How to Find a Quality Paw Paw Ointment

If you’re like many other Australians, you’ll probably have (or have had, at some stage) a little red tube of paw paw ointment in your purse. However, until recently, many people around the world didn’t realise that this little tube contains far more petroleum jelly than paw paw itself. Petroleum jelly is, in fact, debated as a highly dangerous ingredient, with some professionals arguing to avoid petroleum in skincare at all costs.

So, if you’re looking to replace your mainstream paw paw ointment with something better for you, here are a few tips on what to look for when purchasing a new balm.




This is the obvious one. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of the oil industry, and unlike in Australia, the European Union classifies the ingredient as a carcinogen. Not to mention, the jelly acts as a barrier on your skin, not allowing anything in or out and causing clogged pores – or worse, acne. Natural paw paw balms, such as Melrose’s Little Bird Organic Paw Paw, are completely petrochemical (i.e. petroleum) free.



When purchasing a balm that claims to be sourced from the papaya fruit, you’d expect there to at least be some of this fruit in the formula, right? Well, many commercial paw paw ointments contain very little amounts of paw paw, depriving customers of the amazing benefits of the fruit.


We have chosen to stock our paw paw ointments as they have a high percentage of papaya in their ingredients list. PURE by Phytocare’s Papaya Ointment contains 60mg/g of papaya, while, depending which flavour you go for, Melrose’s Little Bird Organic Paw Paw Balm has between 50mg/g and 85mg/g.


Are you unsure of what all of this ‘mg/g’ means? Well, that little red tube that we were talking about before contains only 39mg/g. So, in comparison, the paw paw ointments that sources are very concentrated – giving you more nutrients for your money!




All paw paw ointments on the Australian market contain a range of additional ingredients to aid in healing and moisturising the skin.


For example, PURE by Phytocare’s Papaya Ointment is Australian Made certified, NATRUE certified natural, palm oil free and cruelty-free. Aside from papaya, the ointment also contains shea butter, macadamia oil, jojoba seed oil, beeswax, and calendula to moisturise and soothe dry skin.


We stock numerous Melrose Little Bird Paw Paw Balms at These balms also contain castor oil, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, carrot seed oil, and shea butter. If you’re looking for a lip balm that is a little fruitier, Melrose has paw paw ointments with tangerine peel oil or grapefruit peel oil, too.



Whichever paw paw ointment you choose to buy, make sure to read through the ingredient list and ensure that the product is chemical free and good for everyone!















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