Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage

Best Budget Stretch Mark Lotion

Why people love it

  • This smells incredible  
  • Absorbs into the skin nicely  
  • Expect soft, lovely skin  


Not everyone finds this to be as effective or as nice-smelling as it could be. 


Now, the manufacturers of this stretch mark lotion have found their product to improve elasticity in 97% of their test subjects. That said, they recommend using it 3 times a day which can seem like a lot. But, pregnant women did not experience as dramatic of a reduction in stretch marks using it less frequently.

That said, it’s one of the most affordable and best-smelling products out there and it absorbs into skin very well, leaving it soft and smooth. Even women with sensitive skin haven’t experienced problems. It’s dermatologist-tested and free of parabens and the like. So even if it’s not great at reducing stretch marks, it will keep your belly wonderfully hydrated – and at such a terrific cost too.

What’s inside (and what isn’t)? Inside, you’ll find cocoa and shea butters, vitamin E, and a combination of collagen, elastin, and natural oils.

Texture and fragrance? It’s very creamy and it smells like cocoa. This is one cream that people rave about the smell far more than they are concerned by it.

Safe for pregnancy or nursing? Yes. It’s designed and dermatologist-tested to be safe for expecting moms. This hypoallergenic lotion is paraben and phthalate free.

Will it break the bank? A two-pack costs about $15. You get 17 ounces for that price. And, yes, that means you’re paying less than $1 per ounce. We love that.

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