I’ve had pretty poor memory recently. On Sunday I ran out of rice, went out to buy some and came home to find a bag already sitting in the cupboard.
Last night I lost my Suvana Certified Organic Paw Paw and Honey balm so first thing this morning I visited Priceline and bought a small tube of Nature’s Care All Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm. I put my wallet back into my handbag as I walked out of Priceline and found my Suvana paw paw :S Super super annoying!!!!
But now I have tried 4 different types of paw paw (well actually 5 but Simmons Paw Paw salve has been discontinued so there’s no point including it) and can review them all for you. So you all benefit from my forgetfulness! 🙂
The first paw paw I used ever was Lucas’ Papaw Ointment in that iconic red tube:
I was happy enough with the product, especially since I had never tried anything else. When I found out the main ingredient was petroleum jelly I was mortified. I hate Vaseline and that is mainly petroleum jelly. And given the amount of Lucas’ papaw ointment I inadvertently ingest I decided to go looking for another product.
I was in Chemist Warehouse and saw this tube of Phytocare’s Papaya Ointment with Calendula which is petrochemical free so grabbed a tube:
I found this product really watery – when I squeezed the tube, the liquid almost dribbled out so it didn’t stay on the fingertips long enough to apply on my lips. I also found that during winter the tube would harden and it was impossible to squeeze product out. I donated this to one of my sisters almost immediately.
I decided to do some research instead of grab another random tube and decided on Suvana:
Although it did take some getting used to at first (initially I found it a bit dry and not moisturising enough especially since Lucas’ Papaw is petroleum-based and therefore greasy/moisturising). However now, I love the stuff. It does need re-application more often than Lucas’ Papaw but it feels better on my lips. It also has the mildest mildest smell of honey which I adore. It contains only natural ingredients, 98.1% of which are also organic!
Against the advice of my best friend who tried Nature’s Care Paw Paw, I bought a tube this morning as I was desperate (had tried a health-food store which didn’t have Suvana, and the only other option was Lucas’).
It has a sickly sweet smell which seems unnatural to me, and it does seem a little on the watery side. It also feels more petroleum-y than the Suvana one and I find it sits on top of my lips and doesn’t really absorb. It’s probably a case of getting used to it but a few hours after I purchased it, I found my good old trusty Suvanna in my handbag so will switch back to that.
Suvana is only available at select health food stores. I purchased from the health food store in Westfield Sydney. I couldn’t find it in the health food store at World Square. It’s far more exxy than the others but for me it’s worth the money (AUD$12.95 I think it was vs $4.95-$5.99 for Lucas’ Papaw and the small 10g Nature’s Care was $3.29)