Posted on July 10 2015
The MSM Beauty Squad is here to give you honest, heartfelt reviews to all the beauty, skin care and life style products you want to try. Acquaint yourself with who we are and then read on to know what each one of us has to say about the pick of the week- Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E.
What are we reviewing?
You might assume that since the monsoon is here and humidity levels are so high, it is okay to forego moisturising in your everyday beauty regime.
You, my dear, are mistaken.
While we do agree that the moisturisers you use in winters are not really the best for this season, we cannot ignore the importance of keeping your skin supple, hydrated and fresh.
This week, the beauty squad is reviewing Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E.
How much does it cost?
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil (150ml) is for Rs 668.
Intro to product or product category:
Palmer's is a brand owned by the E.T. Browne Drug Company which is is one of the longest standing proprietors of skin and hair care products in the United States. The company has been family owned since the middle of the nineteenth century and has been under the current ownership since 1971.
Palmer's was launched in India in 2012 and it's Cocoa Butter Formula products have been quite well received in the Indian market place.
Skin therapy oils have been an essential part of skin care in India since time immemorial! The vast abundance of coconut oil here has allowed us to be exposed to its wonderful healing benefits and don't even get me started on the oil massages all of us went through as babies. The west is catching up on the trend and skin therapy oils are being used left, right and centre! A common myth is to avoid oils if your skin feels greasy during humid weather, the reality is quite to the contrary. The right combination of of oils targeted for different skincare needs provide powerful properties to normalise oil production, reduce signs of ageing, and refine skin texture. When blended according to skin type, natural oils do not cause oily skin or clog pores.
How it works
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E contains a blend of botanical oils such as rosehip, sesame and canola. It is formulated with Rapidermal Absorption Système (so fancy!) for maximum penetration of the epidermal layer allowing the powerful ingredients to deliver targeted benefits.
And What does the Product Claim?
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E claims to be an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body including face. It claims to be formulated to help improve the appearance of:
- Stretch Marks
- Dry, Damaged Skin
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Aging skin
The packaging states that it makes the skin look and feel instantly soft and smooth and can also be used as a bath oil for a deep moisturising treatment.
Past reviews of the product claim that Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin therapy oil is:
- Fast Absorbing with a non greasy texture
- Great for acne scars, wrinkles and dry skin
- Doesn't clog pores
- Great packaging with an easy pump bottle
What we thought:
Overall, the squad had a positive experience with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E. Read on to read skin type specific reviews from the squad:
- Diva (Oily Skin): First things first, I'm a beauty junkie and I mean it when I say that. I have about five bottles of skin oils and I regularly go in for oil massages.
The Palmer's Skin Oil comes in a easy pump dispenser which ensures that your portions are adequate. I usually pat dry my body after showering and I tried the Palmer's Skin Therapy oil post showering. The absorption is quick and easy and it goes well with slightly damp skin. I used about two pumps of the oil on my arms with a little bit extra for my elbows. I did wait for a few minutes before putting on my clothes, just as a precautionary measure.
I did not use it on my face (cause messing with my set beauty regime is the last thing I want to do). As far as the claim about using this product on scars, I'm not going to say. I do have a few scars here and there but to be able to test whether this oil helps in reducing their appearance, it would have to be used for upwards of 3-4 months.
For people with oily skin, I'd recommend you use it as a pre shower treatment to ensure you get the most out of this product.
Overall I'd say it is worth a try, if only to get super soft skin for that one day of indulgence.
- Kat (Dry Skin): I stumbled upon this product while looking for a new dry oil to use during the monsoons. Most skin lotions and body moisturisers are just too heavy and greasy for this time of the year, and so dry oils are my go-to products for a post shower treatment.
Like my junkie buddy Diva, I am a huge proponent of oil massages, for which I swear by (unbranded) wild apricot kernel oil which I buy by the litre from the hill towns of Himachal Pradesh. However on most days this regime is just a luxury, and that's where dry oils play a big role in my life :-)
On first spray Palmer's Skin Oil seemed to be rather heavy and greasy and I wondered whether I had picked up the wrong product. However, once I rubbed it into my skin and saw how well it got absorbed into my skin, leaving behind a sheer and healthy sheen, I realised this was absolutely the right product for this warm and humid weather.
I did try the oil on my face as well, but only as a night time moisturiser post my cleansing and toning routine. I am an advocate of the oil-cleansing method, which I find particularly effective in our highly polluted city. However this cleansing method seems to need a break during the monsoon, and I switch over to the Avene Cleanance 3 step system. I used a small squirt of the oil and gently dabbed it all over my face. It felt light and nourishing at the same time and I woke up the next morning with the skin still feeling moisturised.
I luckily don't have any acne or scars so cannot comment on how effective this oil is for treating them.
Overall, I am very happy with this product and would recommend it as a good substitute for dry oil to be used post your shower routine.
- Shaz (Combination Skin): As time is passing by, I can't decide whether I absolutely love or absolutely hate monsoons. My skin and hair has never behaved the way it is behaving this season. My skin is itchy, dry and flakey at some spots (between my fingers, under my nose and elbows) and sticky and greasy at others (pretty sure the USA could invade T zone and get away with heaps of oil..lol ). Mostly, I have made up my mind to follow the advice of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain” . Whatever his deep analogy may be, I'm taking he means “The best thing one can do when it is raining is to be lazy, ignore detailed beauty regimes and wait it out”
Between all of this, I got the opportunity to review Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E. The only skin oil I have used (and sometimes still do) is Johnson's Baby Oil (don't pretend as if you're shocked to hear that, you love it too!). Post shower, I'd rub a generous amount all over my arms and legs and then lightly dry with a towel during my college years when I'd be too stretched for time to actually moisturize. It worked so well!
I wasn't really looking forward to trying a skin therapy oil in this weather, but I gave it a go. After showering, I rubbed a little on my arm and was so surprised to see that my skin absorbed all of it in a second. The consistency of this oil is light and it leaves behind a little sheen which is amazing. It doesn't make your skin feel greasy, in fact it kind of controls it. I rubbed a little more on my elbows and it had the same effect - my skin drank it all up!
After experiencing how good it felt on my body, I got a little adventurous and used a little as a face moisturizer (“I mean what's the worse that could happen? I'd wash it off if it made me look like a greasy potato fritter”, I thought). The operative word here is “little” and no, I did not look like a potato fritter. The fragrance of this oil is beautifully subtle and when I put it on my face, it absolutely did not make it look greasy. My skin felt moisturized & just the right kind of dewy.
I don't really have acne scars or stretch marks for me to be able to test this product on those fronts but if you're looking for a light moisturizer this monsoon, give this product a try. Remember, this is not a substitute for your body lotion, so don't use the quantities you would for a body lotion. Kind of funny how it ties back to MSM's tagline, but this product genuinely is “A lot in a little”.