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The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Formula is available for GBP 5.00.
The body cream is described as follows. "The secret of Cocoa Butter is that it melts at just below body temperature - therefore the moment you apply Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula to your skin, it absorbs deeply and evenly to leave your skin spft and silky smooth. The original classic moisturiser; this unique "solid" formula contains the highest concentration of Cocoa Butter, making it the perfect choice to soften, smooth and relieve rough, dry skin. Containing pure Cocoa Butter enriched with Vitamin E, this cult classic is an excellent all-over-body moisturiser and after tanning butter. Smoothes and blends marks, scars and stretch marks, leaving your body feeling silky soft and smooth. Ideal for deep moisturization and overnight use, this emollient base is especially effective for drier, rougher areas of the body such as elbows, knees and cracked heels."
This cream is completely re-moisturizing, so much already in advance, but since this is indeed is a body butter, you would expect that somewhere, too. The product has a very pleasant smell and a very solid and thick consistency. It, if you want something good rubs of the product between the hands, and then only eincremt thus, the heat makes the butter somewhat fluid and so you can then better lotion is best. When tightening ye shall have no joy, because the cream leaves a stick to the skin. I take the product therefore prefer the evenings. If my facial skin is very dry, so sometimes I cream myself even the face, because these Cocoa Butter really extraordinarily donates a lot of moisture. A great product, highly recommended, good price and very economical.
Why did I buy it?
I’m a huge fan of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, and have been using it in various formats for many years. This to me is the “original” format of the product, and I’m surprised that I have yet to write a review!
About the product
This comes in a plastic tub, and is widely available. The packaging is comfortingly old-fashioned and I like that it is very “no frills”. In Superdrug this costs gbp3.25 but is frequently on offer. The cocoa butter is designed to soften, smooth and relieve rough, dry skin.
Using the cocoa butter
What makes this version of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter different to others is that it comes in a solid format. So inside the tub, the cream really is the texture of hard butter, straight from the fridge! This can be a bit disconcerting at first, and it does mean that this isn’t a quick and easy lotion you can just slap on in a few seconds. Instead it takes a bit more time to scoop out some of the cocoa butter, and once on the skin it does melt easily. It also resembles the butter you eat in that it feels quite greasy when it melts. For this reason, I very rarely use this product on my whole body – instead I tend to concentrate the butter on really dry areas of skin. For example, this is great to put on dry, tired feet – cover them with a nice pair of socks afterwards to leave your skin feeling softer and smoother. It’s also good for elbows and knees, and I even use this on my lips to give them a real hit of moisture and TLC.
So this works really well on very dry skin, and it has a very rich, slightly greasy texture, But I haven’t yet mentioned my favourite thing about this product which is the amazing scent! To me, the smell of this cocoa butter is just delicious and better than any other cocoa butter products I have used (other than other Palmer’s products!). It is chocolaty or course, but it also has hints of vanilla. It is a warm, soothing, yummy scent and I love it! I would happily use this cream for the smell alone – but the fact it also moisturises my skin beautifully is an added bonus.
I absolutely love Palmer’s Cocoa Butter and while I always dabble with my body butters, creams and lotions, this is one I always come to. I adore the scent which I find really comforting and perfect for winter, and it’s also great for skin that is being dried out in this colder weather. It is definitely one of my holy grail products and I’m sure I will keep buying it again and again!
In summary: One of my fave products
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Tub
I love Lush's Charity pot which is full of lovely cocoa butter but it is not a cheap product and so when I am not feeling quite so extravagant or if we are travelling away I tend to but a more basic product that does the job for a lot less money. I rarely take expensive moisturisers away with me as the bags may get lost and you can only take a limited amount of liquid and creams in the hand luggage. I would be more than a little distressed to lose a tub of cream that cost me a lot of money so products like this come away with us.
I get very dry skin when away in hot places especially if we are near the sea and swimming a lot. I knew I would be in the sea daily on our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands so I needed to take a good thick moisturising cream or lotion for both of us. I chose this as it is a thick cream and comes in a good scree top pot so less likely to leak or break in our bags. We take bags rather than cases as then they can squash flat when unpacked in small places like a sailing boat cabin. This does mean that the stuff inside is more prone to breaking or being squashed so I always wrap everything in plastic bags within the toilet bag just in case.
