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Badger Anti-Bug Balm

Certified organic bug repellent balm made by Badger

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Glad mosquitoes hate this delicious smell!

  • Aug 22, 2009
Rating:
+5
So as I have mentioned before, I don't like DEET. Chemicals are not my friends, not even when it comes to cleaning the bathtub. So why should I resort to chemicals for insect repellent? That's a no no. Plus I have this sweet little baby girl with the most beautiful soft skin and chubbiest cheeks. She does not deserve to be doused with chemicals either. That's where Badger Anti-Bug Balm comes in.

We went on a weekend trip to the Berkshires and this came in so handy. We took strolls with the babies in the evening, we dined outdoors after 6 pm. Plus it was in the upper 80s and very humid the whole weekend, so wearing something long sleeved for the night was not an option because it was the only time to enjoy the weather once the heat subsides. I applied the Anti-Bug Balm liberally on the baby, she had no bites. My husband and I had a couple though since we used it more sparingly on ourselves. Yeah, that's what happens once you become a parent. Here is my take on this nifty little blend of insect repellent.

EFFECTIVENESS: 
Like I said above, this stuff really works. I am often skeptical of 'natural' repellents, but Badger is true to its word. You do have to reapply it every couple of hours, but that is true for any insect repellent. The mosquitoes were all around but did not land. You want to put this on in key spots like neck, ankles, shoulders, inside of the elbow and knees. I also put some on my temples because they always bite my face. No bites anywhere but one on my leg. I shared this with others and on one particular evening when I put this on my daughter another baby did not wear it and actually had many bites visible the next day. I don't take any chances!

PACKAGE DESIGN:
I have the push up stick and I find it very convenient to apply as you don't have to get your hands greasy. It is a lot like lip balm, just a bigger and fatter stick that you push up from the bottom instead of twisting for it to come out. It is small enough to keep in my purse or in the diaper bag so no matter where I go with my baby girl I can whip it out.

INGREDIENTS: Not just harmless, but actually good for your skin. Organic is a plus! It does feel a little greasy when you apply it, although that didn't bother me at all. You can rub it in if you want to, but I just applied with the stick and left it as is. This blend of plant oils smells so delicious and sweetly citrus, I find it refreshing.

PRICE:
I think that $10 is a good price for this product. By the looks of it, it will last a really long time. At least you are not paying money for toxic chemicals but ingredients that are actually good for you.

COMPANY:
I was really excited when I found out that Badger products are made in New Hampshire, the border is just a ten minute drive from my house! For me that is as local as it gets. I like buying local whether it is a product or farm fresh produce. Although even if I lived on the west coast, this little magic wand is worth the CO2 produced in transit. What matters though is not that it is just local, but it is a small family owned business that engages in environmentally responsible practices. That is a +5 in my book! I'm inspired, I want to start a business like that, hm, only what would I make?

They even have a Babies at Work policy where the mother can bring an infant to work with her for the first six months of the baby's life or until the baby starts crawling. Now if that is not cool, I don't know what is! You can read more about it on their website. If you want to know how green the company is you can also find that there.

EcoMama Green Factor: +5 Green company, green product, enough said.

Disclaimer: This was a complimentary product, but lucky for you I do not review complimentary products unless they have great performance! Only the best for my readers.

Badger Anti-Bug Balm She loves Badger Trying out the lip balm too Ingredients

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May 01, 2010
Sounds like great stuff! I haven't seen them around but I'll be on the look out when I visit Hongkong next week. With the warmer weather, there tend to be some mosquitoes these days! Thanks!
May 01, 2010
It is great stuff, don't know what I would do without it!
 
August 24, 2009
Wow...great review and a useful new product tip. On my own, I don't ponder the green stuff as much as you do, but I take them to heart when I read your stuff. Are you trying to make me green?? ;)  

Great journalistic touch with the digging deeper and writing about the company as well.  Looks like even though I am way out here in California that I can get some of this stuff online if I can't find it in a local store.  I'll need some before I head to Michigan for a visit in the next couple of months!
August 24, 2009
I am really glad somebody is reading my reviews and they are useful! I usually review a lot of baby stuff but once in a while I have things not just for babies. Like this New Wave Enviro bottle I am really happy with. Yes, I have a secret plot to convert all Lunchers to being more green ;) !
August 24, 2009
I have the feeling that you are a SUPER MOM, complete with cape and can't help yourself! :D Green costs a lot of green so your battle is difficult one. Fight on, soldier of your child's future.
August 24, 2009
Haha, thanks, that makes me feel better when I am trying to juggle baby care, work, laundry, and preparing my husband's lunch, all simultaneously. I fail at all of the above when I try to do everything at once! I think all moms want to be super moms, but it is just not realistic. On some days I'm close, but most days I think of other moms I know and wonder how they do it all! Things are not always as they seem, especially in cyberspace :) Yes, I think 'green' is part marketing hype, part reality. 200 years ago, everything was 'green' and had no special name. Ok, I'll stop now... thanks for all your comments!
 
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More Badger Anti-Bug Balm reviews
review by . April 30, 2010
posted in Eco-Babyz
Ease of use:  Super easy to use.  Love the twist up stick version.        Quality/value:  Great quality.  I'm always willing to pay a bit more for things that are better for my family.        How is this green:  No deet!  The majority of the ingredients are certified organic.        Taste/fit/design:  Smells great and none of that nasty bug spray feel.        Company:  …
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
posted in Eco-Babyz
This stuff rocks! Au revoir DEET, bienvenue organic plant oils. Smells so good I can use it as perfume ;)
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All natural, non-toxic insect repellent balm. Apply to exposed skin as needed.
Badger Anti-Bug Balm comes in either a 2 oz or .75 oz tin, or 1.5 oz push up stick.

Active Ingredients: *Citronella Oil (5.0%), Cedar Oil (2.0%), *Lemongrass Oil (2.0%), *Rosemary Oil (1.0%), & *Geranium Oil (1.0%).

Other Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, and *Castor Bean Oil.

* = Certified Organic


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