PawPaw balm is an Australian cult product, and from what I’ve heard is a staple in most handbags and homes there as it is a multi-purpose soothing balm with antibacterial properties. I’d been dying to try it for a few years now but had heard it was virtually impossible to buy in the UK. – Lies!
Clearly, I’d been living under a rock as it’s been available here for a few years now both online and in Harvey Nichols, Topshop, Lloyds Pharmacy, Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and ASOS. I met the lovely Pauline Patterson, the founder of Dr. Paw Paw at Olympia Beauty and before she could even ‘sell’ me anything, I’d whipped out my credit card! When a product is this good, no time needs to be wasted!
Due to the natural ingredients in the formula including pawpaw, olive oil and aloe vera oil, this can be used on irritated skin and open wounds without experiencing a burning or uncomfortable feeling. Papaya is considered a Holy Grail ingredient in the beauty industry due to its rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They help to repair, moisturise, smooth and soothe parched, tight skin.
I should point out that the balms contain petrolatum (another word for mineral oil) which is a cheap ingredient with little to no long-term benefits. While it is a safe ingredient, it won’t be to everyone’s liking. Regardless of that, this balm is amazing and has helped with my severely chapped lips and dry knuckles.
The original balm is clear and it melts almost instantly when applied to skin. It’s absorbed relatively fast so it doesn’t feel too greasy on the skin which is amazing. The peach and red balms have a slight tint to them, providing a great alternative to wearing lipstick on makeup free days or in the winter when you just want a bit of hydration without a bold colour. They add a dewy glow to the skin when used as a cream blush too, it’s gorgeous!
Aside from lip balm, there are so many other uses for Dr. Paw Paw. It can be used as a hair serum to calm frizz, facial mask and moisturiser, makeup primer, nappy cream, cuticle cream, on cracked heels, dry patches and you can also pat it onto a matte lip to add a bit of shine. I tried it out as a lip primer in this tutorial, and my lipstick survived three cups of coffee, a litre of water, breakfast and lunch! By dinner time it had started to fade, but for a cheap lipstick, this was really impressive!
As I generally only wear matte or liquid lipsticks, I suffer from painfully chapped lips and I find this to be really moisturising, relieving and soothing. I also have incredibly dry, irritated knuckles, especially in the colder months when they crack and bleed (lovely!) and no amount of hand cream usually works. I’m really looking forward to trying this out now that the colder weather is on the way as I have a really good feeling about it!
It’s so affordable at only £6.95 for 25ml and they do a 200ml tube for £29.99 which is a bargain! They make great stocking fillers, so what are you waiting for? You can get yours here. There’s a reason why it’s an award winner!
Have you tried this? Let me know how you get on in the comments below.