Right Now: Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment

A few years ago, I would have laughed if you had told me there was a better lip balm than Kiehl’s lip balm. I loved it so much I would have married it (if it was legal to marry a lip balm, which I’m pretty sure in continental Europe and most states of America it’s not.)

Oh sure, I’d flirted with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (expensive Vaseline, let’s be real), and Smith’s Rosebud Salve (which was considered to be really cool because you couldn’t get it in Sydney. Which meant you had been overseas.)

Then when I was assisting Alex Box in Paris, she put me onto the homeopathic French wonder (only from French pharmacies, so even cooler again!) that is Homeoplasmine. This was my Number One lip lover for quite some time.

And then I found my Paw Paw Ointment. The simple red tube that can be found in any pharmacy in Australia, $5, lasts forever, next to the till. (Really daggy! Can get it at any chemist in Australia!) But then I moved overseas and I realized how good that little red tube really was.

Lucas’ Paw Paw is an Australian remedy that cures chapping, cuts, sunburn, bruises and irritations of the skin, and because it uses the antiseptic properties of the paw paw fruit, it cleanses and heals the wound with enzymes. I have had models literally begging to buy my Paw Paw from me at the shows because it did such a good job of healing their makeup ravaged faces.

It was first created by a doctor (Dr Lucas, unsurprisingly) in 1906, in Queensland, who noted the medicinal properties of the paw paw fruit in healing in his patients. He then passed the recipe on to his wife, and it’s been handed down within his family through the generations. It still uses the image of his original hospital in Queensland on the tube.

It’s become something of a cult fave over here, as more and more fashion insiders hear of it. I hand out tubes like M&M’s, because if I love you, you need some Paw Paw in your life, and I have always had to ask family to bring over suitcases of the stuff. Until now – finally it is available in the UK on the internet at www.pawpawshop.co.uk

So you don’t have to wait for my next smuggled shipment!

6 Replies to “Right Now: Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment”

  1. totally and absolutely agree with you about this ointment. Have just applied some to my holiday-ravaged face. It does wonders with so many things and I am so glad I can now get it in the UK. Super – yah.

      1. Thank you very much, that’s lovely to hear! Please let me know if you have any questions you would like answered or topics covered on upcoming posts.

  2. Hi there,
    Love the post. I grew up on 8 hour cream to deal for all things from chapped lips to healing cuts, but like you it was getting far too expensive.

    Therefore was thrilled to discover that Bliss Pharmacy in London now stock Boiron products including Homeoplasmine. Their website is http://www.blisslife.co.uk so I no longer have to make a pit stop at the duty free now.


    1. That is so worth knowing! Thank you for the comment – I usually get my poor French mother in law to raid all the pharmacies in the South of France before she comes to visit, so it sounds like I won’t have to do that anymore. Nice.

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