Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment Review
Here's a review on Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment.
Price: Around 4.99AUSD (Approximately P190.00+)
Bought From: Coles, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Other Locations: None locally, can be purchase online via Amazon or ebay
I must admit, I'm a severe Papaw balm user because of my cold sore. If I get one, it could get so painful that I couldn't eat properly, and sucks that it may persist for a week. The introduction of Papaw balms (specifically Lucas Papaw) in my medicine cabinet made cold sore bearable: It dries up faster and swelling doesn't get really bad. Let's just say, it's a potion for my lips.
When I went to Australia, the first thing I looked for were Papaw balms. Saw Lucas Papaw in Coles (a local supermarket) and I literally hoarded tubes, big and small, but another Papaw balm brand caught my attention. It's Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment and the main reason why I replaced some Lucas Papaw tubes with it is because it contains Manuka Honey.
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Coco Island is another brand of Paw Paw/Papaw ointment in Australia. Aside from that product, they also carry various skin care items such as sunscreen, cooling gels, hair gels, tanning oils, and lotions.
Anyway! I suppose you've heard about Manuka Honey before, but what is it and where does it come from?
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Manuka is a flowery bush that is native to New Zealand and Australia. It's not really a ground- breaking medicinal discovery as it has been used by the ancients for centuries to treat wounds and some diseases. I also read that birds have been ingesting Manuka Honey to get rid of parasites in their system.
Manuka Honey is produced when Bees pollinate the Manuka bush. Manuka Honey has an earthy, bittersweet taste and you can use it to sweeten/enhance beverages and food-some people even use it as a natural topical solution on mild wounds, cuts, and burns, but I haven't gotten that far with it yet.
UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is used to scale the potency of Manuka Honey-like with other products, the higher the factor, the better. We have Manuka Honey jars in the pantry and we use it every now and then as an alternative to commercial (oftentimes with added sugar) honey.
Coco Island Paw Paw Ointment contains Active Manuka Honey 20+, which is pretty high. Acceptable UMF rating for a Manuka Honey product to be considered effective is 10+.
I just researched about this a week ago and I feel it's important that I mention it in this post. Manuka Honey and any type of honey for that matter contains Methylglyoxal (an antimicrobial component) except that concentration is higher in the former. The downside is, Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural component of Honey as well-it's a vital component that makes it a powerful, natural 'antibiotic'. We all know how toxic this product could be, but the trade-off is Honey only contains small amounts of it. It's still advisable to take Honey in moderation though, and best thing to do is to buy Manuka Honey from a reputable brand so you're assured that it's stabilized.
Got your fill of Manuka Honey already? Then click READ MORE and know why it's the biggest contender of Lucas Papaw for me.
It's the same size as Lucas Papaw (25g), comes in the same red-colored, squeeze tube as Lucas Papaw, but does not bear the protective seal of Lucas Papaw.
It's primarily comprised of Pharmaceutical Grade Petroleum Jelly so yeah, it's just like Petroleum Jelly, although it's lighter and sheerer-if for anything, it feels like clear lipgloss. It's unscented too.
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Coco Island is a lil' slick and runny, and has a tendency to slide around if applied in large amounts. Despite that, I personally like its consistency better than Lucas Papaw because it's lighter and I can use it during daytime and on top of lipstick or lip tint. And since it's runny, it comes off much faster than Lucas Papaw so you might have to re-apply it often to keep areas soothed.
I treasure this the most now because it works faster in treating Cold Sores. Seems like the combination of Paw Paw and Manuka Honey gave it twice the healing and antimicrobial properties. With Lucas Papaw, my cold sore heals in 3-5 days, but with this, it only takes about 2-3 days max regardless if it's just about to grow or if it's fully grown already. Gotta love the immediate healing it gives! If used as a regular lip moisturizer, I find that it's good enough to keep lips smooth, soft, and looking luscious to boot!
It's also recommended as a hand moisturizer, but didn't say if it can be applied on cuts, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, and diaper rashes just like Lucas Papaw-I use it anyway and it works just the same, but a lot cheaper.
Don't think I hate Lucas Papaw now-it's the first- ever Papaw Balm I used therefore it still has a place in my heart, but right now, I'm a big fan of Coco Island! If you can get your hands on it, please do because you will love its benefits! ;)
COCO ISLAND PAW PAW OINTMENT IN DETAIL
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