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Badger Ingredient Glossary

Below are the ingredients we use in our products. Most have an illustration, country of origin, certification, description, common name, and INCI name in italics. The INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name is what we use on all product packaging. Learn more about our Ingredients & Growers.

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organic aloe vera

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice) – Certified Organic (Mexico / USA). Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. With good antioxidant properties Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God. Organic Aloe juice makes up the moisturizing base of our sunscreen lotions.

Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil) – USDA Organic, Italy. Cold pressed from fruit kernels, our apricot oil is a light, non-greasy emollient that penetrates the skin easily. It is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and has a sweet, nutty aroma. An excellent moisturizer for hair and scalp.

organic argan oil

Argan (Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil) Expeller Pressed / Unrefined Seed Oil - Certified Organic (Morocco). Traditional uses of this precious oil include prevention of hair loss, moisturizer for hair and skin, restorative for hair and scalp, and hair polisher and protector.

organic arnica

Arnica (Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract) CO2 Extract - Certified Organic (Spain). A mountain flower (note species name montana) that is used in traditional herbal remedies for treating bruises and trauma.

organic balsam fir

Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Needle Oil) Steam Distilled – Certified Organic (Canada). Due to its clear, sharp, refreshing aroma, Balsam Fir has a warming and grounding effect on the mind. The essential oil has also demonstrated some antibacterial and antifungal activity, good for the mind and good for the skin! Badger Bill says, "It reminds me of a refreshing walk in a pine forest."

organic baobab oil

Baobab (Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil) Cold Pressed Seed Oil - Certified Organic (Senegal). This deciduous tree can live for many thousands of years and grow up to 30 meters in height and 15 meters in diameter. The oil pressed from the seed is rich in vitamins A, D, E, F and antioxidants Omega- 3 and Omega-6.

organic Babassu Oil

Babassu (Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil) – USDA Organic. Cold pressed from seeds of the babassu palm. Similar in appearance and properties to coconut oil, this mild oil has a light consistency that easily absorbs into skin. This oil is used in several of our Navigator Line products, and acts as a great skin and hair conditioner.

bay rum

Bay (Pimenta Acris (Bay) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled – (West Indies). Traditionally used for its pain-relieving effects on achy muscles, Bay is a circulation stimulator and encourages healing of strains and sprains. In aromatherapy, Bay is known for its spicy, sweet aroma that promotes courage and insight.

organic beeswax

Beeswax (Cera Alba (Beeswax)) – Certified Organic (Canada/Australia/Africa). Pure Golden Beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures. It has a sweet honey-like fragrance and a golden color. We use Beeswax as a natural thickener in all of our balms and in our susncreen creams and sticks.

organic bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil) - Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (Italy). Our bergapten-free Bergamot oil has a fresh, clean citrus aroma with just a hint of spice that uplifts the spirit and refreshes the mind. Bergamot oil is a natural antibacterial agent, and in aromatherapy, the scent balances emotions and instills composure.

Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Extract) – USDA Organic, India & Sri Lanka. The CO2 extract from the fruit pod of the black pepper plant. The hot and spicy characteristics of this extract make it a great addition to our Sore Joint Rub. The essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit pod of the black pepper plant. It lends its spicy aroma to many of our Navigator Class products.

organic cajeput

Cajeput (Melaleuca Cajaputi (Cajeput) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Leaves and Twigs – Certified Organic (Indonesia). This plant has a camphoraceous aromatic profile and has been used traditionally for the treatment of tooth pain, some skin conditions, and respiratory ailments. Its distinctive aroma helps balance the mind and revitalizes the body.

organic calendula

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract) CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Egypt). Calendula flowers have a delightful citrus fragrance and come in myriad shades of orange and yellow. As a CO2 extract, Calendula is a vibrant, super concentrated, crimson liquid with remarkable skin soothing properties. Calendula is rich in carotenoids, natural fat-soluble pigments that provide the brilliant warm golden hues in the flower, and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and skin-compatible antioxidants.

organic cardamom

Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Guatemala). Sweet and spicy in aroma, this shrub is a member of the ginger family. The oil has been shown to aid the absorption of healing compounds through the skin and is also soothing as a minor anti-inflammatory. In aromatherapy, the scent aids in relieving mental fatigue and nervous anxiety. Cardamom is also nice in chai tea!

