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I would advise any pregnant woman to approach Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter with extreme caution.
I was a huge fan of the original Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula body lotion well before becoming pregnant and had continued to use it on discovering I was having a baby, liberally applying it to my stomach to prevent stretch marks. But I wondered if there was perhaps something on the market more specifically designed to target stretch marks.
When I saw Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter on the shelf of the local supermarket I thought it would be perfect. Not only did it combine the already tried and tested Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula but it was specifically designed for applying to the tummy area to keep
skin supple and elastic to deal with all that stretching. Perfect - or so I thought.
My heart sank a little when I opened the tub on getting home as it was not a creamy moisturiser as I had hoped but more of an oil based cream similar in consistency and look to Vaseline. I have used these kind of greasy moisturisers in the past all over the body and they have always ended up irritating my skin.
But I decided to not let this put me off this particular product as I thought maybe this kind of consistency would prove to be most effective for my growing tummy. It was impossible to completely rub all the cream in because of its oiliness so it was a matter of applying it and allowing it to sink in naturally before getting dressed, so it was no good if you were in a rush in the mornings.
After a few days use a rash appeared across my stomach. Unfortunately, being in a pregnant state for the first time in my life I wasn't able to fully rationalise that it was the cream which had caused this rash and started to dream up all kinds of horror stories of what could have caused my
skin to flare up in this way.
Several days of real concern followed until I decided to discontinue use of the tummy butter and the rash started to clear up. The tummy butter went straight in the bin and I returned to using the original Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula body lotion. As a result, I wouldn't recommend any mum-to-be who has experienced any kind of sensitivity to skin care products in the past to go near this cream and even for those with the hardiest skin, Palmer's tummy butter is a little too greasy and hard to apply compared to other products in the Palmer's range.
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.
I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and have therefore been concerned with stretching, itchy skin on my growing stomach and bust. The label says 'Palmer's cocoa butter formula tummy butter for stretch marks'. I'm not so bothered about stretch marks as I know that no amount of lotions or potions will prevent them although some products may be able to refine the appearance so this review won't be extolling the stretch mark preventative virtues of the product!
My sister in law bought me this among other things for my birthday and as I've used Palmer's products before and been pleased with them, I was pleased to receive this and eager to try it out.
The product comes in a plastic tub with a metal screw on lid which is easy to screw on and off, even with buttered up hands. The tub contains 125g of tummy butter and according to Boots website, costs £4.68. This may seem rather steep but the product lasts for ages and I think it's worth the money and would definitely buy it again once this tub runs out. The product itself, as most of Palmer's range, contains cocoa butter which is widely known for its moisturising properties and smelling deliciously chocolatey. This tummy butter also contains vitamin E, collagen, elastin and lavender oil. The scent of lavender is noticeable but not overpowering. It seems to take some of the sickliness of the cocoa butter smell away which in my eyes (or nostrils) is a good thing as pregnancy has heightened my sense of smell somewhat and I can't be doing with really overpowering smells which make me feel sick! There are other ingredients in the butter such as liquid paraffin, tocopheryl acetate and benzyl alcohol so it does contain a few chemicals but it hasn't reacted with my sensitive skin at all.
On opening the tub, the butter has the appearance of a solidified wax, pale cream in colour. When touched it feels quite hard and it takes a little bit of rubbing to warm it up enough to get some out of the tub. I find that it doesn't come out in huge quantities unless you really dig in with your finger nails to get the product out but this isn't necessarily a drawback, a little goes quite a long way. The butter melts beautifully into my skin when I rub it onto my tummy and as it melts, it can be spread over quite a large area. It takes about four finger tips full to do my whole stomach (please bear in mind I have a nearly 7 month pregnant belly to cover!) and any excess left over can be rubbed into other areas that are also growing rapidly due to pregnancy! The scent lingers really nicely on my skin and as it's a butter, it's waterproof to a certain extent so the scent can still be detected after a shower unless you really try hard to wash it off. Unfortunately its staying power does have a bit of a drawback; it leaves your skin feeling a little claggy to the touch which I find is ok if you're applying it before bedtime and thoroughly washing the next morning but if you dress after using it, or don't wash it off thoroughly the next day, your clothes feel like they are sticking to your skin a little. I suppose it's helped to keep my trousers up ha ha!
The label says that the product is 'widely recommended for stretch marks during and after pregnancy. Penetrates as deep as the dryness and helps restore vital moisture. Smoothes marks and tones skin.' So it doesn't make any wild promises to prevent stretch marks (which is nigh on impossible anyway!).
I really like the moisturising properties of this tummy butter. I've had really itchy skin throughout my pregnancy as the skin stretches and grows and this really helps to alleviate the itchiness and help my skin to feel more supple, thus making me feel much more comfortable. I love the scent and the texture of it on my skin, I'm not too keen on the slight claggy feeling I'm left with but it shows that the product continues to work long after it's first been applied. I will continue to use this product on other body areas after pregnancy because I feel I will still have lots of it left as a little goes such a long way. Loses one star because of the claggy feeling it leaves me with.
I have long been a fan of Palmers Cocoa Butter body lotion, and when I found out I was pregnant I thought I would give this a go to see if I could avoid stretchmarks. I purchased this from Boots for £4.99, which was cheaper than other products that were available at the time.
