Hurraw! Balm started out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria...long lasting, not sweet, never grainy...and the list goes on.
To ensure the quality and integrity of our product, we individually pour each tube of Hurraw! balm in our own facility. Our priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available... a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.
Let's put the concept ahead of the profit, the user ahead of the maker, the collective ahead of the individual.
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Oils can be extracted in different ways and we think it matters.
Cold pressed: Raw seeds, fruits or nuts are pressed under high pressure plates. Low heat is generated. The oils are filtered during or after the pressing process to remove any remaining plant particles. The oils retain their flavor, aroma and nutritional value. Shelf stability varies.
Expeller pressed: Raw seeds, nuts or fruits are usually passed through a rotating type screw grinder; the husks (cake) go one way, the oil the other. Expeller pressing is usually performed at lower temps but the grinding process (friction) does create heat. How much heat often depends on the equipment being used and the seed or nut being screwed ;) The oil is filtered using physical methods (clays and steam are often used to lighten and deodorize the oils). Nutritional value still mostly intact. Shelf stability varies based on processing temps.
Refined: High heat, usually employs petroleum based hexane or other volatile solvents at some point in the process. Refinement increases shelf life, but with that comes a loss of nutrients and ingredient integrity. No thanks.
Our balms are made with...
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil
CAS#90320-37-9 / EINECS#291-063-5 Function: Moisturizer
Exceptionally rich in nourishing fatty acids. It moisturizes, softens, soothes, and re-conditions superbly.
Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below). Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED . Vegan: YES . Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced in California.
Argania spinosa (apricot) kernel oil
CAS#223747-87-3 / EINECS#273-313-5 Function: Skin Conditioner
‘Liquid Gold" they say... Super restorative and moisturizing.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced in Morocco.
Persea gratissima (avocado) oil
CAS #8024-32-6 / EINECS #232-428-0 Function: Skin Conditioner
Cold-pressed, thick, green, and vitamin rich (A & E). Full of essential fatty acids.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced.
Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil
CAS #91745-12-9 / EINECS #294-680-8 Function: Skin Conditioner
Cold-pressed, thick, golden yellow, and vitamin rich (C, A & E). Restorative, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced.
Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter
CAS #8002-31-1 / EINECS #310-127-6 Function: Skin Conditioner
Pressed from the organic raw seeds of the cacao tree and comes to us direct from small farmer owned lands in Bali. It will nourish, soften, soothe and moisturize. Smells divine.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Farmer sourced in Bali.
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil
CAS#8001-79-4 / EINECS#232-293-8 Function: Emollient
A natural emollient from India, our organic, cold pressed, castor oil makes an excellent protective barrier against harsh conditions. Anti- inflammatory and very soothing.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced.
Common Question: What about Hexane?
Our Castor Oil is cold-pressed. Hexane is not used to extract the oil from the seeds, therefore it is hexane free.
Common Question: What about Ricin?
Ricin is a lectin that is toxic to humans. “Ricin does not partition into the oil because it is water-soluble, therefore, castor oil does not contain ricin...(Cornell University Dept. of Ag).” Our castor oil is cold-pressed, ricin free and recognized as ‘food grade’. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has categorized cold pressed castor oil as "generally recognized as safe and effective" (GRASE) for over-the-counter use and cold pressed castor oil has been used internally for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Our castor oil is organic and comes from India. The waste material is properly disposed of by high temperature burning.
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil
CAS#8001-31-8 / EINECS#232-282-8 Function: Moisturizer
A fabulous moisturizer, a great free radical buster and super soothing for chronic inflammation. We use coconut oil that has been extracted using a centrifuged method. This method gently separates fresh coconuts and allows a pure raw oil to be obtained.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: CENTRIFUGED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced in Mexico.
coconut oil can be extracted in a few ways...
Centrifuged: Fresh coconut flesh is plate pressed. Mixture is “spun” to separate oil and water. Little to no heat generated. Oil remaining is considered raw. It smells of delicious coconuts, is creamy and lighter in texture.
Cold pressed: Grated and dried coconut flesh is pressed. Temperatures can vary resulting in different tastes and smells. A more “intense” toasted type coconut flavor. Heavier in texture and best suited for cooking.
Expeller pressed: Dried coconut flesh is put through a rotating press. Most popular method of extraction for coconut oil. Generates a good amount of heat and oil must be filtered and cleaned. Does not smell like coconut oil, can sustain high cooking heat but nutritionally pretty void. MCT oil is a solvent derived biproduct.