The other thing we do in case of bags going missing is split everything in two. Half my stuff and half my husband's and two toilet bags with the same or similar stuff inside so we are covered if one goes missing. This means that I have the same amount of stuff in smaller containers. I took a small amount out of the tub and decanted it into two small empty Lush pots as this was a big pot and quite heavy and I would not need that much of this thick stuff on holiday.
This is another of those products that you often find in bargain stores and they are great value. I spend a lot of my time hunting down bargains like this and they also find their way into my bag in Home bargain or similar shops to get a refund on my parking ticket. I would rather send £5 on products that spend £3.70 on parking as at least I get something useful for my money.
This comes in a pretty decent sized tub with a screw top lid and inside is FULL of the thick white cream. The pot holds 270g and costs around £3 but as the product is so thick it goes a really long way and lasts well so is great value for money.
The product smells of cocoa butter. Like solid cocoa butter that you cab buy to make bath melts etc. It is a nutty sort of smell. I quite like it but I know it is not everyone's taste in scents.
The cream is very thick. You could tip the pot upside down and it would take a good while before any come out. I scoop the stuff out with my fingers and you really only need a small amount on the driest parts of your body like elbows. Knees and it is also perfect for feet. I use this on my feet at night and my husband puts it on night and morning to stop his heels cracking and it does just as good a job as the branded stuff sold at huge prices to do that job.
This is quite gloopy and a bit greasy so if you don't have dry skin then it may not be for you. I seem to have skin that soaks up any moisturiser like a sponge and find after applying this to the dry bits I just rub my hands together as with any hand cream and it soaks in. My husband always washes his hands after applying it to his feet as he doesn't seem to have hands that absorb moisturisers easily.
I have also used this on my granddaughter who suffers from eczema on the backs of her knees and my step daughter often forgets to send any cream with her; probably because she knows I always have something similar we can use. It does help relieve the dryness and help it from cracking.
I also use this on my hands after I have done a lot of hard cleaning type housework or gardening and treated them badly. I put this on at night and wear some white cotton gloves and by morning my hands look almost back to normal again
My daughter used this on her nipples after she stopped breastfeeding because they were so sore and it worked as well as the branded stuff that costs a lot more. I would not think it would hurt even if you were breast feeding as you could wipe it off before feeding and it is a natural product too. Check though before just in case!
This is a natural based product that becomes quite solid when the weather is cold . Cocoa butter is actually solid at room temperature but melts very easily so if the weather warms up this becomes much softer. Either way it is easy to apply as it melts upon contact with warm body. It might not be a great product for the Arctic though!
This is a lovely creamy nutty smelling thick luscious cream. The Cornish clotted cream of moisturisers. I find a tub this size lasts a good long time, often up to a year depending on how many of us are using it. The use by date is always pretty long so you don't need to worry about it keeping or going off.
This is for those with dry skin or dry skin patches. If you have greasy skin then avoid this as it will clog your pores. It is an excellent foot cream and great for dry eczema patches and I would not hesitate to recommend it for those uses. It is a good cheap product that does a great job.
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I suffer from dry skin generally and when I was growing up in Birmingham my skin was particularly bad, perhaps because of all the smoggy humidity of the industrial city. One day I chanced upon a local Afro-Caribbean store and thought I'd see what it had to offer for dry skin. The lady at the counter was very helpful and she told me that Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula is recommended for dry skin and that many Afro-Caribbean people use it during the dry season in their country.
The tub only cost about £3 for a small size container of 270g, but in fact when I opened it up at home I discovered that the cream is so thick that it fills the whole tub, unlike a lot of lotions that are liquidy and only take up half the tub. So you really get your money's worth with this cocoa butter. Also, unlike other watery cocoa butters I have tried, this really is of a butter-like consistency. Be warned though - it is also quite sticky and greasy, so I wouldn't recommend using it outdoors where you can't wash your hands afterwards, or using it on your hands generally as it will get everything greasy ans sticky.
Back to my skin though, as a teenager I had bad eczema in the cracks of my arms and legs, and nothing seems to moisturise the skin well enough to stop it cracking. I had tried various creams but it was Palmers Cocoa Butter that proved to be moisturising enough to clear up the skin and keep it from drying out for quite a long period of time - I would only apply it once a day, in the mornings, and it would last all day.
I took the cream abroad with me once to a cold country and in the cold weather it became much harder in the tub. Just rubbing my warm hands over it encouraged it to melt though. Likewise on hot days the cream would become rather melted, which gave it a decadent sort of feel and made your room smell lovely! Luckily the plastic tub it comes in is very sturdy and has a well-fitted lid, so there is no chance of it leaking out of the tub when it has melted a little.
