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I get very dry feet complete with cracked heels, weirdly overgrown skin on my toenails and all sorts of other fun stuff which means twice-yearly trips to the podiatrist are a must. In between professional MOTs I do everything I can to keep my feet up and running (as it were) with plenty of DIY care.
One of my priority purchases is a good moisturiser, preferably one with glycerin or cocoa butter as I've found my skin sucks both up like a dying man in the Sahara. A while ago I was in Savers (my cheapy toiletry store of choice) and spotted Palmer's Cocoa Butter Concentrated Cream which contains both of my favourite ingredients. I'd remembered reading positive reviews about the Palmer's products on Dooyoo so decided to give it a go on my tootsies.
Palmer's Concentrated Cream comes in a squeezable plastic tube with a screwtop lid at the base. I paid around £1.50 for my 60g tube. On the front of the container the text states that the product 'softens and relieves rough, dry skin' and states that it's designed for the hands, elbows, knees and feet. The back contains more details about uses for the product, including that it's good for reducing the appearance of scars and pregnancy stretch marks.
The cream itself is extremely thick, something between a 'standard' cream and a body butter. It's almost the consistency of toothpaste! It has a really strong cocoa butter scent, the strongest I've noticed with any product, and is pale brown/burnt orange in colour.
The cream feels lovely when applied to my heels although I find that it takes a while for my skin to absorb and it has quite a greasy feel. Once worked in though, my heels feel much softer for the entire day, no matter how much walking I do subsequently. In actual fact, the only way I've had such an instant softening before is if the product contains urea, and careful reading of the ingredients list reveals this is not the case with the Palmer's cream.
I purchased the product specifically for my heels but I have started using it on some bad scarring on my knees that I've had since one-too-many falls in the playground as a kid. So far I've noticed no reduction in the scars (just a couple of weeks' application when I remember to do it) but the skin is definitely softer.
I'm really pleased that I have the Palmer's cream a go and I shall definitely purchase it again. After several weeks' use I've only used around half my tube (as I only use it on small areas of skin) so for less than £2 the product has been extremely good value for money. I'm not sure I'd want to use it all over my body as I'd probably smell like a walking bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, but on bits and pieces it's an ideal product.
This product is for very dry skin, specifically hands, elbows, knees and feet. I bought it because I don't suffer from dry skin in general but do get very dry patches during winter due to the cold weather and leaning on my elbows while wearing jumpers. I'd been using a (more expensive) cream from Body Shop but saw this in Boots and decided to try a change because I like cocoa butter (mmmm.... the smell....) and am on a tight budget.
Application and feel
There are two main things I notice when I first put this on. First, the chocolate-y smell. Delicious. I just want to sit around and sniff my hands and elbows. Second, the greasiness. Not so good. I need a cream that's more concentrated than the average, but there's a big difference between being intensively moisturising and being greasy, and when you first put it on this thick yellow-ish cream is definitely the latter. That does wear off but you have to be really, really thorough when rubbing it in - it takes almost a minute until I'm comfortable with it on my hands (yes - I just timed myself). Unfortunately the smell wears off quickly as well.
Overall, the cream does what it claims to do - my hands and elbows feel smoother immediately after use and it hydrates in the long term as well. I guess the initial greasiness indicates that the cream sinks in and gets to work. As a handcream it needs to be applied less often than most - I've never had to reapply it other than after washing my hands. Another point is that I burn very easily and I've heard elsewhere that intensive creams like this can be good at soothing burnt skin - hopefully I won't have to try this out over the summer but I'll update if I do!
Availability and price
I think I got mine in Boots but this is available all over, from pharmacies to supermarkets, and priced at between £2-3 for 60g. The size of the tube is handy for bunging in your handbag when you have dry hands.
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. The price is good for the product, but it is a bit greasy and to be honest I'll be going back to my Body Shop hand butter as soon as this tube has run out. Hopefully the Body Shop one will work on elbows too!
