Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Although hand creams are not an essential product, if your body cream is sufficiently moisturising and nourishing, they can be very handy to have in your handbag, especially due to their size.

I previously wrote about some moisturising and nourishing hand creams that are worth buying and although they are not very expensive, they are also not budget friendly.

If you missed those posts check out:

Jorgobé Hand Cream – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

The Chemistry Brand – Pro-Repair, Anti-Ageing Skincare for Hands. Does it Work?

In this post I wanted to bring you a good but cheaper option, the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream. Let’s have a look at the details.

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The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream doesn’t come with outer packaging. The cream itself comes in a thick plastic tube which is very durable. It has the typical Palmer’s design and branding which is neither beautiful nor ugly.

It looks like a higher end, but still drugstore, hand cream and that is essentially what it is.


Colour and texture

This hand cream has an off-white colour (note that colour might vary due to the high concentration of natural ingredients) and a thick cream texture. It spreads very easily and is absorbed fully without leaving and residues behind.



A 60g tube retails for £2.49, a very affordable price. This will last you anywhere between 1-3 months depending on usage.



The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream smells delicious. I hate eating coconut but this cream smells gorgeous. It’s one of those “I want to eat” type of products but please do not eat your cosmetics!


Skin compatibility

The brand doesn’t specify skin compatibility but body products tend to be compatible for most skin types. However, do not use cosmetics on broken skin and if you have sensitive skin or other skin conditions, try a little of the product first.



This hand cream lasts for 12M.

Here’s what the brand says about this product:

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturisation for decadently pampered skin. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream envelopes hands in a glove-like protective barrier, that locks in moisture and softens skin’s texture.


Practicality of use – use experience

This hand cream is very easy to use. The tube is easy to squeeze and the cream is also easy to spread. It gets absorbed by the skin quickly, without leaving any residues behind, and it smells absolutely delicious.



I can’t say that I noticed any visual results from this hand cream but it is very nice to use, feels moisturising and even contains some skin nourishing ingredients. It is a very good product for its price and it is also better than many more expensive hand creams out there. Not only in moisturising and overall experience but also in nourishing the skin.


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This hand cream contains 33 ingredients of which 24 will offer you some skincare benefit, 3 are potential negatives and 10 potential irritants.

This hand cream contains some good ingredients and is moisturising and skin nourishing superior to many other ones out there, even ones that are more expensive.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin nourishing or skin positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.


Ingredient positives:

  1. Water (Aqua)– Water based formulation.
  2. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  3. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  4. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – A skin conditioner that is high in anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial fatty acids. Provides deep hydration and conditioning to skin. Some research shows that it can improve skin’s elasticity and by extent perhaps slowing down wrinkle formation.
  5. Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
    Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
  6. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – A skin conditioner.
  7. Glycine Soja Oil – A skin conditioner rich in protein, minerals and vitamins.
  8. Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate – Skin conditioner.
  9. PEG-100 Stearate– A moisturiser.
  10. Theobrama Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and protectant as well as fragrance.
  11. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin and hair conditioner. When used on the skin it leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  12. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  13. Tocopheryl acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  14. Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
  15. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioning agent that is absorbed quickly by the skin and can offer some moisturisation.
  16. Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
  17. Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac) – A skin conditioner.
  18. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  19. Sodium polyacrylate – This ingredient has a lot of formulation roles but can also be a skin conditioner as it can hold as much as 300 times its weight in water.
  20. Isopropyl Myristate– A skin conditioner and fragrance.
  21. Decylene Glycol – A skin conditioner.
  22. Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  23. 1,2-Hexanediol – Preservative and moisture binding agent.
  24. Coumarin – An anti-oxidant.


Ingredient negatives:

  1. Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  2. Benzyl Benzoate– Not for children and toxic to cats.
  3. Coumarin – Limited evidence of cancer. Like with parabens though, there is no solid proof so it is up to you whether you want to avoid this or not.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in this hand cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.


Full list of ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, PEG-100 Stearate, Theobrama Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Isopropyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.


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The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream is a very good product for its price. It will moisturise and also nourish your skin and it smells delicious too. It doesn’t break the bank and it is even better than many more expensive products.

Especially if you are on a budget, this is a great cheap hand cream that doesn’t compromise on quality.


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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!


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