The red tube packed with Lucas’ Papaw ointment is a cult product used by Australians — but some people are claiming it is just luxurious Vaseline. At around A$5 a pop, this ointment is being obsessively smacked on dry lips across the country. The corporation said although the ointment is definitely not a moisturizer, it does have soothing qualities that can help chapped lips.
Despite the public’s obsession with this little tube, numerous blog posts have been written requesting they expose the truth of what is inside the product — in spite of the ingredients being displayed prominently on the tube and the company’s website. It is created from papaw fruit, petroleum jelly as well as a small amount of gum balsam of Peru for scent.
But with only 4% price of papaw, a make-up artist from Melbourne, claims Lucas’ Papaw is essentially petroleum jelly and is bad for you. She inscribed a post explaining why she would never use the ointment on herself or her clients. Her specifics that the ointment contains 39 milligrams per gram of agitated papaw, and as there are 1000 milligrams in a gram, this means the product is 96% petroleum jelly and 4% papaw.
The corporation has always been very clear about its constituents, listing them on the package and their website. “The many testimonials by the people who have utilized Lucas’ Papaw Ointment over the last 105 years show how actual it is, and that it is not only ‘a tube of petroleum jelly’,” Lucas’ Papaw spokesperson Karyn Lees said Mashable Australia in response to the criticism.
The active ingredient is created by using a fermentation process to concentrate the enzymes from Australian papaws, rather than using a processed papaw powder from overseas.
The company uses the recipe for the ointment that was produced more than 100 years ago. “The preparation of these simple ingredients is a very firmly held family treasure as you can imagine,” she inserted.
The moisture debate
In their rapidity to stay on trend, some Aussies are maybe failing to read the fine print. Responses to Waller’s Facebook post were distinctions of shock, praise as well as all-out devastation.
Lees said the fear-mongering about petroleum jelly is due to misrepresentation and confusion. “It was carried into question at one stage in its history as the market was submerged with a poorly refined and cheaply formed low-quality version,” Lees said. “The pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly utilized in Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is additionally filtered and highly clarified to safeguard that there are no carcinogens or impurities.”
So how should it be used?
But the ointment is not destined to be used as a moisturizer, Lees expressed Mashable Australia however it can aid retain moisture and heal cracked lips, shocking the red tube lip-smacking inhabitants.
“Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is perfect for lips if you want to aid heal or soothe inflamed, chapped or else broken skin,” Lees said. “Over more fresh years it has become prevalent to use Lucas’ Papaw Ointment as a lip gloss. Whereas this type of use will definitely not harm anybody and can give the feeling of moisture, this cosmetic use for beauty consequences is not something we get involved in as we focus completely on the healing qualities.”