Product Type: Palmers body care
Newest Review: ... 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... more
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Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
Member Name: jasminesarah
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
Advantages: Great moisturiser, modest price
Disadvantages: Strong smell of cocoa butter may not be to everyone's taste
I used to use this moisturiser years ago, and when I was pregnant I bought the anti-stretch mark version (which to be honest seems to be pretty much the same product but more expensive) - I have no idea if it helped with the marks but it really is very moisturising. After a summer of neglecting my skin I was finding that I had dry patches on my legs and arms, and spotted this bottle (although mine has a different lid, I think it is a new design) on the shelf at Tesco. (This product is widely available in chemists and supermarkets.)
Compared to other Body Butters this one from Palmers is very inexpensive, at less than £3.00 for the bottle. Alternative fruity and nutty butter versions on sale in Tesco were nearer £5, and the Body Shop charge double for theirs. However, if you want something pretty to sit on your dressing table and make you feel pampered, you may be better off opting for one of the more expensive products, as the Palmers packaging is certainly no frills. I think we probably associate a white background on packaging with either something budget priced, or something medical, so I'm sure this moisturiser is overlooked by many.
Actually, it is a far more luxurious product than it appears. The cream is very rich and smells rich too, a good enough to eat scent of cocoa butter that is not quite chocolate but enough like it to get some feel good serotonin pumping!
I really love the smell, in fact it is what enticed me to buy it (in combination with it being a bargain and me needing a moisturiser urgently!). However, it wasn't till I had slathered myself in it and was getting ready to go out that I thought that perhaps, although it is a delicious smell, it isn't necessarily one I want to smell of. It is very sweet, and will overwhelm, or at least clash with, any other perfumed product you want to use. (Unless you happen to use a chocolate perfume, perhaps?) I think it is ideal to use if you don't plan to go out - maybe after a bedtime bath or on a stay at home weekend, that way you'll be snuggled in your pyjamas and smelling of cocoa butter and all will be well with the world! If this doesn't sound like you - perhaps you'd like to try the fragrance free version.
I should also mention that it works really well, it absorbs nicely - you can use a fair bit on your hands and know that it will sink in, and not leave you slipping about for ages afterwards. It gives my skin a healthy glow. Cocoa butter is recommended for scars and stretch mark reduction (although as mentioned before Palmers do have a specific product for this too). I can't comment whether this actually works but it couldn't do any harm, and should help skin stay elastic.
I won't use this every day but I'm very glad to have got a bottle and recommend it, especially if you love chocolate!
Summary: Excellent value moisturiser