Metric vs Imperial Sizing

April 20th, 2023

Simple Sizing

When shopping for new plugs, a lot of people like to shop by size. You know your size and only want to see what fits you. Perfect! We've got you covered. You can shop by size on our site.

You may notice we list our sizes by the metric measurement first, then by the standard (imperial) size. That might be different from what you're used to. Our preference for measurement is metric because it is more accurate and easier to understand.

We're big fans of size accuracy. On glass, stone, and wood jewelry we will write the exact measurement of your plugs since these are hand-made and will have variances. If you order 8mm glass plugs, you might get plugs that measure 7.8mm. Those are still the correct size. That 0.2mm difference is about the thickness of a regular piece of paper. We write the exact size as sometimes the variances are a bit larger. On these plugs, the exact measurement can be up to 1mm larger or smaller than the size ordered. The exception to this is when the next size up is the next mm anyway, and in those cases the variance won't be more than 0.5mm.

For some reason, a lot of Americans hate the metric system and find it confusing. At least for sizing plugs, it is the easiest to understand system. You're a 8mm and want to know the next size? It's 9mm. After that is 10mm. Then 11mm. You get the idea. Super simple, it's just the next number. Now we apply that to the standard system. 8mm is 0g. The next size is 00g. Then 7/16". After that is 1/2". Makes no sense. We use a gauge size (which is a wire thickness measurement anyway) for smaller sizes up to a point. Then it switches over to fractions of inches. Sooooooooooo dumb.

We really don't care which measurement system you prefer, this is just a little background into why we chose to base our store off of metric. To each their own.

If you're unsure on your size, we offer two different tools you can use to measure. A gauge wheel is pretty straight forward. If the plug fits in that slot, that's the size and it is metric on one side and standard on the other so you'll know both measurements. Digital calipers will measure the exact size to the tenth of a millimeter, and can also display the standard size.

The size of your audience doesn't matter. What's important is that your audience is listening.    
- Randy Pausch


May 18, 2023 — D Z

Flares for All

April 20th, 2023

Flare Size Matters

Our skin is really pretty cool. The uniqueness of it can be charming but also super frustrating. When it comes to wearing plugs and tunnels, your skin has the potential to limit what you can comfortably wear.

But first, lets go over basic plug anatomy...

The size of your plug is the diameter of the part that is worn in the piercing.

The flare(s) are larger than the size to keep your plugs in place. The flares are not worn "in" your ears and stick out the front/back. Usually the flare is between 1-2mm larger than your size. A double flare plug has flares on the front and back of the plugs. A single flare plug (as pictured above) has only 1 flare in the front and an o-ring sits on the back to hold it in place. A no flare plug has no flares at all and requires o-rings on the front and back.

Single and no flare plugs can have a small groove indention to help keep the o-rings in place. Double flare plugs do not have a groove.

The wearable area is the space between the flares/o-rings. Some people have thick lobes and need a larger wearable size and some people don't.


So why does this matter?

If you are lucky enough to have stretchy, flexible skin, it doesn't. You likely won't have any trouble stretching over the flares when putting in your plugs. Some of us have tight skin that is constantly trying to repair the stretch. Even with a well established stretched size, the ears can start shrinking within a couple days of not wearing plugs. This type of skin can really struggle to allow any "extra stretch" to get over a flare when putting in or taking out jewelry. This is where single flare plugs come in. There is no "extra stretch". Remove the back o-ring and the plug will perfectly slide in with no discomfort. Replace the o-ring and you're good to go. No flare plugs are essentially the same. The only reason to have 2 o-rings is for aesthetics. Some people just prefer the look.

Once you know how stretchy your skin is, you can look for the style that works for you. If putting in double flare plugs is only mildly uncomfortable, try using GaugeGear stretching balm to reduce friction.

If you're actively stretching up to the next size, we recommend our stretching glass or steel plugs as they are single flare without the o-ring groove for ultimate comfort. They also have larger wearable areas to accomodate any swelling you may have.

If you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there Brian, why don't you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair.  
- Joanna (Office Space)


April 20, 2023 — D Z

Know Your Stones

March 16th, 2023

Natural or Synthetic

One of the ideas we love about stones is the connection of our bodies to nature. Stones are a natural beauty we can harvest and shape into so many different styles of jewelry.