organic carnuba

Carnauba Wax (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) Wax from Leaf Coating – Certified Organic (Brazil). Carnauba wax is a protective coating that occurs naturally on the leaves of the Copernica tree, also called the "tree of life”.

organic castor oil

Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (India). Castor oil is a moisturizing, calming oil pressed from the seeds of the Castor Bean plant. It has been used to hydrate and soothe the skin for centuries and appears in traditional remedies, many of which are still being used in modern medicine. Castor oil has traditionally been a healing base used to hold other beneficial herbs close to the skin.

organic cayenne pepper extract

Cayenne Pepper or Chili Extract (Capsicum Frutescens (Cayenne) Fruit Extract) Olive Oil Extract / CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (India). According to traditional Greek medicine, Cayenne Pepper kindles the innate warmth of the vital spirits. Modern science demonstrates that some of the chemical components have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and that capsaicin may enhance the absorption of other anti-inflammatories through the skin. Traditionally, Cayenne has been used as a powerful healer for muscles and joints.

organic cedar oil

Cedarwood (Cedrus Deodara (Cedar) Wood Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Morocco). With its rich, woody, and warming scent, Cedar oil is one of nature's best bug repellents. It also has mild astringent properties, which make it ideal for treating acne and other skin maladies.

organic coconut oil

Cetearyl Alcohol & Coco-Glucoside (from dextrose and coconut fatty alcohols) – An oil-in-water emulsifying agent, and liquid crystal promoter, with a soothing skin feel and a long-lasting moisturizing effect. 100% naturally derived and Ecocert validated. Note: the sugar used to make this ingredient is derived from wheat seed and was tested to be Gluten-Free based on the Gluten Free Certification Organization standard which has a detection limit of 10 ppm (parts per million).

organic chamomile oil

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Hungary). White daisy-like flowers are steam distilled to create an essential oil with a soothing, calming, and relaxing aroma (wweet and dry, with a fruity tinge.) Roman Chamomile makes raw, chapped hands smooth and supple with a serenely healing effect.

organic cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomun Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Madagascar/South Asia). A deliciously agreeable oil with both warming and stimulating properties, Cinnamon is used traditionally for exhaustion, weakness, and muscular aches. Helps to soothe and calm both mind and spirit.

organic corn

Citric Acid (from non-GMO corn) – Ecocert Certified 100% Natural Origin. We use naturally derived Citric Acid as a pH adjuster and a preservative in water based products. Our Citric Acid is naturally derived from Non-GMO Corn through the process of fermentation.

organic citronella

Citronella (Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (South Asia). Refreshing and uplifting, Citronella is widely known for its insecticidal properties, but it is also helpful for fungal infections, indigestion and rheumatic pain. The lemony scent is good for headaches, fatigue and depression.

organic clove

Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil) Steam distilled buds – Certified Organic (Sri Lanka). Cloves have been in cultivation for at least 2000 years. Medicinally, Clove is antiseptic and pain-killing, and is still used today for aching teeth. In aromatherapy, Clove is used to stimulate the mind and overcome exhaustion.

organic coconut oil

Coco-Glucoside (from Coconut, Palm, and Corn) – A naturally sourced non-ionic surfactant and co-emulsifier that is non-drying and mild.

organic cocoa butter (Cacao)

Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter) – Certified Organic & Fair Trade (Peru/Uganda/Kenya). Derived from the cocoa bean, Cocoa Butter is a deliciously rich and creamy skin soother and moisturizer that has been used as a dry skin healer for generations. It provides a protective barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture that your skin loses from cleansing and exposure to the elements. Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA.

organic coconut oil

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil) Expeller Pressed – Certified Organic (Samoa). Our Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is hand-processed within an hour of cracking open the shell, thus the aroma, vitamins, and nutrients are retained, creating a fragrant and health giving oil rich in vitamin E and naturally occurring antioxidants. It is a soothing moisturizer with a heavenly scent.

organic elderberry fruit extract

Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract) – A powerful antioxidant and a good source of undecylenic acid, an organic fatty acid that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, but is especially effective against fungal microorganisms.

organic eucalyptus

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus or Staigeriana (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Southern Africa/Brazil). A piercing camphor-like aroma, with a woody undertone; the scent of Eucalyptus serves to clear the head and cool the mind. Eucalyptus has been used traditionally for its antibacterial effects, as well as to ease discomfort of upper respiratory illnesses. In aromatherapy, the scent of Eucalyptus inspires energy and balance.

