Thursday, 4 May 2017

Rediscovering Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula review

I think at some point or another everyone has had a bottle or a tub of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula in some form in their collection. I know I certainly have so when I was recently contacted to see if I wanted to try a few products I couldn’t wait to rediscover the brand!

One of Palmer’s most well-known products to me is their Natural Bronze Instant Self Tanner* RRP £8.99. I went through a few bottles of the gradual version back in the day when I first got into fake tanning but then moved onto darker lotions so I was excited to see how this compared. First off, the scent of all Palmer’s products is instantly recognisable to me and so nostalgic for all the right reasons!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Instant self tanner review swatch

The first thing I noticed about the self-tanner when I pumped it out was that it has a tint to it which is always helpful! I pop some on a mitt and rub into my skin and then leave overnight – I don’t fully understand why this is called instant because I would expect something darker if it was but overnight this develops into the most beautiful natural looking tan! I personally prefer a darker tan so I will use this two nights in a row and the colour I am left with is perfect for me! It’s a medium tan that’s beautifully even and streak free and lasts all week! As it’s so moisturising it doesn’t dry out my skin at all and it doesn’t look patchy or mottled towards the end of its wear. I’m so impressed with this and it’s all I’ve been wearing since I got it! If you want a moisturising, long-lasting, easily buildable natural tan then you need this in your life! 

I’ve included a few unedited photos of my arm without tan, with one overnight layer and finally with two overnight layers in case you want an idea of the shade it can be built up to!  

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Instant self tanner review

Next up is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil* RRP £9.99 which I have seen crop up on Shireen’s blog a few times now so my interest had already been piqued! This promises to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone and ageing skin with my main concerns being fine lines, pigmentation and uneven skin. The oil contains a blend of ten oils (sweet almond, sesame, coconut, macadamia nut, apricot, grapeseed, argan, rosehip, camelina and sunflower oils) to moisturise and smooth the skin, Retinol and Vitamin C to help improve and brighten skin tone and texture and Cocoa Butter so soften and even skin tone. It has a rosehip fragrance and if you’ve read my blog any length of time you’ll know I absolutely love Rosehip oil so I had very high hopes for this and I have not been left disappointed!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil review

Although it’s an oil, it feels lightweight and absorbs quickly into my skin and I love it as the last step in my nightly routine as it’s so moisturising. In the morning my skin feels softer, smoother and my fine lines on my forehead aren’t as pronounced – yay! My skin looks plumper and feels firmer and I’ve noticed my last batch of hormonal acne and residual marks along my jawline healing and fading a lot more quickly with the use of this oil so I will definitely be keeping an eye on that over the next few months!

As there is retinol in this oil it’s recommended to always wear SPF as skin may be more sensitive so bear that in mind and the oil is also hypoalleragenic, non-comedogenic, paraben free, and dermatologist tested. The only negative I can think to say about this is that I find the bottle a little messy and I have it sitting on a piece of tissue paper as no matter how careful I am with it oil somehow always manages to drip down the bottle or get on the tip of the dropper! A small price to pay though for such a wonderful product and I’ve spent £30+ on facial oils before and not seen results with much longer use!

Lastly, I have the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Suncare SPF 30* RRP £9.99 and unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to fully test this just yet as I haven’t had the weather! Needless to say, this will be a staple for me over the summer when I finally get something booked but first impressions of the product itself are good. It’s a sheer spray with no white cast and as with all Palmer’s products it feels super moisturising. The spray comes out as a really fine mist that covers a large area of skin at a time – why have I never used one like this before? Standard sprays take ages and always seem to clog up as they get to the end but I can’t see that happening with this!

It’s formulated to leave a glowing radiant finish on the skin and I can imagine in the sun this will glisten beautifully! It transfers a little but this isn’t something I would mind if I was lying out in the sun! It does smell quite chemically when you first spray though when it settles in is isn’t strong As part of the Eventone range it’s made to prevent the formation of dark spots, uneven skin tone and premature ageing which is exactly what I look for. It’s also waterproof and it’s recommended that you apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and to reapply at least every two hours. As well as SPF 30, it also comes in SPF 50 and talking about it is making me want to go on holiday right now!