Over the years I have reduced how much I use Palmers Cocoa Butter as my skin has generally improved anyway. When I was pregnant though I did rub it on my stomach as it felt so smooth and the yummy sweet buttery smell took me back to my childhood days. The cream eased my skin-stretching pains and I also didn't get any stretch marks, though I won't put that down to the butter completely. I have found other good moisturisers over the years but none that smell as delicious as this one, and none that feel quite so luxurious.
If you suffer from very dry skin then I highly recommend this product. As you only need to use it sparingly lasts a long time, and it keeps well in the tub too. If your skin is not dry then I suggest that you stay away, as it is quite oily in texture and will give you spots if you use it on skin that isn't already quite dry. If you are travelling to a dry country that is not humid, I also recommend this body butter.
I give this butter 5 stars because unlike other moisterisers it works really well, smells good, is easy to take away with you, and doesn't break the bank. It is also available in much bigger tubs, and in less specialist stores now too. Enjoy!
When I was pregnant, Palmer's Cocoa butter was my favourite. With what felt like a never ending bump growing before me I wanted something which was soft, moisturising and good for my skin's elasticity. It had come highly recommended from friends and family, and was a product I was familiar with as my mum used it on us as kids as it is really good at absorbing in the skin and providing long lasting moisture.
Palmers Cocoa butter is originally derived from extracts of the cocoa bean, which is what gives this cocoa butter a lovely aroma of subtle chocolate. I actually bought this in my local hair and cosmetics shop and paid about £3.50 for the 270g tub of the solid butter.
In the tub it comes in a solid form which is a creamy-beige colour and as soon as you open the tub you can smell the richness of the cocoa butter. Being in a more rigid form, it does require a bit of digging to get some out, so thank goodness I have nails but does mean some can get stuck under my nails quite easily! However, being in a tub I do find this type does last a lot longer than the liquid lotion does and I get a lot more value for my money as I can use up the tub until it is completely finished!
In terms of usage, this is one of the few products I would actually use on my face as well as my body! The body butter is easily absorbed, nourishing and is not at all sticky or greasy although I find if I use too much on my face it can leave my face looking quite shiny; a look which I definitely am not a fan of!
My only disappointment (which is not really the fault of the body butter) is that it did not keep any stretch marks at bay for me at all! I am aware that stretch marks are simply genetic, an so if you are prone to get them, you will get them regardless how much money is spent on creams, butters and oils. In a positive light, I do not have horrifyingly bad stretchmarks and I do attribute this to consistently using this cocoa butter as it does reduce the harsh appearance of them and prevents one from expanding into a million more! So it did help contain the stretchmarks I was already going to get.
Overall I do love this product, and it is a classic product I will return to use time and time again.Whilst it is no miracle product for stretch marks, it is a really good body butter, which smells nice, and leaves skin smooth, moisturised and it doesn't break the bank. I would definitely recommend it :)
Palmers produce a range of body care products which I have often seen in supermarkets and chemists but until recently I had not tried. The only reason I have for this is that I do not find the packaging very attractive. Feeling this was a rather pathetic justification a couple of months ago I decided to try their Cocoa Butter Formula which is presented in a round tub very similar to a tub of Sudocrem.
The tub measures 7cm high and is about 7cm wide holding, normally 100g of the butter but mine had 25g free which also influenced my buying decision! Made out of hard, white plastic the "Palmers" logo is picked out in brown on an orange lozenge shape, next to this we are told that it is the original solid formula. Beneath this is written Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E , softens and relieves rough dry skin, smooths marks and scars. On the back of the tub in English, French and Spanish is a little information about the butter which is basically that it is a good all rounder useful for the whole body and popular in the prevention of stretch marks in pregnancy. It can also be used after tanning and when you have been out in the wind and weather which is just what I need. It also states that it is against animal testing and that Palmers do not manufacture other store brands. On the top of my tub is a little booklet which you unstick one corner and it unfolds giving information about other products which not only include the Cocoa Butter range but also Shea Butter products and hair care too. Their web site www.palmers.com is also very interesting giving the background of the company and their complete range of products.
Into the Tub.
