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BEAUTY CABINET RESHUFFLE

As I was doing a bathroom cabinet reshuffle the other day, it struck me that I’ve never shared with you my love of the all-purpose product.

The product that promises – and delivers – on seemingly a gazillion things.

Remember in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and the mum kept spraying everything and everyone with window cleaner? To fix things?

Well, all-purpose products are a bit like that only just a teeny bit kinder on your skin.

Every bathroom cabinet, first aid and travel kit should have at least one.

My eldest looked at me strangely when I handed him a bottle for his bag ...

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21 Comments

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Alex

    Natio Paw Paw Lip Balm. There’s no skin anywhere that this stuff can’t stick back together. I’m surprised surgeons don’t use it to superglue patients back to together instead of stitching them up.

    • Reply November 22, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Bahahaa!

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    JessB

    Great article, thanks for sharing Nikki. I have never heard of the first product you mentioned, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it in shops as I think it sounds great!

    One little thing – it was the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who loved Windex and used it to treat everything! Not the mum.

    • Reply November 22, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      Ah, see it’s been too long between viewings. Thanks Jess!

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    bikerbetty

    Pure Emu Oil. Works as a moisturiser as well as an anti-inflammatory. Kills sunburn. I swear by it.

    • Reply November 22, 2012

      Cheryl Gilbert

      Emu oil has many benefits but is it removed from an emu that has been raised on a ranch and slaughtered to give us this precious oil that we then use for our own health and beauty. The fat that is removed from the back end of the emu is separated from the skin, ground and melted into a form of crude emu oil which is then sifted to remove any remaining particles of meat. It is then put in a centrifuge and filtered and then processed by using caustic chemicals, like bleach, to remove peroxides, metals and any other impurities left behind from the early processing methods. Why not use a plant-based natural alternative like lavender oil that is great for minor burns like sunburn and is also anti-inflammatory and analgesic as well. Mix with a carrier oil of sweet almond or jojoba for extra moisturisation.

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Lisa Mckenzie

    I love the sound of that Fixaderm one Nikki must get me some of that when my things run out,I like Caroline’s cream,paw paw oitment and Sudocream,got that tip from a model in a magazine article and it’s cheap about $6 and it works on excema on your hands and dry skin and bites and stings etc etc.I also swear by aloe vera straight from the plant on stings and bites it works well too,every one should have one growing,I also have tea tree oil,lavenda and euclaylyptus oils on hand.
    I wish windex did fix everything that would be great!

    • Reply November 22, 2012

      Nikki @ Styling You

      It worked a treat on my sunburn!

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Shepard

    Paw paw! Tubes scattered throughout my work and house.

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Lydia

    Paw paw cream, definitely! (a backpacker client of mine told me about it years ago – can be used for anything).

    But I do love Lanolips too – really helps dry skin generally. And Caroline’s Cream is great too. I take it travelling, because it can go on the whole body and so saves weight.

    Fixaderm looks sensational – I’ve never seen it in shops though. Will look more closely…

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    ro.watson

    Some of the stuff promoted in this article smells good from here….I once had the privilege of sitting with some women from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands who travelled to outside Laverton in W.A~for a meeting of women on domestic violence in 1999. Some women went out and caught big goannas. After eating, that night sitting around I was given some kind of oil(from an animal?) to apply to an elder’s shoulders sitting in front of me. We were bare-breasted and the song cycle began and kept going through the night….I got cold and had to go….I have a big aversion to “perfume”…. reckon rose-hip oil smells earthy and is a great moisturiser for old skin….

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    ro.watson

    Oh yes~ and agree paw paw ointment is a must have….

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Rhoda

    Paw paw ointment with salt is even better but it stings a bit when you first apply so not suitable for babies or young children – Nutracell sea mineral and papaw I think it’s called.

    My husband who has the typical redhead’s soft skin and dresses wounds almost on a daily basis has just discovered solosite and thinks it’s the best thing since the proverbial. Doc put him onto it and I now buy it by the bucket load – heals and hydrates. Chemist item though – sorry if disallowed.

    Thanks for letting us know about your keepers, Nikki. Will try a couple. First sounds interesting for sure.

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    ro.watson

    On reflection~ 1998. I have tried that solosite stuff~ for some reason(old skin) I burn more easily in the kitchen~splattered fat and oil etc…I must remember to use a longer implement….

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Susan

    The basic lanolin sold as nipple cream for nursing mums – exactly the same medical grade lanolin as the nicely packaged and scented balms but much cheaper. Such a relief to use as lip balm after years of using the ubiquitous petrochemical-based balms

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Rhoda

    L’Occitane have a lovely organic shea butter for lips in a little tub – goes a long way. Best shea butter product I’ve ever come across. And their almond shower oil is to die for. I took someone’s advice and shave with it. Too much of a coward to do the wax thing.

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    Tony Wt

    “I burn more easily in the kitchen~splattered fat and oil etc”

    First aid for burns is ice. Needs to be done immediately, stop cooking and hold an ice block on the burn for 10mins or so. Hurts a bit but afterwards you won’t even know you burnt yourself. Large areas eg. steam burns stick your hand in sink full of iced water.

    Women are so far ahead of men with magic skincare products it’s not funny. All I have is Nivea skin lotion, big blue bottle, which stops me peeling after sunburn. Sounds like I need to try this paw paw stuff.

  • Reply November 22, 2012

    YY

    Red tubs and tubes of paw paw ointment – my son has eczema and we apply this before he jumps in swimming pools. Creates a barrier and moisturisers. Petroleum based apparently but it works a treat. great for the lips too. Always get friends and family to buy some for us when they come to visit. Oh and the black tubes of paw paw ointment – pathetic.

  • Reply November 23, 2012

    Thea

    Pawpaw ointment is da bomb! If you start applying it daily in early pregnancy it really helps prevent cracks when breast feeding. Also good for stretch mark prevention. Not a balm, but using a styptic stick (stops bleeding from nicks while shaving) is also great on pimples.

  • Reply November 23, 2012

    Kylie J

    As an eczema/psoriasis/dermatitis person (oh the joys of my Viking heritage) I have tried everything.

    I swear by Moo Goo. The eczema and psoriasis balm is wonderful and the full cream is great. You can buy it in the health food store or online. They have a great Facebook page. They have a great facial moisturiser, but i just use the full cream.

    I like the idea of paw paw as a way of protecting the skin from salt and chlorinated water though because it means I might just be able to swim this summer.

    Moo Goo has just brought out a gradual tanner. It’s fantastic, but be warned if you’re light skinned – one application and it’s quite dark. The great plus is that I’m not allergic to it.

  • Reply November 28, 2012

    Louisa

    Nikki, thanks so much! I’m a former beauty products tragic. Becoming a Mummy has sent me off the rails, and I’m please that you are helping me get right back there – now which should I try first? More than a little taken by the Trilogy Everything Balm……

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