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:
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:
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.
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.
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.