Hemp Seed Oil
Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil
CAS #84625-34-3 / EINECS #283-408-3 Function: Skin Conditioner
High levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids help prevent drying and hydrate damaged skin.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced in Canada.
Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
CAS #90045-98-0 / EINECS #289-964-3 Function: Skin Conditioner
Arizona grown. Holds properties that are very similar to our skin's own; deeply absorbed, nutrient rich and a wonderful moisturizer.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Farmer sourced in Arizona, USA
Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil
CAS #153065-40-8 /EINECS #310-127-6 Function: Skin Conditioner
Oregon grown. Highly emollient and nutrient rich, this cold-pressed oil has moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities.
Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below). Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Farmer sourced in Oregon, USA.
Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil
CAS#111-02-411102 / EINECS #8001-25-0 Function: Skin Conditioner
Nutrient rich fruit that has been honored for over 5000 years. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A & E; natural squalane properties moisturize, repair and protect.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced in Italy.
Papaya Seed Oil
Carica papaya (papaya) seed oil
CAS #84012-30-6 / EINECS# 281-675-0 Function: Skin Conditioner
Rich in the enzyme papain and vitamin A, a skin soother.
Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below ). Extraction: COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced in India.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil
CAS#84961-57-9 / EINECS#284-646-0 Function: Emollient
Anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants and a great source of the essential fatty acid Punicic.
Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below). Extraction: REFINED (NON HEXANE). Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor Sourced from Turkey.
Raspberry Seed Oil
Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil
CAS#84929-76-0 / EINECS#284-554-0 Function: Emollient
High in Tocopherols and a great natural sunscreen aiding in the absorbance of UV-A & UV-B rays.
Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below). Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil
CAS#92347-25-6 / EINECS#296-213-3 Function: Emollient
High in Vitamin C to help combat dryness and aid in rejuvenation.
Safflower Seed Oil
Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil
CAS#8001-23-8 / EINECS#232-276-5 Function: Emollient
Excellent emollient. Moisturizes superbly with a near identical fatty acid profile to almond oil. Sustainable, drought resistant and grown in Montana.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Direct source.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil
CAS #90106-68-6 / EINECS #290-292-8 Function: Skin Conditioner
A healing powerhouse that is high in carotenes lending to it’s deep orange hue. Contains the elusive Omega 7, which assists in skin health.
Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil
CAS#8008-74-0 / EINECS#232-370-6 * Function: Skin Conditioner
Super hydrating and penetrates quickly; full of fatty acids to protect and nourish.
Organic Cert: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced.
In our Kapha Lip Balm, the sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Tulsi. Ocimum sanctum leaf powder / CAS #91845-35-1 / EINECS # 295-208-3
In our Pitta Lip Balm, our sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Amalaki. Emblica officinalis fruit powder / CAS #90028-28-7 / EINECS #289-817-3
In our Vata Lip Balm, our sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Ashwagandha. Withania somnifera root extract / CAS # 90147-43-6 / EINECS #290-434-9
Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera
CAS#8006-44-8 / EINECS#232-347-0 Function: Binder
We use premium quality Candelilla wax that is sustainably wildcrafted from Candelilla shrubs in Mexico. Combining this wax with our cold-pressed oils and butters provides an excellent long lasting protective shield. This plant wax is vegan, a cruelty free alternative to beeswax and a sustainable alternative to petroleum waxes (paraffin, microcrystalline, etc.) and other solvent derived (rice bran) or palm derived (carnauba) waxes.
Fair Trade Certificate: NA ‘Beyond Fair Trade’ sourced from Mexico (cruelty-free harvest). Organic Certificate: NO *Wildcrafted (This product is found in nature and sustainably harvested, not farmed.) Raw: NA Vegan: YES
Common Question: What about Sulphuric Acid?
Our manufacturer does not use Sulphuric Acid in the production of our wax. Physical filters and hydrogen peroxide are used to prepare the wax for cosmetic use. Because of this cleaner process, there is no sulphuric acid in our wax.
Common Question: What about Cruelty Free transport?
Are the mules used to harvest the Candelilla wax harmed? No. Often animals are used in the harvest as they have been for hundreds of years. The growers are held to cruelty free standards for their farming animals. We are confident our product and its harvesters meet these standards. Respect for our animal friends is a driving force behind ALL of our ingredients.
