Badger Seabuckthorn Hair Oil is Cruelty Free

Badger Seabuckthorn Hair Oil

For All Hair Types!

Badger Balm Hair Oil

Badger Hair Care:

Badger has these goals for their hair care line: “Enhance the beauty, luster and body of hair by using natural, nourishing products that work in harmony with the whole body.”

If someone has healthy hair, it looks shiny and bright. The science behind that is that light reflects from its smooth surface. The opposite of that is having damaged hair: an uneven, rough surface that makes the hair look dull. When an oil that is nourishing is worked into the hair, it starts to provide protection from chemicals, heat and UV damage. It starts to look healthy again.


The Seabuckthorn Hair Oil is for all hair types.

The glass bottle of Seabuckthorn Oil, is full of ruby red Seabuckthron Extract, then it’s blended with Apricot Oil, Pomegranate Oil, as well as Sunflower Oil.

Seabuckthorn Hair Oil, with Apricot and Pomegranate Oil, promotes hair strength and elasticity. It is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.

Apricot Oil will add moisture and shine to your hair cuticle (rich in Vitamins A, C, and E).

Pomegranate Oil contains high levels of antioxidants, and helps to promote the regeneration and strengthening of your hair (rich in Vitamins B and C).

Vitamin E protects the hair from free radical damage, and brings out your hair’s natural shine and luster.

Badger Hair Oil is 100% natural. No artificial fragrance, color, synthetic ingredients, mineral oil, silicone or silicone derivatives, or harsh ingredients.

Rosehip (Rosa Canina) possesses regenerative properties, helping hair to return to its healthiest state.


I received a half size sample, however, the full size is a 2 oz. glass bottle, and is priced at $18.99. There is a citrus aroma.

Note these important facts about Badger Hair Oil:

All of Badger products comply with the Leaping Bunny Standard. That means that you, the customer, is guaranteed that the product is cruelty free…none of Badger’s products or their ingredients, are ever tested on animals.


Badger Hair Oil is USDA Certified Organic. That means that it is made from ingredients grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, GMOs, or synthetic pesticides! 


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Directions for use:

Step 1: Apply the Seabuckthorn Oil evenly to clean, dry hair. Experiment as to the amount that you will need depending on your hair type and length. Start off with one pump and add more as needed.
Step 2: Massage the Oil into your hair and scalp. Work from the roots to the tips. Use a comb or your fingers to ensure even distribution.
Step 3: Allow the Oil to soak into your hair for one hour or overnight. Badger gives the tip to use an old towel so you don’t stain your pillowcase.
Step 4: Shampoo and condition, and then style your hair.

A photo of the pump on the Badger Seabuckthorn Oil:


My experience: I try to take good care of my hair, however, I am guilty of blow drying on a regular basis; sometimes I also use a straightening iron on my wavy hair! All things that can take a toll on the hair, no matter how much I try to kid myself, so I was very happy to be able to test out this natural oil.

It would depend on your hair, but I applied two-three full pumps of the Oil to my hair, and let it soak in overnight. As instructed, I did use a towel on my pillowcase in case it stained the pillowcase. Six hours later (not much sleep!) I shampooed my hair. The Oil rinses out very quickly, and I could already feel how extra soft my hair was during rinsing!

Since then, I have tested this Oil six times, and it still looks like I have plenty left. (Remember, I have a half size sample). My clothes are not stylish, but at least I have great looking hair! In fact, after using the Oil, it was always extra soft, and very, very shiny.  The smell is citrusy, with orange the predominant smell, and also rose geranium and lavender. It’s was not at all overpowering to my nose; and remember that’s sleeping with it in my hair, too!

Can’t come up with anything that I think someone wouldn’t like about the Badger Seabuckthorn Oil. There are other Badger hair oils that are available: Badger Jojoba Hair Oil (for dry scalp) and Badger Argan Hair Oil (for dry and damaged hair) that you may wish to try for your hair care needs. You can check those out at the Badger Website.



This photo is from Badger: Scenes from the secret Badger lab: Rebecca talks to some of their reps about the new Hair Oils, and gives them a sneak peek at the exciting additions we’ll be releasing next year.


