Dr. PAWPAW ‘Original Balm’ Review

The final item in my May Glossybox to try is this Dr. PawPaw Balm, which I think is such a cute name for a balm. My Glossybox card says:

“This multipurpose balm is a permanent feature in many a beauty insiders makeup bag. It can be used on your lips, skin and hair and can also be pressed along the tops of cheekbones to create a sheer sheen or to smooth flyaway hairs and unruly brows. The combination of aloe vera, olive oil and of course, pawpaw, nourishes and soothes the skin. What’s more, its fragrance and cruelt-free and completely vegan-friendly, making it perfect for everyone.”

This is a full size 25ml version of the Original Balm which is available for £5.09 from yesstyle.co.uk with free delivery. The balm is also available in Tinted Peach, Ultimate Red and Limited Edition Sparkle in Red varieties. Additionally, the original balm is available in a larger 200ml tube for £29.99 from drpawpaw.com. 

I love the sunny bright yellow colour of the rubes plastic packaging. It reminds me of sunshine, and beaches, it’s very fitting for the time of year. The front of the tube has the brand name, and product name in black text, alongside a few key benefits of the products. The back of the tube contains the company contact information, and place of manufacture (Great Britain). The product is also not tested on animals, and has a description which says:

“Dr. PAWPAW balm provides relief for dry, irritated skin, moisturises lips, nails and cuticles. Soothes dry cracked skin such as hands, heels and elbows. Use for adding finishing touches to hair and smoothing brows. Helps with insect bites and minor abrasions.”

Ingredients: petrolatum, plea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caricature papaya fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice. 

I unscrew the lid and remove the hygiene seal, and inhale. The balm is good to its word and is unfragranced. I squeeze the tube to let a little balm out, and much to my dismay nothing happens. Squeezing with two hands is enough to release some balm – I clearly need to work on improving the strength in my hand. The balm is clear and outside the tube feels very malleable and easy to spread.

Lips: I try I it on my lips first. I currently use Blistex ‘Daily Lip Conditioner’ on my lips each morning, I’ve used it for years and I love it because unlike other balms I’ve tied it doesn’t leave my lips feeling greasy. This Dr. PAWPAW balm spreads really easily on to my lips, and also doesn’t feel greasy. My lips feel moisturised for a long time afterwards. 

Skin: I am lucky in that I don’t have a lot of dry skin at the moment (although I could have used this last month when I was on holiday!), but I do have one place where dry skin is a continuous headache and that’s on my heels. I’m aware this isn’t removing any of the skin, but I’m hoping my heels will feel a little softer afterwards. I rub a small amount into my heels, the balm quickly soaks into the skin and makes an instantly visible difference to the appearance of my heels. The skin feels smooth – the skin is still hard but if I wanted to quickly disguise my heels in sandals this would work wonders. 

Hair: My eyebrows can be quite unruly, and I loved smoothing them down with this instead of using eyebrow mascara. I found it held my hairs in a better shape. I also trialled a small amount to smooth down flyaway hairs when my hair was tied into a ponytail. I have a small tuft at the side which always seems to stick out. For a small amount of hair this worked wonders, but anything too big and it couldn’t hold the hair, or i was adding so much it was becoming noticeable. 

I’m really enjoying trying out this balm and seeing all the different ways it can be useful – and I know I’m only scratching the surface of what it can do. I love the bright packaging, I think the size is perfect and I’m a huge fan of the techies behind this brand – I just wish it were a little easier to squeeze out. As that’s my only complaint im keen to continue using this, and I hope to replace this really useful item in future. This is the last item I’ve tried in May’s Glossybox, so next I’ll return to the original unboxing article and discuss whether I had value for money, what my favourite items were and what my overall thoughts of the box were. 

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