More than 100 years ago, Aussie doctor Thomas Lucas started making homeopathic remedies using the antibacterial, antimicrobial papaw fruit (aka Carica papaya)—this is one of his original products. It can do almost anything, from protecting skin against the elements and healing chapped lips and cuticles to diminishing blemishes and relieving eczema. And it’s also beloved by makeup artists, who keep a tube in their kits to use as a subtle highlighter or to add sheen lashes and brows.
In an interview with Brisbane Times, Kevin Talbot, fourth-generation Lucas manufacturer, said, “Lucas’ Papaw has more than a cult following now; everyone wants it.” Rose Byrne, Miranda Kerr, and Cate Blanchett all swear by it. “It just works,” said Talbot.
The ingredients include fermented papaw fruit and pharmaceutical-grade petroleum (a milder and non-comedogenic form of the petroleum found in, say, Vaseline). The consistency is similar to most petroleum products, with a slightly milky smell that’s not at all unpleasant.
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I’ve used it a few times now and I’ll say it does give a nice sheen (not sticky). It seems to soak into my lips rather quickly (I’m not dehydrated!), though it does make them softer. I think of this more as an alternative to aquaphor with better ingredients. If you’re looking for something super hydrating or a sleep lip mask there’s better alternatives. I’ll keep this as a back in case I lose my favorite lip mask.
This is a product I absolutely swear by! I don't know why, but I tend to get some seriously major insect bites on my body and just applying a little bit of this helps to calm my skin down. It is also really great at intensely moisturizing joints without being sticky- just be sure to not use too much! ( I'd recommend taking a small amount and warming it up in your fingertips to help thin it out a little bit). Lastly, it works so well on chapped lips; my lips have been worse lately because I'm on acutane, so having this has helped so much. Use quite a generous amount so that it really masks the lips and softens the skin. My mom loves this stuff too and she has sensitive skin, just like me.
I really like The Lucas Papaw Ointment and was thrilled to see the lip balm tube. This product is amazing! I use it as an overnight lip treatment but have also used it as a cuticle balm. It has really helped my chapped lips during the cold weather months. This size is a must-have in my handbag.