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I'm someone with very dry and sensitive skin all year round who also suffers from eczema. Because of this, after a bath or shower I used to spend absolutely ages applying various creams to try to keep the scaliness at bay. The time this took began to get on my nerves, so I popped down to my local Boots and took a look at some alternative products.
I've used various Palmer's products in the past and always found them to be of a high quality. When I came across their moisturising body oil I was intrigued and decided to give it a go.
This product is versatile as it can be applied directly to the skin after a bath or shower, or even poured into the bath to create a moisturising treat. Personally, I can't bring myself to use it in a bath as I don't want any of the lovely stuff to go down the plug hole!
This product shares a similar smell to others in the Palmer's moisturising range. The only difference I found was that this oil smells slightly more chocolately than the other Palmer's products I've previously used. The fragrance is very pleasant and is deposited lightly on your skin after application.
To avoid chances of slipping on any spilt product when applying it to your body, I think it would be wise to place a towel on the floor in the bathroom and stand on this as you apply it, rather than using it in the shower cubicle itself. Please take care and be careful as this product is extremely slippery!
I loved the feeling of my skin after the very first application. The oil absorbed quickly and left my skin with a gorgeous, healthy sheen. I must admit that I was a little liberal with the amount I applied, but I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at the bottle and saw that the product level had barely even shifted.
Although you should apply this straight after a bath or shower in order to lock in as much moisture as possible, I've found that the oil adheres to my skin better when I've lightly patted myself down with a towel first. Before I did this I found that the oil became milky and spread too thinly when wiped over my very wet skin.
In regards to my stretch marks, this product seems to be doing a great job of keeping them moisturised, although I haven't yet seen any improvements to their appearance. I hadn't purchased this product to tackle stretch marks specifically, though, so I wouldn't consider it a disappointment. If you read the ingredients you'll find that soybean oil, sesame seed oil and safflower seed oil all feature in larger amounts than cocoa seed butter and because of this, if you're looking for something more effective at treating stretch marks I'd suggest you take a look at other products by Palmer's that have a higher concentration of cocoa seed butter.
Right, time I got back on the beauty review bandwagon.
It seems oils are everywhere these days. If its not hair treatments then its skin treatments and I'm not immune to the craze - I love them. I probably haven't tried enough of the wealth of treatments out there but there is no doubt that when it comes to quick relief for dry or tired skin, a moisturising oil is the way to go for quick relief.
But for some reason I never feel the real need to try other oils because I always seem to have a faithful bottle of Palmers Moisturising Body Oil from their famous Cocoa Butter range. I can't recall when I first bought a bottle of this oil but I know that it works, it lasts, and it is great value for money - and its also very enjoyable to use. So what's so great about it?
Hailing from Palmers' Cocoa Butter Formula range with the boast of Vitamin E being included, this oil meets you in a tall, white-capped, transparent plastic bottle. Inside you can see the golden oil, and the bottle includes further boasts; claims that it is fast to absorb, is lightly scented and leaves skin "silky soft". So does it?
For £5.10 you can pick up over 236ml of this product in Boots and I promise you it will last you a long time, even with regular use. To use, you can add a few drops to your bath for a relaxing, oh-so-slightly chocolatey relaxing soak, or you can apply direct to the skin after bath or shower. It is meant to quench the thirst of dry skin and soak in quickly, and having been as wary as anyone else about using an oil treatment and finding my skin slick with grease, I can't complain about this product - common sense is needed with any oil but I feel I can apply slightly more of this than I would other oil products and whilst there is still a presence of product on my skin afterwards, only when I have really hammered the stuff (intentionally) have I ever felt that I probably should avoid sitting on the sofa afterwards!
Ingredients coming up...
Glycine Soja (Soybean )Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sesamun Indicum (Sesame ) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Benzophenone-3, BHA, Beta carotene (CI40800)
***WHAT'S IT LIKE TO USE?***
I've been neglecting my moisturising lately and having just got out of the bath after a good soak I have applied this fairly generously - and just ten minutes later I am dressed and my skin has soaked this stuff up. It truly is brilliant if your skin is feeling a little thirsty - it just soaks in so quickly and soothes any dryness. I've never had any irritation from it, and the rare occasions when I have let my skin really suffer (eg height of summer) and I have had a day off, I can happily plaster myself in this, stick on some shorts and a vest top and spend the rest of the morning sat on a towel letting my skin replenish its softness while I do my toenails or read a book - it feels that nourishing.
