging design, and it could absorb slightly quicker for my liking.
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
With Shea Butter, Collagen, Elastin & Vitamin E Plus Q10 / After Pregnancy & Weight Loss / This unique formula is specially designed to restore your body to its natural, original firmness, anytime, even after pregnancy or weight loss / The unique combination of Cocoa Butter, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter firms and tones while improving skin elasticity and texture / In addition, Ginseng and Vitamin E help nourish and rejuvenate tired skin / Co Enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that stimulates skin cells to tone and smooth the skin / Helps smooth and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.