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03/04/13: Hurraw! Sun Protection and Night Treatment Balms

I recently bought Hurraw! in Black Cherry and loved it so much that I went on to buy four more...  I bought the Sun Protection SPF 15, Night Treatment, Vanilla bean and Mint balms.  This review is of the Sun and the Night balm. :)



They all come in oval shaped tubes in recyclable plastic:  since my Cherry review, I've looked up plastic #5 and found that it's the same plastic that margarine tubs and yoghurt pots are made out of, so if you can recycle those in your area, you should be able to bung an empty Hurraw! container in too.  

Each balm has the Hurraw! logo, a little image to the left symbolising the scent of the balm, the ingredient list and a little line stating that the contents are organic, all natural, vegan, raw and good.  I think they're super cute and love having them on my desk.
First up, the Sun Protection Balm.  This balm provides a rather reasonable SPF 15 protection for your lips.  I read somewhere that other Hurraw! balms offer between 3-5 SPF, but this one is the one to reach for on the beach or on a - currently rare in the UK - sunny day.  It's a lot denser looking than the Night Balm, and definitely thicker than the Mint.  Some lip-smacking with this one and you can really feel the thicker consistency - similar to a Chapstick.  And as you may just about be able to see from the swatch below, if you swipe it several times, there is a hint of colour which be left on the lips but you'd have to really be looking for it.

The active ingredient in the Sun Protection balm is non-nano zinc dixode.  The non-nano aspect is emphasised because it means that the size of the molecule is too large to pass through membranes such as your skin. This means it will sit happily on top of your lips and deflect the UVA and UVB rays away.  Yay!

The scent on the Sun balm is a summery "Tangerine Chamomile".  A few reviews that I read before buying it said they weren't keen on the smell, but I like it just as much as the others.  It's a lovely sweet citrus scent with a hint of tang that stops it from being sickly.

I've taken the ingredients list off the balms themselves and Hurraw!s website (in cases where the shiny packaging made it hard on my eyes!) and cut out the Latin names for ease of reading.    Both their website and packaging use keys to indicate where an ingredient is either Raw and organic, Cold-pressed/Organic or Wildcrafted so I've split them up into each category.  First to last within each group is the order in which they appear on the label/website.

Raw and organic: Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Vanilla bean
Cold-pressed and organic: Sweet almond oil, Castor oil, Olive fruit oil, Raspberry seed and Sea Buckthorn  seed oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Tangerine peel oil
Wildcrafted: Candelilla wax, Tangerine and Chamomile flower essential oils,
+ Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
Active sunscreen: Non-nano zinc dioxide 10%
The Night Treatment balm is touted as a heavier balm for a soothing overnight application.  I bought it for a friend to try so that I could see what it was like and then decide whether to purchase it for myself.  The scent is Blue chamomile vanilla - I don't know what the difference between regular and Blue chamomile is, but I like the smell.   It's very similar to my Vanilla Balm with a hint of something different - pretty hard to describe, but if you like vanilla you should be happy with this.  It's a little weird seeing a balm that's lightly green/blue - but rest assured it goes on clear - no zombie lips. It has a thicker consistency than the regular balms, but feels creamier than than the Sun Protection. 

According to my friend, it lasts through the night and you wake up with soft lips.  I've actually been using the Vanilla Bean Balm for the same purpose, and although it doesn't have the argan, rosehip and other various goodies found in the night balm, it also sticks around and I can still feel it on my lips after a nights sleep.  Quite impressive staying power!

Therefore, the main reason for purchasing this balm over others is the ingredients rather than its overnight staying power.  The avocado oil contains vitamins A + E, the Argan Oil is restorative, the Meadowfoam helps to retain moisture, while the Rosehip works to regenerate skin and soothe any UV damage resulting from not wearing your Sun balm in the day!  It's also great to read that the Argan oil is fair trade harvested by Berber women.  (You can read more here about argan oil in general and some of the women's cooperatives that harvest it).

Raw and organic:  Cocoa seed butter, Coconut oil, Vanilla bean.
Cold-pressed/organic:  Sweet almond oil, Castor seed oil, Olive fruit oil, Argan kernel oil, Rosehip seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil.
Wildcrafted:  Candelilla wax, Peru balsam oil, Blue chamomile flower extract
+ Tocopherols (vitamin e)

Good for me:  I love that they're vegan and organic, and the scents I've got are all gorgeous.   Also while compiling this review I noticed that one of the ingredients had no indicator showing what category it fell into, so I contacted Hurraw! to ask them about it, and also find out what 'wildcrafted' actually meant.  They responded within the day telling me which category the lost ingredient came from and pointed me to information on wildcrafting - which for reference means harvesting ingredients from their natural habitat.  Very friendly response - I wouldn't hesitate to contact them again.

Good for you:  They're purse friendly at just £3.45-£4.00 (regular balms/Sun and Night), and lucky people living in America can get them for just $3.79 (around £2.50 - I'm packing my bags...)!  Some people may not like the scent combinations on these two particular special balms, but there are a tonne of single flavours to choose from.

All in all, some lovely stuff for your lips that will nourish and protect them.

If you're interested in buying any for yourself, check out the following websites:
Hurraw! site
Being Content
CutECOsmetics
The SHO-Case (currently have a couple on offer and you can buy up to 4 lip balms with FREE postage):

Any questions, just comment below.
Until the next time,

GFMGFY x

2 comments:

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  1. Great review! This post definitely encouraged me to buy some!

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    1. Thanks Angie - I hope you like it as much as I do :)

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