I'm not a big fan of papaya, as eating fruit that is, therefore naturally I chose to soap it when I received a small papaya as a gift. What does papaya bring to the table? This is what I found online:
"It is excellent in stabilizing oily skin & working as an exfoliant on dry areas. Papaya also is often used in skin products for the purpose of a natural lift & rejuvenation of the skin. Papaya contains Vitamin A, a property that benefits skin repair through increasing the rate of new cell formation. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant with wonderful proteins for smoother, softer skin."
I also heard that papaya helps lighten age spots and discoloration on the skin. Whether that is true or not I have no idea. But I do know papaya extract is used a lot in cosmetics in tropical Asia. I made 2 batches with the papaya, one for the body which contains some artificial colorant and fragrance, and the other for the face which has natural clay and essential oil for extra pampering! These 2 batches are also loaded with aloe vera, silk, local honey, and coconut milk. This is the ultimate Papaya Paradise treatment for sure!
These are the facial bars with added Australian Reef Red Clay and scented with essential oil blend of Geranium, Ylang-ylang, Bergamot, dark aged Patchouli, and West Indian Sandalwood. You can still see the tiny little speckles of papaya puree.
This is the body version with added pink clay and orange mica for coloring and scented with powdery honey fragrance.