Last week at a dinner I was sitting beside a beauty editor who quite simply had the most luscious lips in the world. They were completely smooth, devoid of lines or any hint whatsoever of dryness – just gorgeously perfect. Post dinner, what did she bring out of her bag to dab that pretty pout with? Lucas Papaw Ointment, an Australian balm that uses Paw Paw to exfoliate and heal. The following day I got my hands on a tube, and while it is one of these multi-tasking ointments a la Eight Hour Cream, it’s natural fit in the world seems to be on lips (the list of ailments Papaw treats is long – including ‘gravel rash’ – an interesting thought). The texture is thick but transparent, it stays on the lips for a good amount of time before reapplication is necessary and feels soothing and comfortable. Best of all – for me anyway – it isn’t flavoured. A little goes a long way, making it very good value for money at £8.50 for a large pot and £4 for the tube pictured. It isn’t a new product, but it isn’t widely available either; stock it.

Ingredients: Fermented Fresh PawPaw Fruit, Rhus Succedanea Wax, Glycerine, Petrolatum, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Beeswax, Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate (0.1 mg/g)

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