There's something nostalgic about tins of balms that I don't think many people can relate to (because I'm weird like that). The application is literally hands-on and warming up the balm is somewhat therapeutic.
I tote around with me four tins of balms, each for different purposes. They include the Badger Cheerful Mind Balm and the original Badger Balm.
Read on for the review of these organic multi-purpose balms...
Badger Cheerful Mind Balm
"The essential oils of Lemon and Sweet Orange cheer and uplift the mind. Spearmint is refreshing and bright and works great to dispel that cloudy day mood. Ylang Ylang offers a beautiful, sweet flower scent that brings a smile to your lips. Citrus aromas always encourage a cheerful mood - imagine peeling an orange and the lovely scent that fills the air. Badger Bill says that all you have to do is look at the tin and it will make you more cheerful! This is one of his favorite balms because when he rubs it on his temples, it never fails to bring about a fresh new perspective on whatever he is pondering. Just rub a little on hands, temples, forehead, or anywhere that needs soothing. Breathe it in." -- Badger Balm
The cheering begins with the tin's adorable combination of colors. It didn't take long for it to catch my eye amongst the rows of other balms. The Cheerful Mind Balm got me very curious at the very name of it. So, it's a balm that's supposed to make me happy. The idea that it would initiated a little smile. Taking a whiff of the sweet and tangy scent, I started to beam. I could sniff on this addictive antidepressant forever.
I'd stick my nose between the lid and the balm, inhaling the scent deeply as I'm about to fall asleep in the middle of a lecture. To calm myself from frustrations or unhappy moments, I'd rub the balm under my nose, on my temples and behind my ears. Although The Boy and I were both hopeful, Cheerful Mind doesn't work on irritability just before that time of the month. Perhaps I need the Stress Soother for that. Nevertheless, the mere thought that happiness could be found in a colorful tin sparks laughter and merriment. Take a whiff and ask yourself, "Do you feel happier?".
The skin caring ingredients makes a great moisturizer and I especially like using this to massage my hands especially when they're feeling a tad stiff.
Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, Essential Oils of *Sweet Orange, *Lemon, *Rosemary Verbenone, *Spearmint, Neroli, *Ylang Ylang, *Cinnamon, and CO2 Extracts of *Calendula & *Rosehip.
Badger Balm -- For Hardworking Hands
"Badger is the best organic salve for your cracked, chapped, rough, weathered and dry skin. This is the stuff you want with you if you are lost in some vast, uncharted wilderness. It has the mild, wintergreen-like scent of Sweet Birch, which has been traditionally used as an antiseptic, a muscle rub, and to ease the occasional symptoms of skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. Healing Balm is tough enough to soothe rough, dry skin, but gentle enough to use every day." -- Badger Balm
This balm smells like root beer and it's not a bad thing. So, I didn't have much of a story-like experience with this balm but it nonetheless, is a fantastic moisturizer. Since I can't use beeswax on my lips and some portions of my face, the Badger Balm is reserved for my hands as well as other dry areas like my shins and my elbows. It's quite challenging to moisturize a large area with a solid balm from a tin... The balm may feel greasy upon application but it absorbs readily. I can attest that this balm works on eczema because I currently don't have any flare-ups but it does help to relieve chapped fingers.
If you compare the price in USD and RM, there's obviously a huge difference. Of course, buying it from the US would be a lot cheaper thus, if you have someone who'd be able to get it for you, that'd be great. I came across this comment by Tiny Tapir on ParisB's post
"erm. there’s a reason badger balm is not widely available in Malaysia and will not be widely available here any time soon. Too many middlemen basically.
I suspect Hong Kong has a direct line and invested in the volume – so the products will be cheaper.
Not to mention Malaysia’s super crazy customs import tax system which drives up the price of so many products here. It totally doesn’t make sense that a product costs twice as much here as it does in Hong Kong where the earning power of the average consumer is many multiple times that of Malaysians. We struggle with this every day.
Kudos to the Malaysian distributors of Badger balm, they’re really nice people and deserve support, but knowing a little bit about the local retail market… i think it will remain a niche product here."
To pay or not to pay almost twice the price is up to your judgment. The product will definitely last you a long time and if the value you get from it being effective and readily available locally is equals to or more than its price then perhaps paying in RM is not that bad.