organic frankencense

Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii or Neglecta (Frankincense) Resin Oil) CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Somalia). With its warm, balsamic, peppery fragrance, Frankincense is used in aromatherapy to calm emotions and awaken higher consciousness. Frankincense is a resin of the Boswellia tree, which is tapped and collected much like the sap of maple trees. In traditional medicine, Frankincense was used to soothe digestive ailments and troubled skin.

organic geranium

Geranium, Rose (Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (South Africa). In addition to its insecticidal properties, Geranium also has a balancing effect on the nervous system, helping to alleviate apathy, stress, and depression. Traditionally, Geranium has been used as an anti-inflammatory, for soothing eczema, arthritis, and acne, and to stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems.

organic ginger

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil / Extract) Steam Distilled Oil / CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Nigeria/Sri Lanka). Pungent, warm, with a spicy/woodsy aroma, this pale amber oil has a gently stimulating effect when applied to the skin, as well as soothing analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Emotionally, Ginger warms the heart and in aromatherapy, the scent encourages mental balance and clarity. Badger Bill says, "Love this stuff!"


Glucose + Lactobacillus + Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract (from Coconut) – This ingredient combination makes up the substrate component of the natural preservative system for our water-based sunscreen lotions. It is developed, in part, by fermenting coconut extract with lactobacillus, which increases the bioavailability of natural phytocompounds. This allows it to act as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, protecting against the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds. Composed of non-GMO corn products, fermentation products and trace amounts of synthetic materials


Glycerin (from non-GMO soy) – Certified Organic. Glycerin is a natural smoothing agent that makes products more easily spreadable. It is a humectant, which pulls in moisture from the environment to soften and protect the skin. Produced via saponification of organic soybean oil, from which the glycerin is physically separated from the oil and fatty acids and it appears as a clear liquid.

Glyceryl Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) - A multifunctional wetting agent made from natural resources with great moisturizing and refatting properties. It is skin friendly and has strong antimicrobial activity. It has a high efficacy against microorganisms in a broader range of pH compared to many other natural preservative compounds. Produced via esterification of glycerol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).

organic grapefruit

Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (USA). Pale yellow or green in color, this oil lifts the spirit with a fresh, tangy citrus scent. The aroma lifts melancholy while relieving muscle fatigue and refreshing and energizing the body. Emotionally, grapefruit fragrance aids in uplifting from self-doubt and criticism, dependency, frustration, and grief.

organic jojoba oil

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (Israel/Argentina). Jojoba balances and moisturizes your skin while providing additional stability to products. Often called Jojoba Oil, Jojoba is actually a liquid plant wax or ester, made from a desert shrub. It is remarkably similar to naturally occurring human skin oil (sebum), and thus is readily absorbed and non-greasy.


Jojoba Esters (from Jojoba) – This is a natural coating used on our pigment minerals to help them mix evenly into products.


Lactoperoxidase + Glucose Oxidase (from Corn) – This combination of ingredients makes up the enzyme component of a natural preservative system. These enzymes interact with the substrate component to create the antimicrobial effect of the preservative. Composed of non-GMO corn products, fermentation products and whey products.

organic lavender oil

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Bulgaria). The aroma is sweet, floral, herbaceous; reminiscent of a slow walk through a sun-drenched field. Uplifting and calming, some modern studies show that Lavender may be as effective as certain barbiturates in treating sleep disorders. Essential oil of Lavender has also demonstrated some antibacterial properties. Bluish-mauve flowers are harvested at the peak of bloom to produce a pale yellow liquid.


Lecithin (from Non-GMO Sunflower) – A dispersing agent and weak emulsifier, which helps to hold the zinc oxide and other pigments in place.  Produced via expeller pressing of organic sunflower seeds, and then physically separating the lecithin from the oil phase.

organic lemon oil

Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (Mediterranean). The scent of this pale yellow oil is as bright and refreshing as the fresh citrus fruit. Lemon stimulates, clears, and tightens the skin, while uplifting and cooling the mind.

organic lemon balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Oil) USDA Organic, Croatia Lemon balm is a perennial and a member of the mint family. This brightly aromatic oil is steam distilled from the blossom, and can be found in our Tea Tree and Lemon Balm lip balms.

organic lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (South America). Sweet and lemony, with an earthy undertone, this oil has some antimicrobial effects, and has been used traditionally as an insect repellent. In aromatherapy, the scent of Lemongrass is soothing yet uplifting.

