Side by Side: Face Oil and Beauty Balm

Badger Face Oil and Badger Beauty Balm

Cleansing oil, face oil, and beauty balm – oh my! Choices in life are a good thing, but sometimes they can be a little overwhelming. Since the release of our Face Care line last fall, we’ve received a number of questions from Badger fans all over the world. A recurring theme is: “should I use the Face Oil and Beauty Balm? One or the other? What is the difference?”

Those questions and more are answered below in this side-by-side comparison of Badger’s Face Oil and Beauty Balm.

What the product is intended for:

Face Oil: daily moisturizing. Face Oil is an alternative to lotions and creams, and lighter-bodied than serums.

Beauty Balm: intensive moisturizing. Beauty Balm can target dry patches, or be used as a treatment such as a mask.

Does this mean you shouldn’t use Beauty Balm daily? Not at all! In fact, in the winter I use it daily on my face, morning and night, to combat the one-two punch of cold/dry air outside and hot/dry air inside. However, using Beauty Balm daily on the face is not for everyone. So if you are looking for a moisturizer to use post-cleansing, best to start with a Face Oil and see how it goes.

Ingredient breakdown:

Note: Badger makes four different variations of Face Oil and Beauty Balm, but for the purpose of this comparison, we will look only at the key ingredients. As always, the full ingredient lists can be found on our website, as well as on the product packaging.

Face Oil Key Ingredients (USDA Certified Organic):

Jojoba is an excellent and effective emollient for skin and hair, thanks to it being nearly identical to human sebum. Because of this, it helps to balance oil production over time. It protects, moisturizes and replenishes skin while restoring a healthy glow. Its high vitamin E content promotes regeneration of skin cells. And it penetrates deeply helping skin to retain moisture. Fun fact: Jojoba “oil” isn’t really oil, it’s a liquid wax!

Baobab Oil is highly moisturizing, emollient, and rich in vitamins A, D, E, and essential fatty acids. It’s ideal for treating dry and damaged skin, while softening it and encouraging cell regeneration. It absorbs quickly and is non-greasy. Baobab is especially helpful in improving skin’s elasticity without clogging pores.

Pomegranate Oil hydrates and soothes extra-dry skin. Rich with antioxidants, this oil helps keep skin looking young, and might even reverse past skin damage by encouraging cell regeneration. Punicic acid gives pomegranate oil anti-inflammatory properties, as well.

These key ingredients, which are the base of all the Face Oil formulas, combine to create a lightweight moisturizer that is loaded with skin-soothing benefits. There are no fillers or cheap oils– only 100% nourishing goodness!

Beauty Balm Key Ingredients (USDA Certified Organic):

Beeswax acts as an occlusive, reducing moisture loss and protecting skin from the elements. It’s also responsible for turning oil into balm, by thickening it. It has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures, making it an ideal ingredient for extra-dry skin. Beeswax is the biggest differentiation between Badger Face Oil and Beauty Balm.

Rosehip extract helps to improve skin’s texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It contains a bounty of fatty acids, which helps to keep the skin plump and moist. It has amazing powers of cell restoration, and has been used for generations to maintain healthy skin and treat sun damage.

Seabuckthorn extract contains a bounty of vitamin C and unsaturated essential fatty acids. Like rosehip, it has remarkable restorative properties and helps maintain healthy skin.

These key ingredients are in a base of either USDA Certified Organic sunflower oil or extra virgin olive oil, and combine to make really potent skin rejuvenators. So much so that I’ve taken to keeping a jar of the Unscented Beauty Balm in my medicine cabinet at all times.

Where to apply for best results:

Both Face Oil and Beauty Balm are great when applied to face, but some folks get nervous about breakouts. Face Oil has been tested and approved non-comedogenic, meaning it will definitely not clog your pores. Beauty Balm contains ingredients that rate low on the comedogenic scale, but it has not been dermatologist tested.

Beauty Balm can be applied just about anywhere on the body. It’s important to remember that the tops of our hands are exposed to sun every day, so daily application of Beauty Balm on hands could be especially beneficial. It’s also a treat for lips, and feels great on pregnant belly itch.

Other notable points:

Unscented Face Oil has been tested and approved to be both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. You can view Unscented Beauty Balm here.

Seabuckthorn Face Oil contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, along with Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids. You can view the Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm here.

Damascus Rose Face Oil contains rose oil which, in addition to being really good for the skin, is uplifting and has been studied in the treatment of anxiety. You can view the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm here.

