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I found a tin of Badger Cuticle Care in my drawer recently and wondered why I’d forgotten that I had it. I clearly remember buying it in Waitrose when I was on a ‘make my cuticles better’ drive. I soon lost interest and put the tin to one side. Why? Because I found this product really difficult to like.
Superficially it has a lot going for it. It comes in a cute little tin with a badger on the lid - who could resist. For that matter, who even knew there were badgers in North America? The problem is that you soon realise that the little tin is way too big for what it needs to do. I have been using another balm on my cuticles - it comes in a tiny 7 ml tub with a good screw top. It’s big enough. This one contains 21g of product and is about the same size as a Vaseline tin - and just as likely to have the lid fall off and the contents get covered in fluff and dust and all the rubbish at the bottom of your handbag.
Enough about the tin, what about the stuff inside? Sadly it’s disappointing. At this time of year it’s cold and stiff. It’s not easy to use as it’s too hard and too sticky. I can’t get a tiny bit out so I end up with loads of it all over my fingers. It doesn’t rub in easily and my cuticles don’t feel ‘cared for’ in the way that I expected.
It contains loads of good stuff, has great organic and natural credentials and I really do WANT to like it but I don’t. I will give other Badger products a go but this one is going into the bin. I hate the way it feels and I don’t want it around. I have a sneaky suspicion that I might be keeping the tin though - that little badger is just too cute.
This is a great little tin of nail and cuticle care to carry with you. It's deeply moisturising without being sticky and has a pleasant and subtle scent. It lasts really well (both in the sense of lasting well on your skin and how long a tin lasts), so it's great value for money. I've had mine nearly a year I think and there's still plenty left. Using a little every day does make a difference to how my nails look and seems to keep them stronger (helping them to grow longer) as well. Plus it's 100% natural so it's great to use everyday and gentle on your skin. Thoroughly recommended.
This is a review of Badger Balm's Cuticle Care which comes in little tin (21g).
**Badger Balm set***
This came in a set of three, which also included foot balm and evolving body balm (amusingly subtitled wrinkle, shrinkle and crinkle care).
The packaging on all the Badger Balm tins is really cute and the cuticle care features a badger showing its talons! The lid stays on this tin at all times and works well with the sticky contents within!
The tin's major ingredient is soothing shea butter. The box says it is designed to deeply moisturise to help improve the strength and health of the cuticles and nails.
A little bit of this product goes a long way so a tin will last you literally years! In the cold, the balm is quite solid but in warmer weather it softens up a bit. Consistency is a bit like vaseline, once warmed up it can get quite greasy. I take a finger-full and splodge a bit on each nail, close up the tin then sit back and relax as I massage it into each finger. I use it with or without nail polish. When I've finished, if there's any residue left over I rub it into my hands as it's nice and softening for them too.
**Does it work?***
Yes, I think it does, it's just remembering to do it on a regular occasion! The balm is really soft and has a sort of gentle lemony fragrance to it. It's especially nice after doing the washing up, and you need to leave it a while to sink in so it's enforced relaxation really!
I think the set of three set me back around £10 but it was ages ago when I bought it so that's a bit hazy. I know you can buy the tins individually from Amazon at around the £4.25 mark.
Badger Balms are cute but most importantly they actually work. All natural ingredients mean they are safe and good for you too. They are so nicely packaged they'd also make a great gift too.
Badger cuticle care:
A lovely cuticle balm from the Badger Company in the USA; a certified organic company which produces body care products using fresh, whole, organic, extra-virgin oils, waxes, exotic butters, herbal extracts & pure essential oils. Nothing nasty added so there is no need for animal testing either.
The business is family run started in the family kitchen in1995 in New Hampshire. Bill Whyte wanted something to soothe his carpenter hands and created the original Healing Balm in his kitchen using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera and Essential Oil of Sweet Birch--a traditional New England herbal remedy. This started the Badger business.
Originally the products were only available from the USA and by mail order but today they are available through a number of stores in the UK as well as on line.
The product I am reviewing is the Cuticle Care tin of Soothing Shea butter which contains 21g of gorgeous thick balm. It is in a smallish tin with a picture of a badger on the front surrounded by a green circle.
The balm is made from organic virgin olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, essential oils of cardamom , ginger, lemongrass, mandarin ,geranium, rosemary as well as wild African sea butter and Seabuckthorn berry extract.
When you open the small tin you are met with a strong aroma of lemon with hints of geranium and ginger, the other oil aromas are not so obvious. It looks a bit like cloudy honey and when it is cold the balm is quite solid but once it gets warm the balm becomes quite runny. When we were in Australia it turned to liquid at times and I had to open it very carefully or I could get covered in greasy liquid.
I wipe my finger over the balm and then rub it into my cuticles then rub my hands to let the excess soak into my hands.
I find this a handy size to keep in my handbag and it doesn't count as a liquid when going through airport security - or at least it didn't get picked up in my bag. This means it is something you can use as a hand moisturiser on long flights.
It does seem to keep my cuticles softer and it smells really fresh at the same time as moisturising your hands.
This is a great natural product which smells good and does seem to keep my cuticles soft from a decent ethical company too.
It costs about £4.25 for small tin but last ages - I've had mine since Christmas and even though it melted in Australia I still have some left and I do share it with others too.
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Formulated with lots of soothing Shea Butter and Seabuckthorn Berry Extract / Delicately fragranced with essential oils of Rose Geranium, Ginger, Cardamom, Rosemary Verbenon, Litsea Cubeba, Mandarin & Lemongrass / Treat your nails & cuticles kindly with this naturally restorative and botanically bodacious balm /