Whilst with any oil-based treatment or indeed any moisturiser, if you do have sufficient leisure to wander around in the buff for twenty minutes after applying, you'll probably get even more benefit out of it, I certainly don't mind dressing straight after normal use of this product. Whilst I wouldn't slap it on before shimmying into a silk dress, I can whack on a pair of jeans are meander around the house getting on with things knowing that my skin is being treated kindly as I do it. I never use this in the mornings before work for two reasons - one I work in the city, and applying anything to skin that might encourage the disgusting atmosphere to stick to my skin is a massive no - I never moisturise in the mornings when working. And secondly this is a relaxingly lightly chocolately skin treatment and I feel that the luxurious feeling it has and the scent combine to be very relaxing and an indulgent treat when I have a bath or shower after work.
The result after use? Already today my skin has gobbled up all this stuff and it feels so silky soft to the touch. It makes me realise how dry and tired it felt before application, something that can sneak up on you.
I have a couple of very minor stretch marks from weight gain / loss over the years and I can say that regular use makes these look so much better - they are still there, and always will be - but the overall skin tone with regular application of this product is so much softer and more supple that their appearance is markedly reduced and overall my skin looks healthier and has a subtle glow of health about it.
I did a bit of googling to see if this could be used on hair but it would seem that the molecule size in this type of oil is not small enough to benefit hair - if I'm wrong I'd love to be corrected but I have never used this in that way and it is not sold as being that type of product so this was just curiosity on my part.
I have never used this on my face although thinking about it if I had very bad dry skin I don't see why it wouldn't be suitable. However, again it is not sold as a face treatment.
When I add this to bath water I can definitely feel an improvement and this does ease any dry tightness to the skin and it is effective in this way but I think it is better utilised as a direct application to just-washed skin; it feels so good to rub in, and even on application it doesn't feel overly greasy, it is a light oil. I find that a few drops in the palm of one hand will do my arms, shoulders and 'the girls'. Another for the torso and hips and then the same for both legs - this would be a decadent little weekend treat for my skin but to be honest I'm sat here thinking that my skin feels so good that I might have to kick myself up my now significantly softer backside and really focus on not letting my skincare slide again - I also must say that if you can find the time to exfoliate before use you are sure to get delightfully soft, soothed skin.
All in all this one has become a bathroom regular by stealth. It doesn't need to scream and shout about its talents with adverts, it just works, and that's that. It works really well. It's not expensive. It lasts me for ages despite pretty heavy use. It smells lovely (assuming you like the smell of cocoa butter), it absorbs fast, it feels lovely to massage into your skin and it still manages to feel like a luxurious treat. What else can you possibly want?!
I adore Palmer's skincare products, and the original body lotion is a product I'm never without. It has the most delicious cocoa butter fragrance, it's a fantastic moisturiser, and it's pretty cheap. What more could you want?
In Boots recently I noticed that all Palmer's products were reduced, so I decided to try out this body oil. It isn't a product I'd used before so I hoped it lived up to my high expectations of the brand! I sometimes like to apply an oil to my legs and shoulders during the summer months, to help highlight sun-kissed skin, so this unexpected recent Heatwave seemed the perfect excuse to buy this. A 250ml bottle costs £5.10 in Boots at full price, but is currently on offer at half price for £2.55. It is designed to quench the skin,leaving it soft and smooth, and is said to have a delicate scent.
Easy does it ...
This comes in a clear bottle, and it has the slightly old-fashioned look that Palmer's products all seem to have. Inside you can see the oil, and it appears to be a lovely golden colour. The white lid has a little button that you press to flip up the top of the lid, leaving quite a small hole to dispense the oil.
You have to be very careful pouring this out of the bottle - it has a thin consistency and if you dispense too much you'll end up with an oily floor! It is not a thick or greasy oil at all - it is very light, so dispense with care. I find this needs to be applied a little at a time to stop it getting messy.
But what I was very pleased to discover was that this oil carries the chocolatey scent that I associate with Palmer's products and love so much! I am sure some people wouldn't like this scent, but to me it is perfect - a bit chocolatey with lovely undercurrents of vanilla. Sweet but not sickly. I adore the scent of this on my skin! It isn't as strong as Palmer's lotions I have used, but it is a delicate version of the same scent.
The bottle recommends applying this to damp skin, but I tend to use it on dry skin. It sinks into the skin really easily and I have to say it doesn't leave the skin feeling at all sticky or greasy. It has the perfect texture for a body oil as it gives the skin a nice sheen, but without the greasy feeling. Skin also feels incredibly smooth after application and although you can feel the oil on the skin, it isn't at all unpleasant.
