Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cocoa Face Oil Review

Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

After reading some positive reviews online, I purchased Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil for the face. Palmer’s is one of those budget brands that helped to keep my skin looking good when I was broke. My skin has always responded nicely to cocoa butter and various natural oils. When I wasn’t using something like apricot kernel oil, I was using Palmer’s. This line has been good to me.

This Skin Therapy oil is a newer edition to the line. It’s a mix of oils and retinol in an amber dropper bottle.

The claims: Helps moisturize and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Help brighten and improve skin tone. Absorbs quickly and is lightweight.

The look, fragrance, etc.: The company says it has a “roeship” scent. It’s not rosehip but it’s a light rose and cocoa butter scent. The scent doesn’t bother me but like all my facial skincare products, I’d prefer for it to be fragrance-free. Scent is just one more thing that can potentially irritate the skin…but in the case here, it didn’t irritate my skin. It is an oil with a “light” texture.

Quick reminder of my skin type: My skin is dry (and very dry in the winter). My biggest concerns are with dark spots and anti-aging.

My experience: I used this nightly over an antioxidant serum. In comparison to other oils I have used, this one is lightweight and does absorb quickly, just like the company claims. As far as oils go, this one isn’t as heavy. I actually think those with combo/oily skin types could really like this one because it’s too light for my dry skin.

Regarding the retinol in this, I didn’t notice it or think it was drying. It’s actually pretty “low” in comparison to other over the counter retinol creams. BUT it could dry out skin if you’re sensitive to it so this may be something you’d want to use a few times out of the week.

My final verdict is that I think this is some good stuff for the money (retails for under $10). It’s going to be one that I use in the warmer months when I want to use something lighter. In the winter, it’s not providing enough moisture for my dry, dehydrated skin. However, I really liked it in the summer because it did smooth and moisturize my skin.

Who may like it? If you are wanting to try an oil but don’t want to spend a lot, give this a try. I also think since this is a lighter oil that combo to oily complexions may really like this.

Who may not? If your skin doesn’t do well with ‘cones, then stay away as silicones are in the ingredients list. Extremely dry and dry skin types may not like this. Because of the retinol, vitamin C and fragrance, I could see those with sensitive skin potentially having issues with this.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate (thickening agent), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (thickening agent), Camelina Sativa (Wild Flax) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, PEG 40 Sorbitan Peroleate (emulsyfing agent), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Caprylyl Methicone (silicone), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Retinol (vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (stable vitamin C), Centella Asiatica (gotu kola) Extract (antibacterial), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone (silicone), Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate (thickening agent), Fragrance, Glycerides (emollients), BHT (synthetic antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (preservative), Citronellol (fragrance compound), Alpha Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance compound), Geraniol (fragrance compound), Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (synthetic fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (fragrance compound), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance compound)

Made in USA and not tested on animals.

Overall, I can only speak for myself and my experience with this product. I like it and will repurchase in the warmer months. Now that it’s winter, I need something much heavier.

Do you use face oils? If so, what are some of your favorites?

The 1 oz bottle retails for about $10 at 

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9 thoughts on “Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cocoa Face Oil Review

  1. I love face oils! I either wash my face in coconut oil or sunflower oil, and I put Nature’s Gift’s Cleopatra’s Secret oil under my eyes and on my lips at night. I also sometimes use Argan oil or Algenist’s treatment oil on my face after night showers, especially in the winter.

    1. *taking notes*
      I love them too. I’ll stop using them and then use them again and wonder why I ever stopped using them! My skin is super dry right now and I need to start cleansing my face with oils again.

      -OMG. So I looked up Nature’s Gift because I was interested. Many years ago I purchased a natural mask in Nashville and it was amazing. I moved out here and couldn’t remember the name or anything. I just remember my skin loved it and that it had rose and frankincense. Anyway, it was Nature’s Gift! (They’re based in a suburb of Nashville). THANK YOU!

  2. My skin is both very sensitive and acne-prone, and isopropyl myristate is an ingredient I’d advise those with any variety of problem skin to avoid. I do use plain argan oil on my face and neck, which can be found for less than $10/oz.

    1. Good to know. It’s so good to know triggers for different skin types. I’m dry with no acne issues and didn’t have a problem with this product. Now saying that, I know skincare is even more “subjective” than fragrance and what works for one person will NOT work for another. That’s why knowing what works/doesn’t work is so important. – And slightly off topic, another reason why online retailers should list ingredient lists.

      I love argan.

        1. It irks so bad when companies/sites don’t. I’ve returned many a Clinique product over this…(my skin used to flare up with chemical sunscreens).

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