Red Raspberry Seed oil: exceptionally high in tocopherols, this lovely oil nourishes the lips, is anti-inflammatory and proven to help in the absorbance of the Sun's rays.
Sea Buckthorn oil: super rich and off the charts in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols which are great for healing sun-damaged lips.
Pomegranate Seed oil: deeply penetrating and an anti-oxidant powerhouse; remarkable for the outer epidermal layer of the lips.
Here's the deal with Zinc Oxide. We use non nano Zinc Oxide in our Sun Balm. Zinc Oxide is the only all natural, broad spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB) sun screen available today. Zinc Oxide is a mineral. It 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 it must be applied often.
As an interesting side note, to get our SPF 15 factor verified, our balm was laboratory tested on... (wait for it...) Humans!
SPF 15 only means that your skin is protected 15x's "longer" than without the SPF 15 product. If you have very fair skin, perhaps the Sun makes you "pink" in just 3 minutes. Therefore, an SPF 15 product would grant you 45 minutes in the Sun...BUT there are many limiting factors: Time of day? Cloud cover? Eclipse? Are you on the water (or snow) where Sun rays are more concentrated? At a high altitude where you are literally closer to the Sun? Be Sun Smart. Listen to your body. Listen to the Sun. Big brimmed hats.
*Just a few swipes of Sun balm are needed for protection, many swipes will indeed give your lips a xtra white tint, which is fine too. Be sure to apply it often for protection and to keep that physical zinc barrier present.
*Due to the herbal extracts and zinc (mineral) constitutions we use in the Sun Balm, variations in color may occur and is normal.
Active Ingredient: Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10%
Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil*, Theobroma cacao (cacao) seed butter*, Euphorbia cerifera cera (candelilla) wax, Zinc oxide (non-nano), Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil*, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil*, Citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil, natural flavor, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Tocopherol, Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla)*, Anise alcohol‡, Benzyl benzoate‡, Limonene‡, Linalool‡ (‡natural component of essential oil or flavor)
*certified organic ingredient 76.6% organic 12% wild grown 100% natural
Hurraw Balm is certified organic by the Montana Department of Agriculture. Although our Sun Balm contains 76.6% organic ingredients, any product containing Zinc Oxide can not be 'certified' as made with organic ingredients under the NOP agricultural organic guidelines.