We get asked a lot of questions at Hello Charlie! Here’s one that I was asked the other day: what’s the difference between the Badger Sleep Balm and the Badger Night Night Balm?
We stock both of these balms at Hello Charlie. Over the years, many of those delightful little Badger tins have made their way to our house. I always assumed that the sleep balm was for grown ups, and the night night balm was for children. It seems that there’s a little more to it than that.
Here’s the two products side by side:
Badger Sleep Balm Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Essential Oils of *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot), *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Verbenone), *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), *Abies Balsamea (Balsam Fir) and CO2 Extract of Zingiber Officinale (Ginger). (*certified organic)
Badger Night Night Balm Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Santalum Album (Sandalwood), *Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin), *Mentha Viridis (Spearmint), and *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile). (*certified organic)
The Badger website has this to say about how to use Badger Sleep Balm:
“This dreamy, night balm will not make you sleepy (it’s not a drug); rather it’s a calming, soothing blend of essential oils to help ease you into a relaxed state of mind so sleep can come naturally. Apply anywhere—your lips, chest, temples or hands—and inhale the aromatic smell of a wonderful night’s sleep.”
And this, about the Night Night Balm:
“Night-Night Balm is a natural Sleep Balm specifically designed with children in mind, to help ease younger minds into the magical realm of the sleep world. For this special kid-friendly formula, we chose essential oils that are known to be especially beneficial for children, helping them unwind naturally after a busy day of learning and growing.”
In both products, you start off with a lovely moisturising base of organic olive and castor oil. Next comes the pure, organic essential oils. Badger chooses the essential oils in these balms for their aromatherapy benefits. So while the balms are similar, they do different things.
The Badger lavender Sleep Balm helps to clear your mind of all the busy thoughts from the day. It doesn’t send you to sleep, but it’s designed to help you push swirling thoughts away. Once your mind is clear, you can relax, and you fall asleep more easily.
Badger Balm Sleep has rosemary oil to help clear your thinking and help with mental fatigue. Bergamot oil helps to reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia. Balsam fir refreshes, and lavender relaxes.
The Night Night Balm works a little differently. All the essential oils are gentle, and ideally suited for children. Chamomile calms and soothes, and helps with anxiety and insomnia. helps children to be calm and unwind from nighttime activities. Mandarin helps reduces anxiety, improves your mood, and smells delicious. Spearmint is another essential oil that helps with anxiety and insomnia, and it refreshes and uplifts, too. Sandalwood and lavender helps children towards peaceful relaxation.
So can you use the Badger Sleep Balm for babies? Although both balms are suitable for adults or children, the Badger Balm Night Night is gentle enough to be used on children as young as 6 months old.
Aromatherapy balms need to be used where you can smell them, so apply them to your chest, wrists, under the nose, or on your shoulders. The oil base is moisturising, so you can even rub it on your lips. My boys love it when I rub the Badger Night Balm into their temples. It’s become a bit of an evening ritual for them – a goodnight kiss and some Badger rubbed gently on their temples. My eldest (who often has trouble falling asleep) swears by this!
You can buy Badger Sleep Balm here and you can buy Badger Night Night Balm here at Hello Charlie. Badger Balm products are my absolute favourites – there’s not one I don’t love. They’re all natural, USDA certified organic, and a fantastic company, as well. You can shop the range here.
Have you tried the Badger Balms to help you or your children get to sleep? What do you think?