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As an Australian, Lucas' Pawpaw ointment is a product that I have been very well-acquainted with for a long time. It's a staple of most Australian women's handbags, and a common question you can often heard being shared between girlfriends is "do you have any pawpaw?" So the revelation that it's available for purchase here in the UK has been a Godsend for me.
Unfortunately, it's a bit more costly over here in the UK than it is in Australia (where you can pick up a tube for $5 over there, the same sized tube is £4.95 over here), but with how long the product can last, and the amazing effects that it has, it's definitely well worth the price! I prefer (as does pretty much everyone I know) to use a tube rather than have a tub in my handbag for convenience's sake, though I would have a tub around the house.
I personally most commonly use Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment as a lip balm to keep my lips moisturised, free from sores and feeling soft and great. I even use it over my lipstick, as I find even with that extra layer underneath it, the Pawpaw Ointment still does the job whereby my lips don't dry out, which they often do when I wear lipstick (which is almost daily). It also helps soreness that I get from biting my lips.
However, this an be used on a variety of things. My boyfriend and I have both used the ointment for a range of skin ailments including burns (both sunburn and other), insect bites (particularly mosquito bites) and other skin irritations. The Pawpaw ointment is always highly effective in soothing skin irritations and helping get rid of the bites/irritations faster than other products I've used. It's to the point that now, when he has a bite or a small burn, my boyfriend will turn to me and ask if I have "that stuff" that he can put on it.
Lucas' pawpaw ointment doesn't have any taste or smell (which is great if you're using it on your face and lips) and is long-lasting; I can put some on my lips overnight, and it will still be there, working it's magic, the next morning.
Whenever I don't have Pawpaw ointment on me, I actually tend to feel a little bit lost - similar products that are more commonly found/cheaper in the UK such as Vaseline just don't have the same impact or effect as the pawpaw ointment.
Lucas Pawpaw Ointment
This is the third of the Aussie products that I used and loved when I lived there that you can now buy in this country.
WHO IS LUCAS?
Taken from the company website:
"In his 1906 handbook, after years of research, botanist T.P. Lucas stated that he believed the papaw was the finest natural medicine yet discovered.
The papaw ointment that T.P. Lucas went on to develop is still a proven remedy used world-wide for its therapeutic benefits"
This amazing ointment has been made and sold for over 100 years now and is still made to the same recipe created by Dr Lucas all those years ago.
WHAT IS IN THIS RED POT ?
The mixture is made from naturally fermented pawpaws ( papaya) grown in Queensland taken fresh to the factory in Brisbane where it is blended with Pharmaceutical Grade Petroleum Jelly.
The mixture does not have any of the following additives either' polyplasdone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, talc, shellac or sodium lauryl sulphate.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Well, once again it is a sort of pot of magic cure all. I used it on my babies for nappy rash, sunburn, my sore nipples when I was breast feeding, chapped lips, eczema and many other minor sores and grazes.
My friend who had really awfully bad eczema so that her skin looked like an elephants used to go through pots of this as it did relieve her itchiness.
This is also great after you have been bitten by mosquitoes or sand-flies as it seem to stop the redness and itching.
It not only helps relieve sun burn but once you have cooled the skin it also helps the skin heal after minor burns and scalds.
It is also great for chapped lips, dry elbows and cracked heels and as my pot is nearly finished I will have to look at Amazon to replace it as the grandchildren are happy for me to use this on their wounds too. In fact my grandson recently caught the top of his finger in a door hinge and lost part of his finger. I gave my step daughter my pot of pawpaw ointment and she rubbed this in twice daily or more often once the wound had healed as the skin was dry and scaly as it first healed over. You can't really tell now except that it is a bit shorter than it should be.
This ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and as such can be used to help the skin heal and keep germs out of grazes and cuts that you do not want to cover with plasters. It doesn't sting either so children are happy to have this magic ointment put on any wound .
