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Badger Lip & Body Balm, Healing Balm, and Sore Joint Rub

Test Series by Jennifer Estrella

July 7, 2009

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Personal Information

Name:  Jennifer Estrella
Age:  34
Gender:  Female
Height:  5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Orange County, California, United States


Backpacking Background

After getting into the outdoors scene camping while 4-wheeling and day-hiking, I switched to backpacking in the early 2000's. I have backpacked extensively in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho along with California, Pennsylvania and Nevada. I have slowly been cutting my base weight to be able to go longer in duration and distance. I have done so mainly by using better gear and dumping heavy luxuries. I backpack year round in all weather, and usually take a free standing tent and a gas stove on all my trips. I love trying out new gear.

The author

The author in the Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah.


Initial Report

March 20, 2009

Lip & Body Balm Sore Joint RubHealing Balm

Product Information

Manufacturer: Badger
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Manufacturer Website: www.badgerbalm.com
Guarantee: "Badger stands behind the quality of every product we make. If ever a product doesn’t meet the standards of quality you expect from Badger we will gladly replace it or refund your money-whichever you prefer."

Badger Lip and Body Balm:

Listed Weight: 0.75 oz (21 g) tin (this is the weight of the product and does not include the tin)
Actual Weight: Chai Rose: 1.30 oz (37 g); Cinnamon Bay: 1.35 oz (38 g); Lavender & Orange 1.25 oz (35 g)
Measured Tin Size: 2 in (5 cm) diameter, 0.75 in (2 cm) height. Noted on the manufacturer's website that these are travel sized tins.
Available Flavors: Chai Rose, Cinnamon Bay, Ginger & Lemon, Highland Mint, Lavender & Orange, Tangerine Breeze
Tested Flavors: Chai Rose, Cinnamon Bay, and Lavender & Orange

Ingredients: Base: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Castor Bean Oil, extracts of *Aloe Vera, and CO2 extracts of Rosehip & *Seabuckthorn Berry.

  • Essential Oil Blends-Chai Rose: *Cardamom, *Vanilla & Rose
  • Essential Oil Blends-Cinnamon Bay: *Cinnamon, Bay Leaf, *Sweet Orange & *Cardamom
  • Essential Oil Blends-Lavender & Orange: *Lavender, *Sweet Orange & *Sicilian Orange

* = Certified Organic

Lip and Body Balm

MSRP: $5.50 USD

The Badger Lip and Body Balm products are USDA certified organic. The tins are very colorful with a picture of a badger with different background scenery on each of the different flavors. The main color schemes of the tins are also different for each flavor. The sides of the bottom portion of the tins have the words "Try it. Use it. Never lose it." and badger paw prints in white that nicely contrasts the main tin color.

The each tin had a "Best By" date stamped on the rim of the lid. Each tin has the name of the flavor printed on the back with "Soothing, smoothing, fragrant & relaxing. This stuff works. Rub it in!" printed below the flavor name. Below this text is a list of ingredients with the USDA Organic stamp. The company address and website is listed on the back of the tin with the distributor information.

These travel sized balms have a tin container that opens by turning the lid clockwise or counterclockwise and by slightly lifting upward on the lid. The lid closes by pressing the lid downward on the bottom of the tin.

The balm itself has a solid consistency and it is applied with my finger tips. This consistency is not so hard that when I rub my finger tips on it I have any struggle getting the product on my fingers. It has a consistency that becomes softer when rubbed with my fingertips. The color of the balm is a golden yellow color for each of the flavors.

The Chai Rose balm has a light scent that has more of the chai characteristics than the rose scent. The Cinnamon Bay balm has a slightly stronger scent than the Chai Rose and is purely scented with cinnamon. The Lavender & Orange balm has a light scent of lavender in which I can not smell the orange scent. All the scents smell pleasant and light to me.

The lip and body balm is indicated for use as a lip balm and to refresh dry skin anywhere on the body. The manufacturer states "We hear they are superb for achieving the after-leg shaving effect known as Badger Smooth Legs".


Badger Sore Joint Rub:

Listed Weight: 2 oz (57 g) tin (this is the weight of the product and does not include the tin). Also available in 0.75 oz (21 g) travel sized tin.
Actual Weight: 3.05 oz (86 g)
Measured Tin Size: 2.75 in (7 cm) diameter, 1 in (3 cm) height.
Available/Tested Blend: Arnica Blend

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Cayenne Extract, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Castor Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Black Pepper, *Ginger, Arnica, & Rosehip, Essential Oils of *Lemongrass, *Cardamom, *Rosemary, *Sage, & Thyme.

* = Certified Organic

MSRP: $13.00 USD

The Badger Sore Joint Rub is an Arnica Blend that is indicated to soothe muscles and joints in recovery from injury. The manufacturer states "Sore Joint Rub with powerful Arnica and Black Pepper CO2 Extracts. The Arnica flower is well known for its remarkable muscle and joint soothing qualities and for aiding muscles and joints in recovery from injury. CO2 Black Pepper Oil is a circulatory stimulant. As such, it can help soothe the discomfort associated with poor circulation, general stiffness, sprains, and sciatica".

