This sale is for one 4 oz jar. This is the latest addition to our All Natural Product line! Our Organic Natural Cocoa Butter is extracted from the cocoa bean and left un-deodorized. Because of the lack of deodorization, Cocoa Butter has a pale yellowish or slight brown color and has the typical chocolate odor normally associated with Cocoa Butter. Refined and "deodarized" cocoa butter (large cosmetic companies put in their lotions (i.e. "Palmers" and soaps) has been stripped of most of it's antioxidant properties because of the bleaching process. Our Cocoa Butter is whipped with Organic Coconut Oil and has a fantastic chocolate aroma. Cocoa Butter in it's original form is extremely hard, however, adding coconut oil enables us to whip it to a smooth consistency. Wrap your skin in a rich, indulgent, chocolate-scented cream that moisturizes and softens.
PALMER’S COCOA BUTTER LIST OF INGREDIENTS
Here is a little breakdown of the ingredients listed in PALMERS COCOA BUTTER. highlighted in bold we find particularly interesting/not so good for your skin!
- Cocoa Extract - It is the fact extracted from the bean. Temporarily protects injured (aka newly scarred skin) from harmful stimuli and aids the healing process. It is used as a skin conditioning agent. I find it very interesting that Palmers uses more extract than actual cocoa butter.
- Glyceryl Stearate - This is the agent that slows the loss of water from the skin forming a barrier between the skin and air hence why Palmer's Cocoa Butter claims to be great for dry skin. Softens the skin and creating a smooth texture. Studies have shown Glyceryl Stearate to be completely safe for cosmetic use and there are no links to any health risks.
- Petrolatum - Again it protects injured skin during the healing process and aids it. It is also a skin conditioner and creates a barrier between skin and air retaining moisture within the skin. This ingredient has a lot of controversy surrounding it. If impure, the ingredient is linked to health issues, and the EU has actually banned this ingredient unless it can be shown to be pure. It is derived from hydrocarbon and can actually block your skins ability to moisturize itself - the opposite of what it’s supposed to do! This causes dry skin (the very thing Palmers is sold to alleviate!) Also the "barrier" it creates to retain moisture is actually shown to clog pores and cause acne!
- Propylene Glycol - If formulated properly and used under 50% concentration, it is shown to be safe for cosmetic use. However this ingredient is another debatable one. It does have links to eczema (which is a condition I have) but for the most part it is deemed safe. If you research however, there is a lot of debate about this product and it is on a lot of people's lists as the ingredient to avoid!
- Glycerin - A very common ingredient used in cosmetics because it is very versatile. It is used to moisturise and is often found is most, if not every moisturiser. It helps the skin retain moisture and helps prevent dryness.
- Coconut Oil - Great for dry skin and skin softening properties. The only concern to be had is whether or not Palmers sources this ingredient ethically.
- Paraffinum Liquidum - Also known as mineral oil. The general rule is... this isn't very good for you (however this is highly debated). It is designed to coat the skin, creating that barrier. This is known to clog pores and cause breakouts (for this reason I will never ever use Palmers on my face again!) It is said that mineral oil also slows down the skins ability to develop cells and because of this causes premature ageing. While researching this ingredient however, I found that a lot of people believe this is all a myth and scientific evidence is very lacking.
- Behentrimonium Methosulfate - More commonly used in hair for detangling but also used for its great moisturizing properties.
- Cetyl Alcohol/Cetearyl Alcohol - Used to create the consistency (thickness) of the cream. It can also be used to create/destabilise foaming agents. Both are deemed harmless but some studies have found them to be an irritant.
- Cocoa Butter - Considering Palmers is actually called a Cocoa Butter, there is a surprising lack of the actual ingredient in the lotion. Cocoa Butter is great for dry skin and known to be great for the healing process of scars. However there is very little evidence to support that cocoa butter heals scars, and many doctors say it is the barrier created that allows the scars to heal without contamination and the actual act of rubbing in the moisturizer can help stretch marks.
- Palm Oil - The biggest concern about palm oil is whether or not it is ethically sourced. Orangutans are losing their habitats due to the increasing trade in Palm Oil. On the Palmers website however they have stated their Palm Oil is sourced responsibly and they are committed to protecting native animal species such as orangutan and tigers.
- Dimethicone - This is a non foaming agent, mainly used to get the consistency of Palmers. I really like the texure of palmers, it is smooth and buttery. It is also a great lubricator for dry skin. This ingredient is highly valued in the cosmetic industry and also medicine industry because its great for dry skin especially in the winter months.
- Tocopheryl Acetate - AKA Vitamin E. It is a natural preservative found in plants and is used because it is a great anti oxidant and an especially good skin conditioner. It is a great, natural and safe ingredient with a lot of good properties.
- Hydroxyethylcellulose - Another natural ingredient found in the cell walls of plants. It is non toxic and is a thickening agent, but its very multi purpose.
- PEG-8 - Another controversial ingredient linked to eczema and premature ageing. PEG's always have a number after their name which basically means the molecular weight of that compound. The smaller the number, the easier it is to penetrate the skin. As you can see this PEG has the number 8 which means it penetrates the skin very very easily. This is supposedly a good thing, after all you would want the ingredients of your moisturiser to sink into your skin, however studies recommend if you have exzema or any skin that is broken/inflammed it is best to stay away from anything with the ingredient PEG, because it can irritate. If concerned, I would look into this ingredient a lot more!
- Methylparaben and Propylparaben- Anti-fungal so will prevents moisturisers from going bad. The word paraben sends alarms bells ringing in my head. Although when used in small quantities it is regarded as safe, the main concern is the link between parabens and breast cancer (when used in high concentrations but still pretty alarming). However they are concluded as safe to use up to levels of 25% and Palmers lists it as one of their smallest concentrations of ingredients. There is high debate regarding this issue and many people choose cosmetics which don't have parabens in them because of the evidence surrounding it to health issues.
- Perfume - Perhaps the most concerning ingredient is the fact that the lovely smell from Palmers Cocoa Butter is not the actual Cocoa Butter/extract itself but is formulated in a lab somewhere. Perfume is a well-known irritant
It's a well known fact that Cocoa Butter has been used for hundreds of years by pregnant women to help alleviate and/or prevent Stretch Marks. Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.Start with a little on your fingers keeping in mind that a little goes a long way. This lotion holds true to it's name and melts like butter when in contact with the heat from your hands. In this form it spreads very well and evenly, absorbing into the skin easily and leaving it noticeably smooth right away. It may seem a little "greasy" at first touch to skin but will quickly absorb. Body Butters are sensitive to extreme temperatures and best stored in a cool, dry place. During warmer shipping months, your Whipped Cocoa Butter may arrive in a semi-melted state. Simply place in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes. Gentle stirring may be necessary to restore to its original form.There are no chemical preservatives in our products. Each product is made to order.
Why we use Coconut Oil as the perfect compliment to whip our Cocoa Butter?
Virgin coconut oil nourishes and heals all skin types.
Coconut oil is a nourishing moisturizer for all skin types. Daily use of coconut oil on your skin will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore your skin's youthful appearance. It's not greasy and absorbs easily into the skin. Coconut oil prevents free-radical formation and can protect your skin against the destruction of aging. Regular application of coconut oil can prevent liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and exposure to sunlight. Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties which benefits the skin by restoring it's radiance as it exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying connective tissues. Coconut oil has been known to aid in the treatment of skin problems such eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin infections. It is an excellent ingredient to use in healing salves and ointments
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