It’s a family classic! And I’m sure for generations it’s the one brand we’ve always noticed on our mothers dressing table! Palmers Cocoa Butter has been around for over 50 years and best known for their iconic Cocoa Butter Formula! Now over the last few months I’ve noticed their skin and hair care range has EXPANDED! Taking up more space on the shelves at my local drug store!
Unable to get my hands on their entire product range (Trust me if I could’ve I would’ve) I grabbed a few products and gave them a try! Previously, the only sole product I’ve used from them had been the “Original Cocoa Butter Solid Formula”, which I haven’t used for over 10 years! I thought it be great to give them another try from top to toe!
Their hair care range is available in 4 formulas; Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Shea Formula. I grabbed the coconut oil formula set, which came with the Hair Milk Smoothie, Repairing Conditioner and Conditioning Shampoo. The reason I went for the Coconut Oil formula is because coconut oil works very well for my natural 4C hair. This range is also perfect for dry, damaged and or coloured treated hair. It contains vitamin E and the scented oil Monoi.
I must say I didn’t have high expectation but was very impressed and surprised by palmers! The shampoo lathers very very well, stripped away all the dirt but didn’t dry out my hair. It also smelt great, and contains keratin protein to strengthen and repair hair strands.
RRP £2.59 – £5.99
The conditioner had a thick formula, but the easy squeeze bottle made it easier to get the product out. I applied a generous amount to my hair and left it in with a shower cap for 5 minutes. I usually do not leave my hair conditioners in for less than 20 minutes so was impressed to have my hair feeling soft. I do believe if I had left the conditioner in for longer leaving the conditioner in longer (disobeying the directions lol) I would’ve seen better results.
RRP £2.99 – £5.99
Now the hair milk smoothie! I don’t often have my natural hair out, and when I do its usually stretched and tied back. Finding a product that will detangle, nourish, heat protect my hair has always been hard to find. The product does state you can blow dry once applied on wet hair but does not mention it has heat protecting ingredients. The hair milk acts as a form of hair lotion and contains coconut milk to aid detangling and smooth frizzes. I found detangling with this product very easy and blowing (on low heat) didn’t leave my hair feeling dry or burnt.
RRP £3.99 – £5.99
The huge variety of skin care products Palmer now own gives everyone a product that is sure to work for them. As someone who has a lot of plain marks, stretch marks and discolouration on parts of their body, it was important I got the right product. I picked up the massage lotion for stretch marks and a big tub of the Cocoa Butter 24 hour moisture body butter. The difference in consistency texture of these two products is huge, and in the mist of a heatwave I was starting to consider whether I did a stupid thing (lol).
The Massage lotion for Strech Marks was very easy to apply and none greasy, I very much enjoyed using this product for over 2 weeks. The bump bottle makes it easy to get the right amount of product. This product is dermatologist tested and contains argan oil, almond oil, shea butter, collagen and elastin. You can smell the shea butter in this product which has a light scent. It’s recommended to use the product up to 3 times a day and is focused for pregnant women (I’m not pregnant) but for the once a day application my skin felt noruished throughout.
The original solid formula, still has the same smell from what I remember from my childhood. The packaging states up 24 hour moisture and relives dry rough skin. However my exposure to a range of skin products has helped me conclude I’m not a big fan of dense body butters. Having normal to combination skin, the product struggled to absorb through, and felt too heavy. I much prefer the lotion version of this formula. However for someone who has dry feet (Don’t judge me!) this product work wonders, when wearing open toe shoes, I don’t find myself have to re-grease my foot! Perhaps in the winter I’ll give this product another go, but for now I’ll stick to the lotion formula whilst the original solid formula is only going to see my feet! Personally recommend for people with dry skin.
RRP £2.99 – £4.29
Samplesss! I managed to get my hands on these 3 goodies handed to me by Palmers at the Curlfest event.
SCRUBS & OILS
In the summer it’s nice to have my legs glowing and popping! I picked up the coconut body oil and had my fingers firmly crossed that it was going to ABSORB well in to my skin. The product comes in a 150ml pump bottle and provides “24 hour moisture”. It also contains monoi Oil and Sweet Almond oil to smoothes and comfort skin. I must say even on days where I’ve lightly moisturised, even adding this product on top, I can see a difference. The formula doesn’t feel greasy or sticky which a majority of oils tend to do. It has a light sweet coconut smell. Application would been easier if the product was in a spray bottle opposed to a pump. It does have a shelf life of 24 months, but I know it will come handy all year round!
RRP £4.99 – £7.99
Body scrub of life! I don’t know if this is a “black thing” but when I buy a scrub I need it to SCRUBBBBBB! The cocoa body scrub does a fantastic job, and the reason why I say this is, is because even under the shower it works effectively on my skin. The formula is light weight and smells slightly different to the typical originally Cocoa formula. I will be purchasing more of this until it has a contender against it!
RRP £3.99 – £4.99
Overall I’m glad to see Palmers brining out more products, and actually having these ranges in local drug stores. I’m still adjusting and taking time to understand what makes the products different from one another, But furthermore I will do a further post on some remaining product I plan to sample in the future. The Coconut Oil Hair Milk Smoothie was a great product to use however it would’ve been great to state if it has any heat protecting properties before recommending it can be used for blow drying. The coconut oil body oil would be easier to apply with a spray cap. The one product I did want to get my hands on without ordering from amazon was their soap bar, but UK stores don’t appear to want to stock this -_-.
Overall 4/5 🙂