Petroleum jelly can be found in many cosmetics since it is used to 'seal in' moisture in products and your skin but it doesn't actually have any healing properties. Because of this property, bacteria from wounds or cuts could also be sealed in if you use products such as pawpaw ointment containing petroleum jelly. I'm not an expert so I won't elaborate any further but do note that petroleum jelly is a residue of crude oil which is not a renewable resource nor environmentally friendly.
So what makes Suvana Organic's Paw Paw & Honey Balm more special?
WHERE TO BUY: Available at pharmacies or Plunketts website for $7.95
The key ingredients here are paw paw, honey, cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin E and there are none of those ingredients deemed harmful. This is also a non-animal tested product.
PACKAGING: This comes in a bright yellow tube with 25g worth of product. It's very convenient to just pop in your bag if you're a lover of pawpaw ointment. If you're using this to apply on your lips, it's not hygienic as you do have to use your fingers but at least you don't have to dip your finger each time like you do with a tin/tub.
TEXTURE / SCENT: I haven't used this for anything besides moisturising my lips. Texture wise, I don't find it as oily as this other pawpaw ointment I've tried and it does not feel sticky either. I love that when I apply this, it sort of melts onto my lips and spreads so smoothly. However I'm not sure how oily or melted the product will be in warmer temperatures.
As for the scent, it's quite subtle and since I am probably the worst at describing scents... I would say a mixture of honey and vanilla. Also despite the presence of honey, unfortunately this product is tasteless :(
LONGEVITY: I find myself having to reapply very often, especially after a meal or something. At most it will last for about 3 hours on me since I'm always eating, drinking and in drier environments. However once it wears off, my lips do feel softer, smoother and a bit more nourished. I should note that sometimes I do find it a little drying on my lips afterwards so I opt for another lip product which I find is more hydrating for me, being the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.
If you were to ask me if it is better than Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment, I won't be able to answer you because I have never tried it before. Overall I am very pleased with this product as a lip balm but you can also use it for other purposes such as soothing cracked nipples (hehe), protection from nappy rashes or any areas requiring more moisture.
Have you used this product before? What are your thoughts on cosmetics containing petroleum jelly?
On another note, I am so excited that it's almost the last week of uni! I can't wait til exams are over then live a sloth life for the next three months hehe. Have a beautiful week lovelies!
*Product was sent to me for review purposes however all opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.