Celebrating 25 Years of Soothing Hardworking Hands

A bundled Bill Whyte and daughter, Emily.

25 years ago, a carpenter, storyteller, and father named Bill Whyte created a simple balm to soothe his hardworking hands. It worked so well, he decided to share it with everyone he knew—and that day, Badger was born.

Since then, Badger has grown into a successful company that offers over 100 natural and organic products, employs over 90 people, and manufactures with clean solar energy in a beautiful post-and-beam building (designed and built by our illustrious founder and lifelong carpenter extraordinaire). Now headed by second generation sisters, Emily and Rebecca, and their mother, Katie, Badger has become a leader for making powerfully pure products of the simplest and safest ingredients—but that original hand balm has been the inspiration for our simple formulas, our company logo, and the spirit of healing that guides everything we do.

(From left): Badgers Rebecca Hamilton, Emily Schwerin-Whyte, and Katie Schwerin sign a contract transitioning Badger to 100% solar operations.

For our 25th anniversary this year, we’re celebrating where Badger began: with a simple appreciation for hardworking hands. 

The hardworking hands of Badger

Here at Badger, our hands do a lot for us. Badger Pam cooks delicious, organic lunches daily for every employee. Badgers Katie and Emily plant seeds, pull weeds, and sprinkle water to grow colorful, nutrient-rich produce in the regenerative gardens. Our employees in Production expertly handle machines, creating new batches of healthy products every day.  

Badger Bill often returns to his carpenter beginnings, constructing storage sheds, show booths, and additions to the company building. “I think my natural mode is design and build,” he says. “I love the process of visualizing something beautiful and then going about creating it. And my hands are an important part of that.”

Badger Bill, company Founder, with the original Badger Balm.

How to celebrate your hands                   

Take a moment to think, What have my hands done for me today?

Maybe they packed lunch for a loved one. Maybe they held a warm cup of coffee, turned the pages of a book, stroked a dog or cat. Maybe they weeded a garden, packed groceries, fixed a kitchen sink, changed a tire. (Mine typed up a blog post!)

As humans, we’re meant to use our hands—to build things, create things, and grow things. Working with your hands can help your mind relax and open itself up to inspiration. It can be meditative, therapeutic, and even healing.

So, in that spirit, here are a few Badgery ways to celebrate your hands with us this month:

  • Spend some time in the garden. Gardening is proven to help relieve stress and anxiety. Dig your hands into the soil, bathe yourself in leaves and dew, and find your own deep-rooted connection with the earth!
  • Make your own skincare products! Here are the not-so-secret recipes to a few of the products we’ve discontinued. Happy experimenting!
  • Create a piece of artwork. Come on, when was the last time you did this? Pull out some paint, sketch with charcoal, or just doodle in the margins of your grocery list. For bonus points, try a finger painting.
  • Give a hand massage to someone you love. (And yes, that person can be yourself. That’s one of best things about hand massages.)

However you choose to celebrate, make sure to follow up with a moisturizing mixture to thank your hardworking hands. We know a balm that’ll do the trick.

About

Ivy Pepin is a newly minted Badger who joined the team in 2020. As the Digital Content Coordinator, she tells stories across social media and the blog—and she's thrilled to be surrounded by so many wonderful stories to tell! When she's not at her Badger desk, you can find her getting lost on a hiking trail, at a flea market, or in a good book. Ivy's favorite Badger products: Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands, Sleep Balm, and Yoga & Meditation Aromatherapy Balm.

13 comments on “Celebrating 25 Years of Soothing Hardworking Hands

  • Suz Beringer says:

    Happy 25th anniversary to you all! I now live in Alstead but 20 years ago I lived just outside of NYC. I called to ask if it would be ok if I brought my kids to see your “facility” as we would be staying with friends in the area and loved your sore rub. The response was an enthusiastic YES! We arrived to find the “facility” to be a house and a new garage. We received a wonderful tour. When we returned to the house my 5 yo daughter was drawn to a room filled with glass jars. She wandered in and encountered Bill. He asked her if she would like to smell some of the oils. She told him she was good at smelling. They then proceeded to play a guessing game and I believe she beat him at “name that scent” every time. It was such a wonderful way to really meet Badger: the company and the people. I still sleep in my giant Badger T-shirt. We use almost everything you make. Your sunscreen went to Australia. The little girl is 25 yo now and loves the sleep balm. I keep the headache balm in my purse to chill out and the jumbo Peppermint Lip balm is divine! Thank you for everything! Wishing you well for the next 25 years.

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  • I am a long-time fan of your cuticle balm and was so please to see your HQ near my new home on the South Acworth/Lempster line. I hope to come by your company store (if you have one) when you open up!

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    • Welcome to the area, neighbor, and thank you for sending a hello! We miss having visitors and look forward to opening the Factory doors again once it’s safe. Stay safe, Badger friend!

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  • Love your demascus rose beauty balm! Really helps my lips and tired eyes. Thank you so much for your hardworking hand service!!

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  • Chantal Andersen says:

    Thank you for the best natural unscented products in the world! And Happy 25th Anniversary to you! I wish you many, many more years of success!! Your wonderful chemical free healthy balms, ointments, facial products, etc. help us so much in our daily lives!
    With much gratitude,
    Chantal

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  • I was in your “kitchen production facility” at the beginning.
    Then Katie and Bagger Bill helped my son’s Waldorf School class develop a business plan and produce Magical Mist, an after sun spray. They did it with their heads, hearts, and own two hands, with your love and guidance.
    Congratulations Badger! You’ve come a long way.

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