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.


General Questions
Product-Specific Questions
Ingredient Questions

General Questions:

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What is the shelf life of an unopened tin of Badger?

An unopened tin of balm stored at a moderate temperature should be good for two to three years. If you open it and it smells good, then it’s good. Since most of our products are made with a base of olive oil and beeswax, which are both natural preservatives, even if your balm doesn't smell like it should, it 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 a balm’s shelf life by changing its consistency and aroma.

How can I find the expiration date on my product?

Every Badger tin is imprinted with a “Best By” date located on the outside of the lid, which is three years from the date of manufacture. Our lip balms have a date of manufacture and/or a “Best By” date stamped on the bottom, which is two years from the date of manufacture. Our oils have a “Best By” date sticker on the product box and on the bottom of the glass bottle, which is two years from the date of manufacture. Our sunscreens have an “EXP” (expiration) date imprinted on the top of the tube within the crimped seal, which is two years from the date of manufacture. Click to find the expiration date on your product.

How long will an opened tin last?

You can expect your opened tin of balm to remain good for at least twelve months. Beyond that, the general rule of thumb is if it looks and smells good, then it’s still good! However, keep in mind that as soon as you open any tin of balm and use it, the life span countdown begin. And because Badger does not use any chemical stabilizers, factors such as temperature, humidity and even the cleanliness of fingers removing the balm can affect an open tin’s life span. What more, essential oils, which give a balm its pleasant aroma, will slowly but surely begin to evaporate from an open tin.

How can I make sure my Badger stays fresh?

Keep the lid on when not in use. Keep it out of direct sunlight, when possible. And avoid repeated freezing and thawing (like forgetting it in your car on a cold day or hot day). Refrigeration is not necessary, but it will certainly help prolong the life of your balm.

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, variations in color from one batch to another can be expected. Factors such as the amount of sunshine and rain in a given year or fluctuations in temperature can all subtly affect natural ingredients. One season's pressing of organic extra virgin olive oil may be greener in color than the season prior, or you may experience a stronger or more subtle scent with an essential oil. All of this is normal and expected when working with natural ingredients and Mother Nature.

What happens if one of my Badger products freezes or melts? Can I still use it?

Absolutely! However, you may find its consistency has changed just a bit. Sometimes, a product can become much softer and creamier after it freezes and then thaws, but it is still perfectly good and safe to use.

Can I use Badger products on my face?

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Our products are so natural that they’re safe to use pretty much anywhere on your body. We don't recommend, however, using our Muscle and Joint Rubs near your eyes, nose, mouth, and other sensitive areas. And if a product is new to you and you’re not sure how your skin will react, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use. For your face, we recommend our cleansing oils and face oils, which have been tested and approved non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and are specially formulated for use on the face. Our daily sunscreen lotions and many of our sunscreen creams are great for use on both your body and face.

I'm pregnant and/or nursing, are your products safe for me?

Yes! Badger products are made using the highest quality natural and certified organic ingredients. However, we recommend that pregnant or nursing moms always check with their doctors. You’ll find no artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, parabens, petrolatum, synthetics or harsh ingredients in any of our products. Essential oils are included in low percentages, so moderate use should be safe. As always, if a product is new to you and you’re not sure how your skin will react, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use. Skin Patch Test

Can I use your products on my children?

Absolutely! Our products are safe to use on children and babies six months or older. We receive feedback from moms, dads, and grandparents that they love using our baby care products because they soothe minor skin irritations, cradle cap, and diaper rash. Many people also use our Anti-Bug products, Sleep Balm, After Sun Balm, and Night-Night Balm as natural alternatives for their children. If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use, and if you have any questions please check with your doctor.

I have allergies to gluten, are Badger products safe for me?

Yes! As of July 2015, our products (with the exception of products listed below which are produced outside of the Badger facility) are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), one of the top certification programs in the world. When you see the GF logo on a Badger product, you’ll know that product meets strict gluten free standards that have been independently verified.

Click here for more information. Or click here to view all our gluten free products.

