Affordable skincare – Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Cream vs Body Lotion – In-Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

Skincare is paramount and while some of us have extensive face skincare regimes, we often forget that the rest of our body is skin too, that we should also take care of.

For a while now I’ve been on a mission to find a good body cream but the task isn’t very easy. Sadly, bodycare has not received as much attention as makeup or face skincare and most body creams either contain very standard, mediocre ingredients or some good ones at low quantities and very high prices.

I’ve previously wrote about the Mio Future Proof Active Body Butter which I thought was a good option but the £35 price tag for a 240g tube is not something that everyone can afford. As a result, I found a cheaper but still good alternative, the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula body butter and body lotion.

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But are these products as good as the more expensive body butters? Does the body lotion contain the same ingredients as the body butter and which of the two is best?

Let’s find out.

Here’s a summary, green background = positivered = negative, grey = equal/neutral. For all the details keep reading or jump to the category you are interested in.

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Colour and Texture

The body butter has an off-white with a hint of brown colour and a thick but silky body butter cream texture that is very easy to work with.

The body lotion on the other hand, is slightly whiter and obviously has a thinner texture and is even easier to apply. That is the main point and advantage of a body lotion anyways.

Note that due to the high concentration of natural ingredients in these products, the product colour and consistency might vary.

This range of product also exists as an oil but I have excluded it from this comparison because it is the texture and type of product that very few would prefer. Even I, with my dry body skin, often find oils annoying and unpractical and in general their results not worth the mess.

Winner: The body lotion is easier to spread but the body butter is so silky smooth that is not hard to spread either. That body butter silky but thick enough texture to feel deeply moisturising is just amazing.

 

Smell

Aw the smell! Have you ever wanted to eat a body cream? Yes, that is exactly how heavenly the coconut body butter smells like but please don’t eat it!

The body lotion also has a nice coconut smell but less intense and appetising than the butter.

Both products contain parfum which does not offer any skincare benefit, in fact some believe it can even damage the skin to an extent but I must admit, the smell of this body butter is just, everything.

Winner: Both products smell like coconut but the body butter is a lot more intense, in a yummy way.

 

Price

The body butter retails for £5.25 for 125g, whereas the body lotion retails for £4.19 for a bottle of 250mL.

This means that the body butter retails for £0.04 per 1g whereas the body lotion for £0.02 per 1mL. Assuming that 1mL=1g which is not exactly accurate here, the body lotion is cheaper however, if you judge it from how it feels on the skin and how long it hydrates for, it is also thinner and less concentrated. Check out the ingredient section to find out if the two products are actually the same.

In general, both prices are great and you can even often find these products on 33-50% off deals which makes them ridiculously cheap. For example, I bought the body butter for £3.49 and the lotion for £2.75 from Superdrug.

Winner: The body lotion is cheaper but both products are very affordable.

 

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Packaging

The body butter comes in the typical plastic jar packaging  whereas, the lotion comes in a squeezable bottle. As much as I think the jar looks nicer, it is not the most sanitary way of packaging products. How many times will you dip your fingers in before you finish this jar? Even if your fingers are clean our skin naturally contains bacteria that could grow in the product. Additionally, jar products get exposed to air and some of the ingredients might be air-sensitive, meaning that the product’s potency could decrease.

In general, jar packaging serves the psychological expectation that we’ve built over the years, that good creams come in jars, rather than protect the formulation.

However, both products come in durable plastic packaging which look nice.

The body lotion comes in a bottle which is a little nicer looking although it has the same type of design and branding. It can be annoying to use at times, especially trying to squeeze out product when your hands are slippery from it but at least the quality of the plastic is as durable as the jar.

Winner: The body lotion looks slightly nicer and comes in bottle packaging which is more sanitary and better for long term product use.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

You would usually expect the body lotion to win this category as body lotions are designed to be easier to spread and get absorbed quicker. However, as mentioned above, the bottle packaging actually made is more annoying and less practical to keep squeezing product out with slimy fingers whereas the body butter jar was much more straight forward, but less sanitary, to use.

However, both products spread and get absorbed easily and quickly without leaving any residues behind.

Winner: Despite the negatives of the jar packaging it was actually more practical to use.

 

Skin compatibility

Neither product specifies a skin type so assume they are compatible for all. There are some ingredients in this products that are very moisturising and would be suitable for dry skin and others that are recommended for combination or oily skin. However, I have been using these products on my dry body skin and I haven’t felt any drying effect, quite the opposite, my skin felt hydrated for 2 days.

Avoid the eye areas and use only externally. Do not use any cosmetic products on broken skin. If you have a condition consult with your medical doctor first prior to using this or any cosmetic product.

Winner: Equal.

 

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Other

Both products last for 12M when unopened but in practise the body lotion will give you more uses. The body butter is on the smaller size however, for that price, even if you get two jars a month, it’s still cheaper than many other body butters or creams out there.

Both products are formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients and offer 24 hour moisture.

The brand unfortunately doesn’t offer product specific information on their website, only general information about their products.

Winner: Equal.

 

Results

Both products moisturise the skin nicely, get absorbed quickly and do not leave any residues behind. However, the body butter gave a longer lasting hydration and softer skin. Perhaps this is because it feels more concentrated and buttery. However, the product ingredients are also slightly different, see ingredients section below.

Winner: The body butter offers deeper and longer moisturisation.

 

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Ingredients

Both products contain raw coconut oil harvested from the Coconut Palm and vitamin E and both products are free from: parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates and dyes.

