Badger Healing Balm - 2 oz. (56 g)
Badger Healing Balm gives you relief for hard working hands. Badger Healing Balm is the best stuff for your chapped, cracked, rough, and weathered Skin. Badger Healing Balm For Hardworking Hands helps to soothe, heal and protect. Badger Healing Balm is the best organic salve for your cracked, chapped, rough, weathered and dry skin. Badger Healing Balm is the stuff you want with you if you are lost in some vast, uncharted wilderness. Badger Healing Balm has the mild, wintergreen-like scent of Sweet Birch, which has been traditionally used as an antiseptic, a muscle rub, and to ease the occasional symptoms of skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. Badger Healing Balm is tough enough to soothe rough, dry skin, but gentle enough to use every day. This stuff works.
- Rub this on any chapped, cracked, rough, or weathered skin, and feel the restorative power of this healing balm
- Sweet Birch Oil and Wintergreen Oil have been used for centuries to help treat skin problems. They've searched high and low to get teh real stuff, too - truly distilled from plants, not made in a laboratory
- Ultra-rich, ultra-moisturizing balm that works
- Great light wintergreen scent
- Absolutely, positively NO chemicals, synthetics, "fragrance", parabens, GMOs, or any other bad stuff
- All of their balms are USDA Certified Organic and Petrolatum-free
Badger Questions & Answers
What is the shelf life of an unopened tin of Badger?
An unopened tin of Badger stored at moderate temperatures should be good for three years. If you open it and it smells good, it is good. Since most of their products are made with a base of olive oil and beeswax, both natural preservatives, even a balm that doesn't smell as good is still safe to use, just not as pleasant! They do not use chemical stabilizers or any other nasty stuff, so extremes in temperature (such as freezing, thawing, and humidity) can affect shelf life by changing the consistency and lessening the scent of the balm. All of their tins are imprinted with a "Best By" date on the outside of the lid, which is three years from manufacture. Their lip balms have both a date of manufacture and a "BB" (best by) date stamped on the bottom of the stick, which is two years after manufacture. Their oils have a "Best By" date sticker on the product boxes as well as on the bottom of the glass bottle, which is two years from the manufacture date. Their sunscreens have an "EXP" (expiration date) imprinted on the top of the tube within the crimped seal, which is two years from the manufacture date.
How long will an opened tin last?
As soon as you open a tin of any product and use it, the life span varies. Since Badger does not use any chemical stabilizers, factors such as storage temperature and humidity, as well as how clean the fingers are that scoop out the product impact an open tin's life span. Essential oils will slowly but surely evaporate from an open tin; that's the pleasant fragrance you smell when you open one. You can expect your opened balm to stay good for 12 months, however if it looks good and smells good, it is still good!
How can I make sure my Badger stays fresh?
Keep it covered when not in use. Keep your product out of direct sun when possible, and avoid repeated freezing and thawing. Refrigeration is not necessary, but it will certainly prolong the life of the product.
Why does the balm in my tin of Badger look different than the last time I bought it?
Badger uses only minimally-processed natural ingredients, and because of this, variation in color from one batch to another is common. Normal variance in sunshine, rain, or temperature from year to year or country harvested can all subtly affect natural ingredients. One season's pressing of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil may be greener in color than others, or you may experience a stronger or subtler scent with an essential oil. These are all normal and to be expected with natural ingredients.
What happens if one of my Badger products freezes or melts? Can I still use it?
Absolutely. However, you may find that the consistency will change a little. Sometimes the product becomes much softer and creamier if it freezes and then thaws, but it is still absolutely fine to use.
Can I use Badger products on my face?
Badger products are so natural that they are safe to use anywhere on your body. Of course, they don't recommend using their Muscle & Joint Rubs on your face, so please use your own discretion and common sense. Their Damascus Rose Beauty Balm, Damascus Rose Face Oil, Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion, and SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion were formulated for use on the face, and they receive a lot of feedback from Badgers all over the world who say it that these products softens and smooth their skin like none other. Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion and SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion have been tested & approved Non-Comedogenic (won't clog pores).
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 your products on my children/baby?
Absolutely! They have received feedback from moms, dads and grandparents that Badger Balm and Baby Balm are safe and effective when used on even the littlest Badger's skin irritations, cradle cap and diaper rash. Many people also use their Anti-Bug Repellents, Sleep Balm, Bali Balm, and Night-Night Balm as natural alternatives for their children. As with all new products it is best to do a skin patch test prior to full usage to test for any skin allergies, and if you have any questions please check with your doctor.
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 they cannot guarantee those products gluten free. Their SPF 16 Lotions (Aloe Vera & Damascus Rose), and their 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.
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.
I have allergies to Corn - are Badger products safe for me to use?
Badger sunscreens manufactured prior to June 2012 contain Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), which is partially derived from corn. 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.
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.
My dog, cat, lizard ate my tin of Badger, will they be OK?
All the ingredients contained in Badger products are natural (and most of them are also food-grade Certified Organic). In most cases, if consumed by a pet (except cats), there would be no harmful effect. Cats cannot process essential oils, so if the product has a high essential oil content it may make your cat sick. Check with your vet to be sure, since different animals have different sensitivities to essential oils, and though we're Badgers we're no animal experts!
Is it ok to use Badger on my cat?
No, it is not okay to use any product containing essential oils on a cat. They cannot process essential oils in the same way that dogs or humans do and it may make them sick.
Do you 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 ourselves. 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 you use oil made from badgers in your 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.
Do their products contain sunscreen?
Only products labeled with an SPF value are registered with the FDA as sunscreens. Their Lip Tint and Shimmers do contain minerals that offer some sun protection (titanium dioxide and iron oxide) but these are not registered sunscreen products and they make no claims as to their sun screening ability. Their other balms do help heal and soothe dry parched skin but offer no protection from the sun. See their About Badger Sunscreens page for more information on Badger's full line of sunscreen products.
Do Badger products contain antioxidants, particularly vitamin E?
Yes, Badger products are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which naturally occurs in the oils, butters, waxes, and extracts they use to formulate their powerfully pure products. Their sunscreen creams use a naturally-derived Sunflower Vitamin E for preservation. They believe that the best place to get these is from the plants they naturally occur in.
Do their plastic tubes contain BPA or Phthalates?
No, they are BPA- and Phthalate-free.
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 them 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.
- To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to soothe and heal.
- To run a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where the 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 our 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