As the winter continues, I’m trying to heal my chapped hands and ragged cuticles, and I want to prevent those tiny, painful cracks that sometimes emerge on the tips of my fingers during freezing-cold weather. My latest weapon against these aggravating little seasonal afflictions is Badger Body Butter. It has a base of natural ingredients, including jojoba, olive oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax, and its Antique Rose fragrance is mixed from essences of rose otto, patchouli, cardamom, and blood orange.
If you are already a fan of Badger’s popular Chai Rose lip balm (with its scent of cardamom, rose, and vanilla), you will most likely enjoy this Body Butter. The two products aren’t identical, but they smell similar enough to please the same noses. In Antique Rose’s blend of essences, the spicy notes of cardamom and patchouli feel “warm,” while the scent of rose balances them with a gentle sweetness. The orange oil is barely noticeable, but the cocoa butter adds a subtle bonus, with its own bitter-chocolate aroma. I actually found this Body Butter a bit too thick for easy use on the body, but it’s ideal for hands and elbows. It works best as an overnight treatment, since it does feel greasy right after application. But all those natural waxes do sink into the skin after a few minutes, and the soothing fragrance remains.
Speaking of soothing things, I’ve finally identified yet another reason that I enjoy Badger products. The company mascot, as depicted on the balms’ and butters’ labels, reminds me of Frances, the heroine of Russell Hoban’s series of “Frances” children’s books (Bread and Jam for Frances, Bedtime for Frances, etc.). They’re not related, as far as I know, but a Badger product like this Body Butter can feel just as cozy as reading a Frances book.