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 priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available; a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle. We’ll keep trying!
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, and re-conditions superbly. Non-mono-culture grown almonds are becoming difficult to source.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: EXPELLER PRESSED . Vegan: YES . Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced in California/Italy/Spain.
Apricot Kernal Oil
Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal oil
CAS #68650-44-2 / EINECS #272-046-1 Function: Moisturizer
High in vitamins A and E. Great for sensitive and mature skin.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN, UNREFINED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distrubutor sourced from Kenya.
Argania spinosa (argan) 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 from California/Kenya.
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 from Africa.
Borage Seed Oil
Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil
CAS #84012-16-8 / EINECS #281-661-4 Function: Moisturizer
Delicate and light. High in gamma-linolenic acid and readily absorbed by skin.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Canada/New Zealand.
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 from 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
CAS #993384-40-8 / EINECS #297-250-8 Function: Botanical moisturizer
Exceptionally high in Omega 3’s. Highly absorbable and great for sensitive skin.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, FILTERED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Peru.
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil
CAS#8001-31-8 / EINECS#232-282-8 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. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced from 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 best 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 biproduct.
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 from Arizona.
Kukui Nut Oil
Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil
CAS #8015-80-3 / EINECS #NA Function: Moisturizer
Thick, rich and luscious. Very emollient and moisturizing.
Organic Certificate: N/A. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, CLAY REFINED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Denmark.
Macadamia Nut Oil
Macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) nut oil
CAS #438545-25-6 / EINECS #NA Function: Moisturizer
Super stable and high in monounsaturated fatty acidds.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, FILTERED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Australia.
Marula Seed Oil
Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil
CAS #68956-68-3 Function: Moisturizer
South African fruit oil. Emollient, nourishing and highly absorbable.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Namibia.
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 from Oregon.
Moringa Seed Oil
Moringa oleifera (moringa) seed oil
CAS #93165-54-9 / EINECS #NA Function: Moisturizer
Emollient and nourishing, gentle for sensitive skin. Vitamins A and C present.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN, FILTERED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from India.
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 from 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 from Turkey/Mexico.
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 SOLVENT). Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor Sourced from Turkey.
Primrose Seed Oil
Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) seed oil
CAS #90028-66-3 / EINECS #289-859-2 Function: Botanical Emollient
Delicate and light oil. Super moisturizing and high in essential fatty acids.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Directly sourced from China.
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 from Chile.
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.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Bulgaria.
Sacha Inchi Seed Oil
Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) seed oil
CAS #NA / EINECS #NA Function: Moisturizer
Nutty, thick and earthy. High in Omega 3’s and 6’s. Super moisturizing.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRGIN, FILTERED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from Peru.
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 from Mexico/Montana.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil
CAS #90106-68-6 / EINECS #290-292-8 Function: Skin Conditioner
High in carotenes lending to it’s deep orange hue. Contains the elusive Omega 7, which assists in skin health.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: N.A. Distributor sourced from China.
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 from Mexico/Texas.
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
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.
Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil
CAS #241148-25-4 / EINECS #310-127-6 Function: Botanical skin conditionerl
Medicinal, thick, green and gorgeous. Uniquely earth-like in scent.
Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED, VIRIGN. UNREFINED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: YES. Sourced from Madagascar.
Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter
CAS #8002-31-1 / EINECS #310-127-6 Function: Skin Conditioner Organic Certificate: YES. Extraction: COLD PRESSED. Vegan: YES. Fair Trade Certificate: YES Farmer sourced from Bali/Ecuador.
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.
Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera
CAS#8006-44-8 / EINECS#232-347-0 Function: Binder - used in all balms
We use premium quality Candelilla wax that is sustainably wildcrafted 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.
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: 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 its production which allows us to use in “made with organic...” products.
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. Due to 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.
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. Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable. Vegan: YES
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). Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable. Vegan: YES
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”.
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. Organic Certificate: waxes not certifiable. Vegan: YES
"Aroma" is the INCI for Natural Food Flavor.
"Fragrance" 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 Organic compliant, manufactured in the USA and are USDA food grade.
