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Crazy Rumors Vegan Lip Balm – A Review

Published April 16, 2014 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
Thank you, Crazy Rumors!

Thank you, Crazy Rumors!

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found awesome vegan lip balm! People had been telling me for a long time to try Crazy Rumors, but I was happy with my HURRAW! (reviewed here), so I didn’t bother. That is until I started cutting almonds out of my diet (Allergic, and I barely ever break out in hives now!) and realized sweet almond oil was a main ingredient in the latter.

Allergic, yet again!

Allergic, yet again!

Unfortunately, my path to allergy free lip love was not direct. First I picked up this baby from Crazy Rumors’ HibisKiss line. It worked great as far as moisturizing was concerned, and I loved that it was available in a variety of subtle shades. Just one problem, every time I applied it my throat would swell up (and stay swollen for hours) and I would also get symptoms ranging from a runny nose, to coughing fits, to sneezing that would immediately resolve when I wiped it off. I persisted applying it for a week, hoping that it really wasn’t my new lip gloss, but in the end I had to admit defeat and toss it. I’m assuming it’s the hibiscus in it. I’m pretty allergic to all things floral, so it’s really not a big surprise.

Despite that unfortunate introduction, I decided to give their regular balm a chance, and I’m so glad that I did. No almond oil, no floral fragrances, and their regular natural lip balm comes in a bunch of safe-for-me flavors, which I’ll describe below.

Coffee: I haven’t been able to drink coffee for years (Tea is my hardstuff), but I thought it’d be nice to smell it. This one turned out to be a little more like the old acid coffee taste/smell to me that I find off-putting. (Coffee breath?) Not my fave flavor, but the balm itself works great.

Chocolate Mint: More minty than chocolatey, and kinda subtle. I decided this is a good one for bedtime.

Pistachio: Yum! It definitely tastes like pistachio ice cream and cake! So good. This one lives in my labcoat at work.

Rootbeer (not pictured): I went back to Vegan Haven and got another one for my regular coat pocket, since I gave the coffee one to Thomas. LOVE THIS!

Conclusion:

This formula is absolutely fantastic! By the time I acquired these, my lips were cracking, burning, and splitting from the lack of lip lube. In two days they were fully healed! (Below) I’m usually the type that likes to peel and bite at my lips, and I don’t even do that now, because they’re always in perfect shape!

Thank you Crazy Rumors!

Happy, healthy, moisturized.

Happy, healthy, moisturized!

HURRAW! Raw Vegan Lip Balm Review

Published March 3, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Have you tried HURRAW! lip balms yet? These little lip conditioners are not only vegan, but raw, organic, and gluten-free. They also come in an ever expanding variety of flavors. I first picked these up months ago at vegan brunch at Sweat Records in Miami. I originally bought the almond and root beer flavors. Coming up to Seattle presented a whole new level of need for lip gloss due to the cold weather, so I put in an order to add the above 4 flavors to my collection. I’ll just give you little descriptions of each starting with their most miraculous product.

Moonbalm (far right): If you only get 1 of their products, this is the one. It smells like a vanilla candle, and is extra thick and long lasting since it’s meant for sleeping. You can literally repair even the worst lip damage overnight with this stuff. Even with super dry peeling lips, this stuff fixes me up in just a few hours. (See results below.) I wear it in the day time too.

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Chocolate: Made with raw cacao, this one is just heavenly to smell. I’m not even the biggest chocolate person in the world, but this one gets me every time with its delicious scent. It’s dark brown color in the tube just results in a clear sheen on your lips.

Coconut: If you like coconut, you will love this one. My order contained a little note from the company that included a scribble that this had come out of a fresh batch the day before. I love notes from small companies.

Black Cherry: I really bought this one because it has a slight tint to it, and I thought it’d be a good choice for work, since I don’t wear lipstick unless I’m going out. It smells just like a cherry tootsie pop!! I noticed that this one will sting your lips a little if you have any cracks going on, so that made me park it back in the drawer for now. While they do say that the individual batches vary as far as the depth of the red tint, I found it extremely subtle, and a little disappointing. Pic below!

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Root Beer: Love this flavor! A must have for root beer lovers!

Almond: (NOPE!) The almond has a nice subtle scent, but as another reader below confirmed, it actually chaps your lips!!

According to HURRAW!’s website their criteria for making their balms was:

Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting;
plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting!

Which I have to say, I think they did a pretty good job at nailing! The moon balm is definitely the thickest and most long lasting of the bunch, with the others feeling a little lighter and greasier. Originally when I first used the balms I bought, my lips were super chapped and I didn’t get a good result, but once I used the moon balm to get them in shape, I’ve found the chocolate, root beer and coconut ones do a good job maintaining them.

Check them out at www.hurrawbalm.com!

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