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I absolutely love the fact that all of the products from Badger have the ingredients clearly stated on their label!


Ingredients of Badger Balm Seabuckthorn Hair Oil:

*Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn) and *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip), Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Sweet Orange), *Pelargonium Graveolens (Organic Rose Geranium), and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

* Certified Organic

Badger has the expiration date on their products!


Badger Seabuckthorn Oil is highly recommended to add shine and luster to your hair! 

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Be Beautiful Every Girl’s Guide to Hair, Skin & Make-Up Book Review

You know what happened when I started to read: Be Beautiful Every Girl’s Guide to Hair, Skin & Make-Up? One of my children (now a teenager!) noticed that I was reading the hot pink-covered book, and asked if it was a, “good” book. I told her that it was, and asked if she would like to read it; she could then help me to write a review.

Therefore, it’s very appropriate that what follows is a co-authored review with my daughter, because Be Beautiful is a book that Mom, Alice Hart-Davis, co-authored with her daughter, Molly Hindhaugh, then 14.

Be Beautiful

Be Beautiful Every Girl’s Guide to Hair, Skin & Make-Up a great book for sensible advice to teens regarding skin care, hair care, make-up, hair removal, pedicures and manicures.There is also a section called, Get ethical,” where Alice and Molly write about purchasing products that are cruelty free! There are great pictures throughout to demonstrate exactly what the terms mean. For example, photos showing different types of acne, and how to “get the look,” show various styles of makeup, i.e. “How to do a natural-but-better-face.” There is series of photos on how to pluck your eyebrows, and even examples of make-up housekeeping.”

One of our favorite sections was Make-Up, specifically, the pictures showing nine eyeliner looks to try. Here are two ways as demonstrated on Molly’s eyes:

Natural and The Sixties Flick

Molly's eye

My daughter and I thought that Molly and Alice’s book was very thorough!

A. reading book

Alice Hart-Davis is an award-winning beauty journalist; she wrote the book because she knows, “Beauty is more than skin deep and hopes that this book will help teenagers feel good about themselves.”

Information and Ways to Connect:

Be Beautiful: Every Girl’s Guide to Hair, Skin and Make-Up, by Alice Hart-Davis and Molly Hindhaugh, published by Walker Books, 2009.

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Stay Tuned! Tomorrow’s post is an interview with the authors: Alice Hart-Davis and her daughter, Molly Hindhaugh!


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For Shapely Brows, Put Down the Tweezers

SHAPED Maribeth Madron shows her technique on Sherry Kreek, manager of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger.

Published: September 21, 2011


“TAKE your tweezers,” Maribeth Madron, a makeup artist and eyebrow specialist in New York, will say to about a quarter of her clients, “and put them in a glass jar and freeze them.”

To women who obsess over and excessively pluck their brows, tough talk is sometimes necessary. Ms. Madron, 39, who charges $85 for a shaping done with tweezers — perhaps setting a new threshold for the service, as Sally Hershberger did before her with haircuts — acts as a coach through the gantlet of overplucking and waxing. When asked if she ever lets clients tweeze on their own between visits, Ms. Madron said, “If they can be trusted, I tell them ‘O.K., but don’t do the top or anywhere near the line.’ ”

“For most people,” she said, “self-shaping is a bad idea.”

At least some women have taken her advice, deciding to ditch their magnifying mirrors and leave their eyebrow grooming to professionals. But the best method (whether waxing or removing individual hairs with tweezers) and the people picked to enact those operations are still very much up for debate — that is, if eyebrows are something you concern yourself with at all.

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DON’T PLUCK At Anastasia in Sephora on Fifth Avenue.

“Women ignore their brows or they overdo it,” Ms. Madron said. “There’s not really a middle ground.”

There are a host of people you can pay to remove unwanted hair from your forehead: waxers at nail salons, aestheticians at spas or makeup artists at hair salons, like Ms. Madron, who works out of the Sharon Dorram Color salon at Ms. Hershberger’s on the Upper East Side. Katy Walsh, a brow specialist at the Martial Vivot salon in New York, will even bring her Tweezerman tools to you if you get five friends together. “People bring wine, cheese and veggie dip, and have a little party,” she said. “It’s not a weird or invasive service. It takes 15 minutes, and then you’re back with your friends.”