Most come from pure essential oils, the others (chocolate, coconut, black cherry, papaya, banana, raspberry, 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 (steam distillation)
CAS # 84775-42-8 / EINECS #283-872-7
Bergamot peel (bergaptene-Free) (cold pressed)
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 (steam distillation)
CAS #85940-32-5 / EINECS #288-922-1
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil (steam distillation)
CAS #84082-60-0 / EINECS #282-006-5
Function: Skin Conditioner
Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil (steam distillation)
CAS#8015-92-7 / EINECS#283-467-5
Cocos nucifera (coconut pulp) (Co2 extraction)
CAS#8001-31-8 / EINECS#232-282-8
Coffee seed extract
Coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract (Co2 extract)
CAS #84650-00-0 / EINECS #283-481-1
Abies sibirica (fir) (steam distillation)
CAS #91697-89-1 / EINECS #294-351-9
Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil (cold pressed)
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 (steam distillation)
CAS #8000-48-4 / EINECS #84625-32-1
Zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil (steam distillation)
CAS #8007-08-7 / EINECS # 283-634-2
Jasmine grandiflorum (jasmine) (Co2 and ethyl alcohol (non-remaining)
CAS #84776-64-7/ EINECS #283-993-5
Lavendula angustifolia (lavender) wild (steam distillation)
CAS #90063-37-9 / EINECS #289-995-2
Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) (steam distillation)
CAS #84082-61-1 / EINECS #282-007-0
Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil (cold pressed)
CAS #008-56-8 / EINECS #284-515-8
Cymbopogon flexuosus oil (steam distillation)
CAS #8007-02-1 / EINECS #283-900-8
Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil (cold pressed)
CAS #90063-52-8 / EINECS #290-010-3
Citrus aurantium (neroli) (steam distillation)
CAS #72968-50-4/ EINECS #277-143-2
Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil (cold pressed)
CAS #144514-51-2 / EINECS #232-433-8
Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) (steam distillation)
CAS #84238-39-1 / EINECS #282-493-4
Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil (steam distillation)
CAS #84082-70-2 / EINECS #282-015-4
Myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil (steam distillation)
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.
Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil (steam distillation)
CAS # 8022-74-0 / EINECS #290-260-3
Citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil (cold pressed)
CAS#8014-31-9 / EINECS#284-521-0
Santalum austrocaledonicum (sandalwood) New Caledonia sustainable (steam distillation)
CAS #84787-70-2 / EINECS #284-111-1
Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract (Co2)
CAS #8024-06-4 / EINECS #283-521-8
Vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) (steam distillation)
CAS #84238-29-9 / EINECS #282-490-8
Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) (steam distillation)
CAS #83863-30-3 / EINECS #281-092-1
Common Question: Are Essential Oils safe on the skin?
Essential Oils are included at 'leave-on' safety percentages via the EU and 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 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 and 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 (photosensitizers) present in some cold pressed citrus peel oils and 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 and IFRA cosmetic guidelines for 'leave-on' products.
Bergaptene-free bergamont oil (Earl Grey Balm), expressed sweet orange oil (Orange Balm), distilled lime oil (Lime Balm), mandarin/tangerine oil (Sun Balm) have negligible risks for phototoxicity. Expressed lemon oil (Lemon Balm), expressed lime oil (Lime Balm) and expressed grapefruit (Grapefruit Balm) do contain cold pressed peel oils that may cause sun sensitivity in certain individuals but are used within IFRA allowed formulation limits.
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.)
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 and Raspberry balms are tinted with 100% plant based ingredients and will leave a sheer colored tint on the lips.
Alkanna tinctoria (alkanet) root extract
CAS # 8001-98-7
Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract
CAS # 84929-61-3 / EINECS # 284-545-1
Synthetic fluorphlogopite - used in Aura Balm
Made under high heat from minerals...in 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. Vegan: YES
Common Question: Why don't you have more tinted lip balms?
The most popular colorants in cosmetics are petrochemical derived FD&C lake colors (Blue No. 1, Yellow No. 5, Red No. 3, etc…etc…). We feel the use of petrochemical derived colors can be carcinogenic. Mined minerals (iron oxides) can be a great option 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. Even though both of these are FDA approved, we prefer colorants that are plant based and (we feel) safer.
Common Question: What is alkanet root?
Alkanna tinctoria is a tiny blue flowered plant whose roots provide a natural red pigment.