Sore Joint Rub

The fragrance base is black pepper in which I find to smell appealing. The manufacturer indicates that the "black pepper fragrance is said to support mental clarity and focus".

The Sore Joint Rub tin has a colorful design with a picture of a badger and the side of the bottom portion of the tin has the words "Badger • Hard Working • Hard Playing • Sore & Achy Joint Relief • Rub it in". The tin has a "Best By" date stamped on the rim of the lid. The back of the tin lists the product name and a list of ingredients with the USDA Organic and a Cruelty Free stamp. There is also a caution statement "May irritate some skin types. Test on small area of skin before full use. To remove, use baking soda & cold water". I tested the product on my wrist and I did not have any reaction or irritation. The company address and website is listed on the back of the tin with the distributor information.

The Sore Joint Rub is in a tin container that opens by turning the lid clockwise or counterclockwise and by slightly lifting upward on the lid. The lid closes by pressing the lid downward on the bottom of the tin.

The balm itself has a solid consistency and it is applied with my finger tips. This consistency is not so hard that when I rub my finger tips on it I have any struggle getting the product on my fingers. It has a consistency that becomes softer when rubbed with my fingertips. The color of the balm is a light orange color.


Badger Healing Balm:

Listed Weight: 2 oz (57 g) tin (this is the weight of the product and does not include the tin). Also available in 0.75 oz (21 g) travel sized tin.
Actual Weight: 3.00 oz (86 g)
Measured Tin Size: 2.75 in (7 cm) diameter, 1 in (3 cm) height.

Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Castor Oil, *Aloe Vera Extract, and Essential Oil of Sweet Birch.

* = Certified Organic

MSRP: $8.00 USD

The Badger Healing Balm is a certified organic product that is indicated for use for cracked, chapped, rough, weathered, and dry skin. The lid of the tin has the words "For Hardworking Hands". This is also indicated to soothe, heal, and protect. The directions on the bottom of the tin state "Just rub it in, use it regularly & expect results". The manufacturer indicates that this product is "tough enough to soothe rough, dry skin, but gentle enough to use every day".

Healing Balm

The tin has a colorful design with a picture of a badger and the side of the bottom portion of the tin has the words "Badger • This Stuff Works• Try It• Rub it in" and some badger paw prints. The tin has a "Best By" date stamped on the rim of the lid. The back of the tin lists the product name and a list of ingredients with the USDA Organic stamp and a Cruelty Free stamp. The company address and website is listed on the back of the tin with the distributor information.

The scent of the Healing Balm is a very light wintergreen scent. I think this scent is very pleasing and not overpowering. According to the manufacturer the sweet birch ingredient "has been traditionally used as an antiseptic, a muscle rub, and to ease the occasional symptoms of skin problems like psoriasis and eczema".

The Badger Healing Balm is contained in a tin container that opens by turning the lid clockwise or counterclockwise and by slightly lifting upward on the lid. The lid closes by pressing the lid downward on the bottom of the tin.

Just as the other balms in this report series, the Healing Balm has a solid consistency and it is applied with my finger tips. This consistency is not so hard that when I rub my finger tips on it I have any struggle getting the product on my fingers. It has a consistency that becomes softer when rubbed with my fingertips. The color of the balm is a golden yellow color.


Initial Impressions

I am very happy with my initial impressions of all the Badger balms I received. Upon opening each product I noticed that they all have a similar consistency and they all smell very pleasant. The texture of the balms did not appear too greasy for my initial impression. When I rub my fingertips on the balm it seems to easily apply to my fingertips. I will be adding more information on my impressions of these products after I test them in the field for approximately three months.

The Badger website is informative and lists the ingredients, indicated usage, and testimonials of the products. All these products can be ordered directly from the manufacturer.


Long Term Report

July 7, 2009

Testing Locations

During the testing period of the Badger products I have used them almost daily. The products have been used in both Utah and California.

Utah: I used the Badger Balms while visiting my former home state of Utah for day-hikes, a century bike ride, and daily use. My day hikes were in the Wasatch-Cache Mountain National Forest. The temperatures were in the mid 40's to low 70's F (7 to 21 C) and it was partly cloudy to raining. The century bike ride started in Wellsville, Utah and the temperatures were in the mid 40's to low 70's F (7 to 21 C) with mostly cloudy skies with a few rain showers.

California: The Badger Balms were mostly used in California at multiple locations during the testing period. Here I used them on backpacking trips, day-hikes, while mountain and road biking, while rollerblading, on my daily walks, and for generally everyday use. They were used at the following locations: La Jolla, Crystal Cove State Park, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Aliso and Wood Canyon Regional Park, San Jacinto State Park, Huntington Beach, and the Costa Mesa area. The general temperature range that the products were used ranged from 50 F (10 C) to 101 F (38 C).


Performance in the Field

Lip & Body Balm Sore Joint RubHealing Balm

All the products have been exposed to temperatures ranging from 35 F (4 C) to 101 F (38 C). At lower temperatures the balms are more solid and it is more work to get the balm rubbed on to my finger tips. At this temperature it takes a few extra seconds of rubbing with my finger tips until I get the desired amount of balm that I want to use. When the temperatures are above 80 F (27 C) or exposed to sunlight for any period of time the balms become less solid and more greasy and oily like.

