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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Palmer’s

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Palmer's

Pregnancy safe skincare can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from Palmer’s as of 7/19/2019. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Please check this list carefully for your product. All of Palmer’s products have long names that I’ve noticed can be a bit different depending upon the store. Click around a bit to find your exact product, I promise I have included all of the Palmer’s products in the US that I could find! As a tip, look for the name with everything after Palmer’s. Not all of the products say Cocoa Butter on them, that’s just one of the product lines. Those products are so popular that many people think the Cocoa Butter is part of the brand name.

Please note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Palmer’s

Cocoa Butter Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Cocoa Butter Formula Cream Soap
Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy 24 Hour Moisture Original Solid
Cocoa Butter Formula Deep Radiance Gel Oil Moisturizer
Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter
Cocoa Butter Formula Lightly Scented Fast Absorbing With Vitamin E Moisturizing Body Oil
Cocoa Butter Formula Nursing Butter
Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, Rosehip Fragrance
Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil
Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Bust Cream
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Fragrance Free Lotion
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil
Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick
Coconut Oil Body Cream
Coconut Oil Body Lotion
Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Body Oil
Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Coconut Oil Anti-Oxidant Firming Lotion
Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Coconut Oil Body Lotion
Coconut Oil with Vitamin E Luminous Hydration Facial Oil

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Facial Lotion: Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate
Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Eventone Dark Spot Correcting Cleanser: Licorice Root
Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream for Stretch Marks: Salicylate
Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Perfecting Moisturizing Day Cream With SPF 15: Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate
Eventone Suncare Moisturizing Sunscreen 30 SPF: Chemical Sunscreen
Raw Shea Lotion: Salicylate
Shea Butter Formula: Salicylate
Shea Butter Formula Balm: Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well. Note Hemp does not have THC in it, it’s breed out of the plant basically. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason.

Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E 24 Hour Moisture Concentrated Cream: Retinoid
Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil for Face: Retinoid
Cocoa Butter Eventone Fade Cream: Retinoid, Hydroquinone, Chemical Sunscreen, Licorice Root
Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream: Retinoid, Salicylate
Skin Success Anti-Dark Spot Dark Spot Corrector Fade Serum For ALL Skin Types: Hydroquinone, Chemical Sunscreen, Kojic Acid
Skin Success Anti-Dark Spot Fade Cream: Retinoid, Hydroquinone, Chemical Sunscreen
Skin Success Anti-Dark Spot Fade Cream For OILY Skin: Retinoid, Hydroquinone, Chemical Sunscreen
Skin Success Anti-Dark Spot Fade Milk Tone Correcting Body Lotion: Retinoid, Hydroquinone

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  1. 7.24.19
    Kristin said:

    Do the palmers cocoa butter massage creams actually still contain salicylates? The two linked above I can’t find it listed on the ingredient list. (It is in older formulations, maybe they hid it and changed the name?)

    • 7.26.19
      15mins said:

      I just reviewed the ingredients listed on the Palmer’s website on 7/19/2019, so it was very recent. I linked to the products on Walmart’s website as they had by far the best selection. You can check your product, but according to the Walmart and Palmer’s sites, both have Benzyl Salicylate in their lists. It shows up toward the end.

      • 7.28.19
        Ksa said:

        Hi! I would just like to clarify the difference between the “Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks” listed as safe for pregnancy and the “Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks Lotion: Salicylate” listed as not safe for pregnancy but safe for nursing. Upon clicking the product links, both show the exact same product but only in different sizes. Both have vitamin E also. I look forward to hearing from you as this product is what I’m currently using. Thank you!

        • 7.29.19
          15mins said:

          So I had listed them separately because 1 listed salicylate in the ingredients, but the other didn’t have a listed ingredient list, I had to click on the image to look at the ingredients and it does NOT have a salicylate. I couldn’t get the image of the 1st to enlarge enough to read on the bottle if the ingredient list in the posting matched what was on the bottle or not. I thought it was odd too, but they appeared to be 2 slightly different products with the same name. Fun times!
          today I can enlarge the salicylate image enough to read the ingredients on the bottle, and there is NO salicylate 🙂 It all makes more sense. Pregnancy safe!

  2. 8.17.19
    Alicia said:

    Hi there,
    Just enquiring on Palmers cocoa butter massage oil for stretch marks, I think it’s a fairly new product. Ingredients listed below, thank you so much for your help

    Hellianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Isopropyl Myristate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Moring Oleifera Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Elastin, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Butyl Stearate, Oleoyl Sarcosine, Lanolin Alcohol, Treithanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum).

    • 8.17.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok

  3. 9.8.19
    Lynna said:

    Hi, do you have a review on Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Indulgent Coconut Oil Body Wash with Monoi?. Is it safe to use during pregnancy as I saw it contains Propylene Glycol and Terrasodium EDTA. Are all sorts of EDTA are harmful during pregnancy? Appreciate your advice. Thanks

    Water (aqua), sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, glycol stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, cocamide MEA, glycerin, PEG-150 distearate, ethanolamine, fragrance (parfum), sodium hydroxide, acrylates crosspolymer-4, tetrasodium EDTA, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, sorbic acid, benzoic acid, coumarin.

