Badger's Frequently Asked Questions
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We've compiled this list of commonly asked questions, and fun facts about the Badger company and our products. If you don't see your question answered here, feel free to email us and a live Badger will respond as soon as possible.
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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 our 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! We 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.
How can I find the expiration date on my product?
All of our tins are imprinted with a "Best By" date on the outside of the lid, which is three years from manufacture. Our 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. Our 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. Our 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.
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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, we don't recommend using our Muscle & Joint Rubs on your face, so please use your own discretion and common sense. Our 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 we 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! We 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 our 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 our facility in New Hampshire, so our 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 our 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 we cannot guarantee those products gluten free. Our SPF 16 Lotions (Aloe Vera & Damascus Rose), and our SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen do not contain any Tocopherol.
Our 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 our products are peanut-free because we do not have a peanut-free certification.
Products that are manufactured at our 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 we cannot guarantee that any of our products are 100% nut-free, nor do we currently hold any certifications for this. When using a new product for the first time, it is a good idea to read our 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, our 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 we are careful to perform GMP compliant cleanings between all batches to reduce the chance of cross contamination, we 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 we 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 our 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 does not use corn or corn oil in any of our products, however, 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 our 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 – we 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 (our essential oils are always properly diluted.) We test all prototype products on families, friends, volunteers and ourselves. It's fun. If the new product does not pass our tough standards it does not make it to the marketplace. We are also certified by Leaping Bunny which means that not only do we not test our products on animals, but we have confirmed that none of our 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, our products do not contain any animal ingredients and this includes badger oil. Most of our products do contain beeswax, which is produced by bees. Currently, only our 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?
We are committed to using ingredients that are as close to nature as possible and most of our products are USDA Certified Organic and/or certified natural. Read our labels and you will not see any petroleum derived ingredients, sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes, fragrances, parabens, carcinogens or anything controversial. The few chemical sounding ingredients we use in a few of our products, such as the sucrose cocoate and gluconolactone in our sunscreen lotions, are directly derived from natural plant materials and are uncontroversially safe. All of our minerals, including the zinc oxide in our sunscreens and the minerals in our tinted lip balms are processed in a laboratory to ensure purity.
Do your products contain sunscreen?
Only products labeled with an SPF value are registered with the FDA as sunscreens. Our 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 we make no claims as to their sun screening ability. Our other balms do help heal and soothe dry parched skin but offer no protection from the sun. See our 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 we use to formulate our powerfully pure products. Our sunscreen creams use a naturally-derived Sunflower Vitamin E for preservation. We believe that the best place to get these is from the plants they naturally occur in.
Do our plastic tubes contain BPA or Phthalates?
No, they are BPA- and Phthalate-free.
I got stains on my clothing/linens from using Badger products—what can I do?
White Stain: Zinc Oxide
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Unfortunately, one of the natural properties of Zinc Oxide is that it is white. This whitening affect can sometimes cause stains on darker fabrics. To help remove these stains, here are a few tips:
Soak the garment in regular white vinegar for a while, and then launder in the hottest water the fabric can handle. Then, AIR DRY. If the stain is still apparent after air drying, repeat the soaking process and launder again. It is best to do this before the item is placed in an electric tumble dryer, which can set the stain.
If you are concerned about the color of the garment being affected by the vinegar, you can try looking for an "enzyme based" commercial brand of stain remover that is specifically for colored fabrics.
Grease Stain: Olive Oil
Treat stains of this nature just like a stain from salad dressing!
If the stain you are dealing with is mostly from the oil in the product (rather than the white of the Zinc Oxide) try putting some baking soda on the stain and letting it sit for a while before laundering. Then, add a little dish soap to the water when washing the garment—this will help to break up the oil component that regular laundry detergents do not always provide.
Again, wash in hot water and air dry to be sure the stain is removed before drying in an electric dryer.
Please be aware that the combination of white vinegar and baking soda can cause a bleaching reaction. Do not use both of these stain removal techniques together if the garment is not totally white!
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We have so much to say about our sunscreens that we've given them their own pages! Please visit Natural Sunscreen Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our sunscreens and their ingredients.
Can I use your Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream with cloth diapers?
The simple answer is 'no'. While many moms and dads here at Badger use this diaper cream with cloth diapers, they generally use a liner to make sure the diaper is protected. For the official word on whether or not you can use our diaper cream with your brand of diapers - check with your diaper service or the manufacturer of your cloth diapers.
Can I use your Anti-Bug products on my children? How about my baby?
Anti-Bug Balm, Anti-Bug Shake & Spray and our Anti-Bug SPF 34 Sunscreen are formulated with all natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients, including essential oils that have insect repellant qualities. Essential oils in high concentrations could irritate the skin; however, the percentages in our products should not cause irritation unless your child has an allergy or specific sensitivity. We have heard from many users that our Anti-Bug repellents have proved to be safe and effective for their children. Consult with a doctor before using this product on an infant or toddler. With all new products, it is best to do a skin patch test prior to full usage and if you have any questions check with your doctor.
Do your Anti-Bug Repellents help repel ticks?
We have anecdotal evidence that they are helpful, but due to the risks associated with Lyme Disease we do not recommend relying on our Anti-Bug Repellents to keep you or your pet tick free.
Why did Badger remove the USDA Organic logo from the bug repellent packaging?