organic lime oil

Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Sri Lanka). A lustrous pale yellow or green liquid, this oil has antiseptic and antiviral properties. The aroma is as sharp and refreshing, uplifting and cooling, as the taste of the fruit itself.

organic litsea cubeba oil

Litsea Cubeba (Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Fruit Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Vietnam). This fresh lemon-scented oil is a pale yellow color and comes from Vietnam. It has been valued most for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, but is also used as a bug repellent. Litsea Cubeba is known for its antiseptic and skin-cleansing properties, and for providing relief from bronchitis or asthma symptoms.

organic mandarin oil

Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (Italy). Commonly known as the tangerine, the peel of this fruit is expressed to produce a yellowish-orange liquid. The aroma is delicately sweet, with a soothing, uplifting and cheering effect. Emotionally, Mandarin oil relieves anxiety with no sedative effects.

menthol crystals

Menthol (Menthol) CO2 Freeze Dried Oil – Certified Organic (India). Menthol is the solid constituent of oil of mint, obtained by crystalizing the oil via a freeze drying process. Menthol crystals provide a cooling, refreshing feeling on the skin and have a pleasantly strong minty aroma.

Microcrystalline Cellulose + Cellulose Gum - from Spruce and Pines - Certified Natural. As natural dispersing agents these give our sunscreen lotions excellent spreadability increasing their level of protection. This ingredient is naturally derived from spruce and pine trees and is processed mechanically and through natural acid hydrolysis.

organic myrrh extract

Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract) CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Ethiopia). Myrrh is extracted from the resin of the Commiphora tree. In ancient times, Myrrh was as precious as gold, and this may be why: it revitalizes aging and wrinkled skin and has powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties. In aromatherapy, Myrrh is known for its smoky, balsamic scent that purifies and uplifts the mind, which makes it a good aid to meditation.

organic neroli

Neroli (Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil) - USDA Organic, Tunisia. Steam distilled from the blossom of the Bitter Orange tree, this oil lends a sweet floral and slightly citrus aroma to our Orange Massage Oil and Cheerful Mind Balm.

organic Oatmeal

Oatmeal (Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour) Certified Organic (USA). Oatmeal is famous for its skin-soothing qualities, especially for dry, itchy skin. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which soften and protect. In traditional medicine, Oatmeal was used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and it is still used today for that purpose.

organic olive oil

Olive (Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil) Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil – Certified Organic (Spain). Cold pressed from the fruit of ancient Spanish olive trees, this superior quality oil has a subtle fragrance and is rich with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin E, living enzymes, and natural ferments, which contribute to this oil's excellent therapeutic effect. Olive oil is readily absorbed by the skin – and provides an ideal emollient base ingredient for almost all of our products.

organic sweet orange oil

Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil) Cold Pressed Oil – Certified Organic (Italy / USA). This yellowy-orange oil is cold pressed from the skin of the fruit and shows occasional antimicrobial activity. In aromatherapy, the scent of Sweet Orange is slightly sedative yet energizing and antidepressant, with cheerful and uplifting aromas.

organic peppermint oil

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (India / USA). The dark green leaves and hairy stems of this perennial herb contain the glands that produce the cooling pale yellow Peppermint oil. The scent is fresh, sharp and minty. It awakens, cools, and refreshes the head. It has been used in traditional medicine to clear breathing in colds, flu, sinus, and feverish conditions, and is often ingested to soothe stomach upsets.

mineral pigments

Pigments (Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, and Silica) These add the color and sparkle in our Tinted Lip Balms and the sheer tint in our Tinted Sunscreens. The FDA requires that all minerals used in personal care products be processed to ensure purity, this renders them identical to the naturally occurring minerals found in nature, without any contaminats.

organic pomegranate extract

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract / Oil) CO2 Extract / Oil – Certified Organic (Turkey). The pomegranate is an ancient and powerful fruit that has been thought to be a symbol of love and fertility. In recent years, the antioxidant powers of the pomegranate fruit have been discovered and used in skin care formulations.

Potassium Iodide – An inorganic salt used as an antifungal booster.


