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In the winter my skin gets so dry, itchy and sore thanks to a combination of the cold weather and central heating. If I don’t moisturise every day then my skin gets really sore and can even crack.
Light lotions are fine for summer but they don’t do anything for my skin in winter and only something that is really rich and heavy will do. Palmers Cocoa Butter is a brilliant moisturiser for dry skin as it is thick and rich and really really moisturising.
You can get Palmer’s cocoa butter in either a solid formulation or else in a cream which comes in a squeezable bottle. Either version is great at moisturising your skin and they both smell really good with the cocoa butter.
For something so good they also aren’t that expensive and you can buy this squeezable bottle of Palmer’s cocoa butter for about £3. The plastic tube holds 200ml of the cream but I absolutely hate this version.
There is nothing wrong with the cream as its brilliant but the bottle is absolutely terrible. It is really hard to squeeze the cream out and when the bottle is about half empty is almost impossible to get the rest out which is what makes me think it isn’t very good value compared to the solid cocoa butter and ones in better packaging. It is so difficult to get it out no matter how hard you squeeze and even though you can tell there is still plenty in it it is extremely frustrating.
I personally would never buy these bottles again even though the cream inside is excellent. I wish they would change the bottle as the product itself deserves to be in something better.
This rich, creamy lotion is made from pure Cocoa Butter enriched with Vitamin E and is an advanced moisturiser that softens smoothes and relieves dry skin. This lotion is luxurious but affordable and it has been a cult favourite world-wide for generations. The lotion is suitable for everyday use and it bathes the skin in moisture. Palmers claim that this product leaves skin soft and silky smooth, transforming even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin. The lotion contains Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, imperfections and it even gives your skin a toned appearance. I actually have a few scars so I was hoping that the lotion would help to flatten them so they don’t look so raised.
You can purchase the lotion from Boots & Superdrug stores and you should be able to purchase it from other places such as some supermarkets. I purchased a 250ml bottle of the lotion for £3.99 from Boots.
USING THE PRODUCT:
The lotion is quite hard to dispense from the bottle and you need to squeeze it quite hard in order to get any of the lotion out. The lotion is an off white colour and seemed quite thick to start off with but it does melt into the skin which makes it easy to rub in. You only need a little of the lotion for each body part as a little goes a long way. When applying the lotion I could smell the delicious sweet, cocoa butter scent which I loved. It takes a few minutes for the lotion to soak in then I was able to get into my night clothes and into bed. In the morning when waking up my skin felt super soft and smooth. I was surprised that my skin still had the nice cocoa butter scent to it which I loved. When feeling my skin I was surprised how smooth and soft it felt and I actually couldn’t believe how soft this product had made my skin. My skin also had a nice healthy, radiant glow to it as well. The slightly dry skin I had on my legs before applying the lotion now felt smooth and soft. When using this lotion I find that my skin stays feeling and looking great for at least 24hrs.
Although I had heard of this brand before I have never used the lotion until now and I am really glad that I tried it as I have been very impressed with the results. The lotion is affordable and it’s a lot better than a lot of other lotions I have tried before. I find this product really moisturising and kind to my skin and I love the sweet scent of the lotion. The only downside is the packaging which makes the lotion hard to dispense. I will definitely continue to use this product and I would definitely purchase it again.
I love this product; not only does it smell like chocolate pudding and most of the time I'm having to refrain from eating it but also leaves my skin super soft. I first bought this product on my break at Boots, after my work colleague told me to smell it and I knew I had to purchase it as it smelt so delicious! Honestly, if someone put this in a bowl with a spoon and told me it was pudding, I'd believe you.
From time to time I do suffer with dry skin especially in the winter, and Palmers CoCoa Butter clears it right up. It has a great non greasy texture and melts into my skin like butter on toast. I also suffer from a few stretch marks on my hips and this has faded them that now they are barely visible. You can also get Palmers in an oil or cream version, but it all depends on what you prefer and I prefer the lotion. I honestly cannot fault this product and I know I will be using it for a very long time.
Palmers comes in a generous size white bottle, with flip top lid so it doesn't leak easily. Its prices range from £2.49 to £4.99 but is always on offer somewhere, which is an added bonus. They now have a moisturizing gradual tan version of this and I cannot wait to try it!
