Badger is a family owned, family run, and family friendly business located on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire. Bill, Katie and daughters Mia, Emily, and Rebecca started the business back in 1995 in the kitchen of their home. Their Mission: To create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal. To run a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where their vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way they work and through the way they treat each other and the people they serve.
Go Beyond Lotions and Creams. Body oil is the purest skin moisturizer: gentle, soothing, highly absorbent and completely compatible with your body’s natural chemistry. Simple, whole, organic plant oils are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, and are naturally good for your skin – they nourish, replenish, and soften skin, and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and fine lines. Damascus Rose Antioxidant Body Oil with Lavender and Chamomile honors your beautifully evolving body with the delicate fragrance and skin soothing power of Organic Damascus Rose, the flower of beauty and wisdom. Essential oil of Rose has been used traditionally to restore delicate skin, and is one of the most precious and expensive ingredients we use.
Makeup brushes fall into two categories: ones made with animal hair and ones made with synthetic bristles. Today’s synthetics are actually better than animal-hair brushes, for many reasons. While the feel of a high-quality synthetic brush may be similar to an animal-hair one, there are actually many differences between the two.
Synthetic brushes made of nylon or polyester filaments are less likely to become damaged by the makeup itself or products you might use to clean your brushes.
Synthetic brushes are easier to keep clean because they don’t absorb the makeup pigment. This means less cleaning and wear-and-tear.
Synthetic brushes are better for creating a soft, layered look with makeup.
Some people are sensitive or allergic to the animal hair that some brushes are made from, including squirrel, mink, sable and horse hair. Synthetic brushes are better suited for people with those sensitivities.
Synthetic is a great brush option for you if you are vegan or choose not to use brushes made with animal hair.
Today, there are more cosmetic companies than ever focused on quality products that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly.
Aveda offers brushes with bristles made from taklon (a non-animal fiber) and handles made of 30% natural flax fiber and 70% polypropylene (of which 90% is post-consumer recycled resin), making them not just animal-friendly, but environmentally-friendly as well.
The Body Shop, which does not test its products on animals (neither do its suppliers) or sell brushes made from animal hair, offers good-quality synthetic brushes in different shapes and sizes for different applications. Whether you’re adding a touch of pink to your lips or a soft finish to your forehead, consider the variety of its synthetic brushes available.
NVEY ECO, originally from Australia but you can order its products online, offers certified organic makeup products. Along with that the company sells makeup brushes with bristles made of synthetic fibers, not animal hair, and include the world’s first compostable makeup brush handle. None of the ingredients in the company’s products are made from ingredients derived from genetically modified crops, nor does it use mineral or petroleum oils.
Urban Decay is known for its creative and alternative colors (along with product names like Smog and Acid Rain and Oil Slick), and for its cruelty-free and certified vegan products. Check out its “Good Karma” line of brushes made from recycled plastic bottles and aluminum.
EcoTools® by Alicia Silverstone, All materials used in her EcoTools collection are earth-friendly, and include tree-free paper, a natural hemp blend, recycled plastic lining, as well as non-toxic inks. The brushes are made with recycled aluminum, bamboo, and synthetic bristles.
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Cleaning your brushes
I personally clean my brushes every time I use them . My clients and actors I work on have their own bags with their brushes and their make up, is a great way to avoid cross contamination and break outs . One of my mentors taught me to use 99 % alcohol for several reasons, one being that it kills bacteria in contact another is that dries very quickly so no more bacteria or fungus mold can take to it,The alcohol doesn’t damage the brushes at all contrary to what one would believe. I have over 500 brushes and use them for years and they are in perfect shape. The commercial Brush cleaners tend to have scents that can cause allergies, Skin break outs, and contain Petroleum byproducts like oils that get in the Farrell of the Brushes (that is the metal cylinder that holds the hair to the Brush handle ) it doesn’t let it dry and bacteria grows there. they are more expensive and a lot less quantity . I get a Gallon of 99 % Alcohol and it lasts me for several months.Is too much risk of contamination to take so have a Brush Cleaning Party with your friends!!!
know your beauty® — accepting & expressing our authentic selves. acknowledging that we are beautiful because of our individuality. defining beauty on our own terms. suki® is a life-affirming & self-affirming program. our formulas support vitality, strength & good health. know your beauty also means having honest & complete information. trusting what we consume, inside & out.
She has dedicated her life to research of ingredients & skincare &, after years of collaboration with cosmetic chemists & traditional herbalists, her vision, “evolutionary skincare,” came to life — the innovation of a completely new skincare formula – suki® clinically-proven natural solutions® skincare.
when she founded suki® in 2002 in my kitchen, she set out to revolutionize the skincare industry using the purest of ingredients with natural advanced cosmeceuticals & her original high-potency botanic concentrate® in what is now her suki® innovation lab®. they hand-select raw materials to create an entirely new aesthetic. each ingredient & final formula is clinically tested to outperform leading synthetic brands.
Their mission — to provide efficacy, excellence, integrity & authenticity in everything my company does, from our responsible business practices to our ongoing efforts in the support of non-profit organizations & charities. they hope to lead this “skincare evolution” positively affecting the world.
A truly unique blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, Geranium, and Frankincense, Valor has a woodsy, grounding aroma that is great for massages and other topical and aromatic uses. Use it to greet each morning with a positive attitude or to refocus at the end of a challenging day.