Active Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream by Badger
Badger Active Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream Unscented 15 SPF - 2.9 oz. (87ml)
Badger Active Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream Unscented is a great sunscreen for use during times of minimal sun exposure. Badger Active Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream Unscented is made with uncoated, non-nano Zinc Oxide for the safest, most effective sun protection for the whole family. Badger Active Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream Unscented is rich in certified organic ingredients, naturally water resistant for 40 minutes, safe for children of all ages, blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturizes while protecting you from the sun. Badger's BPA- and Phthalate-free packaging is made from more than 50% Post-Consumer Recycled #2 plastic. Previously sun-shy Badgers can now be sighted around the world with their noses happily pointed towards the warm, luxurious sunshine!
- Easier to apply and less whitening than higher SPF zinc oxide sunscreens.
- Works great when you don't need maximum protection!
- Broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays using the safe mineral zinc oxide - no oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sunscreening agents.
- Water resistant for 40 minutes; biodegradable.
- Certified organic base of extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, jojoba and cocoa butter is ultra-moisturizing and soothing.
- BPA and phthalate-free tube from #2 recyclable plastic.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply Badger's natural sunscreens?
The FDA tests sunscreen's SPF using 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter (2mg/cm2) of skin. This is about 1oz for a full adult body (about a shot glass full) or about 1/3 of a teaspoon to cover your face. It's nearly impossible to actually measure out and evenly apply sunscreen according to these guidelines, so they suggest applying a visibly whitening coat of sunscreen to all exposed skin and rubbing it in to reduce the whitening effect. To ensure that you have achieved full and even coverage, let this coat dry/sink in for 15-30 minutes and then reapply. Think of it as a base coat and finish coat.
To maintain maximum effectiveness, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours and directly after extended swimming or sweating. For sensitive skin, apply a small amount of the product to test before full use. Keep out of eyes and keep off broken or unhealthy skin. Adult supervision recommended when using this product on children. If separation in product occurs, knead tube to remix product before use.
What is the expiration date for your natural and organic sunscreens?
Badger sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years from the date they are manufactured (depending on the product). That is the expiration date that is printed on the crimp (top edge) of the tubes. The product should remain good for use for one year after it is opened, or until the expiration date has been reached. They cannot guarantee that an expired product will adequately protect you from the sun and you should replace the tube. Note: Extreme temperature fluctuations may cause the natural ingredients in these products to expire early. They recommend that you store Badger sunscreen in temperatures below 90 degrees F.
Can I apply makeup over the sunscreen?
Yes, though for this purpose they recommend their Daily Sunscreen Lotions, and not the Active or Sport Creams. Their Daily Sunscreen Lotions provide excellent broad spectrum protection in a non comedogenic lotion base with a matte finish making it ideal to wear under makeup.
Can I wear lotion under the sunscreen?
Yes, as long as the lotion is completely absorbed before applying the sunscreen. If sunscreen is diluted, the SPF may decrease significantly and will not offer as much protection. However, you may find that you do not need a lotion if wearing Badger Sunscreen! Each tube and bottle of sunscreen contains powerful natural moisturizers and antioxidants that nourish and protect your skin.
Can I mix the sunscreen with my own face cream/makeup tint?
No. It is not a good idea to mix the sunscreen with another cream or makeup. This would dilute the sunscreen reducing its SPF and compromising your sun protection.
I'm pregnant and/or nursing, are your products safe for me?
Pregnant or nursing moms should always check with their doctors. Badger uses only the highest quality natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients. No chemicals or chemical derivatives are used, and the essential oils used are in low percentages, therefore moderate use should be safe for all. As with all new products, it is best to do a skin patch test to test for possible allergic reactions.
Can I use Badger's other (non-Baby formula) sunscreens safely on my Baby?
All of their sunscreens are totally safe and effective for the whole family. The only difference with our Baby Sunscreens is that they added Organic Roman Chamomile and Organic Calendula for their calming and soothing effects. They recommend that you check with your pediatrician if using their Anti Bug Sunscreen on infants as it contains added essential oils for maximum bug repellent efficacy. The FDA recommends that you consult your pediatrician or doctor when using any sunscreens on infants under 6 months of age.
How much Sunscreen do I need to apply to my baby's skin?