I actually applied this oil this morning, and as I write this review seven hours later, I can still smell the oil - albeit quite faintly - on my skin, and that lovely feeling of smoothness is still there. My skin also has a very slight sheen to it but I should add that this is very minimal, so if you want full on golden shine to highlight your tan this may not be ideal!
In summary ...
Overall I think this is another lovely product from Palmer's. My only slight complaint is that it can be a bit of a pain to apply as the oil is very thin. However it absorbs into the skin very quickly and easily, and has a lovely scent, so I think I have to give it five stars. And I would highly recommended picking up a bottle while it's half price!
I was given my first bottle of this a while ago along with the palmers body butter not very long after I'd had my son and I love it!
It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth and my skin is always really glowy and fresh looking after I've used it too, and best of all most of the ingredients are natural and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or irritants in the ingredients.
It contains vitamin E which is really good for skin as im sure most people will already know - it helps repair and protect skin and it can help lessen the appearance of scars when used regularly for a long period of time. I used this oil just on my son at first as an alternative to the more common brand of baby oil but then when I realised just how amazing it was I started using it on my own skin!
It helped my little one with the dry patches that he used to get on his palms and it was delicate on his skin. It also isn't as strongly scented as the baby oil that I had used on him a few times which I liked, as I thought the smell was a bit too overpowering for him, whereas this is more of a subtle smell.
It has the same effect on my adult skin as it does on Kai's delicate skin, and its not aimed at any certain age group. I use this as a bath oil and only a few drops is needed, my skin is always really soft after I've soaked in it for 20minutes and there's never any greasy layer or residue left on my skin (but it does make the bath really slippy!!)
Personally I don't often use it straight from the bottle and onto my skin because its so greasy, I prefer using it as a bath oil and it is effective this way, my skin is always soft and if I get any dryness this sorts it out straight away.
Ill be honest - I can't say I've noticed much difference in the appearance of my stretch marks or scars from using it, but as I am not persistent with it and only use it when I have a bath (2-3 days a week) this is probably why. This isn't marketed as a scar reducer anyway, its simply a moisturising oil but I thought with it containing vitamin e it might help a bit - unfortunately not.
I've so far used 2 bottles of this and I'll continue to use it as it is mega moisturising and good value. A bottle is around five pounds on amazon and it will last me and Kai for ages as only a few drops is needed.
I'm really into body oil at the moment and its nice to buy one that is tailored to your skin rather than just use baby oil which I have used in the past. I think, especially in the winter months its a good idea to take care of my skin even if its not on show so that by the summer it will be nice and smooth and healthy. It gets so dry at the moment what with coming in and out of the cold and all the hot showers that I take that it really needs extra moisture.
I was actually tempted to buy this Palmers cocoa oil because it was half price in Boots recently, down to approximately £2.50 from £5 something so I thought I would give it a try. I think that's quite a good price especially as it was a 250ml bottle. I know from experience from other bottles of oil that you only need a few drops so I knew it would last a long time too.
On the back of the bottle this Palmer's cocoa butter formula is described as, "a light oil, specially formulated with pure cocoa butter and vitamin E to help soften and soothe rough, dry skin. This rich formula absorbs quickly, allowing you to put on even the most delicate of fabrics immediately."
You can actually use this oil in two way. Palmer's recommend using it straight after a shower by applying it directly to damp skin or you can add 1 to 2 capfuls under running water for a moisturising, soothing bath. I usually just apply it to my skin right after a shower and its nice to know I have something quite tempting to use.
I was really impressed with how quickly this oil soaked into my skin. Usually when I have used oils in the past they stay on the surface of my skin and make me feel quite slick and slimy for a long part of the day if I apply it in the morning but this really soaked in quickly and left me with a nice smell and, I have to say, really soft skin immediately. That softness does last and I try and aim to use this after every shower unless I don't want a fragrance on my skin and I have to say that after using this for a few weeks now you do get a really all over soft skin.
Sometimes when I have applied other oils in the morning I usually have to wait ages to get dressed or I end up putting on my clothes and they then stick to my skin as they are clinging to the oil, not a good look. With this oil I can apply it and only have to wait a few minutes before it has soaked in completely. I only need to use a few drops per limb as a little goes a long way and it smoothes on nicely too if you rub it between your hands quickly.
The smell is lovely too. I get a really chocolatey smell after I apply it, it's got quite a warm chocolate fragrance to it which is not unpleasant at all. The fragrance lasts for a while but then gently fades.