    • 9.8.19
      15mins said:

      skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

      EDTA isn’t considered something to avoid according to any of the physicians I’ve spoken to, though it shows up on “clean” bloggers lists (not sure sometimes where they pick ingredients up from?). This product looks pregnancy safe to me.

  4. 9.15.19
    Victoria said:

    Hi, is Palmer Cleanser and Makeup Remover safe to use? The ingredients are:



    • 9.15.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me 🙂

  5. 10.20.19
    Bani said:

    Hello! I was wondering if the following Palmer’s product is safe while pregnant and nursing.

    Palmer’s Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub

    Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycerin, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Saccharomyces/Coconut Flower Nectar Ferment Filtrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, PVP, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acetate, Cellulose, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

    • 10.23.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  6. 1.26.20
    ATD said:

    Could you please check if the following Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion 400ml is safe to use whilst pregnant – thanks (Australian Palmer products seem to have different ingredients)

    Water (Aqua), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Glyceryl Sterate, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Elaeis Guineesis Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrpxyethylcellulose, PEG-8 Stearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Butylene Glycol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cellulose, Sodum Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Orange 4 (CI 15510), Benzyl Alcohol

    • 1.26.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  7. 2.2.20
    emma said:


    Just wondering if the following Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Body Oil is safe while pregnant and nursing. Thank you.

    Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Seed Oil, Peg-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzophenone-3, Bht, Fragrance (parfum), Zea Mays (corn) Oil, Beta-carotene (ci 75130), Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool

    • 2.2.20
      15mins said:

      The Benzophenone-3 is a chemical sunscreen. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

      • 2.14.20
        Emma said:

        Ok thank you, will keep it for after I’ve given birth 🙂

        • 2.14.20
          15mins said:

          I confess I had a whole box of products to use after delivery last time LOL

    • 5.1.20
      Nora said:

      Thank you for these lists, they have been so helpful!
      Though, I have a quick question. I noticed that the “Cocoa Butter Formula Lightly Scented Fast Absorbing With Vitamin E Moisturizing Body Oil” is listed as pregnancy and nursing safe. But it also contains Benzophenone-3, does this mean the formula has changed since you last reviewed it?

      • 5.1.20
        15mins said:

        It very well may have. Part of the issue with Palmer’s is that a lot of their products have very similar names and I wonder if they reformulate fairly frequently? I feel like there’s a lot of issues like that.

  8. 2.25.20
    Noelle said:

    This list has been amazing for me to reference and I’ll be sharing this for forever for new moms. Question: Palmer’s Coconut Water Facial Moisturizer, safe or no?

    Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15, Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin

    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for pregnancy and nursing 🙂

  9. 3.1.20

    Hello! Is the Palmer’s skin therapy cleansing oil for face safe for pregnancy? Here are the ingredients:
    Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Sorbitan Trioleate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

    • 3.1.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok! 🙂

  10. 5.13.20
    Justyna said:

    Hello doctor.

    Please can you review the following ingredients from coconut oil conditioner:
    Made with Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol) Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Soytrimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopheryl, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Dimethyl Soyamine, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-22, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin

    • 5.13.20
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  11. 6.12.20
    Alexandra said:

    Hello! Would you mind having a look at the new Palmer’s Belly Sheet Mask at Target?

    Ingredients: Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ceteareth-20, Di-Ppg-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Di-Ppg-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Dimethicone, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glucose, Xanthophylls, Myristyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristyl Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Pca, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Disodium Edta, Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, 1, 2-Hexanediol.

    • 6.12.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me for pregnancy and nursing

  12. 6.26.20
    Rachel said:

    Hi; please could you check these ingredients are safe and do you have any recommendations for a body moisturiser for extremely dry skin ? Aqua, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera Water, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Sine Adipe Lac, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Glycerin, PEG-40, Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77891, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin

    • 6.26.20
      Christine said:

      These ingredients are fine
      My favorites are cetaphil cream and Kora organics

  13. 7.7.20
    Irene said:

    Hi there,
    Just enquiring on Cocoa Butter Hair Remover for Body by Palmers for Women. Ingredients listed below, thank you so much for your help.
    Ingredients: Water (aqua), cetyl alcohol, calcium hydroxide, ceteth-20, mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), thioglycolic acid, urea, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, myristyl alcohol, quaternium-15, stearyl alcohol, lithium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), tetrasodium edta, heyxl cinnamal, butylphenyl methylpropional, amyl cinnamal.Paraben free.Made with Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol).

    • 7.8.20
      Christine said:

      Technically it’s ok, though keep in mind it uses a chemical to dissolve hair, which could be absorbed into the skin and body. It’s much safer to just use a razor.

  14. 9.22.20
    Adriana said:

    Many of the Pamer’s products “safe for pregnancy” have Phenoxyethanol, which is really bad. I am confused.

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