The top unscrews easily, making it a good choice for people who have hand problems. Inside it does indeed look like butter, creamy, pale yellow and glistening. I was not quite prepared for the rich chocolate scent which it has, sweet like melted chocolate which would make sense as it is made from the same plant that gives us our lovely choccy bars! It is quite solid but as cocoa butter melts at body temperature there is no problem to get a dollop out of the tub. as soon as it is in your hands it starts to melt, normally I rub it into my hands first and when it is transformed into a smooth, unctuous cream I apply it to whichever bit of me needs it including my face and neck. I have very hard working hands which need a lot of moisturising as I am often sanding or painting and this is absorbs very easily leaving them feeling soft. The lovely chocolate smell also stays on my skin making it a double treat.
At first I didn't know quite what to make of this rather solid body butter but, with use I think that it is a good value cream which can be used all over, particularly on rough and dry skin. I use it last thing at night and I think that it is ideal for a deep moisturising treat. I do not have any stretch marks but working outside a lot I find that this helps to repair the wind and weather damage and might help me to avoid looking too weather beaten! I will continue to use it and will also try out their Shea butter range if I see it. I would recommend it as a good value no nonsense body butter with a delicious chocolate scent. It is currently selling at Boots for 3.25 for 100g.
5 stars from me.
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I have used Palmers products for a number of years having discovered them when I was in my early teens. I like try as many of their different products as possible as I really like the smell and feel of their creams.
The cocoa butter formula is my all time favourite and a beauty must have in my house. I have previously reviewed the formula in the squeezy bottle so this is a review of the pot to give a bit of a comparison. Though the squeezy bottle is good I find it annoying when the contents starts to dwindle as it can be difficult to get out of the bottle. When I saw this pot version I was really pleased because it is the same great formula but in a far easy to use pot.
The cream is a pale yellow colour and smells amazing. It has a very light creamy chocolatey scent which is amazing and lasts for hours on my skin. Even a couple of days afterwards I can still smell the cream and it is an absolutely delicious scent. The formula is very creamy and relatively thick, it spreads onto your skin easily though and feels quite lightweight once applied. The secret of this cream is that it is just below body temperature so when it comes into contact with skin is melt slightly making it feel very rich but also really easy to apply. It also soaks in quickly leaves you feeling smooth and hydrated all over. It leaves me feeling soft for days and definitely helps to alleviate dryness or sore patches.
In this version the formula comes in a handy pot. The pot is made of a hard white plastic and it has a twist lid which comes on and off easily. The design functions exactly as it should for something of this type, and even with slightly greasy hands it is still easy to use. I find this much easier than the bottle as you are able to get everything out of the pot up until the very last drop. My only wish is that it would hold slightly more cream inside it as I often think I run out more quickly with this compared to the bottle.
You can generally find this pot version for under £3 and obviously there are cheaper deals to be had online. This is an absolute dream cream for me, it feels lovely, it has an amazing smell and it lasts for ages.
Overall, this is a really handy pot version of what is a beauty must have.
Initially I came across this product last year whilst looking for a scar-healing/smoothing cream to replace the rather expensive aloe vera gel I was using. I had used a Palmer's body lotion many times before, but had never seen this "Solid Formula"; what caught my attention was the rather compact size (approx. 6.3cm in height and 7cm in diameter) that made it ideal and functional for packing a few in my suitcase without worrying about any lotion leaking and spilling over my belongings during a long trip I made.
The price is generally about 50p cheaper than the bottled lotions by Palmers, and I'm sure one of these 100g tubs lasts considerably longer too. One tub actually lasted me a good few months, and that's with using it a couple of times a day on my small scars, and then as a general body and foot overnight moisturiser. Being able to see and decide how much to take in your fingers allows you to avoid excessive usage, which can easily occur when squeezing from a bottle, thus adding to the lifetime of this solid formula body butter.
The aloe vera I was using previous to discovering Palmer's solid body butter had done a good clean job of beginning the healing of the scars from a minor operation; so after a couple of months when it was time to get some more, the scars did not require any kind of expensive soothing/natural product/oil. I have been using just the Palmer's Original Solid Formula Body Butter for about a year now, and thank God I can honestly barely even find those scars! I am using it now for another lot of minor op. scars, and progress is good!
The body butter is a bit greasy, which is why I prefer to apply it over night and in the mornings. I especially recommend it for dry/chapped skin from chilly weather! My skin is generally quite sensitive, but I have had no problems, dryness or irritations from this product.
Very good value for money!!