On busy days, Ms. Madron sees up to 35 clients, from 10-year-old girls who beg for grown-up arches to 85-year-old women who yanked out their brow hairs as they turned gray. In keeping with the general trend of strong, thicker brows like the movie star Megan Fox’s or as seen in Proenza Schouler’s spring 2012 collection, Ms. Madron removes very little hair with the Rubis tweezers she favors. Instead, she uses the peach fuzz around the brow to create a shape. “I hear ‘They look bigger’ more than anything,” she said.

Ms. Madron’s affinity for arches started early, when she was 12 and saw the bushy-browed Brooke Shields on the cover of Vogue. To mimic Ms. Shields, she put hair mousse on her own brows and brushed them up with a toothbrush. In 1996, she helped start the makeup brand Laura Mercier with brow-shaping events. “I’d meet 200 women in a day and spend two minutes with each of them,” she said. “I realized eyebrows are the most transformative feature on a person. It would just change their entire face.”

Her theory is that women start emaciating their brows during adolescence when their hormones are raging and continue to do so whenever they have PMS. Women who come to see her sometimes say, “My eyebrows are disgusting.” Ms. Madron looks and says: “They’re not that bad. You must be PMS-ing.” They say, “How did you know?”

“When your hormones are out of whack, you want to tweeze,” she said. “You want order. You want everything to look clean. I think that’s because of the chaos that’s going on in your body.”

Ms. Madron is opposed to waxing, the dominant method at the Anastasia Brow Studio, which was founded by Anastasia Soare, perhaps the country’s best-known eyebrow guru. “A lot of people who do brows are very good at cleaning, like facialists or bikini waxers,” Ms. Madron said. “But they take off too much hair. An out-of-work graphic designer is a better choice to do your brows than a bikini waxer.”

Ms. Soare operates studios in Nordstrom’s 84 locations across the United States and two Sephoras in New York, as well as in two standalone locations in Beverly Hills, Calif., and a recently opened one on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Waxing or shaping with tweezers both cost $32, but Mike Hong, an account executive in New York, said 90 percent of customers choose waxing, which he prefers as well. “It gives you a sharper, cleaner look,” he said. “I really encourage clients to get a wax.”

A recent visit around noon on a Friday to the Anastasia studio where he works found all four chairs full. The lunch and after-work hours there are consistently booked a week in advance, Mr. Hong said. The women lay supine with dark powder outlines around their brows, looking a bit as if they were being prepped for cranial surgery. All of the Anastasia groomers use stencils, with names like “High Arch,” “Full Arch,” or “Petite Arch,” as a guide for contouring the brows. “You’re always going to get the same Anastasia shape,” Mr. Hong said.

He clarified that the stencils aren’t meant to create one-size-fits-all eyebrows, but rather to prevent waxing malfunctions. “The last thing we want is to take off too much,” he said. “We’re trying to avoid any client saying, ‘Oh, they butchered me.’ ”

Ms. Madron, however, calls the stencil a “nightmare.” “I understand why they’re necessary, but everyone has a different face shape,” she said. “It’s just like a haircut. You need to look at height, bone structure and how wide the face is. Beauty is about the individual. You can’t get that in a stencil.”

If you are going to take your tweezers into your own hands, with or without a stencil (which Anastasia also sells), Ms. Madron will at least give you some advice. First, ape Lady Gaga and make a poker face instead of what she calls a “makeup face” — unless you generally go through life with wide eyes and an open mouth. Although common beauty wisdom says to pluck when you get out of the shower so it’s less painful, Ms. Madron refutes that. “You don’t want those hairs to come out easy,” she says. She says to tweeze when the brows are filled in with makeup. “You’re going to do a lot less damage that way,” she said.

To enhance the brows, Ms. Madron suggests using a pencil, powder and gel — the gel prevents filled-in brows from looking like cake frosting — but, she said, “I realize not everyone has time for three products on their face, much less three products on their eyebrows.”