My other half swears by Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion and tends to only use this specific body lotion despite there being hundreds of varieties available to purchase. His reason for liking it so much is quite simply he finds that it suits his skin and stops it from getting dry. Why fix it if it ain't broke is quite an apt saying really and for my other half this is why he doesn't swop and change as he sees no need, unlike a lot of us women!
Palmer's is one of those brands you instantly associate with cocoa butter, that creamy, luxurious sweet smell that is instantly recognisable with this brand. Palmer's doesn't just do the body lotion but a whole host of items all designed to care for your skin. The Body Lotion is probably the most recognisable and so it should be as it is apparently the UK's number 1 choice of Cocoa Butter body lotion!
The formula has been specifically made with pure Cocoa Butter which is known to soften, soothe and nourish the skin. Teamed with Vitamin E known for its antioxidant properties together with being known to help with scars, stretch marks and other imperfections on the skin it provides a body lotion equipped in not only keeping dry skin at bay but also keeping it nourished and looking healthy.
The Cocoa Butter Body Lotion comes in a shaped white plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The label on the front features the brown and orange Palmer's logo together with the product name whilst the rest of the label is white with some of the product information in a pale blue. On the back, the label features information about the body lotion i.e. how it works etc. It also features the ingredients list together with contact information - all the usual blurb you would expect to see.
The one thing I love about this body lotion is its fragrance. It has that typical creamy, nutty almost sweet aroma which I love. I think if your not good with sweet smelling toiletries then this may not be that suitable but for me I really do like it. The body lotion itself is a very pale brown colour and does have quite a thick consistency and sometimes when coming to the end of the bottle it can be hard to get it out but turning it upside down normally does the trick!
Obviously, applying this cream is not rocket science but you don't need to over do it when applying it as I have found if using too much, it does take a while to sink into the skin. Palmer's say that it should be used after showering as an all over body lotion, however there is no reason why you can't use it whenever you please. I like using it after a bath or shower as it locks in all the moisture and as I suffer with dry skin, I need all the help I can get!
Now, I don't have stretch marks or skin imperfections fortunately but I do have my c-section scar and since I've been using it (and whether time has anything to do with it!) my scar does seem a lot less noticeable and a lot paler in colour which for me is great as although the scar cannot be seen by anyone else other than myself and my partner I just don't like it. So for me, I'd like to think that the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula had a part to play.
As for my skin generally, I do find that the formula of Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E really does help to nourish my skin in terms of soothing and moisturising my dry skin and leaving me with healthier looking skin. I also like the scent it leaves on the skin, although not overpowering you can definitely tell you have used this body lotion as it does leave a slight creamy, nutty fragrance. It also leaves a very soft feel to the skin, it isn't a horrible, sticky residue but you can definitely tell you've applied it and although this disappears eventually the skin is still left feeling lovely and smooth for quite a few hours after application.
I definitely love to use this and I can certainly see why it is the UK's number 1 as it does everything it offers, well for me anyway. I don't really have any complaints about it whatsoever. It is easy to apply, doesn't smell horrible, absorbs into the skin easily and leaves my skin lovely and smooth with the dry skin a distant memory. How could I not like it? This is one I will continue to use (or steal from my other half!) and one I would definitely recommend.
== Product Information ==
Price: £3.99 (Boots Jan 2014)
Availability: Supermarkets, pharmacies etc
I have to be really very careful with my money and I have to watch every penny. I like to take care of my skin though and as it can be prone to dryness I have to use a nice moisturising lotion. One of the best and cheapest ones I've found is the one by Palmers and it's there Cocoa Butter Formula. I first started to use this because of the smell. I sniffed some in Boots and immediately fell in love with the lovely buttery warm smell of coconuts.
The bottles I buy are quite big, made of plastic and have 250ml inside and cost less than £2 a bottle. A bottle lasts me about 6 weeks and I sue it most nights after a shower. The formula is rich but easy to apply to the skin and it skinks in fast and it's easily absorbed. It doesn't leave the kin feeling greasy afterwards and it dries off almost straight away.