Since babies come in all shapes and sizes, the best way to ensure sufficient sun protection is to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your little one, then rub it in. Remember to reapply at least every 2 hours, even if baby is in the shade!
I have allergies to Gluten, are Badger Products safe for me?
Badger does not use any gluten or gluten-derived ingredients at their facility in New Hampshire, so their balms, oils, Anti-Bug Shake & Spray and Anti-Bug Stick are filled on machinery that has not processed gluten materials. However, Badger is not a certified gluten-free facility, so there cannot be a 100% guarantee. When using a new product for the first time, it is a good idea to read their full-disclosure labels carefully and/or perform a skin patch test prior to full use.
Badger sunscreens manufactured prior to June 2012 contain Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), which is partially derived from wheat germ oil. All of Badger Sunscreens manufactured after June 2012 are made with 100% Sunflower-derived Vitamin E. Look for this specification (eg: Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E) on the product label if you have allergies. In addition, all of Badger Sunscreens are filled in a facility that also processes wheat and gluten materials on the same machinery. This facility does careful cleanings between product transitions to greatly reduce the possibility of cross contamination, but since they do process wheat and gluten Badger cannot guarantee those products gluten free. Their SPF 16 Lotions (Aloe Vera & Damascus Rose), and our SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen do not contain any Tocopherol.
Their lip balm sticks are filled by an off-sight subcontractor who also processes wheat amino acids and wheat proteins. Measures are taken to prevent cross contamination and all GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards are followed. Batches are also periodically tested to be sure that the cleaning processes are sufficient to reduce cross contamination of any allergens; however these products cannot be guaranteed gluten-free.
If my sunscreen has some clumping, will it still work?
Yes. Temperature variations during shipping occasionally cause clumping in Badger sunscreens and this does not affect the sunscreen's safety or level of protection. They tested their sunscreens with and without clumping to ensure protection. In most cases, the clumping is caused by the crystallization of Shea and Cocoa Butter. This is similar to what might happen in a chocolate bar if it is exposed to extreme temperature variations. When you apply the sunscreen to your skin you will feel them melt right in.
Note: If the little clumps are really hard and gritty, they may be the Zinc Oxide particles clumping together, and this could potentially affect the level of protection you are receiving. If this is the case, please check the expiration date to ensure that your product is still good. If your product has not expired, but exhibits the hard and gritty clumping, please contact their customer service team for a full refund or to exchange products.
Why did a bunch of oil come out of the sunscreen when I squeezed the tube?
Since the ingredients in their sunscreens are natural and organic, and they don't add any synthetic ingredients, they sometimes become partially separated. Simply put the cap back on, knead the tube with your hands and give it a good shake, then try it again. Do not apply straight oil to your skin before sun exposure. If you are unable to re-mix the Zinc Oxide back into the formula, it's probably time for a new tube of sunscreen. Please call their customer service team if your product is fully separated but has not expired.
I have allergies to Peanuts & Tree Nuts – are Badger products safe for me to use?
Badger products do not contain peanuts or peanut products. However, Badger does not claim that their products are peanut-free because they do not have a peanut-free certification.
Products that are manufactured at their subcontractors' facilities (lip balms; sunscreens; soaps) do not contain peanuts. However they may be produced on equipment that does produce products containing peanuts. While GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards are met during the cleaning process, the company does not claim to have a peanut free facility, nor does it hold any peanut-free certifications.
Some Badger products contain Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Soybean Oil, and Nutmeg. All of these ingredients have been linked to severe nut allergies and may or may not cause a reaction. GMP standards for cleaning are followed to eliminate any possible cross contamination at the Badger facility and its subcontractors', however they cannot guarantee that any of their products are 100% nut-free, nor do they currently hold any certifications for this. When using a new product for the first time, it is a good idea to read their full-disclosure labels carefully and/or perform a skin patch test prior to full use.
I have allergies to Soy – are Badger products safe for me to use?
Currently there are only a few things in the Badger lineup that contain soy derivatives: the Anti-Bug Shake & Spray has Soybean Oil, their lotion-based sunscreens (SPF 16 Aloe Vera, and Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen) contain soy ingredients as part of the emulsifiers. Badger sunscreens manufactured prior to June 2012 contain Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), which is partially derived from soy. All of Badger Sunscreens manufactured after June 2012 are made with 100% Sunflower-derived Vitamin E. Look for this specification (eg: Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E) on the product label if you have allergies.