Common Question: Why is alkanet and purple carrot not on the FDA Summary of Color Additives for Use in the United States in Foods, Drugs, Cosmetics...?
Alkanet and purple carrot extract is not on the summary of color additives list because, quite simply, they are not officially listed or known as a cosmetic colorants. Many of our natural plant based ingredients are not listed on their site. The FDA doesn't have an approved or banned list for natural ingredients, so we formulate to European standards.
Common Question: How are carrots used to make a colorant?
Purple carrots contain anthocyanins; the prominent colorant responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues found in fruits, vegetables and flowers. The color is extracted without solvents, dried and milled microfine for use in our balm.
Common Question: What's with the maltodextrin and citric acid in Echium Raspberry?
Maltodextrin (tapioca derived) is used as a flow agent for the purple carrot extract. Citric acid (sugar cane derived) is used as a preservative. Both of these are 100% plant based and safe for human consumption.
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. 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.
We manufacture our products in our own dedicated production facility. A five-digit 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 2 digits represent the flavor/SKU. The middle two digits point to 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 remaining digit is an internal tracker that indicates the specific batch number of the month.
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. 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.
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.
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 Sun Balm is tested by a 3rd party lab on humans for it's SPF15 rating. 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 Zinc Oxide.
Common Question: Why isn’t the SPF balm organic?
Although our Sun Balm contains 65.8% 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 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!
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 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!
Hurraw! Balm ingredients are cosmetic and food-grade ingredients. Safety testing takes place on Human 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. The % of organic ingredients is listed here on this website or on each balm label near the ingredient panel.
According to the Organic Trade Association, “The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited in "made with organic" products."
ECOCERT / COSMOS:
COSMOS is quickly becoming the International standard for organic and natural cosmetics. It is highly respected for it's very rigorous, precise and legit cosmetic certification process.
Our facility is EcoCert COSMOS certified and we are in the final stretch of getting each balm COSMOS certified through ECOCERT. Our Grapefruit, Kapha, Lemon, Licorice, Lime, Mint, Orange, Earl Grey and Unscented balms are currently COSMOS certified and all of our BalmTOO's are COSMOS certified. Soon, all of our balms should be certified; we are just waiting on natural flavor approvals.
We formulate within the IFRA guidelines for ingredient, essential oil and flavor incorporation percentages which apply to 'leave-on' cosmetic products. These are cosmetic guidelines that all cosmetic sellers should follow.
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.
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 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).
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 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 EARTH is important to us. We ship in recycled and recyclable corrugated packaging. Our wholesale packs and product boxes are made from 100% post-consumer paperboard using 100% wind power.
In our continuing efforts to reduce plastic use, we are choosing more readily recyclable materials for our products: aluminum, glass and tin.
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.
The ONE thing you can do to help now: 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...)
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 plastic tubes leach BPA into the balm?
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. We get our tubes from 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.
Again, in our efforts to reduce plastic use, we have introduced glass and tin.
Common Question: Can I recycle my Aura jar/lid?
Yes! Remove the cap and recycle jar with glass and the lid with tin/metals...or re-use it in a plethora of ways!
Common Question: I can’t get my Aura lid off/on?
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!
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 www.arcadiapower.com to learn more about how you can make this switch.
These past few years we've seen a huge-truth-stretching-side-eye peering shift in the 'natural cosmetics' market. Not only in the quality and integrity of the products but also the marketing (and making) 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. Read on below (and above) if you want to know more!
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.
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.
If you can't pronounce it or eat it, why risk it?
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 Franklin 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 making truly natural cosmetics en mass is hard work! The majority of cosmetic brands are contract manufactured akin to the fashion industry. 'New' (recycled) lip colors, trendy anti-aging claims with the same old formulas and fancy plastic packaging are marketed as must haves every season.
Truly natural cosmetics just 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.
Educate yourself on ingredients (click above) and be diligent in the choices you make. You, the consumer, are the only filter!
We often get asked why we don't pump out new products more often...
We make fresh balms in our own facility, as needed. Meaning, we don't have to project and pre-order for the next season from a contract manufacturer. This allows us tremendous flexibility in our "make fresh" production.
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.
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 surface 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.
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!
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