Because why not?

Palmer's - Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm Sunscreen Stick.

19 November 2013
I wasn't going to review this, I was going to throw it in the bin. Enough said? No.


I ended up with two of these from the Priceline goodie bag earlier this year, I don't really like Palmer's products, I've had an issue with a particular product in the past that was unpleasant but I am always willing to give brands another go. Always.

So I pop one out of the packet, and the first thing I notice is that the twisty bit that helps to push the product up is at the top of the stick, just below the cap, weird. I like it.

It's got that typical Cocoa Butter Formula scent which is really just divine, I'm a huge fan of it and more than happy to have it on my lips.


So I smooth it over my lips and instantly I have an overwhelming 'no' feeling wash over me. It feels grainy while I'm applying it, the stick has a soft gritty texture to it. I'm slightly repulsed but think that I should give it a few goes first, it might just be the top of the stick, it might be because it's cold.. it might not be as shit as I first think it is.

I proceed to twist my stick down to put the cap on and I discover that it doesn't retract back in to the tube. I push it down with my finger, disgust growing.

After having the product on my lips for a while I notice that while the product is thick and staying in place my lips don't really feel any better, the little dry spots that I had still feel dry and flaky when I rub my lips together. I leave it on and try to ignore it.


Couple of hours later my lips are feeling like crap, the balm has disappeared, probably slowly eaten by myself, and my lips feel dryer than when I first applied the product, they are flaky and a little sore. At this point I can't even come to a conclusion about the SPF in it, after using it my lips feel like they are burnt, is it because the SPF is crap and failed or because the formula is trying to destroy my face?

I apply another much loved balm to my lips and shortly after my lips are feeling and looking much better. The Palmer's balm is put aside, and picked up again very recently, I'm one of those idiots who remembers bad reactions to products but will try them out again, even when I know that my skin hates it and I'm going to regret it.

Well I regretted it.

Shortly after applying my lips were dry, flaky and sore, the consistency was still grainy and the damn twisty thing won't retract the product. At this point I don't care if I got a dodgy product or crappy packaging. I just don't like it. Never again. I've come to the conclusion that the Cocoa Butter Formula range has something in the ingredients that I'm quite possibly allergic to but if I put that aside and think about the other things that pissed me off, lumpy, gritty texture and the twist up dispenser not working the way it should, then I still wouldn't fork over money for this product.

Now I just have to work out what to do with my extra unopened tube..

Anyone else had a problem with the Cocoa Butter Formula products? The lip balm hates me and so does the body lotion. Or are you perhaps a lover of these products? Let me know your experiences!


All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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