Lets set the scene, a train journey lasting approximately 15 minutes, a young lady has just applied a small amount of Palmers concentrate cocoa butter cream to her hands and has rubbed it in the best she can when she looks up and see's a rather handsome man looking at her and smiling. She smiles back and hears the announcement that the train is approaching her station so gently picks up her bag and stands to seductively walk past the gentleman grabbing the support handle to find her greasy hand slipping down followed shortly by the rest of her body. Yes this did happen and as you can imagine the cream that I am reviewing was responsible for the totally embarrassing situation that occurred.
Why did I buy it, how much and what do you get?
I normally use Vaseline hand therapy and have loved it for many many years but whilst shopping at my local Sainsburys I noticed that they had this hand cream on offer and thought I would give it a go as I tend to get dry patches on my hands and had previously liked the cocoa stretch cream which I used throughout my pregnancy. The cream is described as a concentrate cream containing Cocoa butter and vitamin E and is contained in a squeezy tube holding 60g of the product which isn't bad for the £1 i spent (Normally retails at £2.25). The only thing I dislike about the packaging is the pointy corners on the top of the tube which tend to tear the interior lining of all of my bags which is rather irritating.
Is it any good?
I have tried to use this cream on numerous occasions and find that there really is no way of applying this cream without ending up with waxy palms which slip over everything and leave greasy marks on everything you touch e.g. my touchphone screen. This cream is said to relieve extra dry skin and is recommended for the hands, elbows, knees and feet but I have to say that I didn't find this cream to be any more or less effective than my usual vaseline hand therapy cream but unfortunately with the feel of vaseline petroleum jelly which is not pleasant. I really wanted to like this product but unfortunately I even found the scent to be more powerful than the stretch mark cream and the smell of cocoa was quite pungent until I washed my hands with heavily scented soap.
Would I recommend?
Nope, I personally prefer the much cheaper Vaseline hand therapy but for those people with really dry skin you would find vaseline jelly better and much cheaper. I suppose if you really like the smell of cocoa butter and the feeling of grease this might be the one for you but it's definitely not for me.
A couple of months ago, whilst browsing through the abundant choice of body and hand creams available in Boots, I came across Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream. I have previously used other products by Palmer's and have always been quite happy with them, so I decided to "splash out" on this little tube containing 60 grams of the concentrated cream (cost £2.25), which claims to soften and relieve rough and dry skin on hands, elbows, knees and feet. I think what prompted me to buy it is the fact that I suffer from terribly dry elbows and I am also the not so proud owner of an ugly looking patch of dry skin on my left knee, which never seems to go away. I have tried many different rich body butters on both my elbows and my knees, but their condition never seems to improve much. The Palmer's concentrated cream looked very promising.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream is enriched with Vitamin E which softens, smoothes, relieves and tones very dry skin. The white tube is very plain looking (almost cheap looking I would say) and has the typical orange Palmer's logo on the front. Underneath, in big lettering, it states Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. It also states what it does (softens & relieves rough, dry skin), what it can be used for (hands, elbows, knees, feet), that it is a concentrated cream and the amount it contains (60g). The back of the tube gives you further information on what it can be used for (stretch marks, after tanning), a long list of ingredients, manufacturer details and the barcode. It also informs buyers that Palmer's is against animal testing, hip hip hooray!
The first thing I noticed when flicking the flip up top open, was how stiff and noisy it actually was, and to me this is usually the sign of very cheap packaging! Anyway back to the cream itself, as this is what I am actually reviewing, I was quite surprised when I slightly squeezed the tube and the cream came out. I thought the consistency of this cream would have been more similar to that of a body butter, a lot richer and thicker. To me, this looked just like an ordinary hand cream.