In the past I had heard so much about this product that I felt all the great feedback had to be too good to be true. At first I never purchased this product as one of the great things I had heard about it was that it was fantastic for stretch marks and as I don't have children I had no need for this (FYI ladies my cousin used this through her pregnancy with twins and its worked wonders on her stretch marks!) but then I gave in, after a long search for an intensive rich moisturiser this was the only one I thought fit the bill.
It's amazing... forget your scented moisturisers and your posh body butters, this thing is a miracle in a tub. The first thing you notice about it is that it smells amazing, it's a fantastic thick formula that doesn't drip or run but it's absorbed into your skin really quickly. You can practically feel that you're treating your skin as you apply it.
The product is also a great all rounder! As mentioned before its fantastic for stretch marks during pregnancy, and whilst I hate to admit it I have lumps and bumps like every lady but this really smoothes the skin and makes it look a lot more even, I have quite a large scar on my thigh from an operation and its really evened the colour out making it much less noticeable!
Used after a bath or shower it gives your skin a really good treat and makes it feel silky smooth, it also works fantastic on stubborn dry spots (elbows, feet etc.) and the best bit for me? It's a fantastic after tanning lotion, it smoothes and repairs the skin and because it's such a rich formula it really brings out a gorgeous tan!
All in all this product is a godsend and if you ask me should be a staple in every persons bathroom, it's not flash and it doesn't have glittery decadent packaging but wow does it do what it says on the pot! An amazing buy and highly recommended!
Palmers Cocoa Butter
I used Palmers Cocoa Butter for stretch marks whilst I was pregnant and really liked the product so after I had my little girl I decided to try some other of their products . I went for their famous skin care lotion, just the regular Palmers' Cocoa Butter.
It really is such a rich, wonderful cream. The cream is actually called rich and luxurious. When you squeeze some out onto your skin you can tell it's really thick, it almost actually looks like a whipped butter to me, it's that creamy. The cream itself is a slight yellow colour, almost a lemon colour. I think it absorbs into my skin really well and doesn't leave it feeling sticky or slick in anyway which is nice. Palmers say that this cream will actually transform the roughest, driest skin into soft and beautiful skin. I do have quite rough skin on my feet and this does wonders for them which is nice. I always apply it at night and then put socks on so the cream doesn't rub off and this seems to work well.
What I also love about this cream is the smell. It's funny, I didn't actually like the smell of the stretch mark cream because it was not the same as the lotion, but I really love this smell, it's one of the reasons why I use this cream so much. It has a beautiful coconut which is lovely and sweet without being too sickly. It is quite strong so you can wear this and don't have to wear a perfume during the day as this has a wonderful fresh smell to it.
The cream is crafted from natural, pure cocoa butter which I know has really good moisturising qualities. The cream also lists Vitamin E as one of its ingredients which softens, smoothes and relieves dry, rough skin. Apparently, according to an article I read, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Body Lotion also helps smooth and blend unattractive marks and scars and works as an excellent all-over-body moisturiser and after tanning butter. I have a scar on my leg that I've been using this on and I have to say I think it might be shrinking so I am hopeful that it might get rid of it completely.
A 250ml bottle of this in Boots costs £3.69
Coco butter I have been using for 5 years it really soothes the skin and makes it smooth. I often use this just after a shower and I rub it all over and don't miss a spot. It gives my body back moisture as I suffer with dry skin on my back and shoulders this is perfect to keep it under control I like the feel of my skin after using the coco butter it becomes soft and smooth with a silky feel to it. I often apply this and the best results are in the morning if applied before bed.
The best thing about this cream is that the smell is just coconuts and butter such a lovely smell when on the skin it's not too harsh or too sweet but just right! Palmer's coco butter is rich in vitamin e, which helps heels, elbows and other usually dry areas on the body.
The butter is a thick and creamy in texture which makes it better to use on the really rough areas of the skin and it blends well on scars healing them faster but do not apply on open wounds as it is not a antiseptic cream.
Its perfect for my skin and the tub has 125g in it making it last a long time even if used frequently!
The tub is round in shape and is white in colour with the palmer's logo on the front and in bold writing coco butter underneath. It is easy to open as it's a screw off top and there is no mess as with a squirting bottle. I picked mine up from my local supermarket for £2.99 shops such as Asda and boots stock this product. Anything from £2 to £3 is usually right and a deal.
I would recommend this to anyone who has just come back off holiday and really wants to keep their tan longer this is the product, it keeps your tan longer and looking fresh and sun kissed with a gorgeous healthy glow. It isn't a sunscreen though just a great moisturiser for your skin at anytime.
