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 as he set off to Schoolies last weekend.

You know that look? Rolled eyes plus raised eyebrows and a certain resignation that they’re going to just have to go with it to shut me up?

Yep, that one.

I’m skilled at ignoring such looks and shoved the bottle in his bag next to the seven pairs of undies and 12-pack of two-minute noodles, telling him to USE IT should he get sunburnt, bitten by mosies, cut, or stung.

I can pretty much guarantee it hasn’t been touched but at least I was seen to be doing my parental job.

That product I armed him with? Necessity Fixaderm Skin Repair. Read on for more about it and four others that I ask a lot of.


Necessity Fixaderm Skin Repair (30ml, $14.95)

Necessity Fixaderm is a very light liquid blend of 11 quality essential and plant oils. The price is a winner and a little bit goes a long way. It’s said to help with preventing infection, repairing skin damage and speeding up healing so is ideal for cuts, minor burns, fungal infections, bites and stings. Even pimples. It won me over after I accidentally forgot to apply sunscreen to my décolletage (bad girl, bad girl) and then accidentally spent the morning on the beach, albeit a windy, rainy overcast beach. I still burned, of course. But – one application of this product and by the next morning the redness had gone.

Twenty8 Essential Healing Skin Boost (50ml, $57)

I have used this gel/lotion-like product for everything from burns (yes, this works very well, soothing immediately) to chafing in places that shall not be spoken of and mossie bites. I’ve had success with this one in calming and healing the odd pimple or two too. You only need the smallest amount, so don’t be put off by the price. The base is organic calendula and carrot seed oil – then geranium, orange and patchouli essential oils step in to balance, soften and heal. I’m a bit addicted to the smell.




Trilogy Everything Balm (45ml, $18.95)

This one has more of a solid waxy balm consistency. Love the smell of this too. It’s powered by certified organic marula and rosehip oil, which work to heal and preserve the skin. These sit on and work with a base of jojoba, olive, honey and vitamin E. I love this one on the lips too.





Lanolips 101 Ointment (15g, $17.95)

This was my first love in the super beauty balm department. And it’s been a firm fixture in my handbag and on my bedside table ever since that first encounter. The tube scores on the convenience side and this ointment that is enriched with 100 per cent ultra-pure medical grade lanolin has worked for me on cracked lips, cut cuticles and contact dermatitis. It’s safe enough for newborn babies too.



Do you have any go-to super beauty balms that work to heal or care for more than one thing? Or do you have a home remedy that just works instead?




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*Nikki Parkinson was never allowed a Barbie doll as a child. Her politically correct mum thought Lego and Tonka trucks were more fitting. Now the Queensland-based blogger advises women what to wear and put on their face for a living. The former journo and magazine editor manages an award-winning blog Styling You – offering real world fashion and beauty advice for busy women. Don’t tell anyone but she’s secretly a closet dag who likes nothing more than relaxing at home with her family… but open a champagne bottle and she can have her heels on and hair done in minutes. You can follow Nikki on Twitter @stylingyou and Facebook.


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  • Reply November 22, 2012


    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


  • Reply November 22, 2012


    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


    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


    Paw paw! Tubes scattered throughout my work and house.

  • Reply November 22, 2012


    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


    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


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

  • Reply November 22, 2012


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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