You know what they say; a girl can never have too many lip balms. That’s my thinking anyway. And, one of my most favourite treatments for my lips thus far is definitely any kind of pawpaw ointment. I first discovered the wonder of pawpaw ointment on a trip to Australia a few years ago when I stumbled across Lucas Papaw Ointment. For some reason, I only opened the tube I bought once I got home to South Africa (what a dunce) and immediately regretted my decision. If I’d know how incredible the product was I would have bought a years’ supply of the stuff! Up until a few weeks ago I was still rationing my way through that one tube but ladies, I’m thrilled to announce that the rationing is finally over because another, just as fabulous, pawpaw ointment from Britain has finally landed in SA. The incredible range of Dr Pawpaw balms is a celebrity favourite and pick for Hero Product of the Week.

Made from a variety of natural ingredients, including fermented Pawpaw (the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya), the range of Dr Pawpaw products are a dream come true. Pawpaw has been found to have natural healing qualities and moisturising qualities and this wonder balm from Dr Pawpaw really shows what the fruit can do for your skin. While the original Dr Pawpaw clear balm was designed to serve as a multi-purpose ointment for lips, healing dry or chapped skin, treating minor cuts and scrapes, and even smoothing brows, they’ve since branched out to include more cosmetic-like additions with two tinted varieties in pink and red. Made from the same formula as the Original Balm, Dr Pawpaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm and Dr Pawpaw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm provides moisture and a hint of tint for lips, cheeks and other cosmetic finishing.

Dr Pawpaw balm

My favourite product in the range is definitely the Original Balm because it has so many incredible uses. From helping sooth a sunburn or skin irritation to a cuticle oil there’s so much more I can do with the product than just moisturise my lips. Right now the original balm takes pride of place on my bedside table and I’m constantly reaching for it when my lips or skin need a little pick-me-up.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the tinted varieties! I also adore the Peach Balm. It’s a fantastic highlighter for cheeks and allows me to create a beautiful flushed pink lip when I’m looking for a more natural look on my lips. I also love that both the tinted balms are easy to build. Apply them liberally for a subtle touch of colour or build it up to create a more obvious bold red or pink lip.

Dr Pawpaw balm

Both fragrance and paraben-free, the Dr Pawpaw range is possibly one of the best low-cost imports to reach South African shores this year. I’ve already stocked up on a few tubes of the original balm (before South Africans realise how great it is and deplete the stock levels in store) and while the 25ml tube does last quite a while I’m not taking any chances on rationing my pawpaw balm again.

Find the Dr Pawpaw balms at Dis-Chem Pharmacies nationwide at R95 per tube.