Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Considering that hair out of the follicle is dead, then spending a lot of money on products to wash it, especially products that contain fancy ingredients and claims, can be a waste. But are there any cheaper hair products that will do the job well? Well, there is a brand that seems to do cheap and good, Palmer’s, and they have a couple of different hair shampoos and conditioners worth checking out.

In this post, we will be looking at the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner. Are there any good, worth your time and money? Let’s find out.

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For other Palmer’s products check out: Affordable skincare – Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Cream vs Body Lotion – In-Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

 

Packaging

The shampoo comes in a white plastic bottle whereas the conditioner comes in a white plastic tube. Initially, it might look strange that they come in different  type of packaging but once you use them, the reason will become immediately obvious. The conditioner is much thicker and therefore, easier to squeeze out of a tube than a bottle.

However, there is another difference between the two and that is size. The shampoo bottle contains 400mL of the product whereas the conditioner contains 250mL. For me this is actually perfect because I always use more shampoo than conditioner and it’s always very annoying to finish a shampoo bottle and still have half a conditioner left.

The packaging difference also means that the two products are very easy to distinguish, without having to read what they are. This means that even with your eyes closed, you will be able to pick up the right bottle, and well, it is an advantage.

The presentation of the products is neither pretty nor ugly, it is very true to Palmer’s branding.

 

Colour and Texture

The shampoo has a white silky cream texture whereas the conditioner, although still white and silky, is a thicker cream.

 

Smell

Oh my gosh. Let’s talk about the smell. These two products, especially the shampoo, fall into the “I want to eat them” category. They smell strongly like coconut and the funny thing is, I hate coconut, I never eat anything with it in it. But please don’t eat cosmetics.

They smell SO AMAZINGLY GOOD, I look forward to using them just because of that. Washing my waist long thick hair is an absolute pain but these two products make me look forward to it.

 

Price

The 400mL shampoo bottle retails for £4.19 and the 250mL conditioner for £4.19. The same price for very different amounts of product initially sounds disappointing but considering that the conditioner contains more ingredients, then it sort of is acceptable. Either way they are much cheaper than a lot of branded hair products.

You can often find these products in drugstore shops on offers for half or third of the price.

These products lasted me for 8 uses but bear in mind that I have very long, to my waist, and thick hair. Nevertheless, the shampoo specifically can be very economical because it foams (and therefore, spreads) so well that you will need to use less amount than what you would otherwise do with other shampoos.

 

Hair and skin compatibility

These products are for dry, damaged or color treated hair.

I have thick unruly and dry hair and they worked well for me. Anyone can use them really.

You can use these products no matter what skin type you have but please do not use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.

 

Other

Both shampoo and conditioner last for 12M which is much longer than the time needed to use them up.

Here’s what the brand says about the Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo:

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deeply hydrate and give hair incredible shine. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo is a rich, creamy shampoo, free of sulfates and harsh detergents, that gently cleanses and removes buildup without stripping hair or interrupting its delicate moisture balance.

  • For dry, damaged, or color treated hair
  • Made with natural coconut and monoi
  • No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten and dyes

 

Here’s what the brand says about the Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner:

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deeply hydrate and give hair incredible shine. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner is a rich, creamy conditioner that instantly detangles and coats strands for silkier, shinier and easier to manage hair.

  • For dry, damaged, or color treated hair
  • Made with natural coconut and monoi
    No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten and dyes

 

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Practicality of use – user experience

These two products were very easy to use and actually very pleasurable.

All you need to do is squeeze the packaging to get the product out and then work it into the hair. The shampoo creates a very satisfying foam, so it’s easy to know where you’ve put the product and where you didn’t. The foam is so good that you will actually need to use much less shampoo compared to other products.

The conditioner on the other hand doesn’t foam, so it’s not as easy to know which part of your hair has it on, but you can still feel your hair becoming a little more creamy. Both shampoo and conditioner rinse off easily.

 

Results

I just love these products. I didn’t notice any changes to my hair at all, neither from the texture standpoint, the hair loss or the general health and quality, but I still love them so much I want to use them. These two products also didn’t help at all with frizziness.