My sister and mother use it and say its there best good old fashioned moisturiser as it's been around for years and with its quality being so good it will stay around for years. You can pay lots for some fancy stuff but this stuff is fairly priced and gives the best results every time. Palmer's do a range of coco butters and special ones for stretch marks.
5 stars for the moisture on the skin
5 stars for the softens of my skin and
5 stars for the original look of the package.
Great product by Palmer's.
I suffer from dry skin occasionally on my body and am forever buying body creams and lotions that promise to help but other than relieving it slightly don't seem to do much else. It is probably my own fault as I am attracted to those products which smell nice and look good on the bathroom shelf rather than the practical ones which will actually help with the problem. The one brand I have found which not only helps with dry skin but also feels and smells delicious is palmer's cocoa butter.
The whole cocoa butter range is fantastic and my favourite out of them has to be palmer's cocoa butter formula. It is not the one I use the most often due to the reasons I will go into but it is definitely the one that leaves me feeling the most pampered.
The cocoa butter formula is not like the normal body butter that palmers sell as instead of being a cream it is a hard solid block.
To apply the formula you need to scoop some up and warm it into your hands, this turns it into a sort of runny lotion that you then rub into the skin. It instantly relieves dry skin and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. Unlike the normal body butter I find the formula to be a little greasy and I wouldn't use this in the morning before I need to go to work as it would stain clothing.
The big selling point in the palmer's cocoa butter range is the delicious smell. It really does smell good enough to eat and the formula contains the highest concentration of cocoa in the range so smells the strongest making it the most indulgent to use after a shower or bath and really makes me feel relaxed after a long day at work.
Palmer's cocoa butter formula is a fantastic product that really leaves skin feeling wonderfully soft and corrects dry patches of skin for a reasonably cheap price. Yes the formula is a little fiddly and does leave a greasy residue meaning it is not really suitable for everyday use but for an occasional indulgent treat it really can't be beat. The great thing about palmer's cocoa butter formula is that as a body moisturiser it can't be beat and as a little luxury it outperforms those body butters from lush et al and at around £3.85 for a 100g tub is usually a lot cheaper.
Previously, I had always purchased a vast amount of creams which claimed to help my dry skin: but they never did. They were usually expensive and they only lasted a month because the creams were so thin. However, when I saw Palmer's Cocoa Butter on a special offer at Boots ( 3 for 2) I decided to buy it to see if this would be the answer to defeat my dry skin.
Within a few days my skin was looking much better and the dryness had disappeared. I would definately recommend you to buy this because it leaves your skin smooth and radiant. This product is also fantastic because it smells absolutely delicious: the smell remains on your skin all day without you having to reapply it.
The best thing about this product for me is the simple fact that it lasts for such a long time. Because the cream is quite thick, you only need to apply a small amount of it onto your skin and therefore lasts about 3 months.
Palmer's have also extended their range to do Stretch Mark cream which has been highly effective in reducing stretch marks and one of my other favourites is the Palmer's Body Gloss which leaves your skin looking very glossy and shiny because of the shimmer in the cream.
Overall, I would highly recommend you purchasing this cream and it is definately worth purchasing for under £5!
Hope this helps :)
As people who read my reviews a lot will know when it comes to body butters I usually use tubs from The Bodyshop as I think they work really well. Unfortunately they are quite expensive and so a few months ago when all my tubs finally ran out I had to start looking for something cheaper but hopefully just as good. This product "Palmers Cocoa Butter Tub" is what I settled on as Id heard such wonderful things about it from my friends - I hardly ever trust their opinion as we have very different tastes but in this case they were actually spot on.
Stockists: Boots, Superdrug ETC
For: Delivering Intense Moisture To Skin & Also Helping To Reduce The Appearance Of Things Like Scars & Strechmarks.
This butter comes in a big tub not unlike the products I normally use although this one is slightly larger. The cream is still super thick and solid but I find this one easier to scoop out of the tub as even though it is very thick it still has quite a runny quality about it - its like jelly! The cream does feel quite greasy when you first scoop it out and when you first apply it but I find that to be a good thing as its even more nourishing and moisturising for your skin that way and you get that with most body butters anyway so its not a major problem. Obviously scooping it out of a tub everytime you apply this is slightly unhygenic but as long as you wash your hands each time there should be no problems with infections or anything like that.
