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Badger Balm Arnica Blend Joint Rub


Review Badger Balm Arnica Blend Joint Rub
Muscle rubs are not the most exciting of skincare products but it is something I have been using for a number of years. I have desperately been trying to replace my ibuprofen gel with a natural alternative. In a recent Haul Video, I mention Badger and Gwdihw products and explained that several years ago I had sustained an injury from a road traffic accident. The problem with ibrupofen gels is they contain alcohol and petroleum and they aggravate my eczema, hence the desire for a natural alternative.

I have been doing some research and there are a number of products on the market. One thing I was warned about is the essential oil ingredients in muscle rubs can be strong and they may not suit my skin type given my problems with irritation. I decided I had to take the risk as I needed to find a solution to my ongoing pain. The first product I purchased was Gwdihw Magic Muscle Rub. I went for this because I had previously used their lip balm and the price is a reasonable £4.49 for 25g. I will mention that the product label is terrible, no INCI (only English), no best before date and no batch number. Packaging is adequate but the lid does not close properly and keeps falling off. Putting that aside, in terms of effectiveness, this muscle rub did nothing for me.

I decided to look at Badger Balm products and I ended up buying Badger Arnica Blend Joint Rub. I went for this one rather than their Cayenne & Ginger Muscle Rub because I have used Arnica gel before and was pleased with the results. The Joint Rub is not the softest of balms and we have been using a spatula to remove from tin. I say “we” because my Boyfriend has the task of rubbing this onto my shoulders as I can't reach. It does melt on contact with warm skin so you can massage with it. I like the fragrance; it’s a soft gingery scent with a hint of sweetness. The important part for me is Joint Rub works. I use the balm at night time and by the morning I feel a lot better and it has relieved pain. Herbal/Aromatherapy treatments like this one are of course an individual experience but in my eyes this is a little miracle worker and I highly recommend it.

I would say that Badger Balm has a large following in the Green Community, it’s up there with Dr Bronner’s and you rarely read a negative review. Ingredients are 100% natural, USDA organic certified and cruelty free. I bought my balm from feelunique.com and it cost £3.99 for a 21g tin. 

Are any of my readers Badger Balm fans? Do you have a favourite product? Do you use one of the muscle rubs?

Sarah x

19 comments:

  1. Glad the Badger Balm worked for you Sarah. I suffer from arthritis and it really helps my aching joints. Their Headache Soother and Sleep Balm have been part of my essentials for a few years now. And I think their tins are every bit as lovely as Steam Creams - but without the nasties! ;-)

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    1. You are quite correct about those tins, I do find them adorable. I wasn't a fan of the Sleep Balm I don't get on with the scent although I know lots of bloggers speak highly of it. Great to hear the joint rub also helps you out with aches & pains x

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  2. I recently bought the Sleep Balm to use both at night time and before I meditate. That balm isn't the softest either but melts when applied to the skin. Both my husband and I use arnica for sports and injury relief and have tried a couple of different brands, NYR and Weleda being the most recent. This Joint Rub is half the price of the others though so one to pick up for when my current ones run out! x

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    1. The price was certainly a big attraction to begin with. I didn't want to spend a lot of money in case I found these sorts of balms didn't work for me. Bonus that it does work well :-)

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  3. I haven't tried the muscle one but I do love their sleep balm! I use NYR Arnica salve as I have some spare from when I was a consultant but I'll probably give this one a go when I run out :)

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    1. It seems that the sleep balm is very popular :-)

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  4. Awesome, good to know, I keep holding off on a Badger Balm buy I always lean toward getting more "beauty" products when I have extra money to spend, but I should really give this a try, my back gets achy and I have trouble sleeping a lot! Great review!

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    1. Sounds like you need some Badger Balm in your life so save up your pennies and go shopping :-)

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  5. Yay glad it works! :) I have both Badger's muscle rubs but I don't use them everyday so I don't know if they actually work but I really like the scent of the Sore Muscle Blend Cooling Blend :) xx

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    1. Paula recommended the cooling blend and I wanted to try it but I couldn't track it down in the UK.

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  6. I really like this balm! Glad it's been working for you too :)

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    1. I'm so pleased I found something that work and nice to hear you are a fan as well :-)

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  7. Thanks for a great review. This sounds like the perfect product for hubby's back pain. x

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    1. It's certainly worth a try and not too expensive which is always a bonus :-)

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  8. I don't think we get the full range in the UK. I have a couple of their balms. The sleep balm and the yoga& meditation balms are lovely and calming. The balm for hard working hands potentially may ease muscle pain as it has wintergreen in it, if not it's a mighty fine balm for sore hands x

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    1. Yes, I noticed there is a difference between products here in UK. The Gwdihw balm contains wintergreen :-)

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  9. Thank you for this review. I just had to get this balm for my mother who suffers from arthritis and it's reviews like yours that brought it to my attention :)

    x Lisa from The BTQ Blog

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  10. After reading this I've just ordered some to try on my back, also ordered the sleep balm to give that a try too :)

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    1. Let me know how you get on, I hope they work well for you, I can't be without the joint balm now :-)

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