All the Body Oils and Massage Oils (including Baby Oil and Damascus Rose Face Oil) are filled using the same machine that fills the Anti-Bug Shake & Spray bottle. Although they are careful to perform GMP compliant cleanings between all batches to reduce the chance of cross contamination, they are not a certified Soy-free facility.
All balms packaged in the tins are made on machinery that has not touched any soy ingredients. So, although they are not a certified soy-free facility, these items have very low risk of any cross contamination. When using a new product for the first time, it is a good idea to read their full-disclosure labels carefully and/or perform a skin patch test prior to full use.
Does Badger Sunscreen stain? How can I get stains out?
If you let the product soak into the skin for a few minutes before letting fabric touch it directly, you can reduce the chance of stains. It is best to rub the product onto the skin well and let sit for a moment to allow the mineral particles to spread out evenly over the skin. The best way to remove a zinc oxide and oil stain is by applying watered down rubbing alcohol (50/50) directly to the stain then dabbing gently to lift the stain.
If you do not have alcohol on hand, stains resulting from natural oils may be removed that same way you would remove a salad dressing stain: apply a dish soap directly to the stain (because regular laundry detergent does not contain oil-removing properties), then launder as normal. It usually does the trick!
How do I wash Badger Sunscreen creams off of my skin?
The best way to remove Badger Sunscreen is to get a really good lather going with a natural soap, warm water, and a loofah (or some sponge or cloth) and gently rub off the sunscreen. Of course, Badger sunscreens contains rich moisturizing ingredients that absorb into the skin as you wear the product, so you may still feel these moisturizing effects even after washing. The all-natural, organic ingredients will continue to soothe and nourish even after you have removed the active sunscreen ingredient--You might not even need a post-shower moisturizer!
I got a sunburn while using a Badger sunscreen - what went wrong?
They pride themselves in making the safest and most effective sunscreens available and they care deeply for you, their customer, and for your wellbeing. They hope that their answers below might help you to understand how you might have been sunburned while using their product.
Applying mineral sunscreens can be challenging, and incorrect application can result in less protection. Here are the top reasons why you may have gotten burned while using a Badger Sunscreen.
- You did not apply enough. Mineral sunscreens can be thicker than chemical sunscreens and somewhat harder to apply. People often apply far too little of mineral sunscreen. Applying half the amount of sunscreen you should use provides only the square root of the SPF, so a half application of SPF 30 only gives you an SPF 5.5. See above question on “How do I use Badger Sunscreen” for the amount you should apply.
- Some of your sunscreen washed off in the water or by sweating, or it was rubbed off on clothes or a towel. Remember, mineral sunscreens like Badger sit on top of the skin and can be rubbed off. We, the FDA, and all sunscreen manufacturers recommend reapplication every two hours, and after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.
- Several medications make you more sensitive to the sun. Please read more about any medications you may be taking and please take any ‘avoid the sun’ warnings seriously.
- Your tube of sunscreen has compromised stability due to poor storage or is expired.
Are any of Badger's sunscreen citrus essential oils phototoxic or photosensitizing?
No. In general, only essential oils with high levels of furanoids will be phototoxic or will cause photosensitivity. They intentionally chose to use Sweet Orange and Tangerine because they are among the few citrus essential oils that are not phototoxic. Just to be safe, they tested their kids sunscreen formula for phototoxicity (the results of which came back negative).
Are Badger Sunscreens whitening?
You should expect some whitening with any mineral-based sunscreens, unless it contains nano- particles of some sort. However, most of the initial whitening effects from Badger sunscreen will disappear as you rub the product into your skin. Their daily sunscreen lotions have less Zinc Oxide in them so they are less whitening. In fact, Badger sunscreen lotions offer nearly invisible protection and are perfect for wearing under makeup.
Will I still get vitamin D if I wear Badger Sunscreen?
There is no such thing as a complete sunblock, so some sun rays will reach your skin even when you are wearing their highest SPF sunscreens. Consult with your healthcare professional to assess your Vitamin D intake and needs.
I read about Zinc Oxide and free radical damage - what does Badger think about this?
They take the safety of their sunscreen very seriously so they're constantly reviewing emerging research regarding the subjects of zinc oxide, nano particles, and potential free-radical damage. No single sunscreen active ingredient has a better track record for safety than Zinc Oxide. Its strong overall safety record is why Badger has chosen non-nano Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient for their sunscreens. In addition, Badger sunscreens contain naturally occurring antioxidants, such as vitamin E, that help to neutralize free radical activity.