You can buy this from Amazon over here and from the 'Pawpaw shop' in London. This shop also sell a product, from Australia again, but this one does not use petroleum jelly. There are two non petroleum jelly based pawpaw ointments sold there one Phytocare "Pure" Papaya Ointment and the other is Natralus Paw Paw Ointment which uses lanolin and various other oils and butters as the base if you are concerned about the petroleum jelly and want to try the benefits of pawpaw.
I have to agree with Dr Lucas that the pawpaw is a wonderful fruit full of so many natural healing properties.
The active ingredient in the ointments is from this fabulous papaya fruit and is the enzyme papain which is found in the fermented fruit. However the fruit of the pawpaw is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
I just wish the fruit travelled better as they virtually give it away in places where it is grown yet over here it sells for silly money and tastes nothing like the fruit I have eaten in places where it grows.
I would say yes indeed. There are so many uses for this wonderful ointment and even though it is based on petroleum jelly it is a great natural fruit that does the actual healing. I think this is wonderful stuff and highly recommend it for lots of skin issues.
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INGREDIENTS: Fermented Fresh PawPaw Fruit, Rhus Succedanea Wax, Glycerine, Petrolatum, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Beeswax, Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate (0.1 mg/g).
PACKAGING: It comes either in a 25g tube or in a large 75g tub. Both items are very distinctive, with a pillar-box red colour and black writing. There's a small illustration on the front which lends it an old-fashioned feel.
PRICE: £5.99 for the tube or £14.99 for a tub.
BACKGROUND: Whilst not comparing this product to Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream, in terms of cult status, it's probably the Australian equivalent. It's got a similar sort of heritage, in that it's been knocking around in Aus for something like 80 years (and a product's got to be good if it's survived that long!). The claim goes that every woman in Australia has a tube of Lucas' Papaw Ointment in their handbag - whilst I can't vouch for the validity of that claim, it's probably not far from the truth. After all, most UK women have used Vaseline at some point and it's considered a beauty staple here. Whenever I mention Lucas' Papaw to anyone who's Australian, they know it immediately and instantly wax lyrical about how great it is!
USES: Described as an 'unctuous balm', Lucas' Papaw Ointment claims to be a remedy for pretty much any skin condition know to man! You can use it on rashes, spots, dry skin, nappy rash, burns, insect bites or simply for a burst of skin-friendly nourishment.
MY EXPERIENCE: I bought Lucas' Papaw when I was living in Australia. Oddly, it was an impulse buy and I never actually used it. I then returned home and probably got round to using it a good year after I'd bought it! What prompted the use was the fact that my lips had flared up (dry, itchy and sore) with no GP being able to tell me exactly what was wrong. I used prescribed hydrocortisone (and other things), E45, Aveno, Vaseline - the list goes on. Nothing worked. Eventually, one day, I remembered the Papaw, so decided to give it a go. It was the first (and only) thing in about three months that managed to soothe my lips. The balm itself comes out looking quite thick but melts quickly on contact with the skin - and a little goes a long way. I can't smell anything - some people say it has a delicious smell, others have commented they don't like the smell. Either way, it's very subtle.
I have also used this product as a nappy ointment when Sudocrem wasn't working on a sore area. My daughter then started asking for the Papaw, so it must have soothed her very quickly. I've not had cause to use it on any burns, scratches or insect bites but I would give it a go in the light of how quickly it helped with my lips. I have also used it on a couple of dry patches on my face and it worked there too. I now also use it on top of lipstick as a lip gloss. Fantastic stuff.
CONCLUSION: A multi-purpose ointment that's a salvation for sore, dry or chapped skin. Also a great beauty aid - whether it's being used as a lipgloss, eybrow tamer or mixed with your regular moisturiser for a super overnight moisture boost.
My lips can be a complete pain - literally. They get so dried out at times that normal lip balm just doesn't touch them at all. I quite like using Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream as it really does help to keep them hydrated, but the smell can be a bit overpowering which is something I'll put up with as it's providing a decent protection barrier on my lips (which stops them drying out even more) but it's not something I love either.