Argan Face Oil protects skin from free radical damage. You can view the Argan Beauty Balm here.

It’s also really important to note that each line was developed for a specific skin type. So if you’re not sure which skin type you have, start your Face Oil and Beauty Balm journey here.

What do you think: Face Oil, Beauty Balm, or both? Let us know in the comments below!

Jentri Jollimore has been with Badger's marketing department since 2008, and active in the natural products industry for more than 10 years. When she's not handling PR and Social Media for Badger, she enjoys playing guitar, composing songs, and writing scores for short films. Jentri's Favorite Badger products: Damascus Rose Face Oil, Beard Oil, Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm, and Badger Balm.

38 comments on “Side by Side: Face Oil and Beauty Balm

  • Brady McElligott says:

    My mother (96 yrs old) has found that castor oil products for skin (like your Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm) work best for moisturizing. However, it seems that (recently) all castor oil skin products are being removed from the market (including your Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm) for some reason! What castor oil skin moisturizing products do you now recommend?

    • Great question! We continue to offer the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm as a moisturizer with organic castor oil. Our other beauty balms were discontinued due to low sales and it appears other castor oil products continue to be available.

      Thank you for reading!

    • We’re so sorry to hear that you had so little time to get to know our Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm! Sadly these were softer sellers for us with the exception of our original Rose Beauty Balm, which made it hard to continue producing them from an operational standpoint. We do have plans to release the formula, however, for at-home DIY production! We hope you love the Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm as much as we do. If you would like to try an alternative, I would suggest the Rose Beauty Balm which is one of our signature products. Thanks for reaching out! Kindly, Emily

  • I just started using the unscented face oils. They’re great so far! I’m wondering if I should be using them 1 or 2 times per day though. Typically I moisturize two times per day, but I noticed that the bottle says to use in the morning or at night. What is your suggestion for an ideal daily routine? Thanks!

    • Hi Brianna!

      It really depends on your skin’s individual needs, but I love a pump in the morning and a pump in the evening! Sometimes in the winter, I apply two pumps in the evening because it’s dry here in New Hampshire. There’s really no wrong way to do it – so experiment and have fun! 🙂

      Let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with.


  • I have been using rose cleansing oil, face oil and balm for 2 days. I am already in love with them! Just got compliment on my skin tonight! My only question is how much should I stock up at Christmas to last me whole year long? I use 2 pumps of cleansing oil and 1 pump of face oil in the morning and evening (because I bought the set, and only the set got discount…… I really want them to be consumed at the same pace, but 3 pump of cleansing oil seems work better, I am so sad…)

  • Marilyn Torres says:

    I was using the Damascus Rose face wash and the daily oil but my face was still dry after using them for about 2 months so i started using the Damascus beauty balm and i broke out with a rash. Why do you think that happened?

    • Hi Marilyn,

      Hmmm, that’s odd. It could be that your skin reacts differently to extra virgin olive oil since the Rose Beauty Balm has the most EVOO out of the whole line. If you bought it from we’ll gladly take care of it! You can email or call 800-603-6100 🙂


  • Mary Durey says:

    I do suffer from Rosacea from time to time & my fzce getting red & blotchy. I do have very dry skin & very sensite skin. Can you recommend for me which productd to use on my face & also which sunscreen to use & bug repellent would be best for my skin I was wondering if the rub on would be the best for me. Hope you csn help me. Thanks Mary Durey

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for writing. We do not have any products for Rosacea, but the Damascus Rose line is very gentle and moisturizing. I would try the Face Oil (and remember we offer a 100% guarantee on all purchases made on

      Our Anti-Bug Balm works well, but if you have really sensitive skin you should do a skin patch test before full application. (Place a dab of product on the inside of your elbow and cover with a bandage for 24h. If there’s no sign of irritation you should be good to go.) Otherwise, I would just stick with the Anti-Bug Spray, which can be applied to clothing and not directly to the skin.

      Hope this helps!


  • Hi Jentri! Thanks for the article. I just have one question. So do you use the balm on top of the oil or do you use one at a time?


    • Hi Taylor!

      Generally I use the oil first, then the balm. But sometimes I only use the oil… and sometimes I only use the balm! It depends a lot on the weather (how dry or humid it is) and what kind of mood I’m in. 😉 I think it might be a little difficult to apply the oil on top of the balm (I believe the wax might impede the absorption of the oil, but I’m not 100% sure about that), but I’ve never tried… guess I know what I’m doing tonight!