Our flavors are derived from 100% natural sources, manufactured in the USA and USDA food grade.
Most come from pure essential oils, the others (root beer, chai spice, chocolate, coconut, green tea, black cherry, papaya, banana, etc.) are made for us from 100% natural, organically derived flavor compounds. Stay tuned, we have a pretty cool project coming out explaining what “natural” means when it comes to flavors :)
Pimpinella anisum (anise) seed oil
CAS # 84775-42-8 / EINECS #283-872-7
Bergamot peel (bergaptene-Free)
Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) peel oil
CAS #8007-75-8 / EINECS #289-612-9
Cacao seed paste
Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed paste
CAS #84649-99-0 / EINECS #283-480-6
Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) seed oil
CAS #85940-32-5 / EINECS #288-922-1
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil
CAS #84082-60-0 / EINECS #282-006-5
Function: Skin Conditioner
Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil
CAS#8015-92-7 / EINECS#283-467-5
Coffee seed extract
Coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract
CAS #84650-00-0 / EINECS #283-481-1
Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil
CAS #8016-20-4 / EINECS #289-904-6
Green tea powder
Camellia sinensis leaf powder
CAS#84650-60-2 / EINECS#_283-519-7
Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil
CAS #8000-48-4 / EINECS #84625-32-1
Zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil
CAS #8007-08-7 / EINECS # 283-634-2
Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil
CAS #008-56-8 / EINECS #284-515-8
Cymbopogon flexuosus oil
CAS #8007-02-1 / EINECS #283-900-8
Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil
CAS #90063-52-8 / EINECS #290-010-3
Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil
CAS #144514-51-2 / EINECS #232-433-8
Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil
CAS #84082-70-2 / EINECS #282-015-4
Myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil
CAS #8007-00-9 / EINECS #232-352-8
Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil
CAS # 8022-74-0 / EINECS #290-260-3
Citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil
CAS#8014-31-9 / EINECS#284-521-0
Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract
CAS #8024-06-4 / EINECS #283-521-8
Common Question: Are Essential Oils safe on the skin?
Essential Oils are included at 'leave-on' safety percentages via the IFRA limits.
Common Question: Can I use your balms if I'm pregnant? When used properly, essential oils seem to be safe for use during pregnancy. However, certain essential oils are listed as "best be avoided" during pregnancy. The list is long and information varies widely based on publication so we'll just tell you what balms in our line-up we recommend avoiding: Licorice (anise), Kapha (eucalyptus), Lemon and Pitta (lemongrass). We list every essential oil on the ingredient panel. If in doubt, seek advice from your physician.
Common Question: Can babies and children use your balm? Children's skin can be sensitive. Although we follow IFRA % guidelines for 'leave-on' products, we recommend doing a sensitivity test (inner wrist) and discontinuing use should any sensitivity or irritation occur.
Common Question: What about Allergens?
The IFRA (EU based) provides a guideline for cosmetic manufacturers highlighting 26 potential allergens in products. Potential allergens are natural compounds in essential oils and flavors that may cause a reaction; it’s always good for the consumer to know this information. Everyone is different and we always recommend a sensitivity test prior to application of any of our products. A great place to test this is on the inside of your wrist; we recommend discontinuing use should any sensitivity or irritation occur. Potential allergens are listed on each label.
Common Question: What about Photo Toxicity in Citrus oils?
Orange essential oil is shown NOT to cause sun sensitivity in most cases ([Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety(United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 209.]. But if one is going to use a citrus oil it's best to use it WITH a sunscreen, like the zinc oxide found in our SUN balm. Our lemon, grapefruit and lime balms do contain essential oils known to cause sun sensitivity with prolonged sun exposure. Keep in mind that the amount of essential oil in any of our products is about 1% of the overall product.
Common Question: What about Hexane?
We do not use any hexane or other petroleum based solvent derived essential oils.
Common Question: What about Alcohol?
No alcohol is added to our products or in any of our ingredients. The only alcohol present is from naturally occurring components IN the essential oil (example: anise alcohol found naturally in vanilla, etc.)
Tocopherol (soy free, sunflower derived, non-gmo)
Tocopherol / CAS#1406-66-2 / EINECS#_231-710-0 Function: Antioxidant
Tocopherols (Vitamin E) are a great natural preservative; adds stability and longevity to the balms.
Organic Certificate: NA Extraction: REFINED NATURAL PRESERVATIVE <.5% Vegan: YES . Fair Trade Certificate: NO ( see note on ‘Fair Trade’).
