It's not about us. Since 2010, we’ve made our balms with one thing in mind: you!

To ensure the quality and integrity of our products, we develop and produce in our dedicated NOP and Ecocert certified manufacturing facility. Our ingredients are clearly (and correctly) listed on our product. Our priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available; a trusted 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.

Hurraw! lip balms are made with organic, vegan & raw ingredients in a wide variety of natural flavors.

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Ecocert COSMOS

Ecocert COSMOS is a non-profit certifier for natural and organic cosmetics and covers in detail all aspects of the sourcing, manufacture, marketing and control of cosmetic products. It is highly respected for its precise, legitimate and thorough yearly auditing processes for sustainable practices in clean cosmetic manufacturing.

Certificate Ecocert COSMOS Natural

Truthful clean beauty is more than just ingredients. COSMOS four core principles are: "Promoting the use of products from organic agriculture, and respecting biodiversity. Using natural resources responsibly, and respecting the environment. Using processing and manufacturing that are clean and respectful of human health and the environment. Integrating and developing the concept of 'green chemistry'."

We have been certified with COSMOS since 2017 and are proud to say that all of our balms (except Aura due to synthetic fluorphlogopite) are Ecocert COSMOS NATURAL certified! Our manufacturing facility is also Ecocert certified.  

Our balms are not applicable for the COSMOS ORGANIC seal because we use vegan candelilla wax. This wax is wild grown and therefore not "organic" certifiable.

We are happy to provide a current copy of our Ecocert COSMOS certificate if needed.

NOP Organic

Hurraw! Balm participates in the USDA NOP (National Organic Program). We are audited yearly to obtain certification by the Montana Department of Agriculture. Since 2015 we have been a certified organic handler and producer. Our manufacturing facility is also certified under the NOP program.  

Made with organic, vegan, & raw ingredients.™

Organically certified cosmetics are being seen less and less on the market as fewer are being made with real food agricultural ingredients. We feel it is important to source organic ingredients for our balms and support the NOP program. 

NOP is a great option if the cosmetic has a high amount of agricultural crop products, like Hurraw! products do. Cosmetics can have many, many derivatives in them that are not from agriculture. Often, ingredients that are allowable in NOP certified cosmetic products are not allowable in COSMOS certifiable cosmetic products. Therefore, we feel having both certifications is important.

It is still a fight to keep the agro-industrial complex out of our food (and cosmetic) system. Continuing to support certified organic companies and products is an important step in keeping your food chain clean and having value regenerated at every step of the process; from seeds to growing to manufacturing to retailing.

The % of organic ingredients is listed on each product page and is also listed on each balm label near the ingredient panel. We are happy to provide a current copy of our NOP certificate if needed.

Common Question: Why aren't your products 95%+ Organic?
Short answer, because we use candelilla wax and flavors in our balms. Therefore, we are not 95%+ organic. Our wax is wild grown in Mexico and not "Organic" certifiable. Our flavors, preservatives and coloring agents are allowable for use in organic products.

Vegan & Cruelty-free

Hurraw! Balm is a certified vegan company through Vegan Action ( We are also registered by the VeganSociety (

Cruelty Free:
Hurraw! Balm is a Certified Cruelty Free company.
No animal products (ie: beeswax) are included in our products.
 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 ingredients are cosmetic and food-grade ingredients. Safety testing takes place on Human panels via independent labs.

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 harm. Using any resource, creating any product, making decisions affects all lives on this planet.
 We feel that these efforts are familiar to our customers; we're all in this together!

Common Question: Why is V.HURRAW.COM on some of your labels instead of a vegan certifier?
Vegan certification is a great first step for companies serious about removing animal products from their products. However, vegan certification doesn’t actually mean that a product or company has been physically audited. We feel that more education is required on the subject so we like to point our customers to this page for a more nuanced explanation of certs and standards.

As a manufacturer, we are tightly tied to the ingredients we source. We feel it is important to remind consumers that “vegan” and “cruelty-free” does not mean “clean” when it comes to personal products (or food for that matter).

We embrace and promote the mission and ethos of our certifiers. We applaud that certified vegan and cruelty free products have not harmed sentients in their manufacture. But please know that many certified cosmetics are chock-full of processed petroleum ingredients and can be full of gmo’s as well as have other underlying ethical issues (labor). Like we always say, do your homework and make an informed choice.

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 personally sell our products on the Chinese market, it is possible for customers in China to buy cruelty-free products from our partners/importers that meet the CIRS (Cosmetics Regulatory Complaince Division) standards.

Additional Certificates & Standards

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.

We formulate within the IFRA safety guidelines for ingredient, essential oil and flavor incorporation percentages which apply to 'leave-on' cosmetic products. 

Hurraw! Balm contains certified organic, cold pressed and mechanically 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 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.

According to the Organic Trade Association, “The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited in 'made with organic' products."

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).

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.

Kosher: 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.


Ingredients / Oils

Oils can be extracted in different ways and we think it matters.

Cold pressed:  No freezing involved!  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 on storage conditions. The left over seed cake can be repurposed as feed or composted.