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

  • Sonya walden says:

    Hey just found your product at cracker barrel yesterday.we purchased the sore muscle you have a product for facial wrinkles,eyelids.

  • I have used the DAMASCUS ROSE BEAUTY BALM for 1 year. It works great on my skin, and I also use is as the eye cream. Now the bottle is empty. I want to try the Damascus Rose Face Oil, but I want to know if the face oil can be used instead of the eye cream or not. Thanks.

    • Hi Jane,

      Thanks for reading! Yes, the Damascus Rose Face Oil can absolutely be used as an eye cream. It will be a little different than the Beauty Balm… it absorbs a little bit quicker, and it’s not as thick because it does not contain beeswax. I would give the Rose Face Oil a shot (it is my absolute FAVORITE product that Badger makes), and if you find you still crave a thicker eye cream you can always add the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm back in. Hope this helps! 🙂


  • I started using the Argan cleansing oil and Argan oil which I am pleased with. My question is how should I exfoliate? Should I rub hard removing the cleansing oil? I usually use a AHA gel.

    • Hi Virginia,

      I prefer gentle exfoliation using the organic cotton cloth that I remove the cleansing oil with. You don’t need to rub hard – you don’t want to scratch or damage your delicate skin in the process. You can still use your AHA gel if you prefer! 🙂


  • I like to use the rose badger balm as a face cleanser and makeup remover. It has worked really well for me that way. I just grab a fingerful and massage it all over my face to melt my makeup and then I use either a hot washcloth or cotton pads soaked in hot water to wipe it off. It leaves my face nice and moisturized and then I’ll use a toner afterwards. The smell is heavenly while I’m massaging and that’s really important to me cause then I feel like I’m at a spa. Sometimes I’ll reapply just a dab afterwards as a night cream or rub it into my hands. It works great and I have oily, acne prone skin and feel like this has improved my skin.

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  • I LOVE Badger’s Seabuckthorn face oil! I recently had skin basal cell cancers removed from my face (thankfully caught them early!) but I use SPF and this face oil nightly. I have seen such a difference in the way my face is rejuvenated! If you have any suggestions on a moisturizer that has brightening and moisturizing to pair up with the oil, I would appreciate it. I can’t wait to try the balms!♥

    • Hi Christy!

      Thanks so much for reading, and for sharing your story with us! From all of the Badgers: we wish you many years of health and happiness ahead.

      Regarding moisturizers, I personally love the Face Oils for day/night use moisturizing – especially the Seabuckthorn. I always feel like it’s brightening my skin, but maybe just because it’s loaded with vitamin C! 🙂 For day use, I spritz rosewater on my face and apply about 1/2 as much as I do at night. The moisture from the rosewater helps it to sink in fully. I give it about 10-15 minutes to absorb, then I blot away any excess (usually around my nostrils, temples, and forehead) before applying my sunscreen.

      If you’re looking for a cream, Weleda’s Pomegranate day cream is really awesome (though I’m really wanting to try the new Primrose one). Outside of that I haven’t used many creams (because I love my oils and balms so much!). 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  • Becoming a blogger has helped me to expirement more with beauty and skincare. I am always in favor of a good facial oil, but lately I’ve been testing out balms. Which of each would you recommend for acneic skin?

  • Karen Wilson says:

    i really love the Damascus Rose Face Oil. I was afraid I would have breakouts or clogged pores, but had no problems at all. It made my skin feel wonderful, and I love the smell.

  • Sarah Benefield says:

    I started using the Argan cleansing oil and face oil at the beginning of December. I have struggled with acne for most of the last 2 decades. After having my son (and getting older), I started noticing that my skin would get patchy dry areas, but was still oily. I also started noticing that my skin would feel tight and itchy after washing, so I started having to use moisturizer for the first time ever. I have been using Badger products on my son for over 6 months and love them. I then saw the face oils and cleansers, but was hesitant. I finally decided that I was willing to give anything a try, so I ordered the Argan set. Day one, I noticed how soft and not tight my skin felt after cleansing and moisturizing. The next morning, I was amazed at how much less oily my skin was AFTER USING OIL CLEANSER AND MOISTURIZER!! I still have to use an acne wash once a day to keep the acne at bay, but overall my skin is so much better than it was just two months ago! I actually can leave the house without foundation on now, which I haven’t been able to do in years. I personally don’t need the moisture of the balm yet, but I am planning to get my mom some.


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