Here at Badger we take pride in our relationship with the people who harvest and process our spectacular ingredients. Read on to learn more about the ingredients, and some of the people who grow and produce them...
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Soler Romero Estate, Spain
Badger's Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced by Soler Romero, a family owned and operated farm in Southern Spain whose rich olive history dates back to 1850. Not only is Soler Romero a 100% USDA Certified Organic olive oil producer, but they also produce their own natural, organic fertilizer from the byproducts of harvesting and pressing (the leftover branches, leaves, and olive pulp). This closes the production circle by recycling all byproducts and increasing biodiversity - all while covering the fertilizing needs of their olives. And, like a fine winery, their mill is located right on the estate - this means that their olives are processed within 2 hours of being harvested! Their history, environmental practices, and respect for the land makes for some mighty tasty olive oil that is enjoyed the world over. Badger uses Soler Romero's USDA Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in almost all of our products.
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Read a story written by Badger Bill about his and Katie's visit to Soler Romero!
Organic Coconut Oil:
Samoan Coconut Project, Samoa
There's nothing quite like fresh, virgin Coconut Oil! The smell is reminiscent of macaroons cooking in the oven (one of Badger Bill's favorite smells!), and it is readily absorbed by the skin and hair, making it an ideal moisturizer. Virgin Coconut Oil has a high level of antioxidants, and a bounty of nutrients and fatty acids. In traditional soap making, Coconut Oil is often referred to as a 'gift' to the soap maker, because the saponified oil of Coconut creates a wonderful, cleansing lather and big fluffy bubbles, while hardening the soap bar. We use Coconut Oil in our soaps, and also in our Vanilla Coconut Every Day Body Moisturizer. Badger's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil comes from a sustainable coconut oil project in Samoa. This is run by a not-for-profit women's foundation - a unique venture aimed at rebuilding the economic independence of individual villages.
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Organic Cocoa Butter:
Cooperativa Agraria Industrial, Peru
Badger's Organic and Fair Trade CertifiedTM Cocoa Butter has the subtle scent of dark chocolate, and makes you feel good inside and out! Besides chocolate, Cocoa Butter is best-known as a protective skin barrier, deep skin moisturizer, and moisture retainer because it helps to lock moisture in the skin, and block out harsh outside elements. Some even call it the "ultimate moisturizer" and use Cocoa Butter to treat and prevent scarring and stretch marks. You can find Cocoa Butter in our sunscreens, Cocoa Butter Lip Balms, Creamy Cocoa Every Day Body Moisturizer and After Sun Balm, to name a few. Badger's Cocoa Butter is produced by La Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo Limitada in Peru. The Fair Trade price has enabled them to establish various social and productive programs relating to: education, productive investment, environmental initiatives, financial credit, and women's rights.
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Organic Menthol Crystals:
Uttar Pradesh Mint Project, India
You may not have heard of Menthol Crystals before, but they are a really cool ingredient that Badger uses! Menthol crystals are the essence of mint, created by the freezing & precipitation process of Peppermint and other mint essential oils. They look a lot like small quartz crystal points, but that's where the similarity ends! If you put a pinch to your nose, you will know immediately that these are no rocks! Applied to the skin they are cooling and refreshing, so we've added a pinch to our Headache Soother, and our Sore Muscle Rub Cooling Blend. Badger's Organic Menthol Crystals are produced by Earthoil India. All the farmers are registered under the "Fair for Life" certification. By shortening the supply chain, Earthoil has managed to achieve increased prices to the farmers without affecting the actual market price of the product.
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We have lots of fabulous growers that we work with, and will be adding more to this page soon - be sure to check back!