Vaseline Vs. Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm

Ah, Vaseline. Sluggy saviour of parched skin; constant companion, present in every bag I own, where would I be without you? My dry cheeks cry for your soothing touch, and my cracked lips crave your moisture sealing greasiness. Who could ever replace you? Why, no one…

…oh wait, hang on. There’s a new kid on the block and his name is Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm – he’s enriched with Manuka honey, bee’s wax and papaya extract, and he’s in a hygienic tube. Kid’s got swag, I’ll tell you that. OH, HEY Vaseline, didn’t realise you were still here. Well, this is awkward…

So how do they compare?

I bought this Paw Paw ointment on a whim whilst browsing the aisles of my local Boots. I’ve not seen this type of product in stores before, only online after reading many a fascinating article about Miranda Kerr or whatever sleb is fashionable at the moment fawning over its super duper awesome natural healing properties n’ stuff, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. What’t the harm, eh?

Papaya Gold Paw Paw 

IngredientsPharmaceutical Grade Petrolatum, Carica Papaya (paw paw) fruit extract, Bees Wax, Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+, Potassium Sorbate.

This paw paw ointment is a petroleum jelly base with added Manuka honey, known for its antibacterial properties; bee’s wax, which is great for locking in moisture; and papaya extract, abundant in vitamin’s A, C and E, all of which are great for the skin.


IngredientsPetroleum. Or, in the case of the tin above (the Aloe Vera version): Petrolatum, aroma, isopropyl myristate, aloe barbadensis, citral, citronellol, eugenol, limonene, linalool.

Okay, so regular old Vaseline is literally just petroleum jelly, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes you don’t need to mess with the classics. After all, it’s just there to provide a barrier to seal in moisture. The Aloe Vera version has added aloe extract and a few stabilisers thrown in.

In terms of ingredients, the Paw Paw ointment is the winner, with added vitamins and antibacterials which will be sealed in by the petroleum. Nevertheless, Vaseline is still a great all-round occlusive moisture sealing barrier….cream…thing. 


After applying both and leaving them for 3 hours each, here’s my verdict on how the two products performed:

I found that Vaseline stayed on longer, so I could feel it on my lips without the need to reapply, however my lips felt drier afterwards. When I applied the Paw Paw ointment, I couldn’t feel it on my lips for as long (it felt like it has rubbed off), but my lips felt softer and more hydrated.

And the winner is…

In terms of performance, the winner is Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm, but Vaseline is still a great do-it-all product, and if you can’t be bothered to pay the extra few quid for the Paw Paw balm, I don’t blame you. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t buy it again, and would just stick to Vaseline, but it would fun to try out, and I can see why people like it so much.

Have you tried Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm? What did you think of it?

Vaseline is currently £2.18 for a 20g tin at Boots.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm is currently £5.99 for a 25g tube at Boots.

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