No stranger to making cool things, Dave Darr and company in 2022 were among SBJ’s Coolest Things Made in the Ozarks with its cutting board oil. They’re back, with a line of skin care meant for those who find themselves in brutal weather or working outdoors, or simply looking for 100% certified plant-based skin care. With the Logger’s Lip Balm and Hand Salve, as well as other company products, officials say portions of sales support various environmental causes, and they’ve donated over $50,000 since 2017.
SBJ: What is the inspiration behind the lip balm and hand salve?
Dave Darr: Me and my wife, Angela, visit northern Montana or Wyoming every winter for our anniversary, which can get extremely cold. The need for highly protective and skin-nourishing products is very real in that environment, especially when snowshoeing out in the elements for hours. This was the inspiration for both products, and they have been thoroughly tested in the near-worst winter conditions America has to offer. They are my personal favorites of anything we make.
SBJ: What are the ingredients used?
Darr: The lip balm is made with an herbal formula that heals, moisturizes and protects with nutrient-rich almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, black currant seed oil, shea butter, vitamin E and candelilla wax, lightly scented with clove flower oil and cooling menthol crystals. The Logger’s Hand Salve is a dense, creamy conditioner that revitalizes dried-out, cracked hands and is handcrafted with coconut oil, olive wax, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, kokum butter, clove leaf oil, menthol crystals and vitamin E.
SBJ: What were the trials and errors in production?
Darr: The lip balm was absolutely the most difficult product to perfect and to manufacture. The goal was to make something 100% plant-based, but it had to actually work well on your lips, and be able to stay firm in a stick form. It’s a lot harder than it looks. Before scaling up, every stick was also hand-poured one by one and took more time than any other product to make. All the trial and error was worth it!
SBJ: How long have you been in the Ozarks?
Darr: We’ve been here since the beginning, almost six years. We enjoy the surrounding beauty of the Ozarks, the affordable cost of living and central location in the USA to quickly deliver product to customers coast to coast.
SBJ: Do you have other skin care products in the works?
Darr: Yes, we make an all-natural mosquito repellent, Logger’s Bug Repellant, and a post-pregnancy nipple balm called Angry Nips. Both recently got picked up by Urban Outfitters.
SBJ: Where can customers find this in the Springfield area?
Darr: We’re currently sold in over 1,500 stores nationwide. Locally, you can find almost everything at Grizzly; Cutting Board Oil is at some of the Walmart locations, and soon we’ll be available in Lowe’s.
Adrianna Norris became a first-time business owner with the opening of Finley River Chiropractic; PaPPo’s Pizzeria & Pub launched its newest location; and Huey Magoo’s opened its second store in the Ozarks.