Ravintsara (Cinnamomum Camphora (Ravintsara) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled (Madagascar). Ravintsara is found in the wood of the Camphor Laurel, a large evergreen that is native to east Asia, but is cultivated in other warm climate regions, including Madagascar. It acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance. Known for its cooling effect on skin, Ravintsara is often used as an active ingredient in muscle rubs.

organic rose otto oil

Rose Oil (Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Bulgaria). The viscous liquid derived from the distillation of fresh rose petals has a sweet, mellow aroma that is both warming and uplifting. Rose oil rejuvenates and refreshes skin cells, helping to smooth wrinkles and maintain a healthy complexion.

organic rose otto oil

Rose Flower Water (Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water) Certified Organic (Bulgaria). The hydrosol portion of rose petal (Rosa damascena) distillate. Celebrated for its delicate, uplifting floral aroma, rose flower water has gentle moisturizing, skin toning, and antioxidant properties

organic rosehip extract

Rosehip (Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract / Seed Oil) CO2 Extract / Oil– Certified Organic (Germany). This mystical wild Rose bush with intense pinkish-red fruits grows in the lush mountain valleys of Europe. With amazing powers of cell restoration, Rosehip oil has been used for generations to maintain healthy skin, as well as to treat sun damage.

organic rosemary extract

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil / Extract) Steam Distilled Oil / CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Spain / Tunisia). With leathery and needle-like leaves, dark on the outside and pale underneath, the bluish two-lipped flowers release a deep camphoric aroma with a woody balsamic undertone. Studies show that Rosemary oil has antibacterial properties when applied to the skin and its refreshing aroma is often used to warm and invigorate the soul. This traditional herb is used for memory, confidence, and clear thinking.

organic rosemary verbenone

Rosemary Verbenone (Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Verbenone ) Leaf Oil) – USDA Organic, South Africa. This steam distilled oil with a sharp, woody and herbal scent can be found in our massage oils and aromatherapy balms.

organic Sage

Sage (Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Oil) – USDA Organic, Croatia. There are several different species of plants called sage. Our sage oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Salvia Officinalis plant. This oil with a strong, herbaceous aroma can be found in our Sore Joint Rub, Sore Muscle Rub, and Ginger Massage Oil.

organic Sandalwood oil

Sandalwood (Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Australia). From the heart of the Sandalwood tree, this precious essential oil has a rich, sweet, woody fragrance often associated with royalty and serenity. Sandalwood aids in meditation and spiritual growth, while helping to soothe anxiety, lift depression and promote a sense of well being. This is a very safe essential oil that can be used in products for babies or for people with sensitive skin.

organic Seabuckthorn extract

Seabuckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract) CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Lithuania). Sharp and pungent in scent, this brilliant orange oil has remarkable cell rebuilding and restorative properties. High in unsaturated essential fatty acids, Seabuckthorn helps to maintain healthy skin and is an effective treatment of burns, sunburns and general wounds.

organic shea butter

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter) Cold Pressed - Certified Organic (East Africa). Traditionally processed from the African Karite Nut and cold pressed, thus retaining its rich antioxidants and high levels of vitamin A and E – well known for skin healing. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and has a phenolic profile similar to that of green tea.

organic coconut oil

Sodium Cocoate (from Certified Organic Coconut Oil) – A surfactant (soap) created by reacting coconut oil with sodium hydroxide.


Sodium Gluconate (from Corn) – A good all-natural skin conditioner, a preservative booster, and product stabilizing agent with powerful chelating properties.

Sodium Palmate (from Certified Organic, RSPO Palm Oil) – A surfactant (soap) created by reacting palm oil with sodium hydroxide.

Sorbitan Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – Helps to increase the viscosity of a formulation and it can act as an emulsifier. Acts as a weak antimicrobial on its own, but can boost the efficacy of other preserving agents within a formula in a synergistic manner. Produced via esterification of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).

Sorbitan Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – Helps to increase the viscosity of a formulation and it can act as an emulsifier. Acts as a weak antimicrobial on its own, but can boost the efficacy of other preserving agents within a formula in a synergistic manner. Produced via esterification of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).

organic soybean oil

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil) USDA Organic, USA. This pale yellow oil is cold pressed from domestically grown soybeans. It is used as a fixative in our Anti-Bug Spray, helping to extend the effectiveness of the bug-repelling essential oils.

organic sunflower oil

Sunflower Oil - High Oleic (Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil) Cold Pressed Seed Oil - Certified Organic (Germany). Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in our products because they help to neutralize free radical activity that occurs with sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.

Organic Tamanu Nut Oil

Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil) Seed Oil – Certified Organic (Vietnam). Cold pressed from dried nuts of the tamanu tree, tamanu oil is a green-amber oil rich in antioxidants. The tamanu tree is native to parts of Africa, Asia, and Australia, and the tamanu nut’s rich oil has been used for skin care for centuries.

