My lips always seem to suffer the most during the transition into cold, winter weather, so I can't think of a better time to talk about the lip balms that have been doing an excellent job keeping my lips soft and hydrated this fall.
Hurraw! balms are completely non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. The base oils - almond, coconut, jojoba, castor, and olive - are all cold-pressed and processed below 188°F, so they're still packed with all the nutrients and goodness to best nourish your lips. The balms are also made with cocoa butter, cadelilla wax, essential oils, herbs, and organic flavours.
In terms of feel, the first thing you'll notice is that Hurraw!'s balms are incredibly smooth and not at all waxy. They do a great job nourishing your lips, but they sink in pretty quickly and don't leave much of a protective coating, so I find I prefer to use them when I know I'll be staying indoors. If I'm heading outside in the dead of winter, I still reach for my Badger Creamy Cocoa Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.
Here's a quick rundown of the five flavours I've tried:
Coffee Bean: I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy the smell of coffee, and this balm totally does it for me. Smells more like a sweet mochaccino than straight up coffee beans.
Cinnamon: If you're a fan of cinnamon hearts, you'll love this one! It smells exactly like the candy and gives a sheer tint to your lips, like you just ate a red popsicle. I do find this flavour to be slightly less hydrating than its untinted counterparts, and if your lips are already chapped, I'd recommend steering clear of it - the cinnamon can feel a little irritating and burny on already sore lips.
Grapefruit: Zesty and refreshing, like a glass of fresh grapefruit juice.
Vanilla Bean: Probably my least favorite of the bunch. It's a very sweet vanilla scent that, to me, smells a lot more like honey or animal crackers than actual vanilla.
Mint: One of my favorites. This isn't a soft, meek mint, but it's incredibly fresh and leaves your lips with a nice pepperminty tingle. It may even freshen your breath a little!
The Bottom Line
With tinted options and a multitude of flavours, I kind of think of Hurraw! balms as the Lip Smackers of the green beauty world. With so many choices, there should be one to suit anyone! I also love the packaging - the cheery oval tubes are not only fun, they also make for greater precision when you're applying the balm.
Where to Buy: $3.37 to $3.82 from iherb, $3.79 to $4.29 from Hurraw!
Have you tried Hurraw! balms? What are your favorite flavours?
Disclosure: Contains affiliate links to iherb.