Palmer’s tummy butter is a creamy formulation packaged in a wide mouthed tub with a tin screw type closing cap. The cream is off white in color. It smells chocolaty.

HIGHLIGHTS AND CLAIMS (as mentioned on the product)

PALMER’S cocoa butter formula with natural vitamin e (tocopherol)
TUMMY BUTTER for stretch marks
Advanced formula with bio c-elaste

Highlighted ingredients-

Argan oil
Almond oil
Soothing lavender
Intensive treatment
Dermatologically tested
Stamped paraben free
Stamped phthalates free

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE (as mentioned on the product)

Widely recommended during and after pregnancy or weight loss

DIRECTIONS - Using a circular motion, gently massage palmer’s tummy butter into stretch marks prone areas 3 times a day or as often as possible

FOR BEST RESULTS- First apply palmer’s massage lotion for stretch marks all over the body

CAUTION- Skin sensitivity heightens during pregnancy. We advise testing this and all skin care products on a small are such as the inner forearm 48 hours before the first use. Do not use if signs of irritation or rash appear. After using if rash or irritation appears, discontinue use. If irritation or rash persists, consult your doctor.

INGREDIENTS (as mentioned on the product)

The complete ingredient list is necessary to have a look upon in order to decide and check for yourself about the usefulness and authenticity of each ingredient. I Google searched most of the ingredients to know about them in detail and ensure the safety of the product myself.

Theobroma Cacao Extract (cocoa)
Paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil)
Microcrystalline wax( cera microcrystalina)
Theobroma cacao seed butter
Prunus amydalus dulcis ( sweet almond) oil
Cocyl hydrolysed collagen
Cocoyl hydrolysed elastin
Centella asiatica extract
Argania spinosa kernel oil
Lavandula hybrida oil
Helianthus annuus (sun flower ) seed oil
Isopropyl myristate
Zea mays (corn) oil
Beta carotene (Cl 480800)
Benzyl cinnamate
Benzyl benzoate

My verdict-

Palmer’s tummy butter claims to be exclusively formulated for the pregnancy related stretch marks. It is mineral oil based but has a thick creamy or buttery consistency. It is highly enriched with vitamin e which is essential for the stretched skin. This product scores better than its counterparts available in market, as it contains hydrolyzed collagen and elastin. These are synthetically prepared peptides (small proteins or short amino acid chains) which are still under clinical trials for their skin beneficial properties.
The skin actually produces its own collagen and elastin to sustain the stretch but it can’t keep pace with the rapidly stretching abdominal skin during the last couple of months in pregnancy. The absorption of these peptides through the layers of skin is not yet an established phenomenon. Also the possibility of stimulation or even any increase in the production of these peptides by just external or topical application on the skin is questionable. Topically they can act only as good polymers to lock the moisture in the stretched skin for long time. Only results will authenticate the high claims of the product.
The creamy product feels very heavy and greasy on the skin. It just sits on the skin and doesn’t get absorbed into the skin at all. It even gets transferred onto the clothes that come in contact with the applied area. During pregnancy we generally tend to feel more body heat than others, so this greasy substance makes it more uncomfortable to handle and also led to appearance of comeds in joint folds and face. It will be useful for women with very dry skin or for women residing in cold regions. If you are feeling burning sensation or itching due to dry stretchy skin, it soothes on the first application itself. Some women may be sensitive to the cocoa content of the product also, so better to do a skin test 48 hours before using the product as suggested on it. Personal experience of the product will vary. Depending upon your skin type and climate conditions, you can decide to give it a try or not. Long term results of the product are yet to be assessed and ascertained.