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 some 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, steam and micron filters can be used to lighten and deodorize the oils). Nutritional value still mostly intact. Shelf stability varies based on processing temps and storage conditions. The left over seed cake can be repurposed as feed or composted

Refined: There is no standard definition of "refining" oil seed stock but it often requires high heat. Usually it employs enzymes and acids to de-gum the hot oil and often, petroleum based hexane or other solvents are used. In trying to squeeze out every last drop of seed oil with solvents, the seed "leftovers" are now considered toxic. They can't be used for anything and must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Refinement increases yield and shelf life but also contributes to a loss of nutrients and ingredient integrity.

Our balms are made with...

Almond oil
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil
Function: Moisturizer

Exceptionally rich in nourishing fatty acids. It moisturizes, softens, and re-conditions superbly. We loooove almonds but non-mono-culture-organic-grown almonds are becoming difficult to source and we have moved away from it's use in our balms. Our Almond Lip Balm and Almond Neroli BalmTOO still contain organic almond oil.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED
Source: California/Italy/Spain

Apricot Kernal Oil
Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal oil
Function: Moisturizer

High in vitamins A and E. Great for sensitive and mature skin.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED  VIRGIN  UNREFINED   
Source: Kenya

Ahiflower Oil
Buglossoides arvensis (ahiflower) seed oil
Function: Moisturizer

Uniquely rich in the essential fatty acids, stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Anti inflammatory and deeply absorbative.

Organic Certificate: NO  Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED 
Source: United Kingdom

Argan Oil
Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil
Function: Skin Conditioner

‘Liquid Gold" they say... Super restorative and moisturizing.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: Morocco

Avocado Oil
Persea gratissima (avocado) oil
Function: Skin Conditioner

Cold-pressed, thick, green, and vitamin rich (A & E). Full of essential fatty acids.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: California/Kenya

Baobab Oil
Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil
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 
Source: Africa

Black Cumin Seed Oil
Nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil
Function: Skin Tonic

Reputed for its regenerative qualities. Anti-bacterial/fungal. Herbaceous, warming and strengthening for the skin.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: Africa/Middle East

Borage Seed Oil
Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil
Function: Moisturizer

Delicate and light. High in gamma-linolenic acid and readily absorbed by skin.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: Canada/New Zealand

Cannabis Flower Oil
Cannabis sativa (hemp) flower/leaf/stem extract
Function: Emollient

A wonderful, thick, rich, dark green oil grown and pressed here in Montana by Montana Hemp Company. Jamie is one of the few farmers growing organic hemp!

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED
Source: Montana, USA

Common Question: What about CBD and THC?
Montana Hemp provides us with the testing data from each batch of organic cannabis (hemp) flower oil that is pressed for us. This data fluctuates with each growing season and batch pressing. The flower oil used for this season's Wintermint Lip Balm provides a total cannabinoids (CBD) count for each tube with approximately 18mg. The THC content is ND (non-detectable).

Common Question: What about the FDA?
Although cannabis has been voted on by the people of the state of Montana to be legal for recreational and medicinal use, we must still formulate in accordance to FDA guidelines for cannabis containing products. “At the federal level, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (the 2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis." These changes include removing hemp from the CSA, which means that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law."

Castor Oil
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil
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/PHYSICAL REFINEMENT 
Source: India

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’. 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.

Chia Seed Oil
Salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil
Function: Botanical moisturizer

Exceptionally high in Omega 3’s. Highly absorbable and great for sensitive skin.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED
Source: Peru

Coconut Oil
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil
Function: Moisturizer

A fabulous moisturizer and super for soothing 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
Source: 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 (fractionated coconut oil) is a solvent derived bi-product.

Powdered Coconut Oil/Fractionated Coconut Powder/Coconut MCT Powder
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil and Acacia senegal gum
Function: Moisturizer and/or dietary fat

Organic coconut oil is sprayed and dried onto a carrier, in this case, organic acacia senegal gum. Used widely in the dietary world.

Organic Certificate: YES Extraction: EXPELLER and DRIED
Source: Mexico

Green Tea Seed Oil 
Camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil 
Function: Skin Conditioner 

Non greasy, deeply absorbed, nutrient rich and a wonderful moisturizer.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: China

Jojoba Oil
Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
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 
Source: Arizona

Kukui Nut Oil
Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil
Function: Moisturizer

Thick, rich and luscious. Very emollient and moisturizing.

Organic Certificate: N/A. Extraction: COLD PRESSED/CLAY REFINED  
Source: Denmark

Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) nut oil
Function: Moisturizer

Super stable and high in monounsaturated fatty acids.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED
Source: Australia

Marula Seed Oil
Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil
Function: Moisturizer

South African fruit oil. Emollient, nourishing and highly absorbable.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED/VIRGIN
Source: Namibia

Meadowfoam Oil
Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil
Function: Skin Conditioner

Oregon grown. Highly emollient and nutrient rich with moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities. Being a highly sustainable oil, we swapped to using it (vs almond oil) in our balms.

Organic Certificate: NO.  Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED/REFINED (non-solvent) 
Source: Oregon

Moringa Seed Oil
Moringa oleifera (moringa) seed oil
Function: Moisturizer

Emollient and nourishing, gentle for sensitive skin. Vitamins A and C present.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED/VIRGIN 
Source: India

Olive Oil
Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil
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  
Source: Italy

Papaya Seed Oil
Carica papaya (papaya) seed oil
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/VIRGIN 
Source: Turkey/Mexico

Peru balsam

Myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil (steam distillation)  El Salvador
CAS #8007-00-9 / EINECS #232-352-8

Common Question: Is peru balsam safe? Peru balsam (Myroxylon pereirae), when used as a fragrance ingredient, is safe according to the regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. This peru balsam is often confused with (Myroxylon balsamum) which is a different ingredient and not safe for use in cosmetics. It has a different CAS number that helps formulators tell the difference between the two, but their common names are identical and can be confusing.