I have not encountered any skin irritation from using these products. All the products have a pleasant scent in my opinion. The Sore Joint Rub has a strong spicy sent, but I like it. The tins are durable and the lids are easy to remove and put back on in the range of temperatures these products were tested in. The large tin lids are not so easy to open that they magically pop off in my backpacks, jersey pocket, or in my purse. However, the lids have occasionally popped off the smaller tins (Lip & Body Balm).

I like the fact that the balms are made from natural, organic ingredients.


Lip & Body Balm

At the conclusion of my long term reporting, I still find the Lip and Body Balms (Chai Rose, Cinnamon Bay, and Lavender & Orange) to have a pleasant fragrance. My personal favorite is the Chai Rose. I like the small tin size. I think this is a perfect size for a lip type of balm.

During the testing of the Lip and Body Balm I determined that I prefer a waxy, stick type of lip balm. These lip balms give my lips a greasy feeling that gets absorbed into my lips faster than a traditional stick balm. I found that I had to reapply the lip balm too often for my liking. My fingers stayed slightly greasy after applying the balm to my lips, but I would just wipe the remains on my other fingers, my arm, or even my clothing (when outdoors or not in a fancy public place).

I used this balm to moisturize small dry skin patches on my legs and my face, and it worked well. After a few applications the dry areas were no more.

When riding my bike I find more small gnats stuck to my lips when wearing this lip balm. It may be because of the greasy consistency.


Sore Joint Rub

The Sore Joint Rub was one of my favorite products to use to help soothe my sore muscles. Especially during and after a century bike ride in Utah. I used the Sore Joint Rub one time during the event around the 70 mi (113 km) mark to help reduce my leg cramping and fatigue. In the evening after my century ride my legs felt like they were on fire. I applied the Sore Joint Rub two times that evening and once the next morning and my legs felt like I had never ridden in the century ride. I did not carry the large tin with me during the ride just because it was so large and I was trying to cut down on the weight. I scooped some of the balm out of the large tin with a knife and I put it in a small plastic container that had a snap lid.

The Sore Joint Rub in my opinion has a strong spicy smell to it. This is from the black pepper. I find the scent to be pleasant, but I had one person tell me it stinks. I did not take notice in my initial report how strong the scent is. If I forget to wash my hands after applying it, and then rub my eyes, they tear. Even when the Sore Joint Rub is on the skin for a good 30 minutes I can still smell it, but I do not mind.

This product works great for tendonitis behind my left knee, tenosynovitis of my thumbs (from riding my bike long distances), and for tight neck muscles. The product gave me temporary to complete relief from these conditions. I have been applying it behind my left knee prior to hiking and walking to prevent tendonitis and I must say that the area behind my knee is less sore or not sore at all. I like to rub it on my thigh muscles after riding my bike long distances. It definitely helps with muscle cramping.

When the product is applied to my skin I can feel a tingly sensation. When I put a large amount in the same area the tingling sensation increases. I actually like the sensation. With a liberal application my skin absorbs the balm and there is a slightly greasy feeling for a short period of time. When I over-do the application my skin tends to stay greasy for about an hour.

This product is now one of my favorite Badger items. I will continue to take it with me while biking, hiking, and backpacking; but I will most likely scoop some into a smaller container for use on the go, just to save weight and space.


Healing Balm

Out of all the balms I have used the Healing Balm the most. This is one of my favorite products. I can skip pedicures at the salon by applying the balm to my feet and then donning a pair of socks. I generally apply the balm to my feet once a week and wear socks to bed. When I wake up in the morning my calluses are softened and there is no dry skin on my heels.

The Healing Balm works great for cuts and scrapes. At times I would put the balm on the cut and top it off with an adhesive bandage. The balm speeds up the healing process. I tested this by only applying it to half of a cut for three days.

I also used the balm for dry nasal passages, dry patches of skin, rough skin on my knees/elbows and for sunburn to prevent peeling. It did not cool the sunburn, but it provided enough moisture that my skin did not peel. In areas where I forgot to apply the balm on my sunburned skin that started to peel, there was enough moisture that the peeling was not severe, and it quickly healed.

This is another product that I scooped into a smaller container for use on the go.


Things That Rock:

  • I love the Sore Joint Rub and the Healing Balm
  • The scents are pleasant
  • The large tin lids stay closed and all the tins are durable
  • No skin irritation from any of the products
  • Made from natural, organic ingredients
Things That Are So-So:
  • The larger tins are too large and heavy for me to use on the go. I have been scooping the balms out of large tins and placing them in small plastic containers with snap lids.
  • The consistency when they are exposed to high temperatures
  • The small tin lids pop off occasionally.
Remarks

This concludes my long term reporting on the Badger Lip and Body Balm, Sore Joint Rub, and Healing Balm. Thank you Badger and backpackgeartest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test these products. I have enjoyed testing these balms so much that I recently purchased the Sleep Balm, Headache Soother, and the Stress Soother.

 



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