A Q&A with Daniel Baden, the founder of Pure Papaya

written by Kate Duncan

Daniel Baden, the founder Pure Papaya

Credit: Daniel Baden

What was your initial vision for Pure Papaya?

As a clinical naturopath, I became increasingly concerned about the number of chemicals people, especially young girls, were rubbing into their skin daily. I realised that it would be good to offer a decent cost-effective and truly natural alternative to this. That’s how Pure Papaya was born.

Please share the philosophy behind Pure Papaya.

The philosophy was to create a range of healthy skin products that mimicked nature. Many of the chronic health conditions we are dealing with in modern society can be associated with chemical exposure. People need realistic alternatives that don’t deviate too much from their day-to-day routines.

How were your products formulated?

With enormous difficulty! It took years of trial and error to create a product free from everything nasty and that was also stable and felt lovely on the skin.

What are some of the natural ingredients used in Pure Papaya products?

Macadamia, papaya, shea butter and various essential oils and herbs.

Why papaya, and in particular fermented papaya?

We organically grow non-GMO Queensland papaya as it is a nutrient-rich fruit containing high levels of vitamin C and enzymes including Papain. This acts as a gentle exfoliator to clear away dry and damaged skin and to stimulate skin renewal. The fermentation process helps to release some of the natural nutrients from the plant, especially those that are water-soluble. It also helps to create the right pH balance, giving it some of its restorative effects and making it easy to apply.

What are some of the skin conditions Pure Papaya can help relieve?

We make no claims on Pure Papaya, however we have received many great stories from people using it for eczema, dermatitis, cracked heals and elbows and kitchen burns. There are also radiology clinics using it for post-therapy treatment. One of our favourite stories comes from the successful use of it on kangaroos rescued from bushfires.

How does Pure Papaya help our environment?

It took years to avoid using palm oil in our papaya ointment. The deforestation was quite alarming, as were the hundreds of different chemical names used to trick us into using it! We also carefully choose high-quality shea butter from environmentally sound producers.

What are your top three skincare tips?

Your skin health is a reflection of your overall health. These are my three top tips:

  1. Avoid the daily application of chemicals to your skin. They are absorbed and can alter your natural function.
  2. Eat well and stay hydrated.
  3. Avoid sugar.

What’s next for you?

I stepped away from Pure Papaya in 2016 and now run a company called BioMedica Nutraceuticals. We produce supplements that naturopaths and doctors prescribe.


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Kate Duncan

Kate Duncan loves raw desserts, yoga and the outdoors. She’s also the Assistant Editor of WellBeing and Deputy Editor of EatWell.