So, that’s my rediscovery of Palmer’s and boy am I impressed! As well as these products I’ve just finished their moisturising body oil which had been lost since we got the bathroom done so that will be in my empties next week!

Palmer’s is available from Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique and most major retailers!

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

Danielle xx

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48 comments

  1. I have the facial oil but haven't tried it yet because I had a very bad reaction to their face moisturiser. I also read Shireen's review which made me want to try it! I'm still tempted to give it a go but want to be sure my skin is full repaired first xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Ah it's always scary trying a new product after a bad reaction! I found this really gentle though! Maybe patch test it first! Xx

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  2. Okay...so that facial oil sounds amazing! I want it, don't need it, but you make it sound incredible xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. It's only £9.99 of course you need it! Xx

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  3. I used one of their products once and loved it. That oil sounds amazing, might have to pick it up!

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  4. I bought a few of their skincare products recently, including the facial oil but haven't tried it yet. The Cleansing Oil is so lush! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Ooh it sounds lovely too! I'll have to try it! Xx

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  5. I'd really like to try the facial oils they've released, just need to find them in a store!

    Bloggers Made Me Buy It http://www.alicemaysnell.co.uk/2017/04/bloggers-made-me-buy-it.html?m=1

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    1. Hope you find them soon! This ones amazing! Xx

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  6. I used to love their Cocoa Butter, I may need to try the oil! The tan looks a good shade too x
    A Blushing Beauty

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    1. It's perfect! The oil is amazing too, can't get over the price for the quality! Xx

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  7. Wow wonderful post, love it! ♥
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  8. Tan looks a great shade. I love palmers Cocoa butter range. I always use their products on my son's skin. I need to repurchase the balm kind of product they do in white packaging. That is so travel friendly. I need to take it to my holiday.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Yes! I used to have that too! It's so moisturising! Xx

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  9. Loving the natural color and glow they give! Need to check them out :)
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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  10. Confession time: I've never actually owned a Palmers product but this looks great!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  11. I didn't use it but it looks like a nice product! :)

    Kathy's delight

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  12. As soon as I clicked your post and saw the oil in the first picture, I automatically said to the screen 'I freaking LOVE that oil!!!'. Hahaha! Thank you for the shoutout too, Danielle and yes, I'm so happy that you noticed some good results from using it! xx

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    1. You are welcome! You made me want it and it's brilliant! Xx

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  13. I love love love all things Palmer, such good quality! xx

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  14. I used to use their oils all the time- don't know why I ever stopped, but I do remember loving everything I've tried from them. Maybe it's time for me to rediscover them too, hehe ;) So glad you're so impressed with them!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Definitely rediscover them Paula! So impressed with the new launches! Xx

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  15. I've not tried any Palmers skincare in such a long time xx

    Gemma Etc.

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    1. They have so many new things i want to try at the minute! Xx

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  16. I love the facial oil, and how affordable it is!


    Macarons and Mischief

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  17. I have used Palmer's products and have loved them. Will get me hands on therapy oil now.
    GlamupGirls

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  18. I adore their lip balm, it saddens me to think that I've nearly finished it though. I love how the self tanner made your arm look so much more bronzed but no fake looking at all. I kinda want to buy this now haha!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. It develops into such a beautiful colour! Xx

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  19. I'm glad you liked this fake tan, I tried it a few years ago and I didn't love it, but your post has inspired me to go out and get it again!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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    1. Yes! Try it again! Their gradual one was never dark enough for me but this is perfect! Xx

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  20. Ooh I love the look of that tan! Haven't used Palmer's products for years! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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  21. I adore this brand! The oil is so lovely isn't it!? I must give the other bits a try out for sure!

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  22. I just received a few of their body butters to try and they smell so good! My entire desk smells of Palmer's haha. I haven't tried these products you've mentioned, but will try to find them next time I am at the drugstore! Thanks for sharing xx


    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  23. That Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil sounds so good, something that I see myself using religiously. I'll see if I can get it. :)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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