I Keep a Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick on Me at All Times

At just $3, this multi-use moisturizer keeps my super dry skin soft and hydrated better than almost anything else I’ve tried.
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Best of Beauty
  • Best of Beauty
  • 2020
TL;DR:
  • What It Is: A multi-use moisturizing stick for the face, lips, and body
  • What It Does: Moisturizes dry patches with cocoa butter and vitamin E
  • Who It's For: Anyone who struggles with dry skin

As someone with supremely dry skin, I always travel with moisturizer on hand, and I've really learned to love multi-use stick formulas. They're basically convenience in a tube: compact and super-easy to apply, not to mention more sanitary than jars since there's no finger-dipping involved. Out of the many stick options there are on the market, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick — as in, the one you can score at the drugstore for $3 — is the only one I can't imagine living without.

The first time I tried the nourishing skin stick was on a whim last year when I found myself stranded at an airport without any lip balm on me. (The horror, I know.) So I picked a tube of Palmer's up and hoped for the best. To my surprise, it managed to keep my perennially parched lips soft, smooth, and hydrated for several hours, which is incredibly rare in my world. It also smelled utterly delicious — almost like Hershey's Chocolate World (if you know, you know), but slightly less intense.

Since that fateful day in the airport, I've had at least one within close vicinity to me at all times. (I currently have one in my car, my bag, and my bathroom.) Call me a woman obsessed, but the formula, which contains moisturizing cocoa extract and mineral oil — as well as antioxidant-rich vitamin E and soothing cocoa seed butter — simply checks all the boxes. It feels like butter on the skin (in the best way possible), yet still sinks in fairly quickly without leaving a heavy or greasy feel behind.

While I mainly use the cocoa-scented balm on my lips, I also like to apply it to areas like my knees, elbows, and cheeks, all of which are prone to dry patches. Also, because it's in stick form, I can easily apply it while I'm on-the-go without having to worry about making a mess or anything spilling.

The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick is a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner. Check out the full list of Allure's 2020 Best of Beauty winners.