Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil offers a slightly different take on the brand's host of moisturizers containing cocoa butter. Instead of the thicker creams, balms, and lotions that make up most of the offerings, this one, true to its name, is a lightweight oil. Overall, it's a good option for those who prefer oil moisturizers, though it does have a couple of drawbacks we'll get to in a moment.
Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip-top cap. While the clear packaging isn't the best when it comes to this oil (exposure to light can cause the antioxidants within to begin to break down), this issue can largely be solved if it's stored out of direct light.
The oil itself, while lightweight, doesn't absorb quite as quickly as advertised. Palmer's says it absorbs fast enough to keep from transferring to fabrics; we found that it's best to wait a few minutes to let it sink in before putting fabric over it! As far as the ingredients go, among them are soybean oil, sesame oil, and safflower oil, all non-fragrant plant oils which contain antioxidants along with skin-repairing fatty acids. This also contains cocoa butter, a rich emollient that contains additional antioxidants, along with vitamin E.
The primary reason this didn't earn a higher rating is that it also contains fragrance to an "iffy" degree. Though it isn't present in the largest amount , what is here is enough that it's still something to consider if you prefer your products fragrance-free or have sensitive skin, as this amount of fragrance can be a skin irritant.
Aside from the iffy amount of fragrance, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil is a good option when it comes to body oils, and one we recommend due to its blend of rich emollients and skin reparatives.
- Rich yet lighter-weight mix of skin-nourishing non-fragrant oils.
- Excellent for all-over smoothing of dry skin, either used alone or applied over body lotion.
- All of the plant oils are natural sources of antioxidants.
- Doesn't absorb as quickly as claimed; this will leave a film on skin that can transfer to fabrics.
- The fragrance it contains poses a slight risk of irritation.
Strengths: Inexpensive; cocoa butter is a good emollient and antioxidant for skin (and Palmers typically combines it with other tried-and-true emollients).
Weaknesses: Many formulas are highly fragranced; the products claiming to improve or prevent stretch marks are, well, stretching the truth; most of the body products lack a sophisticated mix of repairing and antioxidant ingredients compared to leading brands sold at the drugstore.
Created by the E.T. Browne Drug Company in New Jersey, Palmers is a familiar sight in drugstores across the country, primarily because of its Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick. The brands made a name for itself because of its wide variety of cocoa butter-based skincare products, but its expanded far beyond its original range to include more than a hundred products in its line!
Now offering products for numerous categoriesfrom hair care to hair removalthe items The Beautypedia Research Team are asked about most often are those claiming to treat and repair stretch marks and scars (Palmers has no shortage of them). Unfortunately, there is little topical treatments can do to fix either of these skin concerns, which we detail in the More Info sections of the applicable individual product reviews.
As far as Palmers moisturizing formulas go, cocoa butter is a great foundation upon which to build them, as it has rich antioxidant properties in addition to being a great emollient. Palmers typically pairs it with other good emollients, which is always a plusand all of the brands products are reasonable priced!
Its worth noting though that over the course of our reviews, we saw that many of Palmers formulas relied almost entirely on cocoa butter for its benefits, omitting some of the additional beneficial ingredients (like more skin repairing and skin-identical ingredients, as well as other antioxidants) that many of its drugstore competitors do.
While some may prefer simpler skincare formulas depending on their skin concerns, for Palmers this results in many formulas being near carbon copies of one another, just with different claims. Another concern is that many of their formulas include potentially-irritating fragrances , along with the preservative methylthizolinone, which can be sensitizing to the point where its generally recommended only for use in rinse-off products.
Overall, while Palmers does have some good products to offer, with just a few additions (and some subtractions) those products could be great!
For more information about Palmers, call 877-725-6377 or visit www.palmers.com.
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