Pomegranate Seed Oil
Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil
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-solvent)
Source: Turkey

Primrose Seed Oil
Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) seed oil
Function: Botanical Emollient

Delicate and light oil. Super moisturizing and high in essential fatty acids.

Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Source: China

Raspberry Seed Oil
Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil
Function: Emollient

High in tocopherols and polyphenols, absorbs in skin beautifully.

Organic Certificate: NO (see note on ‘Organic’ below). Extraction: COLD PRESSED/VIRGIN 
Source: Chile

Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil
Function: Emollient

High in Vitamin C to help combat dryness and aid in rejuvenation.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED 
Sourced: Bulgaria

Sacha Inchi Seed Oil
Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) seed oil
Function: Moisturizer

Nutty, thick and earthy. High in Omega 3’s and 6’s. Super moisturizing.

Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED/VIRGIN
Source: Peru 

Safflower Seed Oil
Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil
Function: Emollient

Excellent emollient. Moisturizes superbly with a near identical fatty acid profile to almond oil. Golden in color and thus, higher in cartenoids. Sustainable, drought resistant; high oleic and grown and pressed here in Montana.

Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED/FILTERED    Direct farm sourced, harvested and extracted just four hours away from us in Montana :)

Sea Buckthorn Oil
Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil
Function: Skin Conditioner

High in carotenes lending to it’s deep orange hue. Contains the elusive Omega 7, which can assist in skin health.

Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: COLD PRESSED
Source: China 

Sesame Oil
Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil
Function: Skin Conditioner

Super hydrating and penetrates quickly; full of fatty acids to protect and nourish.

Organic Cert: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED
Source: Mexico/Texas

In our Kapha Lip Balm, the sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum leaf powder).

In our Pitta Lip Balm, our sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis fruit powder).

In our Vata Lip Balm, our sesame oil is given an herbal infusion of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera root extract).

Sunflower Seed Oil
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil

We do not use sunflower oil in our balms but our natural tocopherol preservative is made from sunflower oil. Therefore it is listed on the label as per EU cosmetic and INCI regulations.

Tamanu Oil
Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil
Function: Botanical skin conditionerl

Medicinal, thick, green and gorgeous. Uniquely earth-like in scent.

Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED/VIRIGN
Source: Madagascar


Ingredients / Butters

Cacao Butter
Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter
Function: Skin Conditioner 
Organic Certificate: YES  Extraction: RAW/COLD PRESSED  Source: Peru

We only use one straight from nature plant butter here at Hurraw! = cacao butter. Cacao butter softens and moisturizes skin superbly.

True plant “butters” are few: cacao, kokum, mango, moringa, babassu, capuaca, and shea butter. Because high refinement is required of every plant butter for use in cosmetics except cacao; it is our first and only choice.

Due to the lack of regulation in the US cosmetic market, you will usually see hydrogenated oils enticingly (and incorrectly) listed on cosmetic labels as “butters”: hemp butter, avocado butter, aloe butter, green tea butter, almond butter, coffee butter, chia butter, macadamia butter, jojoba butter, etc. etc. = no such thing. These “butters” are basically 90%+ vegetable shortening (usually palm or soy) mixed with a liquid plant oil to make them soft and appear “buttery.”

Common Question: Are the cacao beans roasted prior to pressing?
Roasting cacao beans (nibs) makes amazing chocolate and roasting also adds a boost to the delicious "cacao" smell of cacao butter but we choose to keep our cacao in it's natural state; unprocessed and raw. We feel this is better for all things skin ;)

Common Question: What about the worldwide cacao shortage?
It's true, cacao is definitely feeling the heat from global warming and the future is unknown. Rising temperatures are causing more crop infestations and failures and it is a concern. Our supply is from farmer owned, organic and pesticide free cacao farms. We wholeheartedly support small heirloom cacao farmers whom are working hard to keep cacao going! You can adopt your own cacao tree at:


Ingredients / Waxes

Candelilla wax
Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera
Function: Binder - used in all balms

We use premium quality candelilla wax that is sustainably collected from candelilla shrubs in Mexico. Combining this wax with our cold-pressed oils and cacao butter 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.

‘Beyond Fair Trade’ sourced from Mexico (cruelty-free harvest). Organic Certificate: NO *wildcrafted (This product is not farmed, grown in nature and sustainably harvested.)

Common Question: Is your wax Organic?
No. 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 likely never will be, certified organic. Because wax is technically not a "food," we can’t certify it as organic based on agricultural standards or include it in the organic %.

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, etc.).

Carbon, clay and hydrogen peroxide are used in the final processing of our wax which allows us to use in “made with organic...” products.

Common Question: What about sulphuric acid?
Carbon, clay and hydrogen peroxide are used to prepare the wax for cosmetic use. Due to this cleaner final processing, there is no sulphuric acid in our wax.

Common Question: What about Cruelty Free transport?
Pack mules are no longer used in the harvest of our candelilla wax.

