Monday, March 21, 2011

Test #2: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Cream

After more days of testing, I'm ready to report on another belly cream.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
1. Smell: 2 (of 5)
I really liked the chocolate smell that came wafting out of the jar at first, it reminded me of the way my christmas stocking smells every year, but since the Palmer's (like Burt's Belly Balm) literally sticks with you all day, the smell got old really quickly. My nose is super sensitive right now and the last thing I want to deal with is carrying any strong scent with me everywhere.

2. Texture: 2 (of 5)
Again, there are notable similarities to the Belly Balm here. The cocoa butter is creamy and nice when your hands are warm and you're actually rubbing it on your skin, but getting it out of the tub is a total pain. Chapstick form people! Do you hear me R&D folks of the world?! Giant skin balm chapsticks...

My belly stayed sticky and a little greasy for hours and hours after putting this on. I'm kind of getting used to the feeling, but I wish I didn't have to.

3. Skin results: 7 (of 10)
This might have scored higher if I had tried it first. My skin was not itchy after over-night applications, but it wasn't particularly soft either.
In a slightly gross update, I am also developing tiny pink bumps, not unlike baby pimples, scattered across my belly. Dr. Google and my pregnancy book confirm that this could be a totally normal change due to hormones. Or we could blame the Palmer's. I do tend to have sensitive skin anyway, so for now, I'm discontinuing the Palmer's and I'm on to product number three: a left-field suggestion from my Canadian ex-hippy mom...

Overall: 11/20

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