They smell so good and the shampoo creates the best most satisfying foam. The experience is very pleasant, so much so that I thought that my hair was getting a treat. Have you ever seen that advertisement by Herbal Essences where the woman is so satisfied in the shower while using her shampoo that she sounds like she’s having an orgasm? I always thought that was a ridiculous advert but now I know they just got it wrong. It was Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo she was using.

 

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Ingredients

The shampoo contains 23 ingredients of which 13 are positive, 2 potential negatives and 9 irritants. The conditioner contains 32 ingredients of which 26 are positive, 2 are potential negative and 11 irritants.

Notice that a lot of the ingredients have more skincare benefits than haircare, but that’s ok. Keeping your scalp skin healthy is crucial for healthy hair follicles which will lead to good future hair. Additionally, most ingredients have a bigger effect on skin, simply because hairs (out of the skin) are dead, and are also more researched for skincare benefits than haircare.

Interestingly, the shampoo is labelled as a “conditioning shampoo” which might imply that it is a 2 in 1 product. Although it does contain conditioning ingredients, the actual conditioner product itself contains a variety of different ones and is therefore, worth using. This is actually very good of Palmer’s and more rare than you think, as usually the conditioner is just a glorified, slightly more concentrated shampoo but in this case there is some merit to using them both.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

Shampoo:

  1. Water (Aqua) based formulation.
  2. Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate – A cleaning and foaming agent.
  3. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  4. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A hair and skin conditioner.
  5. 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.
  6. Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
  7. 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?
  8. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  9. Hydrolyzed Keratin – A hair, nail and skin conditioner.
  10. 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.
  11. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  12. Tetrasodium EDTA – Can counteract the effect of hard water by binding with metal ions and therefore, stopping them from interacting with our skin and hair.
  13. Coumarin – An anti-oxidant.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Water (Aqua) based formulation.
  2. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  3. 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.
  4. Cetyl Esters – A skin conditioner.
  5. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin and hair conditioner. When used on the skin it leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  6. Behentrimonium chloride – An anti-static and conditioning agent.
  7. PEG-12 Dimethicone – A skin conditioner that can enhance the product’s spreadability.
  8. Isopropyl Myristate – A skin conditioner and fragrance.
  9. 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.
  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. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  12. Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
  13. Hydrolyzed Keratin – A hair, nail and skin conditioner.
  14. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (aka Argan oil) – Mixture of compounds including Vitamin E and fatty acids. Essential for healthy skin. Skin conditioner.
  15. Camelia Sinesis Leaf Extract – Anti-oxidant, anti-flammatory, anti-ageing and skin conditioner.
  16. Cymbopogon Citratus Extract – Skin conditioner.
  17. Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract – Anti-septic, anti-irritant and anti-ageing properties. Can also help the skin heal. Adds shine to hair and glow to skin.
  18. Panthenol – Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser and potential acne treatment.
  19. Soytrimonium Chloride – An anti-static and hair conditioning agent.
  20. Diallydimethyl Ammonium Chloride – An anti-static and hair conditioning agent.
  21. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  22. Polyquaternium-22 – An anti-static and hair fixative.
  23. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  24. Disodium EDTA – Very similar to tetrasodium EDTA, can counteract the effect of hard water by binding with metal ions and therefore, stopping them from interacting with our skin and hair.
  25. Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  26. Coumarin – An anti-oxidant.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Shampoo:

  1. Parfum (fragrance) – 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.
  2. 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.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Parfum (fragrance) – 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.
  2. 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. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.

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

The following compounds present in the shampoo have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycol Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Phosphoric Acid, Coumarin.

The following compounds present in the conditioner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soytrimonium Chloride, Diallydimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo:

Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide DIPA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phosphoric Acid, Coumarin.
Full list of ingredients for the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camelia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Soytrimonium Chloride, Diallydimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-22, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin.

 

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Verdict

I really love using these two products because the experience is so pleasurable. However, I can’t say that I noticed any haircare or scalp skincare results. However, if you are short on cash or cannot access more complex products, these are not bad products at all!

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
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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