Choosing Safer Cosmetics: Suvana Organic Certified Organic "Paw Paw & Honey Balm"

Sunday 3 November 2013

Welcome to a new series of posts that you'll be seeing on Bottled Beauty! I've been thinking more and more about what I'm putting onto (and sometimes in) my body and I wanted to share my journey of choosing safer cosmetics for not only me, but also the environment.

I'm going start by talking about the nasties that are in lip balms.


Paw Paw is something that I used to love using when I was a teen. Every girl (and quite a few boys) had at least one of the Lucas' Papaw Ointment tubes in their bag (and pencil case!). 
I stopped using it many years ago once I found out that it wasn't as natural and free of nasties as I thought that it was.

It contains petroleum jelly (which I've blogged about before here) that has the beauty community divided. For every article saying it's safe, there's an article disputing it. 

While you might think that lip balms that contain it are moisturising your lips, it's mostly an illusion. It creates a barrier on your lips. It does trap existing moisture, but it also doesn't allow more moisture to enter the skin. It also doesn't absorb easily into your skin. It repels water and acts as a barrier. Because it repels water, it's difficult to remove from your skin.

Another thing that worries me about the ingredient is the fact that Vaseline isn't to be used as a lubricant as it can weaken latex condoms. If it does that to latex, it concerns me what it does to my skin. 

While Petroleum jelly is considered safe for cosmetics use (because it's highly refined), it's an ingredient that I try to stay away from.* Because why use it when there are so many other amazing ingredients out there.

Also I'm a lip licker and I don't like the idea of "eating" my lip balm... especially when it contains a by product from crude oil! 

One lip product that I've been loving at the moment that is petro-chemical free is the Suvana Organic "Paw Paw & Honey Balm."  

It's a 100% natural, certified organic balm that I love to use on my lips. It can also be used for so many other uses like protecting against nappy rash and cracked nipples (it's perfect for mums or mums to be)!

It contains paw paw, cocoa butter, coconut oil, honey and natural vitamin E. One thing that's great about this is that I know and understand every ingredient except "stevia rebaudiana bertoni extract" which is a plant that is estimated to be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. 

The packaging is super cute and it's easy to find in my bag (which isn't an easy thing!!)

It's also Australian owned and made, not tested on animals and also contains no parabens or sulphates. It costs $7.95 and the tube will last you quite a while as a little bit goes a long way.

You can purchase the Suvana balm here. It's also available from pharmacies. 

Do you check out the ingredients list before you buy a product?

*I'm not always diligent and often buy things without checking the ingredients list, but I'm hoping over the next 6-12 months to weed out more of the nastier cosmetics that I own. 

*I was kindly sent this for consideration. All thoughts and views are completely my own, and are always 100% honest. See my disclosure policy here.

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  1. Oil breaks down latex, that's why they aren't compatible and a water based lubricant is recommended when using latex condoms. I wouldn't risk using this product as a personal lubricant either, the coconut oil would have the same effect.

    I'm also a lip licker and don't like the idea of eating petroleum jelly, that crap also dries the hell out of my lips and I actively avoid it in lips balms. Having said that I know it has it's benefits for certain things but being on my lips isn't one of them!

    Does this have a sweet taste? I'm not sure what the point would be of the stevia extract other than to make it taste sweet but I suppose if part of it's name contains the word honey I would expect that.

  2. Long overdue so thank you so much for setting out to find and report on safer cosmetics. I agree completely about licking things we'd have a fit about if we knew. Keep up the good work.

  3. Great review! I haven't used the red tubes for a while, but I've been using the Nude by Nature papaw ointment. I might try this one next when I run out of it.

  4. Love Suvana. Literally cannot live a day without. So sad how misleading Lucas Paw Paw is.

    Lucy x

  5. What a great post!! We are glad this little beauty is helping you on your journey to more informed purchasing. The ingredients in Suvana Organic Paw Paw and Honey balm are good enough to eat :)

    Thanks again!

    The Plunketts Team xx

  6. Hailey- Thanks for explaining the latex for me :)

    It doesn't have a really sweet taste. I'm sure it's just added in to make it a bit nicer for us lip lickers :)

    Trish- I'm glad that you liked the post. There will be more to come!

    TP- Funny you mention that. I was going to check out the ingredients on the NBN tube!

    Lucy - I'm shocked at how misleading Paw Paw is too. I'm sure if I took the time to really look at my other "natural" products, I'd be shocked at how many awful ingredients there are in them!

    Plunketts Team- Thank you so much!!! :)