Once in blue moon, a product comes up which is the proverbial holy grail — an answer to a plethora of beauty issues (think Windex from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). Aden+Anais’ Soothing Ointment is just that, ready to tackle your super-dry skin patches, chapped lips, and even insect bites! But before we go any further, consider yourself warned: this ointment is not for the faint of heart. It’s thick, tacky, and so pleasingly salubrious! The ointment is 50% fresh fermented paw paw fruit, which is nature’s answer to our skin dilemmas. Never heard of paw paw fuit? Well, I hadn’t either so I dug around a bit to find out what the big deal was. Turns out, it’s a type of papaya which has been getting a lot of attention lately because it’s high in antioxidants and has a whole list of health benefits. Australians have long hailed the fruit for its ability to protect and relieve skin ailments. Ellen Gendler, M.D., a leading New York City dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic contact dermatitis, helped develop this ointment, so this formulation is the best of the best.
Even though this product is geared towards mom and baby, it really is versatile enough to keep a jar on your office desk. You’ll be reaching for it any time your elbows get scratchy or your lips are parched for the rest of the winter. The creator of the soothing ointment is Aden + Anais, a well-loved (by all moms!) and respected company who puts out those ubiquitous super-soft muslin swaddle blankets. They have put just as much care into developing the skincare line Mum (for moms) +Bub (for baby) which includes the soothing ointment and a deliciously delicate hair and body wash. I was so tickled by the name because “bubbubbub” is pretty much only thing my baby can say right now. And from one mom to another, this is THE answer to diaper rash – it is natural and potent and sticks on that booty like no other. The ointment is naturally free of phytoestrogen, parabens, petroleum oils, phthalates, dioxanes from sulfates, gluten and soy, petrochemicals, DEA, and artificial colors. Did I mention that the ointment smells faintly of birthday cake? Now that’s what I call icing on the cake!