Common Question: What about Bacteria in lip balm?
Yes, lips leave bacteria on the surface of the product, but Hurraw! balms have no water-based ingredients in them, so bacteria can't thrive.
We make fresh balms daily; most are shipped within days of being made. They do not contain any artificial preservatives. We recommend using your tube of Hurraw! Balm within a year of opening (FYI, laboratory stability tests place expiration at 3 years 'on the shelf’ but that is not optimal) and storing it between 40-72° F (4-22° C).
Let us be clear, our balms are made from fresh food grade ingredients and should be purchased and used as such. They are not made to sit on a shelf or be back stocked for years.
Our balms are very heat stable but ‘melt & solidify’ cycles will change the texture and can impact oil stability. Keep it from melting in a hot bag at the beach, locked in your car in the summer heat, or stuck on the dash while you ski in sub zero temps and you’ll preserve that texture through the end of the tube ;)
We are grateful that we get to manufacture OUR OWN products in OUR OWN dedicated facility and tracking our ingredients and process is an important part of the process! A five-digit code is printed on the bottom of each tube. The first 2 digits represent the flavor/SKU. The middle two digits point to the recommended use-by date (The second to last digit is the month. The last digit is the year in which it is dated for expiry). The remaining digit is an internal tracker that indicates the specific batch number of the month.
EG: Product with the batch code CO391 = Coconut Lip Balm, with a recommended shelf-life of March of 2019. Indicating that this product was manufactured in the first batch of March, 2016.
Nuts: We use a lot of nut oils here at Hurraw. Our Unscented, Dosha, Papaya and Baobab balms contain only seed oils but the equipment is shared. Coconut is not considered a nut but we use a lot of it too.
Bee Free. Shea Free. Soy Free. Palm Free: We do not manufacture with beeswax, palm oil, soy products, or shea butter (ie: latex allergy).
Gluten: Our balms are tested annually by a 3rd party lab and are shown to be gluten free (less than 2.5ppm gliadin).
Flavors: The IFRA (EU based) provides a guideline for cosmetic manufacturers highlighting 26 potential allergens in their product. Potential allergens are natural compounds in essential oils and flavors that may cause an allergy; it’s always good for the consumer to know this information. Everyone is different and we always recommend a sensitivity test prior to application of any of our products. A great place to test this is on the inside of your wrist; we recommend discontinuing use should any sensitivity or irritation occur. Potential allergens are listed on each label.
Active Sunscreen Ingredient: non-nano Zinc oxide / CAS #1314-13-2 / EINECS #215-222-5 Function: Opacifier / UV Absorber
Zinc Oxide is the only all natural, broad spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB) sun screen available today. Zinc Oxide is a mineral that is mined from the Earth; ours comes from Canada.
Zinc Oxide protects your lips by sitting on top of them and thus, provides a physical barrier against UVA and UVB rays. It actually deflects the rays away from the skin to prevent any harm. For adequate protection, environ-mental conditions must be considered and zinc must be applied often.
Our Sun Balm was tested by a 3rd party lab on humans for it's SPF15 rating. The Drug Facts can be found on the inside of our latest Sun Balm Label (as of 04/2015)
Common Question: What about Nano Particles??
Nano particles are between 1 and 100 nanometers in size and the belief is that they could be absorbed through the skin causing toxicity. We use only NON-nano Zinc Oxide.
Common Question: Why isn’t the SPF balm organic?
Although our Sun Balm contains 76.6% organic ingredients, anything that has Zinc Oxide in it can not be certified as "made with organic ingredients" under the NOP agricultural organic guidelines.
Our ingredients are plant based. Hurraw! Balm is a certified vegan company through Vegan Action (Vegan.org). We are also registered by the VeganSociety (VeganSociety.com).
Hurraw! Balm is a Certified Cruelty Free company.
No animal products (ie: beeswax) are included in our product. We are proud to be CCIC approved. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics provides the leaping bunny logo which assures our cruelty free standards (no animals are used/harmed/tested on in any stage of the manufacture of our product, including our suppliers).
Hurraw! Balm is proud to be a part of PETA's cruelty-free company program. We inspire DAILY to live a life that has the least amount of violence. Using any resource, creating any product, making any decision affects all lives on this planet. We feel that these battles and efforts are familiar to our customers. We're all in this together!
Hurraw! Balm ingredients are cosmetic and food-grade ingredients. Safety testing takes place on Human-animal panels via independent labs.