Its really god for dry skin on the backs of arms and it's also good for using underneath a fake tan because it helps the tanning lotion to spread about much more evenly than it would without it.
I can't say anything bad about it because to me there is nothing bad about it. It's a product which seems to have been about for a long time and it's very well priced and is of exceptional quality so I have to recommend it.
This body lotion is definitely in my top five beauty products of all time. The lotion is deeply moisturising, incredibly effective for very dry skin and has the most amazing, delicious, cocoa smell. The price is also fantastic and so it is constantly used in my beauty regime! I would never be without this lotion.
The lotion is really thick, so when then the bottle is starting to get used up, it can be a bit difficult to squeeze out. However, the thickness is what makes the formula so effective- it feels totally luxurious and fantastic on your skin immediately.
I have tried many other skincare lotions in the past, but I always come back to the Cocoa Butter Formula. It is great for after shaving, if you are a bit sun burnt, suffering with dry winter skin or just after a nice pampering bath.
The price is also really great and it definitely a bargain product. I would 100% recommend this product.
A little while ago I discovered Palmer's Concentrated Cream; a rich, thick cream especially designed for the feet, knees, elbows and hands.
Unfortunately, a little tube of this product didn't last me long at all, and costing £1.50 for just 60g it wasn't viable for the long-term use I envisaged once I realised how good it was. I decided to investigate other products within the Palmer's Range and while looking around in my local Wilkinsons I discovered Palmer's Body Lotion and decided to try it.
I paid £2 for my 250ml bottle of Palmer's Body Lotion, although I have since seen it in Bodycare for just £1.79.
The product comes in a white bottle made of an unusually thick, robust plastic. It has a fliptop lid, which is contoured for easy opening. The bottle is manufactured in a teardrop shape, with the Palmer's name embossed on the plastic itself. All product details are given on stickers on the front and back.
The labels state that the product "soothes marks, tones skin" and "softens, smoothes and relieves dry skin". Since my skin does tend towards dryness all over, not just on my feet, elbows and knees, I thought this would be a good product for me.
As with the Concentrated Cream, the Body Lotion claims to smooth and blend marks and scars, as well as stretch marks.
The real surprise for me was the actual cream. The cream has a beige colour, and a slightly oily appearance. Whilst I was expecting the rich cocoa butter scent I had experienced with my earlier purchase from the range, I wasn't expecting the lotion, being a larger volume and cheaper product, to have such as strong a perfume! But the cocoa butter fragrance emitted as soon as I opened the bottle was just as strong as for the concentrated product.
Not only that but the cream is almost as thick as the concentrated cream. I was expecting a runnier, milky body lotion but the product is so thick I have to keep my bottle stored upside-down so I can squeeze out the cream. If I don't it takes me forever to squeeze anything out, and since the bottle is made of such thick plastic it actually gets quite uncomfortable to try.
The ingredients list on the back of the bottle is understandably long, but most of the ingredients at the top of the list are wonderfully good for the skin and very oily. They include cocoa extract, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil and mineral oil. No wonder the cream literally glistens with the stuff!
I use this cream as an all-over body lotion, and I do mean all over: as it's almost as thick and rich as the concentrated cream I use it on my extra-dry skin (elbows, knees, heels) as well as my torso and limbs. A small amount of cream goes an extremely long way: a dollop the size of a 50p piece will cover most of my body; something I've only had before with far more expensive body butters.
The scent is wonderful: a rich cocoa-butter scent which, if you're a chocoholic like me, is a little bit of heaven. The cream absorbs quickly into my skin (quicker than the concentrated cream, even though I think they're of an almost identical viscosity) leaving it feeling soft and pampered.
After several weeks' use my skin is softer and feels as if it's in far better condition than before.
In conclusion, I have been thrilled to discover this body lotion. Finding out that it's virtually identical to the concentrated cream but for a fraction of the price has been a lovely bonus, and has encouraged me to consider this cream my new default body lotion. It smells fantastic, feels wonderful and leaves my skin feeling really good.
