Badger art: it’s whimsical, colorful, playful, and fun. And it has been a constant throughout Badger’s history. When I think of Badger products, I think of Badger art. They seem to go hand-in-hand, just like olive oil and beeswax.
Badger art has been a part of our products from the very first tin. In 1995, Bill made the decision to put his money into having beautiful painted packaging as opposed to generic tins with homemade labels. As his wife Katie sagely advised, “If you’re going to do it, do it right.” So 10,000 tins were printed with a happy badger holding a golden orb of beeswax. And that’s how Badger art came to be.
But did you know that Badger art extends to more than just the packaging? In honor of our 20th birthday, I’ve dug up all the Badger catalogs for a walk down memory lane, and I’m takeing you with me! I’m also including staff photos, when available, just for fun. So join me now to enjoy Badger catalogs through the years… a gallery walk from the comfort of your chair! (Click the images to enlarge.)
Our wood chopping Badger! This catalog came out in the fall/winter of 1999 and it’s the earliest example I can find. It has a whopping four pages!
Badger Bill’s daughter Rebecca, who was 17 at the time, drew this beautiful cover. Bill had asked her to do a drawing called “Look Far.”
Aloha, Badger! This was the year we said “aloha” to our fabulous Aloeha Mists (which we said “aloha” to a few years later).
The esteemed Badger staff circa 2001. Many of those smiling faces are still with the company today! You can see how much we grew in just one year.
This is one of my favorite Badger covers, and one of the most unique.
The esteemed Badger Crew in 2002.
Badger Katie painted this cover to show the wonderful and exotic ingredients used in our products.
A fine selection of products and an even finer selection of “live Badgers!”
The catalog cover featured wood chopping Badger again. But hey, look at our fabulous staff!
Sunscreens make their first appearance, as you can see by this sunny cover.
Our catalog goes horizontal, and Apothecary Badger makes its first appearance. Our staff continues to grow – familiar faces from the past; lots of them you’ll still find meandering HQ today!
Once upon a time, a badger fell asleep amid a bed of herbs and flowers, and had the most remarkable dreams…
Our first catalog bearing the USDA certified organic seal!
The laughter and applause was in response to Bill’s harrowing run from behind the camera to the table to be in the photo… he did a somersault! (This is also my first staff photo!)
Badger still “Looks Far,” this time with an illustration by local artist Kate Beetle.
Badger staff in the snow, including Emily’s baby Maya, who was born in November!
Wouldn’t you love to be these Badgers?
One of my personal favorites, as far as staff photos go, because of the sunlight. This was also the last staff photo taken at the old Badger building!
Featuring one of our favorite ingredients: jojoba!
Our first staff pictures at the new Badger HQ!
First of many catalog appearances for The Master of Space and Time. #BadgerSupermodel
Badgers in their natural habitat.
Fresh, whole botanicals brimming with life force.
Here we are just a couple of months ago! These friendly folks keep Badger humming along. They are the people who answer your calls, make, sell and market your products, balance the Badger books, cook organic lunches for the entire staff, and generally keep the good stuff coming.
Giveaway time! Enter below for your chance to win our staff favorites – retail value $71! One each: .75 Badger Balm, Damascus Rose Beauty Balm, .75 Baby Balm, .75 Winter Wonder Balm, Rose Face Sunscreen (regular or tinted, your choice), Tea Tree Lip Balm and a Tiny Tote. Contest ends Wednesday, October 14 at midnight. This contest is open to residents of the US only, 18+.
All we want for our birthday is for you to be happy… and if you share this blog post with your friends, that would be awesome too!