Common Question: What about labor?
A recent documentary revealed unsafe working conditions in the candelilla fields. Our supplier is aware of this documentary.  We have trusted assurance that field staff are supplied with a safe work environment and good wages. This documentary does not represent or reflect the working environment of our manufacturers suppliers.

Jojoba Esters
Function: Binder/Emollient - used in BalmTOO and Aura Balm

An excellent botanical emollient. Also known as jojoba wax. Made via the redistribution of fatty acids and fatty alcohols present in jojoba oil. Solvent free. Sourced/Manufatured: United States   Organic Certificate: most waxes not certifiable.

Hydrogenated Olive Oil
Function: Binder/Emollient - used in Aura Balm

Olive oil is hydrogenated to turn it into a creamy white hard wax. Hydrogenation is commonly used to convert unsaturated fats and oils (liquid) to saturated fats and oils (solid). Sourced/Manufactured: Italy   Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable.

Common Question: Isn’t hydrogenation bad?
Ingesting hydrogenated oils, not so great. Using them externally, depends. Because there is no regulation in the US cosmetic market, you will usually see hydrogenated oils enticingly (and incorrectly) listed on cosmetic labels as “butters”: hemp butter, avocado butter, aloe butter, green tea butter, almond butter, coffee butter, chia butter, macadamia butter, jojoba butter, etc. etc. = no such thing. These “butters” are basically 90%+ vegetable shortening (usually palm or soy) mixed with a liquid oil to make them soft and appear “buttery”.

True plant “butters” are few: cacao butter (we love and use non-refined), kokum, mango, moringa, babassu, capuaca butters (we don’t use due to high refinement) and shea butter (we don’t use due to high refinement and potential latex allergy). 

Using a hydrogenated oil in the form of a hardened wax, like hydrogenated olive oil, can offer formulating benefits in that you can achieve a better bind with very low, < 2%, inclusion.  Using 90% + hydrogenated "fake butters” as a base for formulations; no thanks.


Olive Oil Unsaponifiables
Olea Europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables
Function: Humectant used in Aura Balm

Naturally derived from olives after pressing. An unsaponifiable is part of a plant oil that is remaining after processing. Rich in squalane and sterols. Moisture retentive and nourishing. Sourced/Manufactured: Italy  Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable.


Sorbitan Olivate and Cetearyl Olivate
Function: Emulsifiers used in BalmUNDER

Waxy esters derived from olives. Sorbitol and cetearyl alcohol are combined with the fatty acids from olive oil. Sourced/Manufactured: Italy  Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable.


Ingredients / Flavors

"Aroma" is the INCI for Natural Food Flavor.
is the INCI for synthetic scent which we do not use.

INCI is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients.

Our flavors (INCI: Aroma) are derived from 100% natural sources, are Ecocert COSMOS and NOP organic compliant, manufactured in the USA and are USDA food grade.

Many come from pure, ethically sourced and manufactured essential oils, the others (chocolate, coconut, black cherry, papaya, banana, raspberry, etc.) are made for us from 100% naturally derived flavor compounds. Stay tuned, we have a pretty cool project coming out explaining what “natural” means when it comes to flavors :) and why finding ethically sourced and manufactured essential oils is becoming harder and harder.

Anise seed
Pimpinella anisum (anise) seed oil (steam distillation)  Spain

Bergamot peel (steam distillation/FCF/Furocoumarin free /low phototoxicity)  Italy
Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) peel oil

Cacao seed paste

Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed paste   Peru


Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) seed oil (steam distillation)  Guatemala

Blue Chamomile

Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil (steam distillation)  Egypt
Function: Skin Conditioner

Roman Chamomile

Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil (steam distillation)  Italy

Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark oil (steam distillation)  Madagascar

Coconut Pulp

Cocos nucifera (coconut pulp) (Co2 extraction)  Sri Lanka

Coffee seed extract

Coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract (Co2 extract)  Italy


Abies sibirica (fir) (steam distillation)  Canada

Grapefruit peel
Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil (folded ie: low phototoxicity)  United States

Green tea powder

Camellia sinensis leaf powder  Japan

Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil (steam distillation)  Australia


Zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil (steam distillation)  Madagascar


Jasmine grandiflorum (jasmine) (Co2 and ethyl alcohol (non-remaining)  India


Lavendula angustifolia (lavender) wild (steam distillation)  France

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) (steam distillation)  France

Lemon peel

 Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil (folded ie: low phototoxicity)  Italy


Cymbopogon flexuosus oil (steam distillation)  Madagascar

Lime peel
Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil (cold pressed & steam distilled)  Mexico

(steam distill/frozen/dried)  USA


Citrus aurantium (neroli) (steam distillation)  France

Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil (folded / low phototoxicity)  United States


Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) (steam distillation) Indonesia


Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil (steam distillation) United States


Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil (steam distillation) Turkey

Tangerine peel
Citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil (folded ie: low phototoxicity) United States


Santalum austrocaledonicum (sandalwood) (steam distillation) New Caledonia sustainable 

Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil (steam distillation) New Caledonia sustainable 

Star anise seed
Illicium Verum (anise) fruit extract (steam distillation)  India

Tea Tree
Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil (steam distillation)  Australia

Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract (Co2)  Madagascar


Vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) (steam distillation)  Haiti

Ylang Ylang

Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) (steam distillation)  Madagascar

Common Question: Are Essential Oils safe on the skin?
Essential Oils are included at 'leave-on' safety percentages via the EU IFRA limits.