Common Question: What about China?
As of June 30th, 2014 mandatory animal testing can be waived by foreign companies who create cruelty-free products by applying with the CFDA or by participating in cross-border e-commerce. While we do not currently sell our products on the Chinese market, it is possible for customers in China to buy cruelty-free products from importers that meet the CIRS (Cosmetics Regulatory Complaince Division) standards.
Hurraw! Balm contains certified organic ingredients and we participate in the NOP program. We are certified by the Montana Department of Agriculture for “made with organic ingredients” standards. We are also a certified organic handler. Twenty of our balms contain over 70% certified organic ingredients, the other four are made with 43-67% organic ingredients. By the fall of '17 we will be listing the % of organic ingredients near the ingredient panel.
Common Question: Is your wax Organic?
No. One of the reasons our balm is not >95% organic is simply because we use vegan candelilla wax. This wax is wild grown and processed in Mexico but it is not, and never will be, certified organic which is why we can’t include it in the organic %.
Wax is also not considered a food and therefore certifying under current “organic” agricultural standards is problematic.
Wax is listed as an allowed non-organic, non-synthetic ingredient on the national list (National Organic Program (NOP) § 205.605(a) and is allowed in organically labeled products. It is annotated that it must be non-synthetic (derived from the plant using natural processes, without prohibited solvents: hexane, sulfuric acid, etc.).
Most candelilla wax is processed with sulfuric acid but ours is not. Only hydrogen peroxide and physical filtering is used in it’s production which allows us to use in “made with organic...” products.
According to the Organic Trade Association, “The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited in "made with organic" products.”
NSF / ANSI 305:
USDA Organic was solely designed for agriculture and not personal care products. NSF/ANSI 305 is the American National Standard that allows labeling and marketing requirements for “contains organic ingredients” personal care products.
The NSF/ANSI 305 certification means that the product contains more than 70% organic ingredients. Through the Montana State Organic program, we are a certified organic handler and our balms are certified to “be made with organic ingredients.” We follow the NSF/ANSI 305 manufacturing processes to uphold these certifications but we are not certified to use the NSF seal at this time.
Cal Prop 65:
Hurraw! Balm, in accordance with US California Proposition 65 (Superior Court of the State of California) County of Alameda Court Case No. 01-032306 is subject to yearly analysis and approval. If you are a reseller in California who needs a copy of our certs on file, give us a shout.
Hurraw! Balm contains certified organic, cold pressed and mechanical extracted (centrifuged and expeller pressed), nut/seed oils and butters that have been processed at low temperatures and still retain their essential nutrients and enzymes. Although more expensive, the quality of cold pressed oils and raw butters is superb.
Common Question: What about Raw Foodism?
Raw foodies that maintain a strict diet of food processed at under 120° and want to retain the integrity of this practice into their cosmetic use should be aware that at our cold-pressed oils are subject to heat above 120° (but less than 155°) for a short interval during the production of each batch. We feel that the integrity of the raw ingredients is evident in each tube.
Fair Trade and Beyond:
Fair Trade certification is a good first step toward ensuring fair prices for labor and product and for taking working conditions into consideration, however it often falls short of addressing the value chain.
An unfortunate side-effect of Fair Trade certification is that a percentage of each product goes to the certifying agency (that’s right, certifying agencies aren’t working for free). Fair Trade certifications require that the farmers and other small businesses pay fees and maintain a presence on the Fair Trade register, which translates to higher prices for their goods, and thus higher prices for the finished products.
We prefer to work directly with farmers or via distributors with NGO's. While we do choose to purchase Fair Trade Certified products in some cases, Hurraw! Balm is not a Fair Trade Certified company.
We believe that our purchasing ethics truly benefit the farmer, the distributor, the product and you.
Hurraw! Balm's are gluten free. We are not a certified gluten free company. Our balms are tested annually by a 3rd party lab and are shown to be gluten free (less than 2.5ppm gliadin).
Although not required for American manufacturers, we formulate within the EU's IFRA guidelines for ingredient, essential oil and flavor incorporation percentages which apply to 'leave-on' cosmetic products. These are strict cosmetic guidelines that all cosmetic sellers in the EU must follow, including us. We must list potential allergens and file various safety reports yearly with our agency in the EU.
