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I am a huge fan of Palmers Cocoa Butter products, not only do they remind me of Caramac bars with their scent, but they are a great moisturiser for my skin, particularly when it becomes really dry. I was sent this Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil to try and I have become quite a fan.
Palmers describe their product as follows:
"Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is an advanced multi- purpose skin perfecting product that can be used all over the body including the face.
This fast absorbing, preservative-free, light-weight 'dry' oil is ideal for daily moisturisation and to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry & damaged skin and uneven skin tone".
Packaged inside a lovely pink box, this oil used a blend of botanical oils such as Rosehip, Sesame and Canola Oils along with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to make this an Skin all-in one skincare solution. One thing I dislike about body oils is the greasiness left behind, thankfully once this oil is applied, it instantly absorbs itself and it does so because, as Palmers again explain, it is:
"Formulated with the unique Rapidermal Absorption Système for maximum penetration of the epidermal layer allowing our powerful ingredients to deliver targeted benefits".
Once you have covered your skin with this oil, it brings about an instant feeling of hydration leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. It is really easy to apply because it comes with a no mess pump dispenser and one pump of this oils gives enough to cover your entire arm, well mine anyway. The oil itself is also quite a thick consistency, so once it is applied, it doesn't drip everywhere and nor does it stain clothes if you manage to do what I did and dribble it down my top, it washes straight out with no problems.
Although you can't see any of my photos, this product is also good for and formulated to improve the appearance of:
--->Dry, Damaged Skin
--->Uneven Skin Tone
---> Aging Skin
I tend to use this oil the most once I have been in the shower and because it instantly absorbs, you don't have to wait around for it to dry before getting dressed and it also means there will be no stains on your clothes from the oil. I have found that by using this as an after shower moisturiser my skin is lovely, soft and smooth to the touch, as the colder weather comes, I do as much as I can to ensure my skin is looked after, especially my shins where I tend to suffer with horrible dry skin which can look scaly and horrible. I am also hoping that they turn it into a spray rather than a pump, because for me, that would work better, but in the meantime I will still persevere with it as it is.
This oil has an RRP of £9.99 is available from many outlets such as Boots and Superdrug.
I paid £9.99 for the 150ml bottle of skin therapy oil. At purchase I was worried that I had just wasted money on a product that may not be worth it, but I followed my instincts and I've never regretted it!
I apply the oil everyday when I wake up, get out of the bath/shower and before I go to bed. My skin can be very dry at times hence why I use the product so often. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and smelling delicious!
I have small scars and stretch marks on my legs and after a few weeks of using the oil my scars and stretch marks were starting to fade and disappear.
I now use it on my face before I go to bed as it occasionally gets very dry, I wake up in the morning with my face feeling soft and taut. It is slowly beginning to improve the uneven colour of skin on my face. A little bit goes a long way so it lasts a lot longer than what you think it would.
I really like the products created by Palmers and their Cocoa Butter body lotion is one of my favourite body products. When I saw the Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil by Palmers, I thought it would be worth giving it a try.
How does the product work?
The product is described as being a multi-purpose skin perfecting product. It promises to hydrate the skin deeply, removing signs of dry and dull skin, as well as reducing the appearance of stretch marks, scars and evening out the skin tone. It contains a whole host of natural ingredients including Rosehip and Sesame oils, and both Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to nourish and strengthen the skin.
It penetrates the skin deeply, allowing a deep moisturisation, which leaves the skin soft, smooth and conditioned. It also claims that will stop the skin from aging too soon to keep it looking younger for longer. It promises to be light weight and quick absorbing with a non greasy formula.
How do you use the product?
The product can be sprayed onto the damp skin on the body after cleansing and massaged into the body until it has been fully absorbed. You need to wait until it has fully absorbed before dressing. A few drops of the product can be poured into a warm bath for a hydrating treat. The product can also be used on the face because its an oil, I wouldn't risk it as I would develop loads of blemishes.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear plastic bottle and you can see the honey coloured oil inside. There is a tick list of what the product does on the front and some more information about the product is given on the back. It has a white pump dispenser which you push down on in order to release the product and this is protected by a clear white lid. The product will cost you around £9 for 150ml of the oil and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a delicious scent to it which smells really chocolatey. It is the same scent which is in the matching body lotion so if you like that you'll like this. It is quite a strong aroma and you can smell it as soon as it has been released from the bottle. The product comes out as a mist when you push down on the dispenser and it isn't too much that comes out of the bottle. You don't need to use much of this product in order to get the desired results and if you over use it, you will end up with greasy skin. When used in moderation, the results are good. It makes my skin incredibly soft and moisturised. It doesn't make me feel greasy or unclean, but it does leave an obvious sheen on the skin.