I have been using this for a very long time. I remember the first time my sister introduced me to this and I can't thank her enough! I originally bought the small size and carried it around as a hand cream. I loved the size and the shape of the bottle. The cream itself is a white with a bit of yellowy tint. It's thick but when blended into the skin it becomes smooth. Don't you just hate those creams that make your hands feel all sticky? blah! I hate that! So when I saw how smooth and non-sticky this was - I was head over heals. It didn't take long until I bought the large size as well, which I use for all over the body. I have gotten soo many compliments after using this cream. Everyone that touches my hands always comments "Oh my gosh! Your hands are so soft!" and I know that it is the magic works of the cocoa butter. Another plus side is the smell. This smells divine. It smells so yummy, soft and warm - I especially I like this in the winter. To tell you the truth I kind of like the smell of this more than the smell of Soap and Glory's Hand Food.
This is very affordable, the small bottles are priced anywhere from 99p to 1.50. The larger ones are about 3-4 pounds but you get a lot of product. You can buy this in Boots, Superdrug, any supermarkets and chemists.
I recommend this to anyone and everyone. It is a product that everyone should have around the house.
*What is it?*
Palmers cocoa butter formula is a skin moisturiser that can be purchased for around £3 at most supermarkets or drug stores. It contains Vitamin E which helps to soften, smooth and relieve dry skin. It can also help smooth and blend marks and scars.
The Palmers cocoa butter is quite a thick and creamy moisturiser compared to many on the market. This is great for a number of reasons. Firstly you can see where its being applied as it stays visible on the skin until it soaks in. Secondly the thicker consistency leads to much smoother skin when soaked in my opinion. I've tried thinner Nivea moisturiser that disappears on contact and I don't find it as effective.
Palmers cocoa butter is one of the best quality moisturisers on sale. I find it really smooths my skin and evens up the tone, especially after a day in the sun. I use it as a moisturiser and an after sun (they are the same thing practically). I'd imagine it would be effective no matter how dry your skin is, I tend to peel but Palmers has prevented this happening thus far. It also leaves your skin smelling fantastic which is a great feeling after a shower, especially in the morning as it stays for a large part of the day. The smell is fairly strong and distinctive, and unlike some of the Nivea range is doesn't smell like babies or hand cream!
The squeezy bottle isn't the best bottle I've ever used. Because the moisturiser is so thick it becomes hard to get to the right end to the bottle to get out. It's worth paying extra for the larger bottle which has a dispenser on the top which works a lot better.
Quite a short review due to the nature of the product, not much else I can add apart from mentioning I would recommend it to anyone after a decent moisturiser. It is long lasting and works a treat. 5 star moisturiser!
On a whole this product is brilliant and really worth the money. I've wanted to try this for a while because my boyfriend uses it as he forever smelling like vanilla. I finally brought this product in its liquid form a few weeks ago and haven't stopped using it since. Now I have never had bad skin and being only twenty, I still am yet to have a spot. So you can say it is rare I use products like this. I had exzma as a child, but other than that I have never suffered.
However, shortly after buying this product I did some research on the product and found that it should not be used on your face because cocoa butter in its lotion form is prone to giving people acne if used on the face. This is because it blocks all the pores on your face. Evidently, after finding this out I stopped using cocoa butter on my face and just used it on the rest of my body.
My experience with this product is pretty decent. I used it the day I brought it and noticed it made my skin feel really soft. The only downside is that it made my hands really greasy after. It also has a really nice scent. In nice weather I go bike riding and others say that when I ride in front all they can smell is vanilla. So from my experience the scent is quite strong and overwhelming.
I'm not pregnant. This is a statement that this product is not only used for stretch marks. It is good for pretty much anyone and is well worth the money. I brought a large bottle for £1.49 in Body Care and this is very much value for money. The product is rich in Vitamin E, which is highly ideal for stretch marks, scars and imperfections. I have scars on my knees from a bike accident as a child, however, I haven't noticed any difference in using this lotion.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone and everyone because it is a daily formula that is highly affordable. The product also lasts a very long time because you only have to use a small dab here and there. The product stretches a very long way.
The bottle states it can be used even on the face but I would highly recommend that the consumer does not apply this product to their facial skin.
When I was pregnant with my son I was determined to look after my skin and avoid any stretch marks. I read lots of reviews on products to use and also welcomed recommendations from friends and family. A couple of suggestions seemed more popular than others and one of those was this cocoa butter body lotion from Palmers.