The cream is a light yellow colour and the scent is that of very sweet chocolate, smells quite yummy , almost edible. The scent is quite strong and lingers on for a while. Because I had squeezed out more than what was needed for my elbows and knee, I ended up using the rest of the cream on my hands. It is quite a nice rich cream to use, easily rubbed in but seems to leave your skin slightly greasy. Your skin does however feel instantly moisturised and softer. The texture of my dry elbows and knee improved immediately. However, by the end of the day, they seemed to be back to square one. I carried on using the cream for the next few weeks and I noticed a very slight improvement only. The cream had softened those particular areas, but not quite to the extent I expected. My opinion is that if I am going to buy a cream to use just on my elbows and knees, this cream has to work much better than others, and The Palmer's concentrated cream doesn't. Because of this I have not bothered purchasing this product again and have only awarded it 3 out of 5 doyoo stars.
I am a big fan of Palmer's cocoa butter cream and have bought quite a few variations of the brand. One of these includes the concentrated tube!
I suffer from eczema and red, dry skin, resulting from severe itchiness possibly caused by allergies. I have always found any Palmer's cream helps soothe and calm down my sore skin and this is no exception.
I only use this concentrated cream on my extreme dry areas such as my cracking hands and skin around my elbows. It helps moisturise these areas in much more depth rather than the Palmer's Cocoa butter formula cream (original) which isn't as strong. The concentrated cream is a lot more thicker and rich in consistency, but it has the same appealing, sweet chocolatey smell that gives the cream it's distinct essence.
It has a yellow colour and although it's a lot thicker, it still manages to blend and sink/absorb into your skin nicely. It has a high amount of Vitamin E in in it which also has anti-ageing benefits and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because of the vitamin e, the concentrated cream can also be useful as an after tanning butter. It can help soothe skin and protects epidermis layers of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage.
Other benefits from using this cream includes; can help reduce and try overcome appearance of stretch marks, can prevent appearance of age spots, and can help balance out the body's natural oils in the skin.
One difference between the previous cream I used and the concentrated edition is the pricetag! It is more expensive, and I have found it a lot more difficult to find. You can get it off Ocado but they charge £2.99 for a 60g tube, or Superdrug for £3.05 for a 100g (although if you're quick superdrug have it on offer for £2.05). I'm sure if you look on the internet you might be able to find it even cheaper maybe?
Another downside to this concentrated tube is that is you use it up so quick. In the matter of 2 weeks I had practically used the whole tube.
Although I do like this concentrated cream, I do have to recommend a different product in replacement. I do not buy this concentrated cream anymore instead, I continue to use my palmer's cocoa butter formula cream, but now alongside Palmer's Original "Solid" Formula 100g. This can be bought in a tub and is even more richer. It is better value for money compared to the concentrated tube as you can buy it for £3.25 a tub, and lasts about 10x longer. I won't tell you too much about this, as this is not what I'm reviewing, I just thought it would be a helpful suggestion if anyone's in the same situation as me!
Overall I give this concentrated version of Palmer's cocoa butter formula 3.5/5. It is richer and more suited for extreme dry areas of skin and it does help soothe my sore, eczema suffering skin! However, I cannot give it any more than a 4 because I have found a different Palmer's product in replacement!
Hope this is helpful, thanks for reading.
==Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream==
I can suffer quite badly from time to time with dry skin on particular areas of my body. The main area being my hands which do take a good deal of everyday hard work such as cleaning and washing up not to mention dealing with a lot of paper at work which seems to dry them out a great deal. The other problem area for me is my elbows which can't get painfully dry if I don't treat them right. So with that in mind when I was last shopping to stock up my supplies of different lotions and potions I came across this product which seemed ideal.
The Palmer's Cocoa butter formula states quite clearly on the front of the tube that it "Softens and Relieves Rough and Dry skin and is perfect for use on Hands, Elbows, Knees and Feet". So it seemed this was just what I was looking for and as yet this was not a product I had tried before.