It comes in a 250ml bottle and the cap at the top has a little bit you press and flip so only a little bit of oil comes out at a time which is great. The bottle is see-through so it actually looks like cooking oil, but don't let that put you off, it's nothing like it and smells way more delicious than cooking oil!
I would recommend this oil for nice soft, beautiful looking skin!
As a person who normally uses body lotions, I do not tend to use oils as part of my daily routine, but when I noticed this product from Palmer's I had to give it a go.
The oil, which is a yellowish colour, is clearly visible in the see-through plastic bottle. The instructions state that this product should be used straight after a bath/shower and pat dry with a towel or add 1 to 2 capfuls in the bath.
It is described as being easily absorbed but I find that on my skin, it does not do this very quickly, no matter how much or how little oil I use. The oil needs to be massaged into the skin for quite a while before it disappears and I can find that this is time consuming when trying to get ready and dressed quickly in the morning.
Instead, I now prefer just to use it in the evenings after a shower or bath and wear my pyjamas straight afterwards, as I am not concerned about oil residue on my night clothes. This way, the oil stays on my body much longer and has a chance to absorb into my skin throughout the night. I can even smell the cocoa butter in the morning! Having used this oil in this way for a few months now, I find that my skin is smoother with reduced dry patches to areas such as my knees and elbows.
I have also used this in the bath and find that I can still smell the cocoa scent on my skin afterwards, but not as strongly as applying it directly onto the skin. A good point to note is that being an oil product, the oil stays on my skin even when I have dried myself off, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth.
From my own experience, I would not say that this is fast absorbing for the above reasons. When I apply this oil on an evening I can still feel the oily residue on my body the next morning along with of course, the chocolaty smell! The instructions say to pat dry and I would strongly recommend this if you are wearing this oil in your favourite clothes, as this is still a greasy product and I do not feel confident that this product will not stain fabric.
Overall, I prefer this over the original lotion, as even though the oil is not as strongly scented as the lotion, the fragrance lasts much longer than the lotion on my skin. I enjoy the fact that I can still smell and feel the oil on my body hours after applying this.
The only major downside I can say is that hole in the cap is large and if not careful, can cause more oil to pour out than needed, as well as being quite easy to knock over and spill when open.
The bottle is priced around the £5.00 mark in Superdrug and Boots for a 250ml bottle.
Would I purchase this again? Most definitely. The body oil is perfectly scented for chocolate lovers!
Palmer's makes such wonderful skin care products and I recently tried this moisturizing body oil. It's great and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and smells wonderful! My skin can get a bit rough in cold weather and this body oil works wonders. I like to use it to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and dry skin. It moisturizes dry, itchy skin and stays on well. I love the fact that it goes on well as some oils can be too watery or too greasy and not as easy to apply.
The Cocoa Butter body oil also is therapeutic and works well in the shower and bath.
It's a great combination of cocoa butter, vitamin E and Jojoba oil that gives you healthy radiant looking skin with a nice glow. I love to use this after a shower before bed. The scent is amazing.
The price is very good at around £ 4.50 for a 150ml bottle and easy to find in most shops. Worth the buy!
Palmer's is a company which promises to use only the best ingredients in its products. It prides itself on being able to provide high quality creations without the hefty price tag. Their hand crafted products have been around for decades and it guarantees its customers superior products which will give them a whole host of benefits.
Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil created by Palmers is a product designed to hydrate and soften dry skin. Palmers promises that this oil will be absorbed by the skin at lightening quick speed leaving your skin silky soft, without any feelings of greasiness.
How does it work? The formula contains pure Cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a substance which has been used for centuries to nourish dry skin. The butter acts as an antioxidant and prevents premature aging by protecting your skin cells. The Cocoa Butter is also enriched with minerals and nutrients which are easily absorbed by the skin.
This product is enriched with Vitamin E which does some pretty amazing stuff for the body. It is like a little invisible superhero here to rescue your skin from a whole host of problems and dilemmas. It acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from external factors such as harsh weathers and pollution while promoting healthy skin.
Because Vitamin E helps to protect the skin, it also helps to keep the skin looking younger and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also thought to have beneficial effects on scarring and strengthens the skin.
The lotion contains Sesame Seed Oil which is also enriched with Vitamin E and has highly moisturising qualities which leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. It also has soothing properties which helps the skin to rejuvenate itself and to repair damaged skin cells. The oil gives the skin a healthy glow by improving the circulation of the blood.
