Raw cosmetics-a review

by Jemma on April 16, 2012

in Reviews

With my lip balm and lipstick collection rapidly expanding at great speed I virtually snapped up the chance to review a new collection of raw lip balms by Hurraw!

Over the years I have used quite an array of lip balms of different brands with differing success for the conditioning of my lips.  Some were too sticky and others just sat there and did nothing, so I have become quite the lip balm snob.

I was sent the Black Cherry lip balm to try out from the lovely folks at Vivapure.  It smells divine and exactly like cherries, based on the natural extracts and essential oils that the balms contain.   It also gives a nice sheer reddish tint to your lips for just that subtle hint of colour.  Great for those who want to try a red lippie but are too scared as they think it may me too bold for them- this makes a great alternative.

To be honest I had never considered using raw cosmetics before and didn’t even know that they existed.  Since experimenting with raw foods a little I thought this would be a great product to try out and got me thinking about what is really in the other variety of lip balms on the market that are not natural or raw.  I was surprised to see that that they are full of petroleum based waxes and a lot of artificial ingredients.

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Hurraw! lip balm is not only natural, but it is also hand mixed, organic, certified vegan and CCIC approved.  It is very easy to apply as it just glides straight off the stick, doesn’t feel sticky or over glossy either.  The lovely sheen that it leaves on the lips leaves a is fill of conditioning goodness.   I have been using this practically everyday and my lips are left feeling great!

To make these lip balms raw they are cold pressed and centrifuged extracted.  The nut and seed oils and butters have been below 118F degrees so that they are still full of their essential enzymes and oils.  The main ingredients in Hurraw! lip balms tend to be almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, cacao butter, caster oil and jojoba oil.  All of the different flavours and smells are derived from natural organic sources and the plastic packaging can also be recycled too- they have thought of everything. 

There is a fab range of 12 flavours to choose from which all come in brightly coloured and fun packaging.  The Chai Spice  and Chocolate flavours sound amazing.  Oh and there is even a Coconut flavour too! You can currently pick up Hurraw! lip balms online on the Vivapure website prices ranging from £3.95 to £4.50. 

Although they are a little more expensive that other lip balm brands out there I think these are definitely worth the extra money as I can definitely feel the difference between a raw balm and the other varieties on the market.  I think I will be treating myself to Hurraw! balm in the future.

Have you used Hurraw! lip balms before?  What did you think?

Have you ever tried out raw cosmetics before?

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Lauren (@poweredbypb) April 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

These look great! It is amazing how many products on the market are not vegan, and I am always very careful to check the ingredient lists before purchasing. I haven’t used raw cosmetics before, but will have to check these out!

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athleticali April 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’ve got to say, I have never heard (or even thought about!) raw cosmetics before. I’m pretty careful about buying brands that are PETA approved, but I’ve never really thought too much into the damage all of the rubbish in the makeup we pile onto our skin. Certainly food for thought :)

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runningcupcake April 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I have never heard of it, but chai lip balm sounds amazing! I have no idea about raw cosmetics, although I do like Lush ones- not sure if they are raw or cooked but they are natural and not tested on animals.

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Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) April 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Those look fantastic, great review I definitely think I’ll be including one of those in my next Viva Pure order!

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IHeartVegetables April 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

It’s crazy how much I think about what I put INTO my body, but I don’t think about what I put ON to my body! It’s good to know there are some good products out there :)

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sprint2thetable April 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I’ve never really considered raw cosmetics either. That black cherry sounds great though!

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eatinglikeahorse April 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I didn’t even know you could get raw cosmetics! These sound great, the ingredients list is pretty impressive and I can imagine the black cherry sounds fab.

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Healthiful Balance April 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I’ve never heard of this brand before but they sound great! I never knew there was RAW lipbalm. Pretty cool, though! :)

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The Quirky Kitchen April 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

iherb sent me a vanilla one….amazing :-)
I, too am now a hurraw fan :-)

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amber e frazier June 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I have all of the Hurraw! Balms (2 of each flavor… 3 of some). They are absolutely amazing! I have some vegan balms by EcoVegan but you must specify that it be vegan because the other products are still made with beeswax… it is just all organic. A raw balm I like too is Booda Butter. It is a small company I originally ordered off of ebay but look them up on Google. They have a website too! Crazy Rumors is absolutely amazing. They have such delectable flavors! From bubble gum to grape.. etc.! The moisture factor is perfect too!? All without the stickiness :)

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