The contents of my bag reflect that of a typecast soccer mum. I have a solution for every problem that may arise – gum for obvious reasons, ‘holy grail’ lipsticks for impromptu post office events, hand sanitizer to rid myself of the filth that festers on the London Underground and feminine products; which I hope needs no explanation. I’m a firm believer in ’emergency’ handbag essentials; which may be the reason for my consistent shoulder pain! Call me overzealous if you will, but I like to be prepared for the unknown and carrying around my ‘things’ gives me comfort to say the least.
It was in the midst of my search for a new ‘handbag’ lip balm, when I stumbled across the DR. PAWPAW Multi Purpose balm. I’m no stranger to multi purpose balms, Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream had been my ride or die for many years. However, the name along with the endless list of natural ingredients intrigued me.
Labelled as a one-stop-beauty shop by makeup artists and celebrities worldwide, it can be used for a number of ailments for skin, hair, nails and all that in between. The highly moisturising formula also contains antibacterial properties to protect you from harsh elements. Use as a lip balm, cuticle smoother, hair tamer or even makeup primer – this balm can really do it all.
This UK-based invention coined its name from the primary ingredient; which is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Papaya (or Pawpaw as it’s commonly known in various countries) contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamins A/C and acetogenins; which helps in aiding skin repair. Olea Europaea, or rather, olive oil, is also included; which contains a compound called Hydroxytyrosol. This rare antioxidant prevents free radical damage on skin cells and is absorbed deeply into the skin. It has many anti-inflammatory properties and is great for dry skin and hair. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (aloe vera) is added for restoring moisture, promoting a healthy glow, minimising the appearance of pores and rejuvenates skin allowing for an even tone.
The look and feel of the balm resembles that of Vaseline, however, it’s petroleum free; which studies have shown to be quite detrimental to the skin. The squeezey tube extracts the balm, much like a thick gel-like consistency, but it’s not to be confused with the greasy mess you normally get with multi purpose balms. The formula is completely scent free and perfect for those with sensitive or problematic skin like eczema; which can be aggravated by perfumed products. You get 25ml in their oh-so-cute little tubes (bigger sizes available on their website directly). This makes it perfect for travelling and popping in your handbag. I briefly mentioned this product in my Beach Essentials post; which explained my love for this product when I’m on holiday.
You need the tiniest amount; which we all know is a description that gets thrown around a lot. However in this instance, the tiniest amount really does go far! I use a half pea sized amount to moisturise my lips and that keeps me going for hours. Traditional lip balms, although can be highly addictive, leave your lips craving for the next swipe. The balm alleviates the need to multiple applications. The screw-top lid ensures that the product does not squirt and spill all over your handbag, however, the formula is so thick that it wouldn’t cause a mess even if the lid was to fall off.
So what can it be used for? Well as the name already suggests – everything! You can use it for:
• cracked/dry lips – this is my favourite and most common use for this balm. I love adding the tiniest amount to my lips for an overnight treatment after I exfoliate or as a relief in the colder months. The balm easily glides over the lips like butter and provides moisture like I’ve never seen before.
• cracked heels – smooth over your heels and apply socks immediately to lock in the moisture.
• smooth flyaway hair – a great alternative to serum.
• elbows and dry patches of skin – those with eczema and psoriasis have claimed to see a massive improved in skin appearance after two weeks of use.
• a cuticle balm – perfect for those who want to relieve dry, cracked cuticles, but don’t want to deal with greasy hands.
• soothing nappy rash – the ingredients list says it all and is perfectly safe to use on babies.
• shaping and taming unruly eyebrows – apply a tiny amount to the brows and run a spoolie (mascara wand) through them to save money on brow gel and achieve a natural finish.
• conditioning eyelashes and nails – additional moisture promotes growth in both areas and ensure they are kept strong.
• a highlighter for cheeks and brow bone – applying a small amount of this balm before going in with your highlighter will intensify the pigmentation.
• conditioning ends of the hair – parched and split hair ends are relieved instantly.
• perfume primer – much like a highlighter, the perfume will ‘stick’ to the balm and therefore prolonging its wear and intensify the scent.
• legs for a lasting shine – apply a swipe down the centre of your legs to elongate and slim down your pins without having to faff about with body contour.
There are three colour options in the Dr. PAWPAW range. The original balm (yellow tube) contains no colour or scent, the peach pink tint (peach tube – go figure) leaves you with the slightest hint of coral and the red tint (red/dark pink tube) adds a hint of cherry red. The colours, in no way shape or form, change the formulation of the balm. Each provide the same amount of moisturisation as the last. I opted for the peach tint this time around as I love to add a hint of colour to the lips, but the original shade would be my option if I was looking to apply it else where. Nevertheless, the colour of the tinted balms are in no way offensive and add a transparent ‘your lips but better’ wash of colour.
The Dr. PAWPAW balm is fairly easy to locate in the UK as it is a UK based company, however, those abroad may be able to purchase from lookfantastic.com and Amazon. I purchased mine from feelunique.com where they’re currently offering 20% discount on all three shades, but it’s fairly easy to track them down at your local Superdrug. Priced at £6.95 (feelunique.com and Superdrug currently have them at discounted prices) this balm is a beauty bargain. A lot cheaper than my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and I’ve barely made a dent in the tube since purchasing it at the beginning of the year.
It’s fair to say that my love for the DR. PawPaw balm is here to stay and not only has it become my handbag staple, but I’m never without a tube of this miricle worker around the house.
Have you tried the DR. PAWPAW Multi Purpose Balm? Comment below with your thoughts on it!