Common Question: What does 'Aroma' mean on the ingredients list? We use 'Natural Food Flavors' that are made to our specifications and compliant with the IFRA. In keeping with US and EU regulations we can't list them as 'Natural Food Flavor' on our labeling, so we use the INCI; internationally approved term 'Aroma'. All of our flavors are derived from natural ingredients through various molecular distillation methods.

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 the EU 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?
European Union regulations require cosmetic manufacturers highlight potential allergens. The USA has significantly less regulations on allergen listings. Potential allergens are organic compounds in essential oils and flavors that may cause an allergy; it’s always good for the consumer to know this information. As per EU regulations, any potential allergen has to be listed on the labeling. Example, you might see: "Limonene" "Linalool" Cinnamaldehyde" or "Benzyl Benzoate" listed on the label.

Common Question: What about Photo Toxicity in Citrus oils?
UVA phototoxicty comes from furocoumarins/terpenes (photosensitizers) and are present in some cold pressed citrus peel oils. They can cause sun sensitivity in certain individuals.

Although not required for US cosmetic manufacturers, we follow the safety guidelines set by the IFRA in the EU and formulate within their allowed limits for furocoumarin containing essential oils. The amount of citrus peel essential oils in any of our balms are within these allowed limits under the EU IFRA cosmetic guidelines for 'leave-on' products.

Bergaptene-free bergamont oil (Earl Grey Balm), folded grapefruit (Grapefruit Balm), folded lemon oil (Lemon Balm), folded sweet orange oil (Orange Balm), distilled lime oil (Lime Balm), folded mandarin/tangerine oil (Sun Balm) have negligible risks for phototoxicity.  Expressed lime oil (Lime Balm) does contain citrus peel oil that may cause sun sensitivity in certain individuals but is used within IFRA allowed formulation limit.

Common Question: What about Hexane?
We do not use any hexane or other petroleum based solvent derived essential oils. NOP and COSMOS certifications do not allow hexane or solvents in organic ingredients or cosmetics.

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.)


Ingredients / Colors & Sparkles

The various cold-pressed, unfiltered plant oils we use retain their natural color and you'll see this variance in our balms.  Additional organic ingredients like matcha, chocolate, coffee, etc. give each flavor an even more dramatic look.

Our Black Cherry, Hazelnut and Raspberry balms contain 100% plant based colorants and will leave a sheer tint on the lips. Our PLANTCOLOR lip colors are 100% plant based and leave a darker, more opaque color payoff.

Alkanet Root
Alkanna tinctoria (alkanet) root extract    
Source: Pakistan

Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract    
Source: USA

Eclipta prostrata (false daisy) extract   
Source: Singapore

Purple Carrot
Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract    
Source: France, certified non-gmo

Purple Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatas (potato) root extract    
Source: China, certified non-gmo

Raphanus sativus (radish) root extract    
Source: China, certified non-gmo

Synthetic fluorphlogopite - used in Aura Balm   
Made under high heat from a lab. Purity is intact. Micro-plastic free and allows for ingredient traceability. Exhibits a beautiful, high intensity shimmer effect and is safe for human use. Organic Certificate: not certifiable.
Source: Germany

Common Question: Why don't you have more color lip balms?
The most popular colorants in cosmetics are synthetic petrochemical derived FD&C and D&C synthetic dyes and lakes like Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Orange 5, etc...). Even though these are "approved" in cosmetics, it is shown that the use of petrochemical derived colors can be carcinogenic. Mined minerals (iron oxides), micas and even clays can be great options but are very hard to verify as “clean source”. They are rarely tested for their heavy metal contents and mining/labor practices are rarely disclosed. We prefer using plants. We feel it's safer. Plus, they are beautiful.

Common Question: How are beets, carrots, potatoes and radishes used to make pigments?
Plant roots contain anthocyanins and betalains; the prominent pigments responsible for the red, purple, blue, yellow, etc. hues found in fruits, vegetables and flowers. As you can imagine, the process to make pigments from plants is loooooong and precious. A full growing season is needed to literally make a root and next comes lots-of-hands-on to complete their coloring destiny. Shortly after harvest, the root juices are extracted (without solvents) sprayed onto a carrier medium (maltodextrin or acacia gum) dried and milled microfine. They get tested for purity and then shipped to us for blending into our balms. Magic.

Common Question: Do PLANTCOLOR™ balms stain?
No. They do tend to really hold color on the lips (and fingertips!) but they do wash or wear off accordingly with time. PLANTCOLOR™s also wash out quite well so if you get a smudge on your shirt, just spot treat and wash. We have found zero staining of fabrics in our facility.

Common Question: What's with the maltodextrin, acacia gum and citric acid in the Raspberry, Huckleberry and PLANTCOLOR balms?
Maltodextrin (non gmo corn derived via fermentation) and acacia senegal gum is used as a spray drying and flow agent for our plant extracts. Citric acid is used as a preservative and is derived from non gmo corn (fermentation). Both of these are 100% plant based and safe for human consumption as well as being approved under NOP and COSMOS for use in organic food and cosmetic products.

Common Question: What is alkanet root?
Alkanna tinctoria is a tiny blue flowered plant whose roots provide a natural red dye. We add this root to our Black Cherry and Grapefruit lip balms.