I found this product particularly useful when my skin started to flake after my latest summer holiday and the deep hydration of the oil stopped it from flaking straight away, removing all signs of dryness and dullness. I have also used some of this is the bath, and my whole skin comes out feeling softer and moisturised without feeling greasy. I wouldn't risk using this on my face but if you skin is really dry then you might be ok. The delicious chocolate aroma lingers on my skin which I really love. The results are quite long lasting and my skin will still feel soft for hours. I don't have any scars or stretch marks so I can't comment on the product's ability to reduce these.
All in all, this works well as a body moisturiser. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth, removing all signs of dullness and dryness. It doesn't make me feel greasy or unclean, as long as it is not overused. I can't comment on it's ability to reduce the appearance of imperfections but as a moisturiser, this works well. It also smells good enough to eat!
One of the things I have searched for over the years, and tried, are products that are designed to help with scarring. Simple reason for this is originally, I wanted to treat some very old chicken spot scars that I had dotted around ( looking back they weren't that bad ). Since then I have found over the years I tend to scar very easily, and having psoriasis means I scar even more. One of the products I have bought to see if there would be any changes has ben this. I originally bought this from a Boots store as it was half price. It was around the £4.50 mark for a 150ml bottle ( this was last year ).
Why did I buy it?
Ive been a huge fan of the Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion since a teenager and have always enjoyed it, especially the smell and its moisturising properties. It has been marketed as being a product that could help with scarring. This never worked for me, so thought maybe this product would be different and wanted to give it a go.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a plastic clear bottle. Product is dispensed by spray top that needs to be pushed down to release. On the front is the ' Palmers ' logo at the top with Cocoa Butter Formula directly underneath along with the product name which is Skin Therapy Oil. It mentions the product contains Vitamin E and also what the product can do for the skin.
On the back it mentions what effect the product has on the skin, directions of use and ingredients. It also mentions product has 24 months once opened.
Canola Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone,Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Fragrance
What is product supposed to do?
This oil is supposed to be quite multi purpose in regards to conditioning the skin. Its supposed to help and nourish dry and damaged skin, even out skin tone, boost aging skin, help the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.
How to use
Gentle massage into affected areas 3 times daily or as often as desired. Can be applied all over body and/or face.
How do I slot it into my routine?
I would use this once out of the shower, put all over the body ( not on the face ), then follow with a body cream/moisturiser/lotion etc.
How do I find it?
I love oils, so with it being in this format means I automatically quite like using it and layering with other products on top.
The consistency of the oil is alittle on the thin liquid side for me. I expected something alittle more thicker and in the form of more of a traditional oil. But with it being as thin as it is, it does mean its easier to work into the skin and quicker. Despite the fact its not very thick, I did feel that the skin felt alittle greasy, which I didn't mind as I would put another product on top so this formed more of a base rather than a finished job. Once applied, skin did look more glistening and felt smoother, but expected more of an affect to be honest. The product itself didn't feel heavy on the skin, quite lightweight which was a bonus.
The fragrance is alittle similar to the cocoa butter lotion but a touch more sweeter. Very pleasant and enjoyable to smell. If used all over the body, the smell lingers for awhile ( not in a bad way ). The lotion for me smells more natural compared to this oil, as the oil smells alittle more manufactured.
My skin overall looked in better condition, not major but slightly, and felt a touch smoother, but I didn't feel the moisture element was high enough nor long lasting enough.
The main reason for purchasing this product was in regards to scarring. I used this as recommended, minimum of twice a day if not 3 times and I saw no difference in regards to colouring of scarring or general appearance. What I did find though is using it so often on small areas is fine, but if you want to apply this regularly on bigger areas this product wont last too long. With the actual price ( when not on offer ) being around the £9.00 mark, its not cheap but quite expensive if you need to purchase this regularly.
Would I buy this again? No. It's a nice enough oil to use just in a general non specific manner, but if you want it to provide help for scarring on the skin ( for me that is ), it doesn't work. Adding moisture to the skin? It does alittle but needs more and to last longer. I suspect if the product was thicker this would do the job. If hydration is what I would be after, I would be better off buying the Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion as the sizing is bigger, its cheaper, it smells better and it really gives the skin a boost.
Not for me.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfecting product that can be used all over the body including the face / This fast-absorbing, preservative-free, light-weight dry oil ideal for daily moisturisation is a must-have to help prevent and diminish the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry damaged skin and fine lines and wrinkles / A blend of powerful botanical oils such as Rosehip, Sesame and Canola Oil together with pure cocoa butter and Vitamin E, Skin Therapy Oil is an all-in-one skincare solution / Formulated with our unique Rapidermal Absorption Systeme for maximum penetration of the epidermal layer allowing our powerful ingredients to deliver targeted benefits / Skin looks and feels instantly soft and smooth with this unique non-greasy, non-staining formula / It is ideal when used as a bath oil for deep moisturizing treatment.