I really wanted to give this organic brand a try. And with a sale on this balm for $4 at the Vitamin Shoppe. The sleeping badger and cute packaging are quite drawing. However, I hate the fact that you will break your nails opening the tin.
As for the product itself, I love the ingredients. This is USDA organic certified mixture of extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, bergamot, lavender, rosemary, ginger, and balsam fir. The consistency is especially solid in the winter time. I need to use my nails to scrape a little off that dissolves immediately.
There is nothing sleep inducing in this balm. I do believe in the ability of the essential oils to relax me like aromatherapy. It can be used as a lip balm, yet it isn't that moisturizing. It will make your face feel greasy if you slather it on. I like it put some on my lips and body. You only need a little bit to cover your legs and feet.
Overall, I love that this balm is multipurpose. It is easier for traveling than carrying oils. The lavender and bergamot are relaxing. In the future, I will just buy the essential oils and create my own mixture. It is cheaper! But if found on sale and for the lazier consumer, this works as AROMATHERAPY!
A few months ago, I was having trouble sleeping, so when I saw this at my local health food store, I figured I'd give it a try. The packaging is adorable and I love the smell, which is fresh, green, herbal, and not overpowering at all.
However, after I used it a few times as a temple rub, my greasy teenager-skin began to break out. I stopped using it until I read somewhere that castor oil (which this product contains) can stimulate eyelash growth. This may seem like a weird use for it, but I began applying a little bit to my eyelashes every night.
My eyelashes have always been fairly nice, but since I started using this, they've gotten longer and thicker. On top of that, I still get the aromatherapy benefits.
So, all in all, if you don't have acne-prone skin, I would definitely suggest using it as a temple rub, but it your skin is oily like mine, try using it on your eyelashes. You may be pleasantly surprised!
I'll be honest, I bought this because I love things in little tins and I'm quite the fan of Bergamot.
I wasn't hopeful that it would do anything other than smell good, and BOY was I wrong.
It may be completely placebo effect but I do not care. It WORKS. The scent isn't that strong, unless you put it under your nose you don't really notice it at all.
Put some on your temples and under your nose, I think that's the key, at least for me anyway. I'm asleep in about 30 minutes after, and I have sleep problems. I've been on prescription sleeping pills (they made me feel stoned and not at all sleepy), I've tried tea (just have to get up to use the loo during the night, which is not the best for sleep), I've used Benadryl or Nyquil and that only works for a few days.
I picked up my tin at ULTA for about $5. Just try it, it's totally worth it.... but make sure you put it under your nose.
I'm going to be honest here I mainly bought this product because of the gorgeous little tin it comes with but reviews I read were saying you had sweet dreams. The actual balm itself wasn't very strong and didn't really have much effect on my sleeping patterns but it does smell nice and I do still use it sometimes mainly to calm me before going to bed or after and argument with my brother lol.
Yes, this balm does not seem to have a strong lavender scent. I would have preferred more lavender and other essential oils for the money charged. I will probably try 'Wildflower' brand balm next time, but will be returning to Badger balm as it is one of my favorite balms.
Update - this balm works like a charm on the face! It makes the facial skin smooth and supple.
My husband too, loves the badger line, especially the sleep balm and always likes to dab a little bit of the balm on his nose, before going to sleep.
The cool badger logo on the top of the cute little tin....this is one badger with tons of attitude, 'cos it knows it's one of the best-est! :))
Like other reviewers have said, you don't really smell lavender much in this, but I think it still smells good. I find that it is a relaxing scent. I've put a little on my temples and some under my nose (seems to work best for me under my nose). I also like that it seems to last forever. I think I actually got mine in a set, so I'll probably purchase it that way next time too.
I have read the philosophy behind this is that the natural balms are meant to calm and clear your mind so that sleep may set in naturally once your mind is at rest and calm enough to enter into its natural sleep cycle. I personally am a deep believer in organic, natural and herbal based remedies and this is one of my all time favorites. I use this almost every night and find it is very comforting and reassuring. Sure some may scoff at it being a placebo effect. But if having this cute little purple tin on my nightstand at night is all it takes to ensure a blissful sleep, then I'll gladly continue to purchase.
I bought this a couple years ago when I was spending a lot of weekends at my mom's place and having difficulty sleeping on her uncomfortable pull-out couch. I can't say that it made me sleep any better or fall asleep any faster, but it smells nice and is soothing. Those weekends stopped and I've really only been using it when my eye area feels a little dry or when I'm sick and want some extra pampering and care. I've recently been reading up on how castor oil is supposedly beneficial for eyelash and eyebrow growth and darkening. So I thought, what the heck, this stuffs got castor oil in it so I might as well use it up for that purpose (this is probably less messy too!). Before bedtime, I use a q-tip to scoop a little out and rub on my lashlines and brows. It's only been a week, but I feel as though my lashes are a touch longer and my brows a bit darker and fuller. Maybe it's just wishful thinking!
This product doesn't make me fall asleep, but when I use it, I tend to remember my dreams, which I don't otherwise. I used it on my temples and it was a bit greasy and made me break out a little. Under my nose, it is fine. Could use more lavender oil in it in my opinion. I just put a couple of drops of lavender oil on top of it, and it seems to work better that way. Not so moisturizing as a hand moisturizer though. I will repurchase because it does make me calmer before sleep.
I use it as a lip balm when I go to sleep. Find it to be to greasy feeling to use on my face. have rubbed it on my temples a couple of times and it did not break me out, but it didn't feel nice either. Nice smell, not as heavy on the lavender as some sleep scents. Overall an enjoyable part to my night time routine.