What is it? Dr Paw Paw The UK’s first multi-purpose soothing balm with natural fermented pawpaw (Papaya)
Why should I be interested? Paw Paw products are huge in Australia but almost impossible to get in the UK – until now!
The product pitch! What the Press Release says! “Presenting Dr.PAWPAW, the ONLY British made, multi-use, miracle product containing a variety of effective nourishing ingredients, including fermented papaya, olive oil and Aloe Vera oil which combine to create Dr.PAWPAW’s smooth, long lasting balm. It can be used on lips, skin or hair but whatever your use for it, we guarantee you will be delighted with the satisfyingly smooth finish! Here are a few ways you could use yours:
• For cracked/dry lips
• For cracked heels
• To smooth flyaway hair
• On elbows and dry patches of skin
• As a cuticle balm
• To soothe nappy rash
• To shape and tame unruly eyebrows
• On eyelashes and nails to condition
• As a highlighter for cheeks and brow bone
• To create the ‘wet-look’ for hair
• To condition ends of the hair
• As a hair rescue moisturising mask
• To add gloss to eyelids
• On legs for a lasting shine Dr.PAWPAW offers you one balm for all dilemmas and at an amazingly affordable price – It’s the perfect handbag companion!
Does it live up to its promises? I have been using it on my lips, morning and night and have to say it’s a really nice product to use. I also smooth what’s left on my fingertip over my brows at nighttime to help them keep their shape and prevent those strange little hairs from falling forward (anyone else get those?!). It’s also great for cuticles.
One of the reasons I used it regularly was actually more to do with the packaging. The little tube sits upright so it doesn’t take up much space in my bathroom shelf and sits snuggly beside my daily skincare items. Most other lip balms in tubes tend to lie flat so they take up space on the shelf or languish at the bottom of my handbag and are forgotten about.
The clear tube is an all-purpose product so it’s the most versatile. The peach tinted product is lovely for lips but there is a hint of a tint so not ideal for other uses. Same for the red tube, which gives a lovely, bitten glossy finish on lips.
Any drawbacks? The main ingredient is Petrolatum so if you prefer to avoid Petrochemicals this one is not for you.
The coloured balms are pitched as being ideal for cheeks or as a highlighter – personally I wouldn’t put anything with Petrolatum on my facial skin as I have combination skin and find this ingredient blocks pores and gives me blackheads so I would say avoid this usage. Note: Oil-producing skin (oily or combination) should avoid petrochemicals – however dry skin tends to love it!
I also wouldn’t use this on hair, as it would be difficult to remove.
The verdict? If you love Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream but would like a cheaper option – rejoice! The ingredients are very similar plus with the added Paw Paw benefits – it’s a winner!
Where can I buy it? Priced £6.95 at Gordon’s Chemists www.gordonsdirect.com