So, a few weeks ago, I posted mini-reviews of the lip balms I have used before. I was pretty blunt there about how underwhelming I found this Dr PawPaw balm. However, I spotted the large sized product in TK Maxx for the same price as the small one (that I picked up at Primark) and ended up buying it. Why did I do that if I didn’t like it?
Here are the product details as swiped from the packaging.
Multipurpose soothing balm with natural fermented pawpaw.For lips, skin, hair and beauty finishing, cuticles and nails. Fragrance Free.Dr PawPaw balm provides relief for dry irritated skin, moisturises lips, nails and cuticles. Soothes dry cracked skin such as hands, heels and elbows. Use for adding finishing touched to hair and smoothing brows. Helps with insect bites and minor abrasions.Don’t leave home without it!
First off, let me start that I absolutely did leave home without it. In fact, I’m not sure either of my tubes have left the house since I brought them home.
Ingredients:Petrolatum, Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
What I specifically said about this product was it was essentially Vaseline (note the petrolatum at the top of the ingredients list) only with extra stuff in it. I still stand by that statement, and if you’re the type that swears by Vaseline then, well, it’s still a cheaper option than going out of your way to buy this. But if you ever get bored of the blue tub, or happen to find a large tube for £2.50 instead of its usual £6.95, there’s always this bright yellow thing.
Alternatively, decant your vaseline into a small squeezy tube from Muji.
So petrolatum/petroleum jelly is an emollient or in other words an occlusive agent, which means it covers the skin with a layer to trap moisture in. This is why it’s particularly effective for conditions like eczema where the skin sometimes cannot retain the moisture itself. Dr PawPaw is that, plus other things that I personally believe make no difference to how this product operates on my skin.
My lips have some very flaky days, and tend to do their thing mid-day, which isn’t really ideal when I want to go to university in lipstick. I can often feel it through tightness in the morning if my lips have been nice the evening before. However, with a liberal slathering of Dr PawPaw in the evenings, this doesn’t happen.
This is a very specific situation in which I use this product – if they’re already flaking away, there are other products I like to use.
I also prefer the tube packaging as opposed to a tub, but I like stick balms better for half-asleep application in the middle of the night when my lip balm has rubbed off.
Overall, I will use up my tube while continuing my search for my favourite lip balm, as this certainly has a place in my lip care routine.
Have you tried this before and is this a favourite of yours? Let me know!
Until next time,