Lucas’ Papaw Ointment for dry, damaged skin

Now I know why some of my readers tell me that they don’t want to read my blog every day. The temptation to purchase a product based on a rave is irresistible and they find it hard to restrain themselves! And this was what happened to me recently when I read Tine’s review on the Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. I immediately hunt it down at a local online shop and placed an order for it. At S$7.80 for the 25g, it was hard to resist.

Multi-purpose topical ointment
From the description, Lucas Papaw Ointment sounds like a multi-purpose balm that may be used as a local topical application on the following: abscesses and boils, bruises and burns, carbuncles and chafings, cuts and cysts, dry and cracked skin on hands and feet, gravel rash and heat rash, insect stings and mosquito bites, open wounds and pimples, scalds and sunburn, swelling associated with injury, splinters and thorns, tinea and whitlow, nappy rash and cracked nipples, temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema, temporary relief of the discomfort of haemorrhoids by local application. Yeah, like a multi-purpose magic cream!

Formulated from pure papaw with petroleum jelly as base
The product is made in Australia and formulated from pure papaw. Papaw is really papaya and it has antiseptic properties. On the product packaging, it is stated that this ointment contains 39mg/gm of fresh fermented paw paw and 0.1mg/g of potassium sorbate as a preservative. However, nothing about it being petroleum jelly based. You only find this piece of information online, and even then, I didn’t see it listed on their website or perhaps I’ve missed it. In fact, I only found out after I ordered and paid for the item and so it was a bit late to retract my order then. I typically avoid products using petroleum jelly except for Smith’s Rosebud Salve and the reason is because they’ve never worked too well for me.

Packaging, texture and smell
To be honest, I have no idea what I was purchasing the product for. I just wanted it because it seems so interesting. Okay, okay…you can call me a sucker. I thought I’ll try it on my lips as a night balm and perhaps use it on my dry cracked heels. When I first received this, I had difficulty removing the cap that covered the opening of the tube. The opening mechanism found on the top of the screw top cap didn’t work and so I had to cut it off with a pair of scissors. Not really troublesome but did irk me a little there. In terms of texture, this balm is thick and gooey; almost similar to petroleum jelly based balms I’ve come across. But the smell *ARGH* is just AWFUL. I hate it! I don’t really think it smells like papaya but I already hate that fruit and I think it smells and tastes awful too.

Good for dry, damaged skin
I’ve used this for a few weeks now and yes, I do find that it leaves my lips soft after leaving the balm on it overnight. However, I can’t say it’s exceptionally different from others I’ve tried. I used it on my cracked heels and while it did soften the skin but again, I can’t rave about the results. But, I have to agree that this is exceptionally good for dry, damaged skin. As some of you know, I have developed a bout of rashes on my body and they have until these two days, been spreading. The rashes were making my arms really dry and none of my body lotion helped to ease off the dryness. However, after just one application with the Lucas Papaw Ointment, the skin on my arm was almost back to normal.

I won’t repurchase this
This is definitely not a miracle ointment but it really helps with dry, damaged skin. It works quite well like the Egyptian Magic Cream but just smells far worst. The 25g isn’t costly but it is not a lot if you want to use the ointment all over your body. I’ll say, use it sparingly on the dry, chapped areas and it should last awhile. Because of the smell and that it contains petroleum jelly, I won’t repurchase this again. But this ointment has definitely piqued my interest in similar products and I’ll probably be getting a few more in time to come. Perhaps some of you have tried other papaw ointments and can share them with me?


  1. Paris B says:

    Haha! I happen to love this one for my lips. Works much better than Vaseline or Vitamin E oil for me ? Oh and the smell didn’t bug me. Guess its one of those things that you either like or hate hehe…

  2. Joanna says:

    hahaha I made the same mistake with you,
    i only realised it’s petroleum jelly after i’ve purchased it back in sydney, i didn’t read the ingredient lists. There are other papaya ointment that is not petroleum base, but then I never really tried them again. I used it on my lips mostly, and one tube seems to last forever and now I don’t even know where my tube is ?

    Ps, i don’t hate the smell either

  3. Tine says:

    Yeah, the smell does that a bit of getting used to. When I first got it, I thought “Okay, that smells NOTHING like a papaya!” ?

    Having said that, it works wonders on my lips and broken skin around my thumbs.

    Two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me ?

  4. xin says:

    now everyone is raving about this! but it sounds to me that it is pretty much the same like the vaseline petroleum jelly in tub..except that this is in a tube form?

  5. sesame says:

    I haven’t tried using Vaseline for a long time and have forgotten how well it worked for my lips. But if I compare this with those lip balms with petroleum jelly, I don’t see that much difference. But it has more healing properties for sure.

  6. sesame says:

    I searched for the ingredients before purchasing but may have missed out the petroleum jelly. I saw other brands that are not petroleum base and may try those. The papaw seems good for the skin.

  7. sesame says:

    It does heal the dry skin very well so I give a thumbs up to that. But I wish it didn’t come with the petroleum jelly.

