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Badger FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions: Badger Products

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

An unopened tin of Badger stored at moderate temperatures should be good for two to three years. If you open it and it smells good, it is good. Extremes in temperature and humidity will affect shelf life, so it is not possible to give an exact expiration date. The date of manufacture is imprinted on the side of the tin to give you a reference point.

How long will an opened tin last?
As soon as you open a tin of any product and stick your fingers in, the life span varies; again it depends on storage temperature and humidity as well as how clean the fingers are that scoop out the product. Essential oils will slowly but surely evaporate from an open tin; thats the pleasant fragrance you smell when you open one. You can expect your opened balm to stay good for 1-2 years.

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. Refrigeration is not necessary, but it will certainly prolong the life of a product.

The balm in my tin of Badger looks different this time than the last time I bought it. Why?
Because Badger uses only natural ingredients, the ingredients are never exactly the same from one batch to another. Normal variance in sunshine, rain, or temperature from year to year or country harvested can all subtly affect natural ingredients. One years pressing of organic extra virgin olive oil may be greener in color than anothers or you may experience a stronger or subtler scent with an essential oil. These are all normal and to be expected with natural ingredients.

I'm pregnant; are your products safe for me?
Pregnant or nursing moms should always check with their doctors. Badger uses only the highest quality natural 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.

* Skin Patch Test:
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.

Can I use your products on my children?
Sure. We have received feedback from Moms, Dads and Grandparents that Badger Healing Balm and Baby Balm are safe and effective when used on even the littlest Badgers skin irritations, cradle cap and diaper rash. Many people also use our Anti-Bug Balm, Sleep Balm and Bali 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.

Do you do animal testing?
Nope. 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. (Essential Oils are always properly diluted.) We test all prototype products on families, friends, volunteers and ourselves. Its fun. If the new product does not pass our tough standards it does not make it to the marketplace. We have also gone through the process of getting 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.

Do Badger formulas contain any chemical ingredients?
Absolutely not! Read our labels and you will not see any of the following: petroleum derived products, sodium lauryl sulfate, chemical additives, chemical preservatives, synthetics, dyes or fragrances, parabens, or carcinogens. We are committed to being chemical-free and 100% natural. And to top it off we also use at least 70% Certified Organic ingredients in all our products.

Do your products contain sunscreen?
Only our SPF 15 and SPF 30 products contain sunscreen. Our other balms do help heal and soothe dry parched skin but offer no protection from the sun. See our SPF 15 and SPF 30 Face & Body, and SPF 15 Lip Balm Sticks for more information.

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

Do Badger products contain antioxidants, particularly vitamin E?
Yes, Badger products have antioxidants and vitamin E, which is naturally occurring in the oils, butters, waxes, and extracts we use to formulate our powerfully pure products. We never add synthetic or laboratory produced anti-oxidants or other vitamins; we believe that the best place to get these is from the plants they naturally occur in.

Do our plastic tubes contain Phthalates?
No, they are phthalate free.

PRODUCT SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:

Can I use your Anti-Bug Balm on my children? How about my baby?
Anti-Bug Balm is formulated with all natural ingredients, including essential oils known to have insect repellant qualities. Essential oils in high concentrations have the potential to be irritating to the skin; however, the percentages in our product should not cause irritation unless your child has an allergy or specific sensitivity. We have heard from many users that the Anti-Bug Balm has proved to be safe and effective for their children. As 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.

Can Badger help heal eczema and psoriasis?
Our products are not medicines or drugs, they are natural remedies that support your bodys innate ability to heal itself. We have received regular feedback from customers that Badger Healing Balm has helped with skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

What is your best product for dry skin?
Tough question. Badger Healing Balm is great for dry, chapped skin anywhere on your body. It has been used in Antarctica and in the Arctic to protect skin exposed to very harsh elements. Trapeze artists use it to soothe hands beaten by the bar. Dish-washers, drywallers and medical professionals love it. So you cant miss there. That being said, all of our products are designed to moisturize the skin in addition to their other properties.

Does Sore Muscle Rub help relieve arthritis symptoms?
This is not a medicine or a drug and is not marketed for arthritis pain. We do receive regular feedback that Sore Muscle Rub and Sore Muscle Therapy Oil help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Scientific studies do support the use of both cayenne and ginger as natural anti-inflammatories 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. The fragrant, relaxing mixture of essential oils helps to calm your thoughts, and then you fall asleep naturally.

Can I use Healing Balm on my lips/face or is it just for hands?
The Original Badger Healing 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 Sore Muscle Rub and Sore Muscle Oil, because they contain an extract of Cayenne Pepper which is especially painful if you get it in your eye.

Does the Badger SPF contain PABA?
No, the active ingredient in our SPF products is micronized Zinc Oxide which is very gentle and non-irritating.

What is the expiration date for the SPF 15 and SPF 30 Sunblock?
These products are good for one year from the date they are manufactured, which is printed on the tube. After that they may not protect effectively from the sun and you should dispose of the old tube and replace it.

Are Badger soaps biodegradable?
They sure are! Our soaps are natural and unmilled and contain only natural saponified oils; they are 100% biodegradable as well as super gentle due to their high glycerin content.

Is Evolving Body Balm good for scars?
Yes, this is a good product to use on healing wounds or scars. The Sea buckthorn Berry is a particularly good ingredient for skin rejuvenation and has been used traditionally for thousands of years for this purpose.

Is Winter Wonder Balm a decongestant?
Winter Wonder Balm 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 breathe the steam in deeply. The eucalyptus and other essential oils will help to clear your stuffy nose so that you can breathe easier. You can also apply Winter Wonder Balm directly to your sore, chapped nose and not only will it help to clear your stuffy head, it will soothe your poor skin.

Why is my Body Butter runny or too solid to squeeze out of the tube?
Body Butters are made with lots of natural and unrefined cocoa butter and the melting point for cocoa butter is about 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, if you leave your Body Butter where the temperature is above 90 it can get quite liquid, or if it is below 70 it will be quite firm. If you warm the tube in your hand or stick it in the fridge this should solve the problem.

What are those bumps in my Bali Balm?
Those bumps are precious little pieces of 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.

INGREDIENT QUESTIONS:
What is Castor Oil and where does it come from?
It is a soothing and emollient, cold-pressed oil extracted from Castor Beans. The Castor plant is a lovely semi-tropical shrub or tree whose common name is Palma Christi. By the way, 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 oil (this is what qualifies it as extra virgin) that is a lovely greenish color, fragrant, flavorful and nutritious, and when applied topically, very soothing and healing for your skin.