The following Badger products, which are produced outside the Badger facility, may contain the potential allergen gluten:

• Lip Tints & Shimmers
• Soaps (Badger Rose Geranium Face & Body Soap contains finely ground oatmeal)
• Sunscreens (SPF 35 Face Sticks and SPF 15 Lip Balm)
• Diaper Cream
• After-Bug Balm

Badger’s Lip Tints & Shimmers, soaps, sunscreens (including SPF 35 Face Sticks and SPF 15 Lip Balm), diaper cream, and After-Bug Balm are produced offsite by subcontract manufacturers using machinery that also produces products containing wheat. While our subcontract manufacturers carefully clean between product runs to greatly reduce the possibility of cross-contamination, follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, and periodically test batches to be sure that the cleaning processes are sufficient to reduce cross contamination of any allergens, these products cannot be guaranteed gluten-free.

If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend reading our full-disclosure labels carefully and testing on a small area of skin before full use.

What does gluten-free mean?

Gluten refers to certain proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. People with gluten-related disorders or sensitivity don’t tolerate the proteins found in foods containing these grains. Products certified gluten free contain 10ppm (parts per million) or less of the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley.

I have allergies to peanuts, are Badger products safe for me?

Badger products do not contain peanuts or peanut products. However, because we are not peanut-free certified, we cannot claim that our products are peanut-free. Products manufactured at our subcontractors' facilities (soaps, sunscreens, including SPF 35 Face Sticks and SPF 15 Lip Balm, diaper cream, After-Bug Balm and lip balms manufactured prior to July 2015) do not contain peanuts but may be produced on equipment that also produces products containing peanuts. While our subcontract manufacturers carefully clean between product runs to greatly reduce the possibility of cross-contamination, follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, and periodically test batches to be sure that the cleaning processes are sufficient to reduce cross contamination of any allergens, they cannot claim to have a peanut free facility, nor do they hold any peanut-free certifications.

If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend reading our full-disclosure labels carefully and testing on a small area of skin before full use.

I have allergies to tree nuts, are Badger products safe for me?

The following Badger products contain the potential allergen of tree nuts (argan, baobab, cocoa, coconut, nutmeg, and shea butter):

• Badger After-Bug Stick (coconut oil)
• Badger After Sun Balm (cocoa and shea butter)
• Badger Argan Cleansing Oil (argan oil)
• Badger Argan Face Oil (argan and baobab oil)
• Badger Argan Beauty Balm (argan and baobab oil)
• Badger Argan Hair Oil (argan oil)
• Badger Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger Seabuckthorn Face Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger Unscented Face Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger Cuticle Care (shea butter)
• All Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balms (cocoa butter)
• All Badger Every Day Body Moisturizers (cocoa, nutmeg and shea butter, coconut oils) - Note: These items have been discontinued.
• Soaps (coconut oil, shea butter) - Note: These items have been discontinued.
• Badger SPF 15 Lip Balm Sunscreen (cocoa and shea butter)
• Badger SPF 35 Sport Face Stick Sunscreen (cocoa and shea butter) 
• Badger SPF 35 Kids Face Stick Sunscreen (cocoa and shea butter)
• Badger SPF 25 Unscented Sunscreen Lotion (coco-glucoside derived from coconut & coconut extract)
• Badger SPF 25 Rose Sunscreen Lotion (coco-glucoside derived from coconut & coconut extract)
• Badger SPF 25 Tinted Rose Sunscreen Lotion (coco-glucoside derived from coconut & coconut extract)
• Badger Pre-Shave Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger After Shave Face Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger Beard Balm (baobab oil) 
• Badger Man Care Hair Oil (baobab oil)
• Badger Shave Soap (shea butter and sodium cocoate derived from coconut oil) 
• Badger Hair Pomade (coconut oil and shea butter) 
• Badger Mustache Wax (shea butter) 
• Badger Pregnant Belly Balm (cocoa butter, coconut oil) 
• Badger Pregnant Belly Oil (coconut oil) 
• Badger Nursing Balm (coconut oil)

While we (and our subcontract manufacturers) follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards to eliminate cross contamination of any allergens, we cannot guarantee that other Badger products not appearing on this list are one hundred percent nut-free, nor do we currently hold any certification stating so.

If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend reading our full-disclosure labels carefully and testing on a small area of skin before full use.

I have allergies to soy, are Badger products safe for me?