Will it hurt my child if he or she licks it off or ingests any of the sunscreen?
Though they use the safest most natural ingredients available, their sunscreen is not meant to be ingested. It should be fine if your child licks her or his hand after Badger Sunscreen has been applied, however, you should seek medical attention or contact a poison control center if your child has consumed a significant amount of sunscreen (and bring in the package so the practitioner can read the ingredients).
Why are Badger's sunscreens more expensive than conventional sunscreens?
The price of ingredients in their natural sunscreens is significantly higher than the price of ingredients in chemical sunscreens. For example, the main base ingredient in most conventional sunscreens is water; the main base ingredient in Badger's sunscreens is Organic Sunflower Oil or Organic Aloe Juice. Additionally, the Zinc Oxide used in all of their sunscreens is the single most expensive active ingredient used in sunscreens. Most common sunscreens are made entirely of relatively inexpensive synthetic chemicals, which is why they are so cheap. Truly natural sunscreens, like Badger's, are made of organic plant extracts that nourish your skin, and mineral Zinc Oxide that protects you from the sun. They believe that the natural ingredients they use make their products better, but they are also more expensive.
Do they do animal testing?
No way – they love animals and will never test on them! W.S. Badger conducts absolutely no product testing on animals, as all the ingredients are safe and "food grade" when used in the proper amounts (their essential oils are always properly diluted.) They test all prototype products on families, friends, volunteers and themselves. It's fun. If the new product does not pass their tough standards it does not make it to the marketplace. They are also certified by Leaping Bunny which means that not only do they not test their products on animals, but they have confirmed that none of their suppliers test their ingredients on animals either.
Do Badger products contain any animal ingredients? Do they use oil made from badgers in their products?
No, their products do not contain any animal ingredients and this includes badger oil. Most of their products do contain beeswax, which is produced by bees. Currently, only their Massage Oils, Body Oils (including Baby Oil), Face Oil, Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion, and SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion with Aloe Vera are vegan.
Do Badger formulas contain any chemical ingredients?
Read their labels and you will not see any petroleum derived products, sodium lauryl sulfate, chemical additives, chemical preservatives, synthetics, dyes or fragrances, parabens, or carcinogens. They are committed to being chemical-free, 100% natural and USDA Certified Organic, and almost all of their products bear the official USDA Organic seal. All of their minerals, including zinc oxide and the minerals in their tinted lip balms are processed in a laboratory to ensure purity.
Why don't they make any higher SPF Sunscreens?
Sunscreens with really high SPFs, like SPF 50, SPF 75 or SPF 100, do not offer significantly greater protection than SPF 30 sunscreens. In addition, these very high SPF numbers can provide a false sense of security, encouraging people to spend more time in the sun, and sometimes causing people to get burned. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays - as the SPF numbers get larger, the margin of improvement gets smaller.
Why don't they make spray-on sunscreen?
Not all sunscreen sprays are created equal. They feel that there is a safety concern with the aerosol type spray sunscreens and the fine particle mist they create. This type of "spray sunscreen" is too easy to inhale into the lungs, especially for kids. This type of spray-on sunscreen also goes on invisibly making it difficult to determine how much has been applied and where, often resulting in inadequate protection. They do, however, believe that a sunscreen lotion in a non-aerosol spray pump could be safe and provide added ease of application.
What is SPF Sunscreen?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor,is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.
- If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer). This is a rough estimate that depends on skin type, intensity of sunlight and amount of sunscreen used. SPF is actually a measure of protection from amount of UVB exposure and it is not meant to help you determine duration of exposure.
- For best protection, experts recommend using a minimum SPF sunscreen of 15, applying the proper amount (2mg/cm2 of skin, or about one ounce for full body coverage), and reapplying every 2 hours.
- Most people under-apply sunscreens, using ¼ to ½ the amount required. Using half the required amount of sunscreen only provides the square root of the SPF. So, a half application of an SPF 30 sunscreen only provides an effective SPF of 5.5!
The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) scale is not linear:
- SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays
So, one way of looking at this is that SPF 30 sunscreen only gives you 4% more protection than SPF 15 sunscreen.