Common Question: Does alkanet root contain toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids?
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are metabolites found in many plants. Over 500 different pyrrolizidine alkaloids and their N-oxides are known and their occurrence is expected in more than 6000 plant species. They are present in many teas like chamomile, peppermint, fennel, green, black, roobios, etc., herbal supplements and even honey. They are primarily found in plants from the Boraginaceae, Asteracea, and Fabacaea families. Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria) belongs to the Boraginaceae family.

PAs can be toxic when chronically consumed in large doses. Scary stories are all over “the internets” about plants and their PA toxicity and some, for good reason. Instead of believing “the internets” we had our alkanet root oil infusion tested for the 28 PAs provisionally selected by the European Commission as relevant in food samples by a third party lab in Germany.

Based on our third party laboratory PA study, one entire tube of our Black Cherry Lip Balm contains less than 1/20th of a microgram (ug) of the PAs Echimidine, Echimidine NOx, Intermedine/Indicine and Lycopsamine.

In 2016, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked at the consumption of certain herbal tea infusions, herbal supplements and honey. The EFSA's recommedation for safe ingestion is .1μg - 7.4μg /kg b.w./day. Different studies have recommended various maximum allowable amounts and it must be emphasized that there was no evidence for the carcinogenicity of PAs in humans.

Based on our study results in comparison with the EFSA's recent, and seven other studies since 2001 on PAs, the alkanet plant infusion we use is extremely low in PAs and safe for long term use as a “leave-on” cosmetic. As always, we are happy to share the study in depth with you should you require.

Ingredients / Preservative

Tocopherol (soy free, sunflower derived, non-gmo)  Spain
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%. 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.

Lactobacillus Ferment Taiwan
Function: preservative used in BalmUNDER
An antimicrobial peptide derived from lactic acid bacteria.
Source: Coconuts. Vegan: YES
 (unless you consider bacteria sentient)

Ingredients / Stability

We make fresh balms daily; most are shipped within days of being made. They do not contain any artificial preservatives. Our balms are made from fresh food grade ingredients and should be purchased and used as such. 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).

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 the original creamy texture through the end of the tube.

Batch Codes:
We manufacture our products in our own dedicated manufacturing facility. An alpha-numeric code is printed on the bottom of each tube, the side of each jar or the fin of our aluminum tubes; tracking our ingredients is an important part of the process!

The first initials represent the flavor/SKU. The first and second digit denote the recommended use-by date (The first of which is the month; 1-9, Oct, Nov, Dec. The second of which is the year in which it is dated for expiry). The third digit is an internal tracker that indicates the specific batch number of the month.

Product with the batch code CO632 = Coconut Lip Balm, with a recommended shelf-life of June of 2023. Indicating that this product was manufactured in the second batch of June, 2020.

Ingredients / Allergens

Nuts: We use a lot of nut oils here at Hurraw. Many of our 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: European Union regulations require cosmetic manufacturers highlight potential allergens. The USA has significantly less regulations on allergen listings. Potential allergens are organic compounds in essential oils and flavors that may cause an allergy; it’s always good for the consumer to know this information. As per EU regulations, any potential allergen has to be listed on the labeling.

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.

Ingredients / Zinc Oxide   

Active Sunscreen Ingredient: non-nano zinc oxide
Function: Opacifier / UV blocker
Source: United States

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.

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, environmental conditions must be considered (time of day, altitude, season, etc.) and zinc oxide must be applied often.

Our SPF 15 factor is verified biennially by a 3rd party lab. The Drug Facts can be found on the inside of our the Sun Balm label.

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, non-coated Zinc oxide.

Common Question: Is zinc oxide safe?
As of 2019, only two SPF ingredients are GRASE (Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective) via the FDA: zinc oxide (broad spectrum) and titanium dioxide (not as broad spectrum as zinc).  PABA and trolamine salicylate and the other twelve chemical sunscreen ingredients used in cosmetics are not GRASE as of 2020.

Common Question: Why isn’t the SPF balm organic?
Although our Sun Balm contains 68% organic ingredients, anything that has zinc oxide in it can not be certified as "made with organic ingredients" under the NOP agricultural organic guidelines although the organic content % is still listed.

Common Question: Is your balm "reef safe"?
Although zinc oxide is considered a "reef safe" sunscreen compared to chemical based ones (especially those containing oxybenzone or octinoxate) know that ALL sunscreens in excess harm reefs. Cover up vs. lubing up!


Sustainability & Packaging

Creating a life, a workplace, and a product that impacts minimally on our Earth is important to us and to be honest, true sustainability in a capitalistic system seems impossible. We'll keep trying.

We ship in recycled and recyclable corrugated packaging and use 100% recycled post consumer paper for void fill. Our wholesale packs and product boxes are made from 100% post-consumer paperboard using 100% wind power. If we have to shrink wrap, we use non-toxic polyolefin vs PVC. 

In our continuing efforts to reduce plastic use, we have included more readily recyclable materials for our products: aluminum, glass and tin.  We also encourage you to buy less. A tube of balm lasts the average user 6-12 months. Our BalmTOO and BalmUNDER last the average user 2-4 months. 

Plastic Tubes:  manufactured: United States
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 which is a clean, non-tainted plastic resin; polypropylene #5. We have been contacting plastic manufacturers around the world for the last ten years trying to find a solution. The bad news: there is none...yet.  Petroleum rules the planet and that makes us (and you) sad...and mad...and... 