I paid just under a couple of pounds for this relatively small tube of the concentrated cream which weighs in at 60g. The design of the tube is nothing special but it does stand up on its lid which I always find a much better design to get all the last bits of the cream from the tube (although I still end up cutting them open to scrape around - waste not want not!).
The cream also states on the packaging that the concentrated formula is enriched with vitamin E which is an advanced moisturiser which softens, smooth and relieves very dry skin. It says that the cream itself will also help to tone the skin and smooth and blend unattractive marks and scars whilst being great for stretch marks after pregnancy. In my mind this all seems a lot to ask of just one cream.
I however wasn't using this cream for anything other than my hands and my elbows and anything else that gets really dry and uncomfortable when out and about as it has generally been in my handbag as the size is quite small and ideal for taking out.
The cream inside the tube is very easy to dispense and a little squeeze of the plastic tube is all you need to get a pea sized amount out on to your hands. The cream is a yellow/orange in colour and the smell that comes from it is really quite strong although the fragrance is nice with that classic cocoa butter sweet smell.
The cream is thick in consistency but to be quite honest I thought that it would have a denser feel to it because of the fact that it is meant to be a condensed formula and I have tried other condensed cream that are far thicker and go a lot further than this cream does. However the fact that is glides across the skin well and is easy to use whilst soaking in relatively fast and leaving the skin it is used on very well moisturised and feeling in a much healthier condition I am pleased with. I think stating that it is concentrated is not the best thing to do with this cream as personally I don't think it is.
A little pea sized amount of the cream does do my hands just fine but if I am at work I will need to re-apply the cream within a few hours or even less so there isn't much long lasting ability when using this cream on the hands. With my elbows this cream does seem to last well and I wouldn't think about using it more than once at a push twice a day.
All in all I have to say that this cream was okay. There was nothing so amazingly wonderful about it that I am going to go out and make sure I never run out of it and I probably won't buy it again as my next hand/elbow cream. It did a fair job at making my skin feel hydrated and healthier but no better than a lot of other creams I have used before. The smell was nice and the price wasn't bad.
I think a score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order for this product and a recommendation. It good but not great and I won't be rushing out to get it again but I will probably get it again some when in the future.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Boy am I vexed with this purchase. Right now, I'm looking forward to it reaching its end, so the empty tube can find its way into the nearest recycling centre ASAP.
Finally choosing to opt out of carrying my beloved but uber large Body Shop Coconut Body Butter in my hand bag, I decided to purchase a somewhat more practical sized hand cream instead. This being what I will now refer to as 'the infamous Palmer's Cocoa Butter With Vitamin E'.
Is it practical in size? Yes. Is the fragrance the same quality we'd expect from Palmers? No, and quite frustratingly, it lacks the rapid absorption which I'd be expecting from any hand cream which gets to live inside my handbag.
I really wanted to enjoy this purchase; initially it seems to tick a lot of boxes which you'd expect from such a quality brand; Size, added vitamin E, practical for other body parts, plus all the other benefits we know Palmer's are renowned for, but this just isn't a good buy, I'm looking forward to hitting the shops, kicking this product to the curb and finding a new tenant for my handbag.
Well I just have to say before I start I think this product is AMAZING!
I have always suffered with dry skin and have tried numerous amounts of products ranging from very cheap to outrageously expensive and never seemed to have found a decent, nice smelling cream or moisturiser, until this was recommended to me.
I decided to go out and buy a small tube of this just to try and see if it was as 'wonderful' as made out, and having stopped buying since! At first the cream seemed quite thick and gloopy but never the less I carried on, I used it all over to test and found the cream when applied evenly moisturised my skin extremely well and didn't wear off quickly, like other creams I have tried, but seemed to keep me moisturised for quite a while. One thing I usually hate about creams is the sticky feeling after applying and I have to say with this cream there was none of that it felt great after application and didnt feel the need to go wash it off.
Overall I really rate this product, it applies and moisturises really well and smells lovely too. For the price it's a great bargain.