EU Cosmetic Regulation (EC) 1223/2009:
A Product Information File (PIF) is required for every cosmetic product that is placed on the EU market, as stated by the Cosmetic Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. Hurraw! Balm, including formulations, certifications, and labeling is fully compliant with all EU regulations and fully notified on the CPNP (Cosmetic Products Notification Portal). If you are a reseller in the EU who is having import issues, please contact us and we’ll make sure our RP (Responsible Person) is in contact with import authorities in your country. Our RP is listed on the label of every tube that enters the European market.
ECOCERT / COSMOS:
We are currently in the process of getting COSMOS certified through ECOCERT. COSMOS is quickly becoming the single, international standard for organic and natural cosmetics.
Kosher refers to a set of intricate biblical laws that details the types of food that those of Jewish faith may eat and the ways in which it may be prepared. To be certified Kosher, all ingredients in every product (Meat, Dairy & Pareve)‚ as well as the process of preparing the product, must be certified for kosher compliance.
Hurraw! Balm is not a certified Kosher company. We respect consumers interest in Kosher certification, but as we are a Vegan product, we do not feel this certification benefits our ingredients or process.
We are happy to provide our vendors with a named certificate for PL. Simply send us your details.
Creating a life, a workplace, and a product that impacts minimally on our WORLD is important to us. We ship in recycled and recyclable corrugated packaging. Our wholesale packs are made from 100% post-consumer paperboard using 100% wind power. We have swapped over to power shares, where we offset our power use with wind power through Arcadia Power.
We literally can not get enough recycled PCR (post-consumer recycled material) pellet to make our tubes. We must use FDA approved plastic for cosmetics: a clean, non leaching plastic #5. We have been contacting plastic manufacturers around the world for the last five years trying to find a solution. The bad news: there is none...yet. Petroleum rules the planet and that makes us (and you) sad.
We’ll keep trying to find a solution. In the meantime, know that we always use recycled pellets in our tubes when available (up to 50%) and they are still recyclable #5. We hope to reduce our plastic use by 90% in the next five years and if you have any ideas, holler at us! Our hope is that PCR material becomes easily attainable for all manufacturers that rely on plastics and that alternative plastic material and technology continues to be developed!
Common Question: Do the tubes Leach BPA into the balm?
Did you know that most labels are made from plastic too?!?! In trying to reduce our plastic use, we have swapped to EarthFirst labels. Bio degradable and compostable (in the right conditions), EarthFirst PLA film utilizes NatureWorks® PLA resin made from corn dextrose (sugar).
Common Question: Does your label include GMO?
It’s estimated that 88% of corn grown in the USA is GMO (uuuggggh) and yes, the corn used to make the dextrose is a mixed stream of non-GMO and GMO No. 2 yellow dent field corn grown in the Nebraska for many industrial & functional end-uses. NatureWorks® estimates it uses 1/20 of 1% of the world corn crop. During the manufacture of the biopolymer, the multiple-stage processing and high heat used to create the polymer removes all traces of genetic material.
Does this promote GMO use?
Depends how you look at it but we think corn, even if sourcing from GMO stock is better than petroleum. Good news, this bio polymer can be made from many other sources including sugar cane, cassava, beet. Corn just happens to be the #1 grown source of fermentable sugar and corn is what NatureWorks® currently uses.
USA retail orders within the contiguous United States are processed and usually shipped within 24 hours (M-F) after receipt of payment. You will receive a shipping confirmation number and can expect delivery within 2-6 business days after placing an order.
International retail orders ship via USPS Priority and USPS First Class Mail. Most International orders arrive within 7-10 days but some can take as long as 4 weeks to arrive due to delays in Customs.
*Although Hurraw! can tolerate higher temps than most balms, please know that HOT summer-time mailboxes and Hurraw! balms don't like to hang out for very long.
$2.95 USPS First Class Mail (3-14 balms)
$5.95 USPS Priority Mail (up to 48 balms)
$13.45 USPS First Class Mail (3-4 balms)
$15.75 USPS First Class Mail (5-14 balms)
$30.95 USPS Priority Mail (up to 48 balms)
$9.50 USPS First Class Mail (3-4 balms)
$10.30 USPS First Class Mail (5-14 balms)
$24.95 USPS Priority Mail (up to 48 balms)
USA wholesale orders are shipped UPS and USPS Priority Mail. International Wholesale via USPS Priority, Fed Ex or UPS Int'l Priority (2-3 day). If you require another method of shipping, please contact us.
Returns: We guarantee our balms unconditionally. If you feel a return is necessary, please contact us!