As this cream is a lot thicker than most it does mean that you have to spend a little bit longer making sure it is all rubbed into your skin but that again is a really good thing as rubbing cream into your skin can help break up the fat under the skin and that in turn stops you getting cellulite/helps get rid of it so I ALWAYS spend ages using this on my thighs just in case! This actually sinks in a lot quicker than I had expected and it doesnt leave any greasy residue on the top of your skin at all it just feels really moisturised and dead soft straight away which means you can apply this before going out something I havent been able to do with any other body butters in the past. On dry skin like my knees and elbows this really does work wonders and in just a few days I started to see a really positive improvment and I definately recommend this for really dry skin as I think it will work a treat & apply it to those areas before fake tan as you will have NO streaks! Oh and this also smells pretty amazing as well. My favourite flavour of Bodyshop butter is actually their Cocoa one and if anything this smells even better really sweet and natural and the scent lasts for hours on my skin so Im really impressed by this cream overall.
Before I forget to even include this I will say if you have bad scars or stretchmarks I strongly recommend that you invest in a tub of this. I dont really but I do have quite a large scar on my knee that Ive had for as long as I can remember and this has actually made it more or less disappear in less than a month so this is like a miracle cream as I certianly didnt expect it to work that well. I definately recommend trying it out for that reason and also if you have dry skin. So no more stretchmarks and your skin will be dead soft!
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I suffer from stretch marks on my upper thighs and hips which appeared suddenly after I put some weight on a couple of years ago. At first, they were the usual purple colour but have since faded to a more silvery-white shade. In the wrong kind of light, these can be quite prominent and as it seems that they're not going to fade any more on their accord, I started searching for something to give them a helping hand. I've been impressed with the Palmers Cocoa Butter products in general and had used the Cocoa Butter Formula with good success for dry and flaky skin on my arms and legs so after Bio Oil failed to do anything much for the stretch books, I turned towards this range. I was going to buy another bottle of the Cocoa Butter Formula but on closer inspection of the products on offer, I noticed that the Cocoa Butter Tub seemed better suited to my particular needs so I popped it in my basket. Perhaps I should have gone with my gut instinct as I just couldn't get on with this product at all!
The cocoa butter itself looks like a solid form of the lotion that you get in the bottles. It's much the same colour but has a consistency that is more like wax, which you'd probably expect given that it is supposed to be a more solid version. In my experience, it was easy to rub in and didn't take long to feel as though it had been fully absorbed. This is consistent with my experiences of using Palmers Cocoa Butter products in general as the lotions have been easy to rub in too. With the consistency being of the wax-like variety, it does tend to feel rather greasy on your hands but that's probably what makes the skin look and feel more hydrated.
As you can probably tell from the previous paragraph, I liked using the tub and this made the results doubly frustrating. I first applied this one evening and by the time I came to apply again the next morning, my stretch marks already seemed less obvious and I was keen to carry on using to see if this effect continued. Unfortunately, by the following morning after that (after three applications), I woke up to discover that the skin on my upper thighs and hips was covered in a red rash, only in the areas where I had stretch marks and had liberally applied the product. As well as looking awful, it also itched like crazy. It took a few days of applying hydrocortisone cream to relieve this, and I hastily bought some of the Cocoa Butter Formula instead as I knew I'd be ok with that.
A few weeks later, I decided to chance it again, only to find that the same thing happened within two or three days. Needless to say, my tub was at this point heading straight for the bin but before I did this, I had a curious look at the list of ingredients to see if the tub contained anything radically different to the formula. The only glaring difference I could find was the addition of the microcrystalline wax, which is presumably what gives it the waxy consistency. If you have sensitive skin, this might be something to keep in mind as it definitely upset my skin and gave it some kind of allergic reaction.
I got mine from Boots and paid around £3.20 for it. There was no offer on at the time so this must be the usual retail price.
I was gutted that the product gave me such a bad reaction as it really seemed like it was going to be very effective on my stretch marks and I could see some noticeable difference even early on before the irritation took hold. If you don't suffer from sensitive skin, I could see this product being good for similar stretch marks of the pale variety. I didn't use it on purple stretch marks as mine are not that shade but it definitely seemed promising for ones that have faded but only to a point.
I'm giving it three stars because of the problems I had while using it but I don't want to mark it down too much because I do think it could be good for anyone who doesn't have the same skin issues as me with it. Obviously I'm not going to mark it up though because of the issues so something in the middle seems fair!