At around £3 for a 250ml bottle (currently £3.77 in Boots) it was also one of the cheapest options available too. The lotion is described as a 'rich and creamy lotion made from pure cocoa butter enriched with vitamin E'. The bottle is white plastic with a flip lid to squeeze the lotion through. To me, the packaging and labelling is very basic and a little old fashioned looking too. The lotion itself is a creamy consistency and a yellow cream in colour. It smells very sweet, almost sickly, which is the smell of the cocoa butter. It feels quite rich on the skin and takes some time to rub in and to be absorbed entirely, which isn't terribly convenient but does feel quite luxurious. The sweet smell also remains quite strongly on the skin for several hours after use which , personally, I wasn't too keen on as it was so sweet.
Over time, using this every night, my skin definitely felt softer and much more moisturised. I didn't get any stretch marks either but I wouldn't attribute this directly to my use of this lotion although I am sure it helped. The lotion is also said to help blend marks and scars although I can not comment on it's effectiveness in this area as I didn't use it for this purpose. I personally preferred to use a body butter on my expanding belly as these felt richer and I could choose different scents. However, this lotion is a good price and certainly does moisture the skin well so I would recommend it, if you like sweet scents!
I use this moisturiser all the time, all over my body and my face! I love the smell and it really works for my dry skin which is prone to eczema and psoriasis, it doesnt need another application as it lasts all day. Price is reasonable as it goes a long way and lasts and lasts. Not greasy as it smooths on and soaks in nicely. My favourite body butter I will continue to use this product as I am very happy with the results. skin feels luxurious and supple after use and I dont have to worry about dry patches appearing throughout the day even on my problematic skin and its conditions. Smells great, does the job I would definately recommend, In fact Im always telling my friends about this! There is a new cocoa butter with hint of self tan which I am yet to use but sounds so appealing for the summer for an effortless build up tan.
I actually can not believe I haven't tried this moisturiser before as I have seen it advertised a lot and friends and family all use it. I generally use nivea cream but I received a small bottle of palmer's cocoa butter free from their facebook page. I decided to stop using my nivea for a week and give the palmer's a try.
INGREDIENTS: (all the usual things that nobody really pays any attention to) and ...
It contains no alcohol no irritating plant extracts and oils or other ingredients that are bad for your skin but it is enriched in vitamin E - which is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and toned look.
LOOK OF BOTTLE AND MOISTURISER:
The bottle is mostly white with simple writing on. On my sample bottle the lid was just a pull off one which is pretty easy to use but on the bigger bottles is a flip up lid. The moisturiser is a creamy/gone of white colour and is quite thick compared to moisturiser I have used in the past. The smell is to die for .. absolute heaven! love the smell of cocoa and this smells good enough to eat (although I wouldn't recommend!)
It is recommended to use after a shower so this is what I did. I applied the moisturiser all over like I usually do. I found it was really rich and thick and absorbed quite quickly. There was no sticky feeling afterwards like you sometimes get from creams. I only had a sample sized bottle which lasted me around 5 days so a full sized bottle would be good value and should last a few weeks.
As I have said I received mine free but I have seen it in stores such as boots for between £3 and £4 for a 250ml bottle. Not cheap but worth the money even if you just buy it every now and again as a treat.
It is much better than moisturiser I have used in the past so the more expensive price tag is worth it to keep your skin healthy and glowing and feeling soft.
OVERALL: Smells great, skin feels healthy and looked after. price tag a little bit steep but worth splashing out to feel and look good!
** What is this product? **
This product is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. It is a rich, buttery moisturiser designed for all skin types but especially effective for very dry skin and for stretch marks - to help avoid them during pregnancy and to minimise the marks from any you may get. It also claims to reduce the appearance of scars with regular use.
** What's so great about it? **
I love this product, I am a huge fan of classics which have been around for generations without changing as this is a big sign that it works. Palmer's also do a solid lip butter which I used first and introduced me to the brand. I do suffer from dry skin, especially in winter but my skin is also very sensitive so I wanted something with natural ingredients and perfumes which wouldn't make my skin flare up even more.