Or, another way of looking at it is:
- SPF 15 (93% protection) allows 7 out of 100 photons through
- SPF 30 (97% protection) allows 3 out of 100 photons through.
So, while you may not be doubling your level of protection, an SPF 30 will block half the radiation that an SPF 15 would let through to your skin.
It’s complicated, but to keep it simple, most dermatologists recommend using a SPF 15 or SPF 30 sunscreen.
Why not use a really high Sun Protection Factor?
Sunscreens with really high SPFs, such as SPF 75 or SPF 100, do not offer significantly greater protection than SPF 30 and mislead people into thinking they have more protection than they actually do. Additionally, in order to have broad spectrum protection, the UVA protection should be at least 1/3 of the UVB protection. High SPF sunscreens usually offer far greater UVB than UVA protection, thus offering a false sense of full protection.
Badger's SPF Sunscreen Testing
All sunscreens must undergo FDA approved SPF testing in order to make a UVB claim. There are three main types of SPF testing; SPF Static, SPF Water Resistant 40 Minutes, and SPF Water Resistant 80 Minutes. When a sunscreen manufacturer decides to make an SPF claim, they must choose the claim that they're hoping to achieve and then test accordingly. The test results demonstrate whether or not they meet the claim. All sunscreen manufacturers must adhere to the exact same FDA approved tests, ensuring the SPF claims are consistent across chemical and mineral sunscreens alike. All SPF testing is conducted in vivo (with human subjects).
Badger sunscreens are tested according to the FDA monograph, Colipa (EU), and Australian requirements. Most countries require that the sunscreen label claim be rounded down to the nearest multiple of five, based on the testing results. For example, sunscreens will be labeled as SPF 15, SPF 20, SPF 25, and SPF 30.
A holistic approach to sun safety.
Badger invites you to join the SLOW Sun Movement. SLOW Sun is about simplicity, moderation, and mindfulness. The great outdoors is a place of wonder, which has in recent years been clouded by the fear of skin cancer and premature skin aging. They envision a cultural shift with a holistic approach ~ respectful sun worship and simple protective measures. Sunlight provides vitamin D and gives us the healthy glow of life. If we are simple, moderate and mindful, we can appreciate the incredible gift of sun without causing harm.
Let Clara the Clarifying Badger guide you through six principles of the Slow Sun Movement
- Be Mindful: Know your limits and practice moderation.
Clara Badger believes that the best sun protection is awareness and common sense! Even after properly applying a high SPF sunscreen and even after reapplying often, it is still possible to get too much sun! That's because no sunscreen blocks 100% of the sun's rays and the sun can be very powerful. You need to know your limits and seek shade when you've reached them. The sun's strength varies depending on the time of day, the time of year, and where you are, so keeping this in mind is a great way to be moderate and enjoy the sun respectfully.
- Practice Simplicity: One very simple way to stay safe in the sun is to wear a little extra clothing.
Clara Badger just can't wait to bring back the floppy hat! Add a stylish long sleeved shirt and you are on easy street! More protective clothing means less exposed skin. Less exposed skin means less sunscreen is needed and that can save you and your family big bucks.
- Seek Shade: Especially during the day's peak sun hours.
Clara Badger is inspired by the rich tradition of the siesta (or perhaps she just really likes a good nap in the shade)! Many cultures take time out during the hottest hours of the day for a slow meal, a nap or time under a tree with a good book. Seriously seeking shade is particularly important early in the season before your skin has acclimated to the sun or when you are enjoying a tropical vacation. Head for the shade and check your skin periodically to look for signs of a burn. If you see your skin start to turn pink, it's too late to just apply more sunscreen but it's the perfect time to drink a tall glass of lemonade in the nice cool shade.
- Choose Wholesome Solutions: Choose organic or natural mineral-based sunscreens with antioxidant ingredients and avoid any questionable chemicals or potentially harmful ingredients.
Clara Badger asks “Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on your skin will often end up in your body?”
A recent study shows that 97% of Americans have oxybenzone in their blood. This is one of the most common and most toxic chemicals found in conventional sunscreens (but not in Badger sunscreens, of course!). You can avoid this ingredient and other chemicals by choosing a natural sunscreen that protects with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and is rich in antioxidant ingredients. Antioxidants can actually help to mitigate over exposure to the sun’s rays and will also provide vital food for your skin and body.