The following Badger products contain the potential allergen soy or ingredients derived from soy:

• Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray (soybean oil)
• SPF 25 Unscented Daily Sunscreen Lotion (organic glycerin derived from soybean)
• SPF 25 Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen Lotion (organic glycerin derived from soybean)
• SPF 25 Damascus Rose Sheer Tint Face Sunscreen Lotion (organic glycerin derived from soybean)
• After Shave Face Tonic (organic glycerin derived from soybean)
• Shave Soap (organic glycerin derived from soybean)
• Badger SPF 20 Damascus Rose Face Lotion - 2015 formula (lecithin derived from soybean)
• Badger SPF 20 Damascus Rose Face Lotion Tinted - 2015 formula (lecithin derived from soybean)

Separate filling tubes are used when producing Badger Anti-Bug Shake and Spray to limit any potential soy cross contamination in products manufactured on the same machinery. However, there is the potential for trace amounts of soy to be present in our liquid products (any product in glass bottle packaging).

The following Badger products may contain the potential allergen Soy or ingredients derived from Soy:
• Badger Lip Tints
• Badger Lip Tint & Shimmers
• Lip balms manufactured prior to July 2015 

All products packaged in tins are made on machinery that has not touched any soy ingredients.

If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend reading our full-disclosure labels carefully and testing on a small area of skin before full use.

I have allergies to corn, are Badger products safe for me?

The following Badger products contain the potential allergen corn:

• Badger After Shave Face Tonic (corn-derived denatured alcohol)
• 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 (e.g. Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E)) on the product label if you have allergies to corn.

If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend reading our full-disclosure labels carefully and testing on a small area of skin before full use.

My dog, cat, lizard ate my tin of Badger, will they be OK?

All ingredients contained in Badger products are natural (and most are also food grade certified organic). In most cases, if a product is consumed by an animal (with the exception of a cat), there should be no harmful effects. Cats cannot process essential oils, so if the product has a high essential oil content it may make your cat sick. Check with your veterinarian to be sure, since different animals have different sensitivities to essential oils, and though we are “Badgers,” we are definitely not animal experts.

Is it ok to use Badger on my cat?

No! It is definitely not okay to use any product containing essential oils on a cat. Cats don’t process essential oils in the same way as dogs or humans and it may make them sick.

Do you test your products on animals?

No way, no how! We love animals and will never ever test on them! Every ingredient we use is safe and when used in the proper amounts food grade (and our essential oils are always properly diluted.) We test all prototype products on families, friends, volunteers, and ourselves, which is fun. If a new product does not pass our high standards, it does not make it into the marketplace. We are also certified by Leaping Bunny which means we never test our products on animals and our suppliers never test their ingredients on animals.

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, including badger oil! Many of our products contain beeswax, which is naturally produced by bees. Currently, our vegan products include pregnant belly oil, massage oils, body oils (including our baby oil), face oils, face cleansing oils, hair oils, pre-shave oil, after-shave face oil, men’s hair oil, and beard oil.

Do Badger formulas contain any harsh or synthetic ingredients?

We are committed to using ingredients that are as close to nature as possible, which means most of our products are certified organic and/or certified natural. Read our labels. You won’t find any petroleum-derived ingredients, sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes, fragrances, parabens, carcinogens or anything controversial. Sometimes an ingredient name sounds like it could be a chemical, such as the sucrose cocoate and gluconolactone found in our sunscreen lotions, but these ingredients are directly derived from natural plant materials and are uncontroversial and safe to use. All minerals used in our products, 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?

Our products labeled with an SPF value are the only products registered with the FDA as sunscreens. Our Lip Tint and Shimmers contain minerals that may offer some sun protection (titanium dioxide and iron oxide), but because they are not registered as sunscreen products, we cannot make claims about their sun protection. While some of our balms help to soother dry, parched skin, they do not offer protection from the sun. For more information about our Active, Sport and Daily sunscreens, visit About Badger Sunscreens.

Do Badger products contain antioxidants, particularly vitamin E?

Yes. Badger products are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which naturally occur 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 nature is the best source for ingredients that benefit both people and the planet.

Do our plastic tubes contain BPA or Phthalates?

No, they are BPA and Phthalate-free.

My clothing/linens were stained from using Badger products. What can I do?

White Stain: Zinc Oxide
White is one of the natural properties of zinc oxide. And, unfortunately, this whitening effect can sometimes stain darker fabrics. To help remove zinc oxide stains, we recommend soaking the garment overnight in regular white vinegar and then laundering it in the hottest water the fabric can handle. Air dry. If the stain is still visible after the garment has dried, repeat the soaking process and then launder again. It’s best to do this process before drying the garment in an electric dryer, which can set the stain. Note: If you are concerned about using vinegar and the colorfastness of your garment, try looking for an enzyme-based commercial stain remover made specifically for color fabrics.