This product ticks all the boxes, it is very thick so it lasts a long time and feels very luxurious without the massive price tag. I usually apply it right after a shower while my skin is still wet which makes it go even further. I find it sinks in very quickly which is quite unique, other thick creams I have tried for my kind of skin (like E45) I find sit on my skin for a long time and leave me feeling greasy, this does not. It is absorbed quickly and just leaves my skin feeling so very soft and smooth. Even notoriously rough and dry areas such as knees and elbows soften up under this product.
Lastly, the smell. This product smells absolutely delicious, good enough to eat almost! I have purchased similar smelling products from the Body Shop at a much higher price and found them nowhere near as good.
I used this product religiously during pregnancy as my already dry skin felt very dry and itchy. I did not get any stretch marks at all but I don't attribute this directly to the Cocoa Butter stuff (as I call it!) but it certainly helped ease my dry, itchy belly at a cost much lower than pregnancy balms or stretch mark oils (like Bio-oil).
** What's not so great about it? **
Ummm... can I say NOTHING! Nothing at all, it's perfect
** So do I recommend it? **
Absolutely, it smells amazing, leaves my skin wonderfully soft and is excellent value for money. A bathroom staple in my book.
I don't know about you but when I think about skin formulas which are designed to help your skin not stretch during pregnancy I think about Bio Oil as that brand seems to be advertised to the nines. I have, however, found that Palmer's Body Butter is not only a cheaper option but one which is easier to apply and feels nicer on the skin. Whether or not it is just as effective is a subjective opinion as far as I'm concerned but I will quite happily stick with this one.
The amazingness of Cocoa Butter
This body butter which is a very thick moisturising cream. It's 'flavour' is cocoa butter which some of you may know is well known for helping to repair and maintain the quality of the skin. Cocoa Butter melts at body temperature making it absorb into the skin very easily so helps to improve the dryness of skin. There has been research carried out which suggests that this ingredient not only helps people to relax when it is rubbed into the skin but it also improves circulation and helps to reduce the chances of cancer!
In my case I bought this because I have heard how cocoa butter helps to improve the firmness of skin which then helps to prevent the chances of stretch marks during pregnancy. Apparently, it's smell also helps people to feel happier too so I thought it would be ideal during pregnancy so even if it didn't help to prevent my stretch marks from occurring at least it would have a positive effect on my emotions!
=== Tub ===
You can buy this body formula in several different tubs and bottles. You can buy it in a bottle which has a dispensing nozzle which is quite good but I recommend this tub as it's easier to get the desired amount out and even when it is running low you do not have a problem trying to get it out like you can with a bottle.
I must admit the actual sight of the tub isn't very inspiring, it looks quite dated and not very appealing really unlike other brands of this product which do look more interesting! It is a cream pot with a brown strip over the name of the product and the orange Palmer's logo above it. There's nothing special looking about it at all but then I suppose it's the product inside which is what counts. The lid has a picture of cocoa beans on the top but that is about it.
The tub opens by untwisting the lid on the top which is a wide lid so if you have sticky or greasy hands it can be quite hard to get it on and off so I always make sure I have washed my hands well after using this butter so that I can put the lid back on properly.
When you take the lid off this pot you see the body butter which is a very pale brown, almost cream colour. The smell immediately hits me when I take the lid off but I am pregnant and so my sense of smell is very active at the moment, my husband says he doesn't think it is that strong smelling so I do recommend that before buying this you have a good smell of it so you can be sure if it is the right strength for you. I think it smells a bit like nutty chocolate but in a subtle way whereas my husband thinks it just smells a bit like chocolate. It is certainly quite an unusual scent and did take me a while to get used to it but now I do really like it, it is quite luxurious!
The butter is quite a dense consistency. I wouldn't say it is as thick as other body butters I have used but it is almost as dense as actual butter. When applying it to the skin it's easy to get it out of the pot by running your fingers through it and it seems to almost melt against your skin so comes away from the pot and onto your fingers easily. You are then to massage this into your skin in circular motions towards the heart. I find it does melt into the skin just like it should do, it doesn't feel greasy like butter just a bit creamy and within a matter of minutes it has absorbed. This is unlike Bio Oil which seems to sit on the top of the skin and feel oily for a while afterwards.
