Papaw Is Wow Wow
Beauty Counter has been in Paris for the past few days to personally congratulate Tom Pecheux on his new collaboration with Estée Lauder, and we have used our time well, if we do say so ourselves. We saw the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at Le Petit Palais, spent a few nights at Mama Shelter, the City of Light’s hip new Kiehl’s-stocked boutique hotel, and indulged in a piece of Viktor & Rolf’s fragrance-inspired Flower Bomb dessert designed exclusively for Le Meurice, after which we took an elevator ride with monsieurs Snoeren and Horsting themselves (they happened to be staying at the hotel, just one floor below us). We also had the unique opportunity to talk shop with a few of our international peers, who turned us on to Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Developed in Queensland a century ago by Australian botanist T. P. Lucas, the sweet-smelling balm utilizes the papaw fruit, a.k.a. papaya, and its antiseptic properties to treat a host of skin issues from cuts and scrapes to dry patches, under-eye wrinkles, and chapped lips. It’s a little bit like Eight Hour Cream but with a more natural bent. A cult favorite down under and in the U.K., it’s available through select Web outlets in the states, but we’ve decided to bring a tube back with us on the plane to New York anyway. In-flight dehydration issues don’t stand a chance.