Better than 8 hour cream? Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Urgh, I hate Papaws. My nan used to cut them up for me and make me eat them, it reminds me of sweet potato but yukky. Here is it for those who do not know:


No Paw Paw! Don’t make me eat it!*

*Ironically, Paw Paw is how you say Granny in Chinese**

** Depending on what kind of Chinese you speak. Don’t get me started on dialects, please.

Guess what I found the other day for just £4:

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Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, with extracts of Papaya, in a thick, creamy, yellow tinged ointment. But is it any good? Find out after the jump!
Firstly, you get the small tube with the funny lid that requires some scissors and elbow grease or get off:

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The obvious comparison is with 8 hour cream. I love 8 hour cream even though I don’t need it that often – I love the smell, I think it works. The Papaw cream does not have a medicinal scent – its rather clean and a tiny tiny bit fruity smelling. Generally it doesn’t smell of anything.

It is an ointment, so therefore very heavy and oily. I would recommend this for dry patches and as always its great for grazes, cuts, bites, as lip balm etc. etc. But as a face cream….hmm, not if you are trying to get a date.

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I used this on my gammy toe, and covered it with a plaster and it did work a miracle – since I used it, my inflammation totally calmed down and its stopped itching – so I was very impressed.

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But let’s be realistic about the ingredients. The magic in this product is supposed to be the Carica Papaya (which is not the same as a Papaw fruit – so its a bit confusing).

There are two sets of ingredients I can find on the web for this product. Numero Uno:


Carica Papaya 39mg/g Fresh Fermented Fruit
Potassium Sorbate 0.1mg/g as Preservative

Also the product is petroleum based (yep like good old vaseline).

On Cult Beauty’s site the Ingredients are:

Fermented Fresh Paw Paw Fruit, Rhus Succedanea Wax, Glycerine, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Beeswax, Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate

Which is far more detailed, but where is the petroleum? What is the truth! I demand the truth!

I still like it as it fixed my gammy toe. It’s £4 for the 25g tube, you don’t get much but its pretty thick and concentrated.

Buy it at Cult Beauty here.

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  1. Teressa says


    Papaw ointment is one of my favourite lip balms! It’s really moisturising :)

    btw, you can remove the small triangle lid on the tube with the (triangle dent) on the back of the screw cap lid of the tube 😛 I hope it makes sense because it’s hard to describe hehe

    I really enjoy reading your blog! Thank you!

    • Row says

      Hey Teresa,

      Ahhh you see I was too quick to figure out the lid thing 😀 I just passed it on to the boy! I like this Pawpaw ointment too and thanks for reading :)

  2. Aysha says

    im addicted to this stuff lol i use it as lipbalm take it everywhere! love the very faint vanillary/sweet scent! and that once its worn off u dont feel like u need to apply more (i get that with soo many lipbalms)

  3. says

    You are wondering where the petroleum jelly is on the Cult Beauty site? well they ahev made a good old fashioned error. The ingredients they list are no those of the Lucas product but of another Pawpaw Ointment (one which ahs a base of natural oils and waxes). They have made a similar more outstanding error on Amazon. if you want to see the full paw paw ointment range inclusing those from manufacturers other than Lucas come see our website at we have the widest range of pawpaw products in the UK from all four major Australian producers.

  4. says

    Regarding the comment on using scissors and elbow grease to open the tube – youneed neither and definitely not scissors or knives. Simply unscrew the cap and put the triangular indent onthe cap onto the triangular protrusion on the top of the tube and twist. provides the cheapest price for this product – £4.20