- Apply Enough Sunscreen! Take time to apply your sunscreen. At least two tablespoons to cover body. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or toweling off.
Clara Badger believes that good sunscreen application is an art and it takes time to do it right! Studies show most people do not apply enough sunscreen to get the protection they think they're getting(2). Did you know that applying half of the recommended amount of an SPF 30 results in an SPF of only 6?!
Want to make certain you have applied the full amount? Clara suggests that you apply a “primer coat” and a “finish coat”, just like painting a wall! If you apply an ample “primer coat” 30 minutes before going out and an equally generous “finish coat” 15 minutes after, you will get excellent coverage and the best results. Mineral sunscreens work as a physical barrier between your skin and sun's radiation so you need to get a good even coat to be fully protected.
- Protect Yourself and our Planet: Choose sunscreens that are sustainable and biodegradable or coral reef safe.
Clara Badger imagines that everything in the world is like one big interconnected organism and each action causes a reaction, either positive or negative. Our world depends upon our kindness so make sunscreen choices that protect your skin and the environment.
Who They Are
Back in 1995 Bill and Katie started making Badger Balm in the kitchen of their home with the support and help of their daughters Mia, Emily, and Rebecca. Now Bill is the CEO, Katie is the COO, Emily is the Director of Sales & Marketing, Rebecca is the Director of Product Development, and Mia is a Human Resources consultant. Emily has a little girl, Maya, who came to work as part of Badger's Babies at Work program. They've not yet figured out what her future role in the company will be, but for now she continues to inspire us every day to make the safest and healthiest products they can.
A team of over 40 friendly "Badgers" formulate, manufacture, and ship all of their products from their facility known as The Badger Mines. They work hard to maintain a healthy community-minded business with ethical and charitable social principles. Call and ask any employee. You'll hear about their free organic lunches every day, generous benefits package, green initiatives in every department, and their charitable giving practices.
What Makes Badger Unique?
Badger is a small, family-owned & family-friendly company nestled on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire. They blend organic plant extracts, exotic oils and butters and beeswax, and make healing balms, lip balms, safe mineral sunscreens and other personal care products that work and feel remarkably good. Badger products are uniquely formulated blends of the finest organic ingredients available anywhere in the world. Their Philosophy of Formulation is simple: make products for people they love, and then share them with the world. They combine years of tradition, research, and lots of love to create products that work as well as you expect them to.
They hold every single ingredient to the "Badger Natural Standard", a rigorous look at the growth, sustainability, and supply chain of each ingredient they use. That means that when you use Badger products, you can be sure that you are using the purest, most natural products available. And because the USDA Organic Certification is a food-grade standard, their ingredients are even pure enough to eat! Badger's USDA Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes from a single estate in Southern Spain, and that very same Olive Oil is used by Michelin Star-winning chefs in France and Spain! In fact, all of the Badgers eat the very same Olive Oil in Badger's organic lunches, and many of us purchase it to use in their home kitchens. And of course, they use only the finest, purest essential oils from the far corners of the globe. One example is the Organic Rose Oil (Rosa Damascena) that comes from Bulgaria - the blossoms are hand picked before dawn and steam-distilled the very same day. It takes about 5 tons of fresh rose blossoms to make one liter of oil, and Badger pays over $4,000 per liter for that precious stuff!
That's the Badger difference, and what makes Badger unique.
Their products harness the powers of aromatherapy, vitamin rich oils, essential oils, and minerals to soothe, smooth, and protect your skin and your mind. This means that Badger is a total body/mind/spirit experience. If you look at the ingredient declaration on any of their products, they're certain you'll be impressed! They hope you enjoy their products as much as they do, and please contact us if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or a funny story to share.
- To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal.
- To run a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where their vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way they work and through the way they treat each other and the people they serve.
- Individual responsibility in a team concept
- Personal and caring approach in communications
- Supporting organic, sustainable agriculture through their purchasing practices
- A business environment that is respectful and supportive of all employees, and of the people they serve
- Personal and social healing through their charitable giving
- Environmental responsibility
- Honesty and integrity in their business practices
- Fun is good
Badger's Social Initiatives
The Badger business is devoted to and built around the principles of kindness and compassion. Below are just some of the ways in which they support the people they work with, their suppliers, their community, and the people they serve.
In 2011, Badger became a Certified Benefit Corporation, which means a third party certifier rated their company's social responsibility performance, and offered guidance for how to continually improve their business practices. In 2013, they were rated in the top 10% of all B Corps!