The product comes in a 250ml clear plastic bottle. You can see the product inside which has a yellow tinge and to access the product you click the lid open by pushing down on the top.
The oils smell more or less exactly the same as the delicious chocolate aroma of Palmers Cocoa butter lotion but with a fragrance of baby oil mixed in. You can buy 250ml of this product for around £5 and it is available online and also from most department stores and larger supermarkets.
How do you use it? The oil is to be applied to clean skin after bathing or showering while the skin is still damp. You rub some oil onto the skin and then massage it into the body and pat dry. You can use the product on the face as well as the body but as my skin is oily and spot prone, I would never put this on my face and neck. I would only say application to the face would be ok if you have mature or extremely dry skin.
All in all, this is a highly hydrating oil which leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. It is absorbed easily and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. You can dress fairly quickly after use or climb into bed without worries of the product staining fabrics.
It smells as delicious as chocolate and the smell lingers on the skin for hours. The only negative with this product, is that as the hole for the opening is fairly large, it is a little difficult to control how much of the product comes out and it can get a little messy, but it'll be fine as long as you're careful!
Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Isopropyl Myristate, Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum), PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Cocoa Butter (Theobromo Cacao), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance (Parfum), Vegetable Oil (Olus), Beta Carotene (Cl 40800).
I have used this oil for a number of years and I absolutely love it.
It comes in a clear bottle which contains 250ml of oil. The oil contains cocoa butter and vitamin E as with all of the Palmers cocoa butter formulas. It can be used after a shower or a bath rubbed into damp skin to seal in moisture or it can be added to the bath for a moisturising soak. I always use it in the bath. You need to add 1 or 2 capfuls to warm running water. The oil has a lovely chocolate vanilla smell which last for ages when you use it in the bath. You then just need to lie back and relax in the tub while the oil does it's work.
The main reason I use it in the bath was in conjunction with the tummy butter while pregnant to help prevent stretchmarks and fade existing ones, and secondly because at times when I get out of the bath I can't be bothered to moisturise.
After the first use when I got out of the bath I noticed my skin had a slight oily layer on it. You need to pat your skin dry with a towel and the oil then absorbs. It doesn't take long and you can get dressed fairly quickly. I have noticed a difference in my skin, existing stretch marks have faded and dry patches have vanished. Even 24 hours after using this in the bath my skin still feels silky soft and smooth to touch.
I have also used the oil for massage, it lasts for a long time, you just have to be careful not to get it on a surfaces as it is greasy and can ruin towels and bedding.
I would recommend this during preganancy and afterwards as although I still got stretmarks I only got a few and they faded quickly using this. It's also very reasonably priced and smells divine.
Palmer's moisturizing body oil can be used as a bath oil just applied to the skin as a moisturiser.
The best thing about this stuff is that it smells like chocolate! It contains cocoa butter and this gives it a lovely scent of chocolate without being overpowering or too sweet.
A capful in the bath will give you a lovely relaxing chocolate scented bath which leaves your skin feeling nice and soft. For a more intense moisturising effect it can be used as a body oil which really does leave skin very soft indeed. On the bottle they recommend using it when you get out of the bath and patting dry but I find it is absorbed quite quickly so don't generally bother with the patting dry. Really good for dry skin but I'd recommend just using it as a treat for any skin - it just leaves it feeling so silky smooth and soft. And the delicious smell makes it feel like even more of a treat! Being an oil it also works really well for soothing legs after shaving/waxing without blocking the pores.
It's a nice light oil which looks appealing as it's a lovely golden yellow colour with the subtle scent of chocolate. As with most Palmer's products, the packaging doesn't do it justice - it looks cheap and boring but the bottle is perfectly functional with a secure cap so no leaks. And really pretty packaging is not important! The information is all written on the back of the front label so has to be read through the bottle which can be slightly annoying although there is nothing vital on there. Quite hard to read if the level of the oil is cutting through the bit you're looking at!
A 250ml bottle costs just over £6 in Boots which is fairly cheap for a bath oil and for something so versatile (and yummy) is quite a bargain. I did get mine from quite a big Boots store and I don't think it is stocked in many of the smaller stores but if you can find it it's worth buying especially if it's on special offer which it often is in Boots.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil is a light oil specially formulated with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to help soften and soothe rough, dry skin / This rich formula absorbs quickly, allowing you to put on even the most delicate of fabrics immediately / -Lightly scented; -Fast absorbing / Leave skin silky soft: For Shower & Bath.