Grease Stain: Olive Oil
Grease stains can be treated just like a stain from salad dressing! If the stain is mostly oil-based (rather than the white of zinc oxide), place baking soda on it and then let it sit for up to an hour before laundering. In addition to laundry soap, be sure to add a little dish soap as this will help to break up the oil, something that regular laundry detergents don’t always do. Wash your garment in the hottest water it can safely handle and then air dry. An electric dryer can set a stain, so be sure it’s no longer visible before using one.

Important! Using white vinegar and baking soda together can cause a bleaching reaction. We do not recommend using these stain removal techniques together unless the garment you’re treating is completely white

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Sunscreen Questions:

How much sunscreen should I apply?

The FDA tests sunscreen SPF using 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter (2mg/cm) of skin. This is about 1ounce for a full adult body (about a shot glass full) or about a third of a teaspoon to cover your face. It's nearly impossible to actually measure and evenly apply sunscreen according to these guidelines, so we suggest applying a visibly whitening coat of sunscreen to all exposed skin and then rubbing it in to reduce the whitening effect. To ensure that you have achieved full and even coverage, let the first coat dry for 15-30 minutes and then reapply. Think of it as putting on a base coat and then a finish coat.

To maintain maximum effectiveness, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours and more often after extended swimming or sweating. If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use. Keep sunscreens out of eyes and away from broken or damaged skin. Adult supervision is recommended when using this product on children. If separation in product occurs, knead tube to remix product before using.

Does sunscreen expire? Where do I find the expiration date?

Unopened Badger sunscreens generally have a shelf life of two to three years from the date of manufacture (depending on the product). Expiration dates are printed on the crimp (top edge) of tubes. Opened sunscreens should remain good for one year after being used or until the date of expiration is reached. We cannot guarantee that an expired sunscreen will adequately protect you from the sun, so you should replace it. Note: Extreme temperature fluctuations may cause the natural ingredients in our sunscreens to expire early. We recommend that you store your Badger sunscreen in temperatures below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Can I use your Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream with cloth diapers?

We don’t recommend it. While many moms and dads here at Badger use our diaper cream with cloth diapers, they generally use a liner to make sure the cloth is protected. To determine whether or not you can use our diaper cream with your brand of cloth diapers, we recommend checking with your diaper service or cloth diaper manufacturer.

Can I use your bug repellent products on my children? How about my baby?

Badger Anti-Bug Balm, Anti-Bug Spray, and Anti-Bug Sunscreen are formulated with all natural and certified organic ingredients, including essential oils that have insect repelling properties. Essential oils in high concentrations could irritate the skin. However, the percentages found in our products should not cause irritation when used according to the direction, unless your child has an allergy or specific sensitivity. Consult with a doctor before using this product on a child aged six months or older. If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use and if you have any questions, check with your doctor.

Do your bug repellents help repel ticks?

While we have anecdotal evidence that our repellents are helpful, due to the risks associated with Lyme disease we do not recommend relying on our bug repellents to keep you, your family, or your pet(s) tick free.

Why did Badger remove the USDA Organic logo from the bug repellent packaging?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates all bug repellents. They allow only one federal agency to be represented on labels due to concerns that consumers wouldn’t know who to contact if they had a problem with a product. So although our Anti-Bug Balms and Shake & Sprays are certified organic, for the reason just stated we cannot reference the USDA on our labels.

Do Badger Anti-Bug Products protect against Zika? Were your products tested on the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus?

Badger manufactures Anti-Bug Balm, Anti-Bug Spray, and Anti-Bug Sunscreen using all natural ingredients that are DEET-free. These products are formulated and lab tested to repel mosquitoes and stable flies. They are not intended to control or mitigate specific species of insects that may transmit diseases to humans, such as mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

What kind of testing has been performed on your bug repellents?

A laboratory trial was conducted to assess the efficacy of Badger's Anti-Bug Balm formula as a mosquito and stable fly repellent. The test results concluded, "Badger Anti-Bug Balm was highly effective in controlling mosquitoes and stables flies for up to one and a half hours post treatment, in terms of 95% repellency. Efficacy remained high up to three and a half hours against mosquitoes and three hours against stable flies."

