Desert Skincare – Product Review – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

Three years ago, I moved to Los Angeles from New York City.

Three years ago, I began the Herculean battle of keeping my skin moisturized in Southern California.

Moving to California from the East Coast, I 100% underestimated how dry the climate would be.
Additionally, I found it hard to find climate-specific skincare recommendations. “HELP,” my skin cried out. “NEED MOISTURE NEED OIL NEED MORE MORE MORE LITERALLY WE’RE DYING.”

I’d read blogs and I’d follow forums, searching desperately for the best desert moisturizer, but most of what I found involved people complaining that “so-and-so product” was too greasy, too heavy, too whatever.

I felt like I tried everything.

Not joking.

Somewhere along the line (probably on a late-night Rite-Aid bender), I came across Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.

Palmers Cocoa Butter

Palmer’s is one of my A+, #1 desert skincare favorites. It comes in a little jar, which is both very portable, and very easy to use all of the product (no barbaric package-opening measures required).

I also find that it’s the perfect moisturizer for traveling. If I’m not checking luggage, I can take some and scoop it into a little TSA-friendly container). If I somehow forget to do this, I’ll immediately purchase a new one upon landing. It’s perfect for traveling because it’s widely available (if I need to buy a new one), and I use it for everything. In a pinch, it can even be used as a shaving cream. It’s one of my holy grail skincare products (along with vitamin C serum [OST] c 20).

Now let’s talk more about the cocoa butter itself.


The fragrance of this stuff is subtle; it’s practically unscented. That being said, DISCLAIMER: I have used a lot of castor oil, coconut oil, and neem (very smelly stuff). To me, at least, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter smells like nothing.


A few things, namely Theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), microcrystalline wax (cera microcristallina), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, dimethicone, tocopheryl acetate, benzyl alcohol, fragrance (parfum), carotene (CI 40800). True, it’s not going to be as natural as something you make yourself, but cocoa is the main ingredient. Palmer’s is a good pick for something that’s widely available, and great if you’re on a budget/don’t have time to do extensive “what’s the best desert moisturizer,” PhD-level beauty research.

Good for

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is said to be good for healing rough, dry skin, fading stretch marks and scars, moisturizing your lips, and fading scars after surgery. I like it because it lasts a long time, and keeps my skin very smooth. I prefer to use it after shaving.


The consistency of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is pretty thick. If you’ve never tried Vaseline or castor oil, you might find this stuff a bit too much. However, it absorbs pretty well, and if you’re battling to keep your skin moisturized in a desert climate, you’ll want to go with something at least this heavy.


Sometimes, it seems like I’ve tried every lotion on the market. A few of them of them, I have liked, but I won’t be repurchasing them (for various reasons; they felt to chemical-y, they dried my skin out, they leak when I travel). So far, I have found Palmer’s is the best lotion to use after shaving. Hell, I probably could use cocoa butter TO shave, if pressed. In short, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is the best desert moisturizer I have found so far. I love it.

Will I Repurchase

Yes. I have already repurchased this multiple times. In the future, I might go with a more organic product; eventually, I’d like to make my own cocoa butter. But for now, before I figure out how to do that, this stuff is excellent, effective, and widely available.

Where to Find It

You can probably find Palmer’s at local drug store or Target. However, in the future, I’ll be purchasing mine from Amazon. Amazon has better deals; the price-per-ounce of the stuff is less than my local Rite Aid. Additionally, I can avoid going to the store and waiting in line for it.



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