Soothe Operator

Soothe Operator, Badger, Badger Balms, Feel Unique

Okay, who here hasn’t heard of the health and wellness brand Badger at all? A show of hands, please! Right. Well, I only just learned of the brand pretty recently myself from none other Magali, hehe! (She’s my go-to source, of late, for everything make-up and skin care related… she knows so much more than I do.) The last time we met, she told me about Badger Balm – she bought two tins, one was a cuticle product and the other, a sleep balm (totally my kind of thing)!

Shortly after, one thing to led to another and before I knew it, I saved several bookmarks containing links to the Badger Balm products I’d like to buy (and try) on the Feel Unique website (again, Magali deserves the credit for linking me!) and I placed an order for both the Sleep Balm and Tension Soother by Badger (my sleeping pattern is totally erratic + I am a certified worrywart). My package arrived in 22 days (the tins were safe and sound) and I couldn’t be any happier.

Let’s get to business? First up, packaging! I often like to judge the books I buy by their covers, and the principle somewhat applies to my make-up and skin care buying habits as well. Packaging matters, you know? The Badger Balm tins make me go weak in the knees (see pic). I love that they’re sold in portable little tins, for starters, and the cover and base illustrations are so basic and colourful – at the same time.

As you can see in the pictures, the balm in each tin is an ochre yellow and quite thick (it’s made out of beeswax primarily, so nothing out of the ordinary there). It’s also very aromatic at first sniff, d-uh! While I like the Sleep Balm a bit more because it’s lavender-based, I’ve yet to experience a proper calming sensation (maybe I’m expecting an extreme version of that sleeping-after-a-spa-massage kinda feeling!) because my sleep pattern is still a little cray-cray. The Tension Soother smells pleasant as well, the spearmint and tangerine give the balm a very sweet and cheerful scent (can you smell happy too?). I like the fact that both products work well to soothe my senses more so after a hot bath or at a time when my mind is in turmoil mode. You don’t require a huge amount to use each time, the balm is sticky-thick enough (and quite fragrant). A Badger Balm definitely seems like the better buy when you compare it to 10 ml of a certain scented something to help you sleep better at night, huh? (Remember when I gushed about those Forest Essentials sprays?!)

You: “Okay, okay, would you please shut up already! How much did you buy these for?”

Feel Unique was running a discount at the time, and I bought the Sleep Balm (56 g) for £6.64 and Tension Soother (28 g) for £5.69. That worked up to £12.33 which when converted, cost me Rs. 1,284.47 + 256 for customs. To be honest, I didn’t think I spent that very much for these balms when you think about the quantity and quality etc., they’re priced decently. Of course, skipping the conversion rates + if I’d bought the products straight from a store abroad, I’m sure my pocket would feel lighter.

Fast-forward to the most important question – Will I buy more Badger products again? Yes, but not right away… I mean, I am eyeing the Yoga & Meditation Balm because of its frankincense factor but for now, I think my Badger Balm lust has been satiated. However, if you’re asking about Feel Unique – I probably will get a few other things from the many other beauty and skin care brands they retail, sometime sooner. What? Don’t ask.

{ Rating – 8 / 10 }

P.S. When it comes to shopping online (internationally), I will admit that you need a stroke of luck because the shipping process + custom charges etc. are cause enough to make you wary. This was my first time ordering online from an e-store based abroad (and from Feel Unique) – I’m happy that I didn’t have much to complain about. My stuff was in mint condition, and nothing got lost during the delivery process. Phew!

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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5 thoughts on “Soothe Operator

  1. I’m so glad you did this review, Ro! I’m yet to do mine, so lazy. Anyway yes we’ve found the sleep balm doesn’t work anything like a drug (cough syrup, cold medicine, antihistamines! Haha) In fact, if I’m not feeling sleepy at all even when I put this on it doesn’t really help at all. But what it definitely does do (in my mom’s & my experience!) is help you get a deeper sleep. My mom who can be quite a restless, fitful sleeper does get a more restful sleep & she’s more likely to wake up in the morning rather than ten times in the night! I hope this makes sense. Did you feel like this too?

    1. Yeah actually! I think I liked the tins too much, more than the product itself. I mean, I love-love how they smell and everything but that 100% resulting feeling from using the balms is just not there. Even so, it wasn’t all that bad to try and I still like the Badger stuff. I like my Sleep Balm a bit more than the Tension Soother. Hehe! :-)

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