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.
Badger's Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is entirely produced by a family owned and operated farm in Southern Spain whose rich olive history dates back to 1850. They are 100% USDA Certified Organic and they even produce their own natural, organic fertilizer from the the leftover branches, leaves, and olive pulp. This recycling of these byproducts eliminates the needs for chemical fertilizers. Like a fine winery their mill is located right on the estate - and their olives are processed within 2 hours of harvest! Their history, environmental practices, and respect for the land makes an amazing olive oil that is enjoyed the world over. We use it in our Badger kitchen as well as in almost all of our products.
Read a story written by Badger Bill about his and Katie's trip to Spain!
A group of women in a remote village in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco have organized themselves into an all-female argan oil producing cooperative in order to reduce poverty in their community. For generations these women have harvested the fruit of the argan tree, which is endemic to Morocco, and hand-made the oil that has only recently gained the attention of the greater world for its amazing skin and hair care properties. The process of extracting the argan oil from the fruit is very labor intensive, and is done entirely by hand. First the dried fruit is scraped of its pulp, then the seed pod is cracked in half on a stone and the two sliver like seeds are removed and sorted. The seeds are then cold-pressed to release the treasured oil, then the oil is decanted and filtered. The discarded pulp from the argan fruit is re-purposed as animal feed. It takes 40 kilos of dried fruit, the full harvest of 5-6 argan trees, to make one liter of oil. This takes two days of work for over a dozen women. Argan is among the most expensive oils on the market due to the amount of manual labor needed in processing.
80% of the world's supply of bergamot is grown in the Calabria region of Southern Italy, a land bathed in sunshine and filled with exotic citrus fruits. We recently got to visit our suppliers who showered us with their hospitality while they showed us how they've grown the citrus bergamot fruit and produced the oil for generations.
Watch our video to join us as we follow our bergamot oil (Citrus bergami) from farm to formulation.
Read Rebecca's Blog post about our visit to Italy!
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. Badger's Cocoa Butter is certified by Fair Trade USA and are produced in Peru using Peruvian beans. The cocoa is grown across the Andean region where the processor collects the organic and fair trade beans from two farmer groups near Tarapoto and Tingo Maria – the main cocoa regions in eastern Peru near the tributary or catchment areas of the upper Amazon River.
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