Badger's Anti-Bug Spray and Anti-Bug Sunscreen were both laboratory-tested to determine the efficacy of these products as mosquito repellents. Test results concluded, "The Anti-Bug Spray provided a narrow range of 3 to 4 hours of protection, with an average of 3.4 hours. The Anti-Bug Sunscreen allowed a wider range of 3.5 to 5.5 hours of protection, with an average of 4.1 hours."

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 colorants used in cosmetics and lip care products. The pigments we use meet requirements for a number of international natural standards too, 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 clear up eczema and psoriasis?

Our products are neither medicines nor drugs (except for our sunscreens, which are considered over-the-counter drugs by the FDA). Instead, they are natural products that support your body's ability to heal itself. We have received regular feedback from customers that Badger Balm has helped to soothe discomfort associated with skin conditions such as 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 Badger products are made using natural oils, butters and waxes, and are designed to moisturize the skin. Even our sunscreens are great moisturizers!

Do I have to put the aromatherapy Mind Balms on my temples?

Badger Mind Balms are made from all natural and certified organic ingredients and can be applied anywhere to experience the aromatherapy benefits. If a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use.

Can I use Badger Lip Balms around my eyes? What about Foot Balm on my hands, Cuticle Care on my feet, etc.

Badger products, unless otherwise noted, can be used on just about any part of the body. It really comes down to you and your personal preferences. However, we do caution you not to use our Sore Muscle and Joint Rubs or our bug repellents near sensitive areas such eyes, nose, and mouth as they may cause irritation.

Does Sore Muscle Rub help relieve arthritis symptoms?

Badger Sore Muscle Rub is neither a medicine nor a drug. Rather it is meant to gently warm and soothe muscles once rubbed in; making it perfect for use before and after exercise, after a long day, or anytime you’re feeling a little stiff. Cayenne is rich in vitamins C, E, and other powerful antioxidants.

Does Sleep Balm contain any chemicals or drugs?

Our Sleep Balm is all-natural and certified organic. It does not contain any chemicals or drugs. This dreamy, night balm will not make you sleepy (again, it’s not a drug); rather it’s a calming, soothing blend of essential oils to help ease you into a relaxed state of mind so sleep can come naturally.

Can I use Badger Balm on my lips or face, or is it just for hands?

Both Badger Balm and Unscented Badger Balm can be used anywhere on the body. At Badger, we use it on our hands, legs, elbows, feet, face and lips—anywhere that’s parched and needs a little soothing.

Most of our products are safe to use anywhere on your body. We don't recommend, however, using our Muscle and Joint Rubs or bug repellents near your eyes, nose, mouth, and other sensitive areas. And if a product is new to you and you’re not sure how your skin will react, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use.

Is your Damascus Rose Beauty Balm good for scars?

Yes. This is a good product to help soothe wounds or scars. Seabuckthorn is a particularly good ingredient for skin rejuvenation because it contains powerful plant-based antioxidants that have been used traditionally for thousands of years.

Is Aromatic Chest Rub a decongestant?

Aromatic Chest Rub works wonder when applied to the chest area, but for a more concentrated smell, it can also be applied to nose and lips. In addition to promoting deeper breathing and relaxation, it will soothe and smooth any chapped or parched skin. For a steam inhalant, put a 1/2 teaspoon in a humidifier or pot of hot water.

While most of our products are safe for use anywhere on your body, use caution on sensitive areas because essential oils may be irritating. If this product is new to you and you’re not sure how your skin will react, we recommend testing on a small area of skin before full use.

What are those lumps in my After Sun Balm and Cuticle Care?

Those lumps are concentrated beads of nourishing shea butter, which will occasionally separate. However, this does not affect how the product works and those little lumps will melt as soon you rub the balm into your skin.

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Ingredient Questions:

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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?

Extra virgin means the "first cold pressed" oil of olive pressed while the olive fruit is still fresh, resulting in a low acidity, high-quality oil that qualifies as extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oil has a lovely color that ranges from greenish to golden and it retains all of its naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants making it very nutritious and soothing for your skin.

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How do I perform a "skin patch test?"

Some people are sensitive to essential oils. So when in doubt and especially if a product is new to you or a member of your family, we recommend testing on a small area of skin (such as the inside of your elbow) before full use. Cover the test area with a band-aid overnight. In the morning, check for signs of irritation or other skin sensitivity.

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