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates all bug repellents and they only allow these products to reference a single federal agency on their labels as they are concerned that consumers will not know who to go to if they have a problem with the product. Our Anti-Bug Balm and Spray are still certified organic, but we cannot reference the USDA on the labels.
Are the minerals used in Badger's Lip Tint & Shimmers safe?
Yes. We believe we are using the safest and most effective lip tint colors available. Badger uses the following high grade pigments: mica, silica, iron oxide, and titanium dioxide. Our pigments are specifically designed to meet all FDA requirements for color used in cosmetics and lip care products. The pigments that we use also meet requirements for a number of international natural standards, including; the NPA Natural Standard, the Ecocert Natural Standard, the Na True Natural Standard, and the Whole Foods Premium Body Care Standard.
Can Badger Balm help heal eczema and psoriasis?
Our products are not medicines or drugs (except our sunscreens which are considered sunscreen drugs by the FDA), they are natural remedies that support your body's innate ability to heal itself. We have received regular feedback from customers that Badger Balm has helped to soothe the discomforts of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, but we cannot say definitively that they help to heal these skin ailments.
What is your best product for dry skin?
All of our products are based in healing oils, butters and waxes and are designed to moisturize the skin in addition to their other properties. Even our sunscreen is a great moisturizer!
Do I have to put the aromatherapy Mind Balms on my temples?
Badger Mind Balms are made from 100% Organic, All-Natural ingredients and can be applied anywhere on the body to help you experience their aromatherapy benefits. Application to the nose and lips is safe and effective.
Can I use Badger Lip Balms around my eyes? What about Foot Balm on my hands, Cuticle Care on my feet, etc.
Almost all of Badger's products can be used on any part of the body (regardless of their name) - it really comes down to what you fancy!
*Please use caution when using our Sore Muscle Rubs and Anti-Bug Repellents, as they may irritate sensitive areas such as eyes, nose, and mouth.
Does Sore Muscle Rub help relieve arthritis symptoms?
This is not a medicine or a drug and is not marketed for relief of arthritis pain. We do receive regular feedback that our sore muscle line products (Muscle Rub, Extra Strength Sore Muscle Rub, Sore Joint Rub and Ginger Massage Oil) help ease the discomforts associated with arthritis. Scientific studies have shown that both Cayenne and Ginger exhibit natural anti-inflammatory properties, and have been used traditionally in the treatment of muscle and joint stiffness.
Does Sleep Balm contain any chemicals or drugs?
Like all Badger products, Sleep Balm is all natural and USDA Certified Organic and chemical free. The fragrant, relaxing mixture of essential oils helps to calm your thoughts, and then you fall asleep naturally. There is no risk of dependency (unless you become addicted to having really soft skin wherever you apply it!)
Can I use Badger Balm on my lips/face or is it just for hands?
The Original Badger Balm and the Unscented Badger Healing Balm can be used on any body part that needs it. We Badgers use it on hands as well as legs, elbows, feet, faces and lips. Badger will soothe any parched and thirsty skin.
Most of our products are safe to use anywhere on your body. Do use caution on sensitive areas because essential oils may be irritating. Be especially cautious with our Sore Muscle Rub line, because most contain an extract of Cayenne Pepper which is especially painful if you get it in your eye.
Is the Damascus Rose Body Balm (formerly Evolving Body Balm) good for scars?
Yes, this is a good product to use on soothing wounds or scars. The Seabuckthorn is a particularly good ingredient for skin rejuvenation, as it contains powerful plant-based antioxidants, and has been used traditionally for thousands of years for this purpose.
Is Aromatic Chest Rub a decongestant?
Our Aromatic Chest Rub can act as a natural decongestant, especially when you use it in a steam. Just put 1/4 teaspoon of balm in a basin of hot water, make a tent over the basin with a towel and inhale the steam deeply. The Eucalyptus, Menthol Crystals, and other essential oils will help to clear your stuffy nose so that you can breathe easier. You can also apply Aromatic Chest Rub directly to your sore, chapped nose and not only will it help to clear your stuffy head, it will soothe your poor skin.
What are those bumps in my After Sun Balm and Cuticle Care?
Those bumps are concentrated beads of nourishing Shea Butter. The Shea Butter will occasionally separate a bit, but it is not a problem and the little bumps will melt right away as you rub the balm into your skin.
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What is Castor Oil and where does it come from?
Castor oil is a soothing emollient, cold-pressed from Castor "Beans." The Castor plant is a semi-tropical shrub whose common name is "Palma Christi" or "Palm of Christ." Castor Beans are poisonous, but Castor Oil is not. The toxic part of the bean is water-soluble and is not present in the oil.
What makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Extra Virgin"?
It is a "First cold-pressed" oil of olive that has been pressed while the olive fruit is still fresh, resulting in a low-acidity, high quality oil (this is what qualifies it as "extra virgin"). It has a lovely color that ranges from greenish to golden, and retains all of its naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants making it very nutritious, soothing and healing for your skin.
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How do I perform a "skin patch test?"
Skin Patch Test: We mentioned this a few times. Some people are sensitive to essential oils. When in doubt, test. Apply a small amount of the product you are testing to the inside of your elbow or any other sensitive area. Best to cover it with a band-aid. Leave it overnight. In the morning check for signs of irritation or other skin sensitivity.