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Bonding Over Beauty Review & Interview with Erika Katz

   Cover and interior illustrations by Ted Dawson 


Bonding over Beauty Review & Interview with Erika Katz

A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence, and Trust

By: Erika Katz;

Foreword by: Jane Greer

Cover and interior illustrations by Ted Dawson 

Greenleaf Book Group, Publication Date: March 2011


There was no question about the fact that I was going to purchase the newly published book, Bonding over Beauty.  The suspense was whether I would be able to interview the author, Erika Katz, and impress my oldest child, my teenage daughter! 

Fortunately, a happy ending!

I’ll write about Bonding Over Beauty, and include interview questions with Erika Katz, who is not only the author of the book, but also the mother of two children. 

Bonding over Beauty is, as advertised, a Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence, and Trust. 

How does Ms. Katz achieve that goal? First, this paragraph really spoke to me, and I will quote from Bonding over Beauty “…this book is not about making your daughter “beautiful” or turning her into a beauty queen. Rather, it is about helping her deal with the joys and struggles all girls face as they grow into womanhood. I want your daughter to consider you the best resource to help her handle the beauty and hygiene issues…I also want you to seem like the “coolest” mom in the world to her.”

So, I really don’t believe that I, Moxie, have to “sell” you on the fact that it’s a must purchase book, it’s just a fact. I want to be cool, but I also want to be providing correct, up-to date information and truly bond with my daughter. 

There are nine chapters in the book, and an index. You can also learn more about Erika Katz in the “About the Author” page. Here’s a list of some of the chapters in the book: 

*Bonding over How She Cares for Her Skin

*Bonding over Makeup & Brows

*Bonding over Puberty & Hygiene

*Bonding over Nutrition & Fitness

*Bonding over Aromatherapy to Feel Beautiful

Cover and interior illustrations by Ted Dawson 


 photo courtesy of Erika Katz


Erika, in the chapter you entitled, Bonding over her Hands & Feet, you write that it, “embodies the essence of my message to moms.” Would you please go into a little more detail about that for my readers? 

One day, my daughter came home from school and was clearly upset.  When I asked her about it she said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”  I was a little concerned but did not know how to get her to open up.  Later that day, I had to clip her nails and as I started to cut the second nail she said, ” A boy at school was teasing me.”  By the time I finished clipping her nails, I realized there was more to the story.  So, I reached for a moisturizer and gave her a little hand massage. Desperate to get the last bit of the story, I slowly started to paint her nails with clear polish. By the time I was done with her mini-manicure, I had found out everything that had happened and was able to help her handle her feelings.  When you care for your daughter that way, she is getting your complete attention.  You can’t text and paint her nails at the same time.  Plus, you are doing something to make her feel good so she knows she has your complete and utter attention.  That is how we “bond” over “beauty.”  We take a simple grooming activity and we make it a forum for a dialogue.  Its just like when you go to hairdresser and tell him/her your whole life story.  There is something special about being pampered that makes us feel love and cared for.


As a mom, I’d love to know the secret(s) to not only having your son and daughter, give you ideas for bonding & support you with your writing of the book, but also, apparently not ask you to “duck down” “hide” or the like, when around their friends? (Yes, Moxie has had that happen; very sad!)

Its funny you ask that because I have had an interesting experience.  Up until my son was 8, I was a stay-at-home, pick-him-up-from-everything mom.  While I am a writer and work from home, my schedule has become busier and I am not as available for him.  I saw this was difficult for him so when I was writing the hair bonding activities, I asked him for ideas.  He told me to put glitter in your daughter’s hair and braids.  When he saw that in print, he was thrilled that I had listened to him and included his ideas.  When the book came out, he told all is friends and he stood right behind me when I was on the TODAY show.  I have also noticed he has an understanding that while I am his mom, I also have my own identity.  I think this has been an important lesson for him.  As for wanting to “hide” me- I do not get hurt by that.  In fact, I am happy they feel that way.  It means they are starting to pull away in a healthy way.  As a parent, we selfishly want our children to want to be with us all the time.  But, our jobs as parents is to give our children good values, teach them right from wrong, and give them the tools to be strong, independent individuals.  When they do not want to be with us, it is a healthy part of their growth.  Can you imagine having a sixteen year old that only wants to be with his/her parents?  While we want to keep them close when they are 8 and 9, it is healthy for them to start to pull away.  If they do that, you are on the right track as a parent.


