This review is for the original Cocoa Butter Formula (solid yellow product in a plastic jar, sold at nearly every drugstore). This stuff is one of those “beauty bargains” that does so much, so well!
This is a highly concentrated cream, containing little to no water. One 3.75-oz jar lasts weeks or even months You just need a small dab on your fingertip; it melts and spreads easily. I use it on face, lips, hands and feet in the winter and wake up to velvety soft skin! The softening effect even lasts through a hand-washing. This does feel a bit oily when first applied, but unlike Vaseline or Aquaphor, it doesn’t leave a persistently greasy film. In fact, I’m able to apply a dab of this to my hands after washing them at work, and I’m not stuck dealing with grease left on my keyboard afterwards
The SCENT is a wonderful side effect. When I smooth this on my hands and face at night, I am surrounded by a lovely sweet chocolate-vanilla aura. It’s just so delicious and soothing. To me, Palmer’s smells natural and not overly sugary; but if you’re sensitive to fragrances they do make an I scented version that can be found online.
I have sensitive skin and have never had a problem with using this cream (or the Palmer’s lotion in the pump bottle) on my face. The ingredients are pretty inert and unlikely to cause problems, and Palmer’s products are so rich and moisturize so well!
This product does contain mineral oil and synthetic waxes along with the cocoa butter & vitamin E. Personally, that doesn’t bug me but if you’re an “all natural” type, this is your FYI. If you’ve ever dealt with 100% pure cocoa butter, you know it is very firm and hard to spread, so that’s why other ingredients are added here.