palmers cocoa butter

Palmers Cocoa Butter ingredients tell a different story than what they imply. Yes, it does contain cocoa butter but it also contains a lot of crap that is not natural. Cocoa Butter by itself is used to make chocolate, pharmaceuticals, ointments, and bath products. Cocoa butter has a mild chocolate flavor and aroma and is used in making white chocolate and certain confections, but has many uses beyond the kitchen.

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Seriously, read the package at the store!

Palmers Cocoa Butter for scars? When we think of scars, we often think of them occurring from surgery or a cut or scrape. Stretch marks are caused in a very similar fashion, yet the damage originates from under our skin, as opposed to the top of it. Either way, this mark is created because the layer of skin that creates all new skin, is damaged. Because of this damage, it makes skin the only way it knows how.

Yes, our skin does have some recuperative and restorative properties, but the best way is to prevent the scarring. Secondly defensive measure would be to apply moisturizers like Cocoa Butter, to the new scarring, to help it to appear better. Did you catch that? to “appear” better, not disappear!

Palmers cocoa butter has been a word-of-mouth remedy passed on to pregnant women for decades as a way to prevent or cure stretch marks. However, there is no evidence that cocoa butter will actually get rid of stretch marks. It is an excellent moisturizer and can be used as a preventive measure to the scars because it keeps skin well hydrated and helps with elasticity. It is not magical.

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Another Palmers product where the hype doesn’t match the ingredients.

Palmers cocoa butter ingredients:

This is the ingredient list from a bottle of Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion: (ingredients are listed in order of quantity, although percentages of each do not have to be legally required), they are:

  • Water (Deionized) (aqua) (water – we now know this is the major ingredient)
  • Cocoa Extract (theobroma cacao)
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene Glycol Stearate (stearic acid wax – but not from vegetables)
  • Coconut Oil (cocos nucifera)
  • Glycerin
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Cocoa Butter (theobroma cacao)
  • Palm Oil (elaeis guineensis)
  • Dimethicone
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin e)
  • Fragrance (parfum)
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • PEG 8 Stearate
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C)
  • Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A)
  • FD&C Yellow 5 (CI #19140)
  • D&C Orange 4 (CI #15510).

There are some not-friendly ingredients in Palmers cocoa butter products. And the scent that everyone loves comes straight from a chem lab, meaning that it is a synthetic, and could be the worse ingredient in there.

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Real cocoa butter, hard yet melty.


Other information in the Palmers Cocoa Butter ingredients, is regarding that this product has a “hazard rating 6/10, which is moderate”, has “not signed compact for safe cosmetics”, and its “animal testing policy is unknown”. The following¬† list indiecates which of the Palmers Cocoa Butter ingredients and considered hazardous, and what their hazards are:

  1. FRAGRANCE, for Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity,and Miscellaneous
  2. PEG-8 STEARATE, for Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE, ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
  3. PROPYLPARABEN, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  4. METHYLPARABEN, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Biochemical or cellular level changes
  5. D&C ORANGE 4, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions
  6. RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE) Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Biochemical or cellular level changes, Use restrictions
  7. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
  8. MINERAL OIL, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards
  9. PROPYLENE GLYCOL, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption.

There are other ingredients listed on a label, but considered safe. You can check the website to check on this product and other products.

So if you really think that Palmers cocoa butter has some special qualities from the cocoa butter, then try using 100% natural cocoa butter will be even better. You can usually find this at a health food store, or a soap and lotion supplies store.

About those stretch marks? The experts seem to agree that the act of massaging the skin, and the application of a moisturizer (and almost any type of moisturizer) is the secret to lessening stretch marks. Let’s face it, it is also physiological, you are either born with elastic skin, or your aren’t.

Make your own Cocoa Butter Body Butter with this recipe – it’s super easy and you can use all the natural ingredients you want.

Go look for yourself at the Palmers Cocoa Butter products website. See how they only mention the “key ingredients” because those are the natural ones,¬† and omitting the chemicals. Bastards.

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