|At under $7, this product is very affordable|
Now, I need to state right now that stretch marks cannot be prevented. Whether or not you'll get them depends on such factors as genetics and how much, and how quickly, you gain weight. But while I knew this, and completely believed it, I still decided to use the Tummy Butter because mentally, it made me feel better, like I did have a bit of control.
Interestingly, Palmer's doesn't actually state that this product will prevent or minimize stretch marks. Instead, it simply says that this butter "is widely recommended for stretch marks during and after pregnancy and weight loss stretch marks." The company also boasts about what this butter contains, "a powerful combination of collagen, elastin, centella asiatica, sweet almond oil and argan oil" and what it doesn't have: parabens, phthalates and dead lab animals.
The first ingredient though is cocoa butter and that's what drew me to this product. While it might not prevent stretch marks, cocoa butter is a great moisturizer and as a result, this item left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It also felt fantastic on my belly when my skin would have an attack of itchiness.
The texture of this butter is a little greasy though it absorbs quickly and cleanly. It's also a very thick product and because of that, it's packaged in an open-mouth jar. I'm generally not a fan of this type of container however, since this butter was only applied to my body, and not my more blemish-prone face, I was okay with the wide, plastic container. Besides, the density of this product doesn't really leave any other packaging options.
Palmer's says this product also contains lavender in order to make it "a relaxing nighttime treatment." Personally, I didn't notice the lavender scent but I could smell cocoa butter, which suited me just fine.
What didn't suit me were the instructions for using this product. Palmer's recommends applying it three times a day and following an application of Palmer's Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. I just used it once a day, on its own. For me, this approached worked, psychologically and maybe even a bit physically.
My pregnancy left me with just one stretch mark, thankfully located in such a way on my hip that a bikini bottom will cover it. Like I said earlier, there are no products that prevent stretch marks, and my slow, fairly minimal pregnancy weight gain is likely why I only ended up with one mark but still, I can't help but think that maybe this butter helped just a little.
Would I buy this product: Yes.
Should you buy this product: Put this item in the "can't hurt" column. At minimum, it will leave your skin feeling soft.