I was recently alerted to Lucas' Papaw Ointment - by accident really as I saw it when browsing the Cult Beauty website for other things. I read the reviews and then decided that I had to give it a whirl, especially after reading that it was a great moisturiser for chapped lips because it didn't taste chemical and also that it was odourless.
I decided to play it safe and just purchase the one 25g tube of it (I think I paid around £3.50 for it), as I didn't want to buy loads of it if I didn't know how well it was going to work. I made the right decision as this stuff lasts ages anyway; you only need a tiny amount on your lips to do the job.
It's made from fermented carica papaw which doesn't sound at all enticing but as it said on the product page, you can't taste or smell anything, let alone anything 'bad' so I haven't been too bothered about this at all.
Applying the product is just a case of squeezing out a little product and rubbing it into the area you need it - be that your lips or any other dry or problematic areas of your body. The consistency of the product isn't oily as such, but it is quite slippy and silky (it has a similarity in texture to Vaseline but a bit softer) which to me is great on the lips and it does give a lovely sheen; but I would say that it does need a short time to dry/soak into areas like your fingers where you may come into contact with other items or clothing - just to eliminate any risk of ruining something.
I tend to reapply the product to my lips every 2-3 hours or so, I don't think it needs to be reapplied more frequently as even when the initial shine has gone, I can still feel some moisture on them. I noticed quite quickly that my lips were much softer and whilst there was still dry skin on there, I found it buffed off much easier using both a toothbrush and also a dedicated lip scrub leaving much smoother and moisturised lips.
I've been so impressed with this that next time I think I will go for the big tub (75g - £8.99 ish or 200g - £19.99 ish) as well as a tube of it (for my handbag) as although it does go a long way, I do find that I'm using it all over my body where I have dry areas/patches of psoriasis so buying the big tub for this would present even better value!
Some interesting information from the website:
"Lucas' Papaw Ointment is a world-wide proven remedy of over 100 years standing.
Lucas Papaw Ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and may be used as a local topical application on the following.
Minor Burns Chafing Cuts
Gravel Rash Minor Open Wounds
Nappy Rash Scalds
Sunburn Splinters and Thorns
Temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema
Papaw or Papaya we all know as a delicious fruit, but the beneficial qualities of Papaw greatly aid the skin.
Lucas Papaw Ointment is made in Australia from pure Australian papaws."
My review is for the tube of Lucas' Papaw Ointment.
I spotted this being advertised in a magazine a while back and was really interested to try it out as it seemed to be for so many different ailments, including cuts, burns, insect bites - and even nappy rash. As far as I know, it isn't stocked in any shops so you do have to shop around online for a tube, and it comes in at around the £4 mark.
The tube is pillarbox red with black writing so it's very distinctive, and looks quite retro. Although the tube is quite small, a little goes a very long way so it will last a long time. The texture is similar to vaseline but not quite as smooth, but it goes on easily. I use it mainly on dry lips and find it to be a good overnight treatment as it is quite thick. It definitely leaves lips feeling moist, and it's great if lips are particularly dry or chapped.
It doesn't have a strong smell but there is a slight fruity hint to it. Overall, with the smell and texture it does feel very natural.
Although I haven't used it for most of the range of uses it's for, I can imagine it really does work as it is certainly a great moisturiser for dry, cracked lips.
I was first given this ointment by an Australian friend who waxed lyrical about it's many properties and ability to cure any skin ailment and I have to admit that I was a little dubious-the front of the tube says 'fresh fermented fruit' and I did wonder if it would be another miraculous remedy that has a mere placebo effect.
The tube says it is a ' local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel, rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and nappy rash'. The website (www.lucaspapaw.com.au) adds that it is suitable for temporary relief of dermatitis, eczema and even haemorrhoids. It also claims a mild antiseptic effect so is good not just for soothing but for cleansing of wounds and prevents infection. The product is petroleum based with 39mg\g of the active ingredient of fermented papaw and 0.1mg\g of potassium sorbate as a preservative. It is suitable for all age groups including babies.