The body butter or cream as Palmer’s labels it has 38 ingredients of which 28 will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 6 potential ingredient negatives and 14 potential irritants.

The body lotion on the other hand, contains 32 ingredients of which 22 of them will offer you some kind of skincare benefit, 4 are potential negatives and 13 potential irritants.

The two products have very similar ingredients but some of the ingredients are likely contained in different amounts which could explain why I felt that the body butter was more moisturising and for longer, as body butters tend to be more concentrated. Their ingredient negatives are also very similar so choosing only based on those is not that easy.

In general, both products are good bodycare options, especially for their price, and can compete and compare to much more expensive and high end products, which is amazing. These is a great example that good skincare doesn’t always have to be expensive.

To keep this post shorter, I am only listing the ingredients that have a skincare effect in the positives and negatives and ignoring the compounds that only or mainly play a formulation role. A full list of ingredients can be found further down.

 

Ingredient positives for the body butter:

  1. Water (aqua) – Water based formulation.
  2. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  3. Urea– A humectant and skin conditioner.
  4. Isopropyl Palmitate – Skin conditioner.
  5. Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  6. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – A skin conditioner that is high in anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial fatty acids. Provides deep hydration and conditioning to skin. Some research shows that it can improve skin’s elasticity and by extent perhaps slowing down wrinkle formation.
  7. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter – A good skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
  8. Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
    Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
  9. PEG-100 Stearate– A moisturiser.
  10. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  11. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  12. Cetyl Alcohol– Conditions and softens the skin.
  13. Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and protector.
  14. Tocopherol– Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  15. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner high in vitamin E. It can improve skin hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection. It can also reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, reducing moisture loss. It is also rich in other nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E etc) and can be used against inflammation and skin irritations.
  16. Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
  17. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioning agent that is absorbed quickly by the skin and can offer some moisturisation.
  18. Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
  19. Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter – Skin conditioner and soother. Can replenish skin’s fatty acids.
  20. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  21. Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac) – A skin conditioner.
  22. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  23. Pentylene Glycol – A humectant.
  24. Decylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and replenisher.
  25. 1,2-Hexanediol – Preservative and moisture binding agent.
  26. Myristyl Alcohol – A skin conditioner.
  27. Palmitic Acid – A skin replenishing agent.
  28. Coumarin – An anti-oxidant.

 

Ingredient positives for the body lotion:

  1. Water (aqua) – Water based formulation.
  2. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  3. Glycerine Soja (Soybean) Oil – An anti-oxidant and skin conditioner. Rich in essential amino acids, protein, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E.
  4. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter – A good skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
  5. Isopropyl Myristate– A skin conditioner and fragrance.
  6. Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  7. Cetyl Alcohol– Conditions and softens the skin.
  8. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – A skin conditioner that is high in anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial fatty acids. Provides deep hydration and conditioning to skin. Some research shows that it can improve skin’s elasticity and by extent perhaps slowing down wrinkle formation.
  9. Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and protector.
  10. Tocopherol– Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner high in vitamin E. It can improve skin hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection. It can also reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, reducing moisture loss. It is also rich in other nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E etc) and can be used against inflammation and skin irritations.
  12. Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
  13. Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
  14. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioning agent that is absorbed quickly by the skin and can offer some moisturisation.
  15. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  16. Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac) – A skin conditioner.
  17. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  18. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  19. Pentylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and preservative.
  20. Decylene Glycol – A skin conditioner.
  21. 1,2-Hexanediol – Preservative and moisture binding agent.
  22. Coumarin – An anti-oxidant.

 

Ingredient negatives for the body butter:

  1. Urea – There are quite a few concerns around urea including cancer and Dementia disease. However, more studies are needed to confirm these claims.
  2. Bentonite – Can clog pores.
  3. Myristyl Alcohol – A study claims this to be a carcinogen and cause skin tumors in multiple tests, but only in high doses given to animals. However, more studies are needed to make conclusions. This compound is approved by the FDA as a food additive and by the CIR for use in cosmetics.
  4. Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  5. Benzyl Benzoate– Not for children and toxic to cats.
  6. Coumarin – Limited evidence of cancer. Like with parabens though, there is no solid proof so it is up to you whether you want to avoid this or not.

 

Ingredient negatives for the body lotion:

  1. Glycerine Soja (Soybean) Oil – Some studies show that it blocks the formation of new blood vessels and inhibits cell division and cell survival. Other studies show evidence of breast cancer formation. More evidence is needed though before this ingredient is labelled unsafe.
  2. Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  3. Benzyl Benzoate – Not for children and toxic to cats.
  4. Coumarin – Limited evidence of cancer. Like with parabens though, there is no solid proof so it is up to you whether you want to avoid this or not.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Also check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

  • Note that these products contain coconut oils and extracts so if you are allergic to coconut they might also cause you a reaction.

With that being said, the following compounds present in the body butter have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Urea, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Bentonite, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin.

The following compounds present in the body lotion have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Glycerine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

 

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 Full list of ingredients of the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream Butter:

Water (aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Urea, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin.

 

Full list of ingredients of the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion:

Water (aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycerine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Glycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

 

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Verdict

Both products are fantastic for their price however, the body butter is superior in many ways. The texture is gorgeous, it moisturisers deeply and the ingredients are slightly better or perhaps more concentrated. It even smells heavenly.

Both products though are very affordable bodycare that leave you with no excuse for not moisturising your body.

I recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream Butter.

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Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you?

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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