- They support farmers and farming communities, as well as their customers: As a Certified Organic company, their purchasing practices always put health of product for their customers and health of farmer community first by using Certified Organic ingredients in their products. In addition to their organic requirement, whenever possible they use ethically sourced ingredients in their products including Certified Fair Trade ingredients. Additionally, they serve a Certified Organic lunch to their employees every day and drink Organic Fair Trade coffees and teas. All snacks in their company store are either Certified Organic or from sustainable, local farms.
- Charitable Giving: Badger donates 10% of before-tax profits or $10,000 (whichever is greater) to non-profit organizations that focus on the health & welfare of children, local organizations serving the community, and the promotion of peace. Most years, the amount they donate is over 5x's their minimum. They also match appropriate employee donations up to $100. Read more on their Charitable Giving page.
- Paid Company Community Service: Twice a year Badger employees participate in a roadside clean-up. This is scheduled during a normal work day and all employees are paid for their service. Also, Badger employees are paid to volunteer their time for environmental and community projects during the year.
- Ecology Center Workshops: Badger offers workshops to the community including Composting, Orchard cultivation, Planning your Flower Garden, and Healthy Beekeeping. These are open to the public, and are on a voluntary donation basis.
Benefits Specific to Badger Employees (in addition to legally mandated state and federal benefits)
To promote a healthy work environment, Badger believes in company transparency and employee empowerment. Badger works diligently to make the company a great place to work, where employees feel respected and valued, accountable to co-workers and customers, and where communication between co-workers reflects a personal and caring approach.
- Free Lunch! Every day their chef prepares a hot lunch for all of their employees made from 100% organic and mostly local foods.
- Health Benefits
- Health Insurance
- Badger Wellness Fund: Limited financial reimbursement for health related expenses,including massages, sports equipment, non-qualified medical bills, etc.
- Medical Flexible Spending Account
- Long and Short Term Disability - company paid.
- Health Days - similar to 'sick' days but used when you need time off to stay healthy.
- Employee Assistance Plan - confidential, company paid, professional services to help address issues affecting personal and/or work life.
- Vacation Days: Including accrual and annual carry over of days.
- Life Insurance: Badger pays 100% of premium.
- Lunch and Work Breaks: Paid lunch 1/2 hour. Did they mention the free lunch they get everyday?
- Simple IRA: Badger matches a percentage of employee's contribution.
- Maternity and Paternity Leave: Paid time off to prepare for giving birth and caring for a new baby.
- Babies at Work: On a case-by-case basis a parent may be allowed to bring their new baby to work for the first 6 months. They have had 8 babies come to work since they began this program 6 years ago! Learn more.
- Profit Sharing: Every year funds are distributed evenly throughout the company based on number of hours worked.
- Quarterly Allowance: $25 of free product each quarter at employee pricing. All products are available at employee pricing throughout the year.
- Employee Loan Assistance Program: Offering small loans to employees for financial emergencies.
- Free long distance telephone calls up to 10 minutes.
- Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty
- "Do-the-Right-Thing" Policy: Provides an avenue for employees to raise concerns with the assurance that they will be protected from reprisals or victimization.
Sound like a great place to work? It is!
Badger's Environmental Initiatives
At Badger they make healthy products to help people and environmental responsibility is one of their core principles. They use mostly USDA Certified Organic ingredients in their products and they believe this support of sustainable organic agriculture helps to protect the environment, produces higher quality raw ingredients and helps to protect the farmers and their families from the dangers associated with chemical farming. When you add fair-trade into the equation, you are also helping to protect the economic welfare of their farmers and their families.
In 2011, Badger became a B-Corporation to help assess and improve their business practices, so that they are always doing what's right for people and planet. They're constantly looking for ways to improve the way they do things, from ordering paper to packing their shipping boxes.
Their Ingredients and Products
- They are a USDA Certified Organic company and most of their products contain 100% Certified Organic ingredients. Organic ingredients means healthy air, healthy water, healthy earth, and healthy people. Their ingredients are ecologically harvested, wild-crafted, and/or fairly traded.
- Their ingredients are 100% natural. By this they mean that they come directly from nature and are not chemically processed or extracted. Their only exceptions are the minerals in their tints and sunscreens, which are processed for purity and safety. Read more about their ingredient standards.