The product itself contains lavender, cocoa butter and vitamin E, all of which are supposed to help prevent stratch marks and keep skin smooth and supple during pregnancy. The first thing you notice when you open the lid is the distinct smell, it reminds me of chocolate. The product is a solid butter, I find this very difficult to use as if your hands or the container is cold then it is difficult to enough of the product out or you end up getting clumps out. It also has a tendency to get stuck under your nails. It has a greasy texture, it rubs in fairly easily as it melts with the heat of your skin. You have to wait forever for it to absorb to be able to get dressed. I also found that even hours later my stomach was still greasy. I would recommend using this in the night only and leaving it absorb in. It is very concentrated.
I used this every day throughout my pregnancy I didn't notice any difference! I still got the odd stretch mark, I would not recommend this, stick to the original palmers cocoa butter as it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your skin greasy.
Unfortunately there is no point in me trying to trying to prevent stretch marks during this pregnancy. When pregnant with my eldest little one, I slapped every lotion and potion on in a bid to avoid those dreaded marks, and got to the 40 weeks point thinking I'd managed it. My little one didn't arrive on time though, instead I went 10 days past my due date before she finally made an appearance.
One morning in those miserable overdue days, I woke to find a single stretch mark which then seemed to multiply right before my eyes. My gorgeous bundle of joy was a big old baby and to be honest, I really don't think my body could have remained unmarked, by the end I was absolutely massive. All my worries about thoses ugly marks seemed completely insignificant as soon as she appeared and to be honest they don't really bother me now. While I won't be wearing a bikini otherwise they really don't look all that bad.
I am now in the final couple of weeks of my third pregnancy and am quite chuffed that so far I haven't gained any more stretch marks. I am pretty huge now and the problem that I have been experiencing is that my old stretch marks have become quite sensitive, sore and itchy. They have become irritated by my increasingly tightening clothes so last week I looked for a new product to help with this.
My mum actually ended up picking me up a tub of this Palmer's Cocoa Tummy Butter. I had used the lotion before in my previous pregnancies and found it really moisterising but hadn't been aware of this product.
Upon opening the tub, I immediately realised that this was a serious product. Almost completely solid, the tummy butter had a really heavy and quite greasy consistancy. It actually took some effort to get some out of the pot and is only became softer through the warmth of my hands. I applied it liberally all over my tummy, and it did take a lot of rubbing. Even after massaging it into my skin for a long time, my stomach still felt really greasy. This was not a problem though as I had applied it just before bed, but could be problematic if you want to get dressed straight away.
This heavy butter has done the trick for me, my skin is no longer red and sore and the irritation has completely passed. In the morning my skin no longer feels greasy but instead feel moisterised. While I can't comment whether this butter would help in preventing stretch marks I do feel that it has really helped in calming mine down and keeping my skin in good condition.
A 125g tub of this Tummy Butter costs £5.25 from Boots which I actually think is quite reasonable. You only need a little bit and it goes quite a long way.
Being pregnant, amongst the other things we expectant mothers worry about, stretch marks are on the list somewhere. Yuck, those unsightly red, ugly, puffy lines, anything I can do to prevent them will be most welcome. At the beginning of the pregnancy I had been using Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula for Stretch Marks which was in the form of a lotion in a bottle. It has been working well but when I finished the bottle I decided to try another product from the Palmer's range.
I decided to stick with this brand because I've known of them for a very long time and it seems to be a well trusted, widely used product. THe product I went for this time was Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for stretch marks. I love butter products (especially The Body Shop varieties) so I thought I would probably like this too.
The butter comes in a flat tin with a screw top lid. The tin is definitely for pregnant women as there is a drawing of a image of a pregnant woman on the front although I assume you could use this product even if you weren't pregnant to use on existing stretch marks as it says on the bottle that is helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
The tummy butter is almost like a wax, it is very thick and stuck together and is hard to get out of the tin. I would say that's my only dislike of this product. It's not like other body butters which even though are thick you can scoop out of the tub/tin. I find with this waxy substance you actually have to use your nails to almost scratch this substance out. Then you really have to rub your palms together to get the wax warm enough that you can then smooth is over your bump. However, saying that, once the waxy butter is on your tummy it is so lovely and luxurious that I would completely recommend it. It goes onto your stomach well, it does make it shine and a tiny bit oily to begin with but once you let it sink in it dries quickly and leaves you with extremely soft, lovely smooth skin. I use this after every shower but if I've gone a day or two without using it my bump is still lovely and smooth.
The butter has vitamin E, collagen, elastin and soothing lavender. According to the Palmers website it is the breakdown of collagen fibres in the skin that can cause stretch marks, so by adding collagen to your skin with the use of this lotion it is adding ingredients to the skin that can help to prevent stretch marks.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from harsh elements that cause rough dry skin and can also help to improve the appearance of scars.
Elastin gives the skin suppleness and flexibility to stretch without tearing. This is invaluable in pregnancy because your skin stretches so much and it's when it stretches that little tears under the skin can cause stretch marks too.
Palmers go onto say that this butter penetrates as deep as the dryness and helps restore vital moisture, smoothes marks and tones skin. I definitely have found this to be the case.
So, it seems like this butter has all the right ingredients to help to prevent stretch marks which is good. The butter is a light yellow colour and the smell is absolutely divine. It's a sweet spicy cocoa smell and it's lovely and makes your skin smell great too. I was pleased with this because that was one thing I did not like about the stretch mark lotion I had previously used.
I have used this butter now for over 3 months and so far so good, no stretch marks at all to announce and I have also been using it on some existing marks on my legs and they seem to be going down a little bit which is great.
The butter is a bit expensive but not too bad considering what it does. A 125g tin costs £5.25 and is definitely a product I recommend.