In amongst the receipts and other rubbish at the bottom of my bag, you will always find a tube of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. This little tube of loveliness has been a staple of mine for a good few years now and it’s something that I wouldn’t want to be without.
The formulation has remained unchanged for over 100 years, since first developed by Dr T. P. Lucas and the ingredients list is pretty simple, just Carica Papaya and Pharmaceutical Grade Petroleum Jelly. It also doesn’t contain any polyplasdone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, talc, shellac or sodium lauryl sulphate.
Now whilst it does contain Petroleum Jelly, for me, this is quite different to Vaseline. The ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can be used as a local topical application on the following:
- Minor Burns & Scalds
- Gravel Rash, Cuts & Minor Open Wounds
- Nappy Rash & Chafing
- Insect Bites
- Splinters & Thorns
I find that it’s also really effective on the lips and the dry patches of skin that I sometimes get on my arms. It’s pretty reasonably priced too, at £4.95 for a 25g tube. I buy mine online from The Pawpaw Shop.