- They consistently evaluate the sustainability of all ingredients and they regularly review each of their suppliers' practices. They use Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter and other ethically sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Sustainable Aspects of their Manufacturing Facility
- An independent evaluation of their new facility shows that it meets the LEED Silver standard for environmental building design.
- The site where their building now stands was an old sand pit. They are in the process of making the land healthy and beautiful again.
- The building makes extensive use of wood with much of it coming from local and regional sources.
- Their building is highly insulated; they also employed a "thermal break" in wall and roof systems for energy efficiency.
- The building is insulated with dense-packed cellulose derived from recycled newspaper and fireproofed with the inert mineral, boric acid.
- They were very careful to use non-toxic materials throughout the building including the paints, joint compound, floor and wood-trim finishes, counter tops and cabinets. The floors for instance are finished with a product called "Poly-Whey" which is derived from milk whey!
- They used natural linoleum for the lab and bathroom floors.
- The lab and kitchen counter tops are PaperStone™, made from recycled paper and petroleum- free resin.
- They've installed many skylights, so they can use natural day-lighting whenever possible.
- The first floor concrete is simply colored with iron oxide and hardened with the non-toxic Ashford Process which makes the floor dense, dust-free, and easy to clean and maintain.
- They used shiplap boards for the second floor sub-flooring, and then decided to sand and finish it. It makes for a simple, inexpensive, rustic and naturally beautiful mill floor.
- They built the office cubbies on-site from Homesote (compressed recycled newspaper) and pine from a local mill. The desks are local pine, joined and sanded at the mill.
- They are a 'Green Rate' customer with their electricity supplier (PSNH), meaning that they buy and retire Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 25% of their total monthly energy use.
- They use energy efficient compact fluorescent CF light bulbs to reduce unnecessary energy use.
- They have switched their computer system over to having a thin-client terminal at each desk, which offers significant power savings over personal computers.
- They are using phone and internet based trainings to reduce air travel of their employees.
Paper and Supplies
- In the office, they ask people to think before printing e-mails and other files. They even use both sides of their paper!
- They use 100% post-consumer, non-chlorine bleached paper for their office and catalogs. Their catalogs and marketing materials are printed on Forest Stewardship Council Certified, 100% recycled papers.
- All of their cleaning supplies are biodegradable and their toilet paper and paper towels are made from post consumer waste in a chlorine-free process.
- They drink Certified Organic and Fair Trade Dean's Beans coffees.
- All of the water in the Badger Mines is filtered - so there's no need for water coolers.
- All toilets and showers in their new facility are low-flow.
- Water efficient landscaping - no potable use water used in landscaping.
- The Badger gardens have been mulched to a higher extent to reduce water requirements.
- Badger plans to start collecting rainwater with a guttering system for the gardens and low volume irrigation.
- Badger's manufacturing processes use minimal water and do not create any toxic waste that could get into the local water system.
Reuse and Recycling
- They always find a use for the plastic bags, cardboard boxes, glass containers and packaging materials that their supplies come in. Even the Styrofoam peanuts they receive get reused!
- Their employees use non-disposable glasses, mugs and plates for lunch and drinks every day.
- Any material that they can't reuse or give away gets recycled, including damaged tins, glass and metal containers, cardboard boxes unfit for reuse, and all of their office paper waste.
- They compost food waste to be used around the gardens of the facility.
- Every desk has a recycling container, and there are larger containers located in the dining room for plastic, cans, and glass.
Packaging and Shipping
- They ship UPS carbon neutral!
- Their famous tins are made from 89% post consumer recycled 'tin plated steel', the same material as soup cans. They hope you will find a way to reuse your empty tins (to store buttons, safety pins, etc), otherwise they are 100% recyclable.
- Their recyclable in-store display boxes are clay coated and made from 100% recycled newspaper.
- They changed their packing material from plastic bubble wrap to paper packing material, which is recyclable and biodegradable.
- They have many different sized shipping boxes so that they can always find the best fit (to not ship excess box space, extra packing materials or extra weight) and they reuse cardboard boxes they've received to ship their products when possible.
- They continuously seek more environmentally friendly packaging materials and shipping methods. They are currently working to replace plastic packaging with recycled metal and other alternatives.
- Their sunscreen tubes are >50% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content, as well as BPA- and Phthalate-free.