    Oh you didn’t like the smell too? I still can’t get use to it…even though it doesn’t smell like papaya. :p

  8. sesame says:

    Maybe it’s just me cos I don’t have much luck with products containing petroleum jelly. But this is better in terms of healing properties though.

  9. Jacqui Ambrose says:

    I used to love this until I tried other products and the one that I am loving right now is Un-Petroleum Jelly by Alba Organics……ya you guessed! No petroleum jelly in this one! It is made from castor seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax and Vitamin E – currently under test for review!

  10. Liesl says:

    I’ve tried it and finds it of mediocre performance. Not much to rave about. I’ve occasional eczema and finds it works ‘ok’ in soothing my skin. Some friends swear by this product though. I prefer badger balm etc. The scent is acceptable after trying Elizabeth arden’s Eight hour cream. That’s the worst smelling thing I’ve ever applied on myself.

  11. Ellie-B says:

    Hello! I have just the thing for you. I am an Australian, so I know all about Lucas’ papaw ointment. If you want to try something that is similar to it, without the nasty petroleum jelly, I suggest you try Simmons Petroleum-Free Paw Paw Salve. It’s great, my mum loves it ?
    You can check out the product at their website:

    I hope that helps!

  12. Rinka says:

    i love this stuff! ive even occasionally used it as an emergency hair product when my hair was a nightmare ? not too much thoug because it is concentrated at all

    i buy this now as a dupe for elizabeth arden’s 8 hour cream… plus i wasnt a huge fan of the smell of the EA version ?

  13. sesame says:

    Oh the Alba Organics one sounds interesting. Look forward to reading your review. ?

  14. sesame says:

    Ah…now you remind me…the EA Eight Hour Cream. It has petroleum jelly and yes, this reminds me of that. The smell wasn’t so bad that I can remember.

  15. sesame says:

    Oh I was looking at that product already. ? Glad to now your mom loves it. I’ll order that soon cos I saw it available from an online shop here.

  16. sesame says:

    It can be used on the hair? That’s interesting! It does remind me of the EA 8 hour cream and that didn’t work well for me at all.

  17. Liesl says:

    Which online shop is selling, may I ask? I am interested to check this out too! ?

  18. Kim says:

    I love Egyptian magic, I use it in the morning and on the nights that my skin is irritated after a facial and I cannot use Retin A.

    One time, I got a paper cut on my finger and i felt so desperate, I dipped it in Egyptian Magic, and it stopped hurting and throbbing. The next day, the cut was completely gone with no scar!

    I never thought it would be so great with healing, but I guess it is ?

  19. sesame says:

    This one:

    I haven’t got down to ordering yet.

  20. sesame says:

    I love the Egyptian Magic Cream for my son. I use it for cuts, bruises, spots, whatever and it always work magic on him almost overnight. Love it. I hardly use it on myself though.

  21. PD says:

    Thanks Sesame. Now I’m into impulsive splurging after reading YOUR site. I just order a tube of that paw paw salve.

  22. Ellie-B says:

    Oh that’s great Sesame, I hope you find you like the salve. ?

  23. sesame says:

    Haha…I hope you’ll like it. ?

  24. Milost says:

    I’m in Australia & every girl I know owns lucas pawpaw. It’s widely popular here & the smell doesn’t seem to turn people off. It doesn’t really effect me as well. Well, I use it on my lips all the time, because they chap. & I also use it as a clear mascara…umm. i don’t thinks it’s especially good for you, but it works well!! ?

  25. sesame says:

    Maybe it’s the weather? It’s always hot here. Anyway, most products containing petroleum jelly don’t work for me and the smell…it’s my bad. ?

  26. bunyip says:

    Literally every one in two girls have this as a staple good in Australia. I’ve used a few drugstore lip balms in my time, and came across this one a year or so ago, and haven’t looked back. It doesn’t have the oiliness that other balms seem to have (that leave your lips feeling like crackling pork skin), and it’s extremely affordable- unlike many cosmetics in Australia. There is a little smell, but it’s hardly noticeable to others, and I’ve gotten used to it by now. Can’t say the same for it’s effectiveness on other areas besides the lips, but it’s still one of the best products I’ve ever bought value-wise.

  27. sesame says:

    Yes, this is very affordable. The smell is not so bad when I take a sniff from the tube…it’s only when I start applying that I can’t bear it.

  28. Naomi says:

    I was reading the bit about opening it with a scissors. Just a heads up for anyone opening a new tube of this..use the cap. The cap on the outside fits over the plastic stopper that keeps the tube fresh. After that, just twist it. Its similar to how you open aluminum foil stuff with the cap too.

  29. Naomi says:

    By the way, it usually takes time. I did the part about your attempts.

  30. sesame says:

    It didn’t work. Tried it a few times and the plastic stopper just got twisted but can’t be opened. The mechanism isn’t too user friendly if one has to try so many times only to fail.

  31. healthy woman says:

    In those days, we thought pawpaw is only sweet like sugar AMD yellow like fanta; not knowing it’s a great fruit for both health benefits and cosmetic use. papaya is perfect to nourish your skin

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