Flicking through Cosmopolitan last night I came across an advert for the new Palmers Cocoa Body Butters. Palmers is best known for its cocoa butter which was the body moisturiser of choice in a lot of households as I grew up so I'm very familiar with the brand and its many products.
I noticed that the butters came in four scents cocoa, olive, shea and coconut. Anybody who knows me well knows that I LOVE coconut products. Shower gels, scrubs, butters, hand creams, candles, if it's coconut I want it. Coconut and vanilla are my favourite scents and make me veeery happy. I also prefer butters to lotions as I find them more moisturising being as they're a thicker consistency. I made a mental note to check these out when next in Superdrug or Boots.
Well less than 24 hours later, I bought the coconut body butter and tested some on my arm from the lid when I got home. I'm not happy. It smells revolting and seriously smells like one of my random hair pomades - which is fine for when it's on my scalp but I don't want to walk around smelling like a tub of Blue Magic thank you!
When I sniffed the jar instore I could smell coconut, not the same scent as The Body Shop coconut body butter which I'm familiar with but I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately I couldn't test it instore so I had no way of knowing what it would smell like once applied to my skin. I wish I'd picked the olive one instead as that smelt more neutral. I've literally used the butter that was on the lid. The butter is the pot is untouched and shall remain so as there's no way I'm using it.
It does the job of moisturising well and is easy to rub in. It's not too thick either. My lower left leg is soft and has held in the moisture, but it's left a sticky tackiness to my skin which is a big no-no. I'm very fussy about the body moisturiser I use on my skin. I don't want my skin feeling sticky after use and this has done just that. The scent on my hands at the moment couldn't be further than coconut if it tried.
This product gets a big fat fail from me and I'll be looking to Mama Vex to take this off my hands - if she'll have it!! The only saving grace is that I didn't pay full price for it.
If you want to try one out for yourself they're currently half price in Superdrug for £2.93 and the offer ends on October 27th.
** Update** I successfully exchanged it for the Olive body butter which my nose likes a lot better. I'll stick to using this after an evening bath or shower though as the 'sticky' feeling disappears after a few minutes - minutes I don't have at my disposal when I'm in a rush to get out of the front door.
Where can I find it? Superdrug, Boots