Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturising Body Oil - review


It feels like ages since I wrote a review post, so it's nice to be sitting down to write one today. 

While I have been blogging, I've been going through one of those periods where I've felt less inspired to write reviews and more inspired to talk about panning - perhaps because we're nearing the end of the year so many of us are focusing on moving out as many products as we can before the year closes. Myself included.

But while I've been focusing on panning and cycling through my collection, the reviews in backlog have been stacking up so it's time to pull back the focus.

First up, this body oil. I bought it ages ago in one of Priceline's big sales and I must have opened it a few months ago now, so it's been in rotation for a while.

Long story short, I love it. It's nourishing, it smells nice and it doesn't break the bank. More on that below.

Palmer's claims/product details:
  • A light oil specially formulated with pure cocoa butter and vitamin e to help soften and soothe rough, dry skin
  • A rich formula that absorbs quickly, allowing you to put on even the most delicate of fabrics immediately
  • A luxurious, non-greasy oil that pours moisture back into dry skin and can be used every day as a multipurpose product
  • With a gorgeous, light, chocolaty scent
  • RRP $10.79 AUD for 250ml, but do shop around


I love this stuff. It's been just what my dry skin has needed over the cooler months and as we've started to move into better weather, I'm still using it because it's not too heavy and I'm really enjoying it.

It's a medium-thick, yellow-coloured oil with that familiar Palmer's cocoa butter scent. The smell is quite strong so if you don't like fragranced products, then this mightn't be for you. I personally don't mind a nice fragrance in my body products (facial skincare is another story), so I'll happily enjoy the scent.

What I love about this is that it hydrates my dry skin beautifully and a little goes a long way so I don't need much each time. This makes a reasonably priced product even better value on a price-per-use basis so that's something to keep in mind.

I use it perhaps three times a week on days after I've exfoliated or when my skin is feeling drier than usual, and it manages any discomfort immediately and soothes the tightness in my skin. 

I agree that it absorbs well but it does leave a slight residue so it mightn't be the right product for those who prefer a super dry oil. I wouldn't call it greasy - not at all - but it's not completely undetectable on the skin after use (and the scent lingers) so that's another thing to consider.

On the claims: yes it's light while still being rich; I agree that it's not greasy; yes it helps soften and soothe the skin; and yes it absorbs quickly. I also agree that it puts moisture back into dry skin, but I wouldn't agree that the scent is 'light': it's definitely there so I would test this first if you don't like fragranced products.

All in all, I love this body oil and definitely recommend it. I haven't given it an HG tag but golly it's close, and it's been a favourite since I opened it.


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