Pawpaw and Papaya are two different names for the same fruit. Pawpaw is the name in general use in Australia for the fruit although Phytocare have taken the decision to rename their products as "papaya" in recognition of the name in use for the fruit in the rest of the world.

Pawpaw is a good source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.

Ideal for use, amongst other things, as a lip balm, skin moisturiser, a soother of baby skin and sun dried skin, a softener of hard skin, the control of eyebrows and hair styling.   The list of uses is almost endless.

As a family we have tried and sampled most of the large number of pawpaw ointments on the market in Australia. We have settled on the five in our portfolio as, in our opinion, the best.

So what is the difference??

All of the products have the same main active ingredient (pawpaw/papaya extract containing the enzyme "papain") so in general terms they will perform the same function.    Some of the ranges contain additional active ingredients such as Calendula, Honey and Natural vitamin E all known to be of benefit to skin.    The remainder of the products tend to constitute the "carrier" - natural oils and waxes, petroloeum jelly ("Vaseline") or flavour/scents.   The pawpaw/papaya concentration in each also varies and this and other salient features are detailed in the table below:

Range Papaw % Scent/Flavour Other Active Ingredients
Lucas 39mg/gm Fairly neutral None
Natralus 83mg/gm Very subtle tropical fruit Vitamin E
PapayaGold 50mg/gm Fairly neutral Manuka Honey, Vitamin E
Papayacare 48mg/gm Mild Calendula, Vitamin E
Suvana 42mg/gm Mild honey Honey, Vitamin E

Below is the full ingredients list for all of the ranges

Lucas Remedies Papaw Ointment - 15g with lip applicator, 25g tubes, 75g and 200g pots.

Ingredients:    The ointment contains 39mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw, unguent Carica Papaya L, 0.1mg/g of potassium sorbate as a preservative and a minute amount of the natural tree extract Gum Balsam Peru as a perfume.   The base of the product is pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly which meets the purity standards of the United Stated FDA and the European Pharmacopeia.
Further product details available at the producer's site at Lucas Papaw Remedies.

Natralus Paw Paw Ointment - 25g and 75g tubes and Paw Paw Baby Ointment 75g pot.

Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil+, Shea Butter*, Beeswax*, Paw Paw (Carica Papaya) Ferment*, Glycerin+, Coconut Oil*, Myristil Myristate+, Stearic Acid+, Tribehenin+, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostereate+, Allantoin+, Olive Oil+, Cocoa Seed Butter+, Capric Triglyceriade+, Sorbitan Olivate+, Magnesium Sulphate+, Magnesium Stereate+, Calendula Officialis Extract+, Styrax Benzoin Gum+, Vitamin E+, Sorbic Acid+, Food Flavour+, Carrot Oil+.

* Ingredients from Organic Farming
+ Natural, Vegetable-Derived or Natural Equivalent
The ointment contains 83mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw.
This product was not tested on animals.
Further product details available at the producer's site at Natralus Australia .

PapayaGold Moisturising Balm enriched with Manuka Honey- 25g tubes

Ingredients: Petrolatum, Caithamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Mel (Manuka Honey 20+), Potassium Sorbate (preservative).
The ointment contains 50mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw.
Further product details available at the producer's site at Papaya Gold .

Papayacare (formerly Phytocare) P'Ure Papaya Ointment - 25g and 75g tubes

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Macadamia integrifolia seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Tribehenin (derived from Brassica Napus), Carica papaya (Papaya) fruit extract, Sorbitan olivate (olive derived emulsifier), Euphorbia cerifera cera (Candelilla wax), Parfum (naturally derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus annus (Sunflower)seed oil, Styrax benzoin gum, Calendula officinalis flower extract.
The ointment contains 48mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw.
Further product details available at the producer's site at Papayacare .

Suvana Paw Paw and Honey certified Organic Balm - 25g tubes

This has been certified organic by Ecocert (the world's leading organic certification body with a charter for beauty products) and Cosmebio (Europe's most recognised organic beauty association). It is made without any preservatives, chemicals, fragrances or animal derivatives and animals have not been used in any testing processes.
Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa Butter), Carica Papaya (Paw Paw), *Mel (Honey), *Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Oil, Euphorbia Ceifera (Candelilla) Wax, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

*ingredients from organic farming.
The ointment contains 42mg/gm of fresh fermented pawpaw.
Further product details available at the producer's site at Suvana Beauty.

We are not medical professionals and are unable to express any opinions on the benefits of any of these products. As always if any symptoms persist please seek professional advice from your GP or other medical practitioner.