Look, plastic is amazing, it has changed the world. It works really well for many, many things (serving drinks on a airplane is not one of them;). We must close the loop and be smarter in its uses. To just stop using it is just not a viable solution as all alternative packaging materials have similar manufacture, sustainability and disposal issues.

Things you can do to help now:  Stop buying stuff. Grow a garden. Walk more. Drive less. Be more. LIMIT SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CONSUMPTION (food containers, yogurt cups, coffee pods, cups, cup lids, straws, forks, spoons, beverage bottles, trial size items, produce bags, etc...etc...etc...).  C'mon, bring your own grocery bag, coffee cup and water bottle already! ;)

We’ll keep trying to find a solution. Know that our tubes now contain 30% less plastic than our old tubes (so they are a bit thinner). We always use recycled pellets in our tubes when available (up to 50%) and they are still recyclable #5 (although honestly, there is very little market for recycled polypropylene and hardly anyone does the recycling of it). 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 plastic tubes leach BPA into the balm?

Common Question: Why haven't you put your balm cardboard tubes?
We tried...and tried again. We love the concept of cardboard tubes but in real life application we felt they didn't perform to our standards. Cardboard tubes didn't keep our balms fresh, a slightly cardboard taste would develop, the oils in the balm would "weep" into the pulp. The lack of rigidity in capping was problematic. Another issue we ran into was source material, we couldn't get guaranteed clean source (no contaminant) cardboard stock. Bummer.

Getting you a high quality balm is our mission and if we can't keep that balm high quality in it's package, in your hands, it's a no-win. But, we'll keep trying!  We are hopeful for market maturation in all things packaging. We feel closing the plastic loop is the true solution because any packaging en-masse becomes a sustainability issue.

Aluminum Tubes:  manufactured: France
In our efforts to reduce plastic use, we have introduced aluminum tubes. Even most silver “aluminum looking” pliable tubes on the market are infiltrated with plastic but ours are not!  We believe just one small change can make a difference.

Common Question: Does aluminum leach into the balm?
No. Heavy metals are all over our environment; in our water, food, cookware, etc. But rest assured, there is no aluminum leaching into our BALMTOO. Modern aluminum tubes have been repeatedly tested for safety; they are very safe and do not leach aluminum. Our tubes are manufactured in Europe where they are still used extensively in personal care products. The EU has very high safety standards for cosmetics and the packaging of them.

Common Question: How do I open and use the aluminum tube?
1. Unscrew the cap. 2. Flip the cap over and re-screw onto the tube to puncture seal. 3. Re-seal using either side of cap. 4. Squeeze gently from the bottom up.  Squish the tube as you use product or roll the tube up as you use product.

Common Question: Can I recycle my tube and cap?
Yes! Remove the cap and recycle the tube with other aluminum products. The cap can be recycled as #5...but again, hardly anyone does the recycling of it.

Glass/Tin:   manufactured: United States & China
Again, in our efforts to reduce plastic use, we have introduced glass and tin.

Common Question: Can I recycle my Aura jar/lid and Slim Slider?
Yes! Remove the cap and recycle jar with glass. The tin lid and our Slim Slider can be recylced with tin/metals...or re-use it in a plethora of ways!

Common Question: I can’t get my Aura lid off/on?  I can't open the Slim Slider tin?
Aura: Rarely, the “threads” don’t line up perfectly on the first try to screw your lid back on. Be patient, line the threads up and bingo!

Slim Slider: Gently push on the embossed H in the direction of the dot ... the harder you push the harder it is ... kinda like life sometimes ;)

Energy Management:
Hurraw! Balm is a clean energy partner of Arcadia Power. Arcadia Power is a renewable energy certificate (REC) that matches 100% of our electricity usage with Wind energy from partnered generation facilities. Visit to learn more about how you can make this switch.  We are also planning our first solar install on our facility in 2022!  


Truth / Testing

Regulatory oversight and standards for cosmetics and supplements in the USA is weak (at best). Only a handful of chemicals are banned for use in cosmetics here in the US while the EU has over 1300 banned substances for use in cosmetics.

While compliant with US regulations, we feel it is more important to actually test our products in independent labs and adhere to EU standards and regulations. Over 172 BILLION $'s are spent on supplements and cosmetics every year. Literally, anything can be sold as a cosmetic or supplement without going through any regulatory testing for efficacy or safety. That should both terrify and enrage you. 

Testing is important. Our balms are tested yearly for heavy metals, and other contaminants to pass Cali Prop 65. In order to be sold in the EU market, we must list potential allergens and test our balms (via a third party lab) for microbial and other potential contaminants. Our Sun Balm is tested biennailly for confirmation of it's SPF factor. For the past five years, we have repeatedly tested for the presence of gluten (technically, none of our ingredients contain any) and have never received a test report with more than 2.5ppm of gliadin.

Yes, you are worth it ;)

Truth / Labelling

Again, regulatory oversight for cosmetic and supplement labelling in the USA is weak (at best). We follow strict EU labelling guidelines.

Proper labelling is important. Our balms are labelled correctly and must include the name and the address of the company (Responsible Person), INCI ingredients list in decreasing order of weight of the ingredients, potential allergens present, nominal net weight, a date of minimum durability, a lot/batch code and the country of origin in which it was made.