After a few minutes this has absorbed into the skin so that it doesn't rub off on your clothes or make you feel sticky. I also think the smell fades away so that you are not walking around stinking of cocoa!
After using this Cocoa Butter you should feel some of it's benefits. It claims to have several. It contains vitamin E which helps to improve the dryness of skin and so with this body butter you should have less dry skin, firmer skin, be soothed, have a better frame of mine and be more relaxed...
I am unsure about just how effective this cream is in preventing stretch marks. This is my second pregnancy now and I didn't develop any stretch marks in my first pregnancy although my daughter was born 3 weeks early. I am now in my second pregnancy and am almost at my due date. Over the last week a stretch mark has appeared despite me using this on a daily basis. I do think that it has probably helped my skin to not develop lots of them and perhaps it is because I have never been so stretched with pregnancy that this stretch mark has appeared... it is hard to know if it is due to this cream though that is why I haven't had more, maybe if I hadn't have used it I still wouldn't have got many due to the make up of my skin in general but I don't think using it can do any harm so if you are wanting to use it to prevent stretch marks it can only do good things as far as I'm concerned.
Also during pregnancy your skin can become quite dry as it is stretched so this can also help to keep it from becoming rough and sore and I definitely think it's helped with this. My skin has been dry at times but I find applying this has helped to soften it so I definitely think it has moisturising abilities and is very effective at this.
In terms of giving me a better frame of mind I again am not completely convinced that it is the ingredients that do this or maybe just the actual action of massaging something into my skin on a daily basis. When massaging this in I feel a bit like I am giving myself a few minutes of luxury and treating myself. The sensation of touching your skin in this way also releases hormones which make you relax and so it may actually just be the motion of massaging that helps me to feel more laid back and relaxed!
After using this for nearly 40 weeks now on a daily basis I have found that my skin has only developed one stretch mark and feels nice and smooth. I have used this on my feet when they are feeling hot too not just on my stomach and I have found that it helps to soothe them and soften the skin. This does definitely have some positive effects that is for sure.
What I like
I like that it is easily absorbed into the skin because I don't like feeling greasy or oily after applying products to myself or having my clothes stick to them. I also like that it does have some effect upon the skin which seems to help keep it nice and moist and take away any dryness that may be occurring due to pregnancy. I like that the tub is easy to use so you can get all of the product out without it being an issue trying to get the last bits out like you can with a bottle. I like how the smell doesn't stick to your skin too.
What I don't like
I don't particularly like the design of the tub as I don't think it looks all that appealing, it could definitely do with modernising. I also don't like how sometimes putting the lid back on can be difficult if your hands are greasy.
Yes I recommend this if you have dry skin or if you are pregnant. I cannot be sure if it prevents stretch marks but in my case I have used this on a daily basis throughout my entire pregnancy and have only managed to develop one stretch mark and that has only occurred in the last week when I have been extremely stretched! It is nice to have a bit of luxury to rub into your skin, some days you can be so busy you have little time to spend on yourself so even if it's just two minutes spent massaging this into the skin it can make a difference feeling like you've treated yourself.
Even if it doesn't prevent your stretch marks just think of all the other good things that cocoa butter apparently does! Maybe you will be helping yourself to be a happier person or to improve your circulation or even prevent future cancers developing! If it is such a wonderful product which research suggests it is then it must be doing your body some good!
The smell is something which you need to try for yourself before you buy as if you are pregnant then you may not like this as your sense of smell is very heightened so I do recommend that you smell it before buying it.
It isn't just for pregnant people, you can also benefit from it if you're not pregnant but I did write this review from my own experience of using it during my pregnancy as that was the reason why I bought it. I wouldn't ordinarily have chosen this particular body butter other wise.
I do recommend this. It's available from Boots for £4.99 and a tub lasts about 3 months when applying on a daily basis. You can also buy other kinds of Palmer's formulas which can help in pregnancy such as body oils and skin firming creams all of which are available at Boots.
Pure cocoa butter in a skin softening emollient base enriched with Vitamin E / Excellent for softening rough, dry skin areas