I suffer from eczema in cold climates and find it very difficult to control despite a range of creams and ointments recommended by family, friends and doctors. Being stuck without any other options and with cracking lips I decided that it was unlikely to make it any worse and gave it a go.
The ointment is extremely thick and has a stodgy texture, similar to vaseline or other petroleum products, to it, is free from 'bits' and is a very light orange but clear colour. Once on your skin the ointment looks completely clear. The smell is not very strong and isn't unpleasant either although slightly unusual. It is a difficult smell to describe-the best I can say is 'natural', although I don't intend this to imply that it smells like fruit, fresh or fermented!
Putting it on my lips it had an immediate soothing effect. Again like petroleum jelly the ointment melts slightly on skin contact and is very spreadable but remains thicker than an ordinary cream product. I kept applying it as I would a normal soothing cream and found that it really relieved the eczema-only when I stopped applying it would the eczema flair up again. Much more effective than most other creams I have come across.
I have also found it a fairly effective moisturiser when I have little else although the thick consistency means that it isn't instantly absorbed. It does leave the skin feeling soft.
The other complaint I have used the ointment for is blisters on my feet from wearing new flipflops and again the ointment was soothing and didn´t sting at all on application. It is difficult to say if the antiseptic effect is true but at no point did the blisters become inflammed as they are liable to and healed quickly.
The ointment is available in 25gm tubes or tubs of 75gm and 200gm. It is an Australian product so isn't available in shops in the UK (or at least I have never come across it) but can be found online at pawpawstore.co.uk for 3.49 for the small tube and 9.19 and 19.99 pounds for the tubs respectively which is a comparable price to other salves and ointments.
My Australian sister-in-law brought me a tube of Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment the last time she visited the UK, and waxed lyrical about its amazing properties. I thanked her and put it in my first aid box, only half believing what she said. Then one day I needed an antiseptic, and decided to try the Pawpaw Ointment. I was so impressed by the results that it's now the first thing I reach for when I need any sort of ointment or cream.
On the tube it says: "A local topical application for boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and nappy rash."
When you squeeze some of the ointment out of the tube, it looks and feels like petroleum jelly. It smells slightly fruity, and you don't need very much at all since it spreads quite easily. It comes in tubs and tubes, although I have the 25g tube, which lasts quite a while. The plastic 25g tube is bright red, with black writing printed on it. It's a simple design without any embellishment, as if the ointment is saying "I know I'm good, so I don't need to make a big song and dance about it."
Being small and lightweight, I popped it into my suitcase when I went to the Canary Islands last November. First of all, on a very long and strenuous rainforest walk, I got some blisters which burst and bled. I successfully treated those with the ointment, but then I had one of my periodic flare-ups of athlete's foot. This is something that had been plaguing me for years and I didn't have any cream with me. Rather than try to explain what I wanted in a language I didn't speak, I decided to try the Pawpaw ointment. The athlete's foot cleared up within a couple of days and it hasn't come back since.
I've had chronic and painful eczema on my foot for the past ten years. I've seen doctors and tried all sorts of ointment and creams, and finally kept it under control by using a heavy intense moisturising cream on a daily basis. By that, I mean that if I kept it moisturised it didn't crack, or get infected or cause me pain. One day I ran out of the cream I use, so decided to try the pawpaw ointment.
I'm almost afraid to say it, in case I jinx myself: my eczema has cleared up completely. I've gone for days without using any creams or potions, and there's no cracking, peeling, inflammation, or anything. All I can see is normal, healthy-looking skin.
Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment is available online, and costs £3.70 for a 25g tube. I bought a six pack for £20.49 from pawpawshop.co.uk, so that I could give one to each of my kids and have a couple of spares in the cupboard.
Lucas Papaw Ointment cleans away infectious wastes. Papaw contains Papain which helps clean wounds.