I am a huge fan of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula range. The quality and prices are unbeatable. Having used the lotion and body butter, I decided to try the concentrated cream since my skin can get very dry. I picked up a 60g tube in Boots for just £1.99, which is definitely not bad for a cocoa butter product.
Like the rest of the range, the cream is a light yellow colour and smells deliciously chocolate-y. Its consistency is thicker than the lotion but is absorbed well into my skin. A little goes a long way, so I can see this tube lasting quite a long time (I use it mainly for my hands and sometimes my feet). It is one of the few products strong enough to relieve my cracked summer sandal-wearing heels! And this product will be a must-have in my daily routine for chapped winter hands. The size also means that it is good to put in my bag for moisturising during the daytime, or for travel.
Compared to other hand creams, I definitely prefer this one. It actually keeps my hands soft for the entire day rather than just lasting for an hour or so. I haven't really noticed any greasiness, but I always make sure to massage it in thoroughly and wait for it to sink in. Besides, for me, a little greasiness is not a problem because at least I know it's working!
This cream is also said to be enriched with vitamin E for fading marks. I haven't noticed much difference, but then again you'd have to use it for much longer for results to show, if it is effective. A quick glance at the ingredients list does show quite a few skin-nourishing ingredients like cocoa extract and cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, mineral oil, palm oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamins C and A (but in very tiny quantities).
I bought this product in an attempt to stop my hands cracking in the cold weather.
I purchase the product without giving it a little test in the shop first, which I usually do and I regretted it. Don't get me wrong the product was quite effective and Palmers is a trusted brand I have used the body butter in the past and been pleased with the result. The body butter was pleasant smelling, this particular product is not. It smells of what can only be described as salt and vinegar in fact the girls in my office nicknamed it "Salt and vinegar hand cream". The smell was so potent that it could be detected several paces away from me. It may be that I got a dodgy batch however; this off-putting smell of the item far overshadowed the benefits.
In conclusion, I would never buy this product again due to the smell and it would make me think twice about buying other Cocoa butter products. But if you like the strong aroma of salt and vinegar, or if you work in a fish and chip shop and no one would notice, it did work reasonable well on dry skin.
I've been using Palmers Cocoa Butter for as long as I can remember as an awesome body moisturiser, so when recently I've been getting dry hands, I spotted my trusty little Cocoa Butter in a handy concentrated format. My saviour! (or so I thought).
Price: approx £1.79
This concentrated cream comes in a white 60g tube, and the packaging is quite obviously Palmers Cocoa Butter, circa 1950 trapped in time (I guess with their fame, they haven't bothered to update their packaging, a la Astral Cream).
The lid is easy to flip up, like a normal hand cream, and is easy to squeeze out. In terms of packaging and ease of use, no problems there.
If you've never smelt cocoa butter before, you might wanna try it and give it a sniff before you commit to this, as the scent is not to everyone's taste (my best friend hates it!), but its quite a warm, sweet and mildly chocolatey aroma, which i don't love but don't mind either.
The cream itself is medium-thick and pale yellow in colour and is easy to absorb into your skin. It left my skin quite soft, but with a slightly greasy feel - which is understandable as it's quite a thick concentrated cream. Hopefully doing the job?
So, did it keep my skin moisturised for long? Erm, nope. I found myself having to reapply this quite regularly through the day, and the nasty dry white skin in the corner between my thumb and index finger kept returning. And my hands had a greasy feel to them. Eww.
Now I haven't tried it on other parts of my body like knees and elbows, but I can imagine it might be okay for these regions. I think with hands being the tools we humans use the most, they take the most battering in terms of exposure to the elements, and generally doing stuff.
So for my hands, this product is a bit of a no-no. I am yet to find the ultimate hand cream for me, but when I do, I shall let you know! (I have heard Hand Food by Soap & Glory comes with commendation, so that's probably next on my hand cream hit list).