You write about how your friends from childhood (your guinea pigs) let you experiment with products and facials, etc. Any products or beauty fixings that didn’t go as planned? 

When I was 16, I tweezed a friend’s eyebrows. I overtweezed the middle so her brow ended up starting just above her pupil.  Fortunately, hair grows back.  With hair fiascos there’s not much you can do except wait.  I think short bangs are probably the worst because it can take 3 months to get them to a decent length. 


I really love the way your book presents so much information in a very up-front, supportive way; each chapter having activities to do with our daughters. One of your goals is to promote a “strong dialogue to last a lifetime.” 

Do you ever cringe when you see people (that you know personally, or just are observing them,) that are clearly not sending the message that they’re open to a dialogue with their tween or teen?

It starts with simple things.  If your daughter asks to shave her legs and you give her a knee jerk reaction of “Absolutely NOT,” you have shut her down and told her she can not come to you.  It is so easy to ask her why she is thinking about this, if there is something she is umcomfortable with, or maybe the girls at school are doing it. By asking her about her feelings you open the dialogue.  

I was talking to a couple the other day that were afraid to teach their 11 year old about sex even though she has already started to menstruate and she has many questions.  They were so uncomfortable as if talking about it would somehow encourage her to be sexually active.  I really do not understand what parents are so afraid of.  It is our job as parents to teach our children the facts of life.  The best part about being the teacher is that you can impart your views on the issue and give her a guideline as to what is appropriate and what isn’t.  So, yes I cringe because I also know what those children are doing behind their parents back.


You write about wanting your daughter to come you for questions and concerns and not go to her friends. I certainly agree with you for putting into words what I believe as a mom, that I need to be my “…daughter’s greatest resource for her beauty and hygiene issues.”

When did you realize that you needed to put all your great ideas/advice/activities etc. into a book?

Girls are going through puberty as young as 8 years old these days.  I wanted to give moms the tools to know what to say to their daughters and how to say it.  It is tough talking about periods with a child who is still clinging to a stuffed animal.


What did your family do (scream, call lots of people?) and what did you all do, to celebrate learning that Bonding over Beauty was to be published by the Greenleaf Book Group?  

We were very excited.  I think I jumped up and down.  When they first said they wanted to do my book, I think I said “Are you sure?”


In Bonding Over Beauty, you provide a packing checklist for long trips. Have you ever forgotten something when you’ve gone away on a trip (business or pleasure?)

When I travelled to Spain in college, I forgot to bring elastic bands for my hair.  So, I went into a drugstore and asked for gommas which I thought was elastic bands.  It turned out it was slang for condoms.  They gave me a very dirty look and told me to get out of the store.  My friend got a yeast infections on the 9 hour plane ride from NYC to Spain.  We went to the pharmacist and tried to explain it by using latin words like candida.  They gave her this flourescent yellow cream.  It worked but it would have been much easier for her to take one pill of Diflucan instead of a week of inserting some bizarre cream.  That is why I always recommend girls bring yeast infection and bladder infection remedies with them when they go away.


Do you have one or two favorite organic/natural beauty products that you, or your daughter, would recommend to my readers?

Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid and great to dry up a pimple.  Liquid Vitamin E oil is the best moisturizer ever.  I use it on my hands and around my eyes every night before bed.  I also put it on my daughter’s cuts and scrapes for faster healing.  I make a toner from 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, 1/2 cup witch hazel, and half cup green tea.  I put the mixture in a bottle and use it as a toner to remove dirt and residue.


Do you have another book you’re working on that you would like to divulge to us? 

Right now I am contributing to various TV shows and magazines. I would like to do a parenting show to help build better communication between parents and their tweens.


***You don’t want to miss this: Erika will be on tomorrow, August, 19, 2011!*** 

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Twitter: @bondoverbeauty 


Bonding over Beauty may be purchased at: Amazonand Indiebound

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