Tested on animals:No
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter comes with the brand's standard claims of healing dry skin, and it definitely has some ingredients that will help in that regard. Unfortunately, it also contains an abundance of potential irritants that dry skin (or any skin) doesn't need, which is why it earns the lowest rating on Beautypedia.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter is packaged in a jar with a screw-top lid. This is the first of the product's missteps, since one of the main strengths of the cocoa extract included in the formula is its antioxidant content. Because this is in a jar, the antioxidants won't remain stable for long after the container is opened (see More Info for details on why jar packaging is not ideal for skincare products).
Along with the cocoa extract are ingredients that will help dry skin feel soothed and moisturized. Among them is a high amount of urea, which can help improve skin's barrier function (Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2012), as well as emollients such as cocoa butter and mineral oil.
While that's certainly a positive, the inclusion of the preservative methylthiazolinone is not. This is generally recommend for use in rinse-off products due to its potential as a skin sensitizer (Contact Dermatitis, 2010). Another drawback is that this contains a strong, artificial chocolate fragrance (listed simply as "fragrance" in the ingredient list), as well as additional fragrance ingredients (such as citronellol and geraniol) that could irritate sensitive skin. See More Info to learn about the damage highly-fragranced products can do to skin.
Because of the potentially-irritating ingredients this contains and its less-than-ideal packaging, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter doesn't get our recommendation. You can find much better options on our list of Body Lotions.
- High amount of urea and emollients make this ultra-moisturizing.
- Jar packaging won't keep the antioxidants in cocoa butter stable once opened.
- Contains the sensitizing preservative methylisothiazolinone.
- Has a rather strong, lingering artificial chocolate fragrance.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
Irritation From High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).