Organic Tangerine

Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil) Seed Oil – USDA Organic, USA. This oil, steam distilled from fruit peels, lends an uplifting citrus aroma to several of our products, including our Kids Sunscreen products and Stress Soother aromatherapy balm.

organic Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Australia/South Africa). Distillation of the leaves and twigs of this tree, native to New South Wales in Australia, creates a fabulously useful essential oil. The odor is heavy and medicinal, and this oil is often used for its cooling and refreshing effect. In scientific tests, the oil has repeatedly demonstrated antibacterial properties.


Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E) – This amber colored sunflower seed extract has strong antioxidant properties and acts as a natural preservative to prolong the shelf life in many of our balms and sunscreen creams.


Undecylenic Acid (from Castor Oil) – Ecocert Certified. An unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, and is especially effective against fungal microorganisms.

organic vanilla extract

Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract) CO2 Extract – Certified Organic (Madagascar). Vanilla "beans" are seed pods of the Vanilla planifolia orchid, which grows only in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, and East Africa. Once combined with chocolate and honey to create the Aztec's xocolatl ("Drink of the Gods"), Vanilla's aroma is sweet, warming, and gently stimulating. In ancient medicine, Vanilla was used to aid digestion.

organic vetivert

Vetivert (Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Oil) – USDA Organic, Haiti. Our Vetivert Oil is steam distilled from the roots and wood of vetivert plants, and lends a sweet, earthy aroma to our Navigator Class products, as well as a deep, grounding scent to our Yoga & Meditation Balm.

Water (and) Gluconic Acid (and) Sodium Benzoate (from cassia oil and natural fructose sources) – A broad spectrum antimicrobial that is certified natural by the Natural Products Association. Sodium benzoate is a sodium salt of naturally-derived benzoic acid (from cassia oil). Gluconic acid is a sugar acid derived from bacterial fermentation of fructose-containing fruits and vegetables.

organic wild marjoram

Wild Marjoram (Thymus Mastichina (Wild Marjoram) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Spain). With its warm, woody odor, Wild Marjoram is utilized in aromatherapy to treat tension, anxiety, and grief. The Greeks and Romans used this plant as a symbol of love, honor, and happiness during wedding ceremonies. Wild Marjoram also has powerful pain-relieving properties, and in traditional medicine was used as an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

organic wintergreen oil

Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Nepal). Wintergreen's natural active ingredient is methyl salicylate, which is a powerful astringent and helps soothe oily skin. Its fresh, uplifting scent is energizes the body and refreshes the mind.

witch hazel

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water AND Alcohol) Distillate – Certified Organic (New England). Witch Hazel is a wild cultivar sustainably harvested following USDA-NOP wild crop regulations. Witch Hazel is a wonderful astringent which is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, non-GMO, and gluten free.

non-gmo corn

Xanthan Gum – (from non-GMO corn) – Xanthan gum is a stabilizer and thickening agent produced by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. The gum is pasteurized, filtered, dried, and ground. This ingredient is an approved additive in NOP-certified organic products.

organic ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil) Steam Distilled Oil – Certified Organic (Madagascar). Ylang ylang is intensely sweet and floral, soothing and sensual. The essential oil creates a feeling of relaxation, lifts depression, and calms anxieties. Ylang ylang has a balancing effect that is ideal for both dry and oily skin. Emotional profile: releases emotion, guilt, resentment, jealousy, frustration and irritability, impatience and self-absorption.

Badger Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SEM

Zinc Oxide The only active ingredient in all Badger sunscreens. Zinc oxide is a powdered mineral that sits on the outside of the skin protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays and it is the same active ingredient used for hundreds of years in diaper creams and calamine lotions. We feel it is the safest and most effective sunscreen active ingredient available. We currently use two types of zinc oxide, depending on the product:

Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide is a larger sized, pure USP pharmaceutical grade zinc oxide. We use this zinc oxide in our diaper creams and our original sunscreens creams, lotions, and sticks.

Uncoated “Clear” Zinc Oxide is a specialized zinc oxide powder made of micron-sized mesoporous zinc oxide aggregates. These particles have a porous surface texture, like a sea sponge, so they don't reflect as much visible light as standard non-nano zinc oxide particles and are therefore less whitening on the skin.

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