Truth / Don't believe the hype

These past few years we've seen a huge-truth-stretching-side-eye peering shift in the 'natural clean cosmetics' market. Not only in the quality, integrity and ingredient labelling of the products but also the marketing, making and even journalistic reporting of them.

Here's our Truth. Our balms won't perform collagen-making-anti-aging-wrinkle-erasing-age-defying miracles. However, the pure plant oils in our balms do contain essential fatty acids and nutrients that provide benefits for the skin when applied topically. Every ingredient we use in our balms is COSMOS approved and legit "clean."  Read on below (and above) if you want to know more!

Truth / Skin is complex, but not

The majority of cosmetics (including our balms), only affect the moisture level of the epidermis. The stratum corneum, your best friend and outermost twenty or so layers of cells that make a protective barrier, is first (and usually last) in line for quenching. FYI: your lips stratum corneum is much thinner.

Anything in a cosmetic product (if small enough molecularly and with the correct polarity) can enter your body via the dermis and hypodermis. Certain products are manufactured to specifically do this; the molecules are small enough and (usually chemically) enhanced to allow passage through the trio of skin layers (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis) and into your system (ie: hormone creams, tretinoin, hydroquinone creams, etc.)

Know that collagen and elastin reside in the dermis layer and anything that could penetrate this layer is considered a drug by the FDA. It must be labeled as such and can't be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Bottom line, over-the-counter cosmetics do not get past the epidermis and therefore do little to impact skin cell metabolism (aka: aging... although one could argue SPF products eventually do impact aging). Still, there is potential for anything you put on your skin - especially your lips - to be absorbed into your incredible body.

Choose wisely. Seek ingredient knowledge.

Truth / How most cosmetics are made

Cosmetic products often mis-state what they really are. Serums (plant oils in a fancy bottle), we're looking at you ;) and natural cosmetics costing upwards of a Ulysses or Ben Frank is eye watering. Yes, you are buying the experience and that's ok too! 

Nothing in a jar can truly, permanently transform your skin. Skin just doesn't work like that; marketing does. Sure you can peel it, plump it, fill it, smooth it, etc. but it's an ongoing chore because you are only dealing with the surface (epidermis) and those surface cells are constantly being regenerated.

Over the past decade, we've learned that manufacturing truly natural cosmetics en mass is hard work! The majority of cosmetic brands are contract manufactured akin to the fast fashion industry. Seasonal lip colors, celebrity skincare lines with trendy anti-aging claims, Insta-tik-ad products, etc. It's really just the same old colors, ingredients and formulas in fancy plastic packaging marketed as

It's disheartening to see major retailers releasing “clean beauty” lines that actually contain toxic chemicals; many of which are banned from cosmetics in the EU. There is no regulation or even a definition of what “clean beauty” means.  What’s worse, trusted “clean beauty” e-commerce retailers are carrying brands that are most definitely not clean.  When will the madness stop?  It has to stop with YOU!  
Educate yourself on ingredients (click above) and be diligent in the choices you make.

Truth / Better, not more

We often get asked why we don't pump out new products more often...

We make our products from fresh plant based ingredients in our own manufacturing facility, as needed. Meaning, we don't have to project and pre-order for the next season from a contract manufacturer, have product sit on a shelf and market the heck out of it. This allows us tremendous flexibility in our "make fresh" production and keeps unnecessary product out of the consuming-of-things cycle.

Truly natural cosmetics can not run on the cosmetic industry hamster wheel. Many excellent cosmetic products can be manufactured with just a handful of pure, non-processed plant-based ingredients. But we must be realistic in their limits. They are after all, like food.

Truth / Don't chase, embrace

Basic skin care needs are simple: cleanse/hydrate/protect. You can achieve this using just a few simple plant-based products. We've learned from experience that the best skin care is achieved from the inside out. Clean Beauty can be found in a lifestyle, not in a jar.

Nourish and protect your skin wisely. Feed your body lots of plant-things so your skin can reap the rewards. Love every line, every blotch, every spot, every everything. Choose products as close to their natural state as possible to cleanse, hydrate and protect those skin cells.

You will always find a list of every ingredient Hurraw! uses and why it is used. We want you to have access to this information and continue to learn about the health of your skin and the cosmetic products you choose to use.

Shipping & Returns

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.

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!

General Data Protection

General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. Visit for more information.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) is a regulation in California state law that gives consumers more control over the personal information that businesses collect about them. This law secures new privacy rights for California consumers, including: The right to know about the personal information a business collects about them and how it is used and shared; The right to delete personal information collected from them (with some exceptions); The right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information; and The right to non-discrimination for exercising their CCPA rights. Visit for more information.

GDPR and CCPA compliant features are built into our website platform. We keep only the necessary info secured in your account to be able to ship orders and send confirmation emails. Our website will use your personal information to block any transactions that appear to be fraudulent through automated decision-making. Our team is knowledgable on data security and will only access your information if they need to fulfill shipping or tracking of products you have purchased.

We do not market to our customers. We do not send email or sms advertisements to our customers. We do not sell our customers data to 3rd parties. We do not share our customers contact info with any other entity. You will not find a button that allows you to opt-out of the sale of your personal information on this website as we do not sell your private information.

You will have access to our complete privacy policy during checkout. If at any time you wish to access, view, update, modify, or delete information in your account with Hurraw! Balm, please use our contact page to make this request, or email us at

In the unlikely event of a data breach, you will be contacted within 72 hours and informed of the event.