Stones, however, are not always what you think. In our stone collection, you'll find natural stones, "enhanced" stones, and synthetic stones. What's the difference? Well, natural stones are exactly what they say they are, natural. They are simply cut and polished into the pieces we have. Enhanced stones are just that. They started as a natural stone, but then dyed, heated, or manipulated in some way to enhance it's beauty. Synthetic stones are a fun bunch. They are entirely man-made usually out of a glass base. If they're glass, why are they in the stones? Just because that's where people expect them to be. Cat eye is the best example of that. Most plug companies sell them as stones so that's where people go to look for them. We put them in both our glass and stone collections. There are some other interesting outliers like obsidian. Technically it is glass, but it's a naturally formed glass from volcanic activity. You'll also find that in both the glass and stone collections.

The point of all this is just that we want you to know what you're buying. In our stone listings, we will tell you whether it is natural, enchanced, or synthetic. We're also working to include information as to where the natural stones were mined. It's a work in progress so keep an eye out if that is info you are looking for.    

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.  
- Gretel Ehrlich


March 16, 2023 — D Z

Oil Your Skin

February 16th, 2023

Body Care

One of our most popular items is the GaugeGear Stretching Balm. This balm is truly amazing! It helps lube up your plugs for easier insertion but most importantly, it moisturizes your lobes! For the stretching process, moisturized skin is absolutely essential. As you're stretching the skin, it won't heal properly without being adequately cared for. That means clean AND moisturized.

While we're at it, this really does apply to all of your skin. Don't forget that your skin is your largest organ. Whether you're on a self care journey or not, you really do need to take care of your skin. It holds all the good bits in and keeps the bad bits out. Moisturized skin is strong skin.

As far as moisturization goes, we're all about keeping it old school and natural. That means plant-based oils and not mass produced commerial lotions. Our body care products are small-batch, hand-made, paraben and phthalate-free, and feel sooooooo good. These products typically use shea, cocoa, or avocado oil bases and essential oils for a more natural fragrance.

We list the ingredients on the products so you know exactly what you're getting before you buy. Allergies are no joke. We also know this is important for vegans and are continuing to add more vegan friendly options.

Be good to your skin. You'll wear it every day for the rest of your life.  
- Renee Rouleau


February 16, 2023 — D Z

Plastic Sucks!

January 19th, 2023

Transition Period

At this point, we all know how absolutely terrible single-use plastics are, but damn they can be so difficult to avoid.

Those of you who've been with us for a while know we used plastic bubble bags to protect your jewelry in shipping. Last year we made change. Just one change but we love it! We now use cellulose wadding instead of bubble wrap to protect your jewelry from damage in shipping. The cellulose wadding does kinda look like paper towels as some people have mentioned but it is not! It is made from 100% recycled paper, biodegradable, and curbside recyclable.

While we feel really good about this change, we know our work isn't done yet. We still use poly mailers to ship most orders and all jewelry is shipped in sealed poly bags. Finding a good replacement for the poly mailers will be our next big undertaking. It requires a balancing act we haven't been able to fulfill just yet. It needs to both be plastic free but also light weight enough to still allow affordable shipping. We'll get there.  

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  
- Maya Angelou


January 19, 2023 — D Z
Glass vs Steel Stretching Plugs

Glass vs Steel Stretching Plugs

At Arctic Buffalo, you know we are all about providing you with stretching plugs that help you size up in style and with ease. Our stretching plugs come in 1mm incremental sizing to allow you to stretch to larger sizes seamlessly. Most people say it's even easy and painless. The stretching plugs we offer provide you with a safer stretching method to reach your goals, without having to deal with injury or blowouts. We currently offer stretching plugs in glass and stainless steel. Let’s take a look at the difference between these stretching plug materials.  

Glass Stretching Plugs:

The Single Flare Glass Plugs are available in black, clear, white and blue ranging in sizes from 2mm-28mm. They are made from borosilicate glass, which is durable and smooth to allow the plugs to slide in with ease. The post on these is slightly longer than other single flare plugs, which helps when dealing with fresh stretches by providing extra room for swelling.

The sizes of glass are not exact because they are handmade. We measure their exact circumference and write it on your receipt for your knowledge. Although these size variations are not drastic, if you have especially sensitive ears and you are uncomfortable with the size, leave the bags sealed and reach out to our customer service for a return.

Once you get your stretching plugs in the mail and open up those little bags with your new stretching plugs, pop those babies in for a couple weeks and watch them work their magic while you prepare for your next stretch. 

Pro Tip #1: We recommend ordering each size up to your goal, all at once, so you only have to pay for shipping once.

Pro Tip #2: Combine your stretch with our stretching balm for best results.

Steel Stretching Plugs:

If you want the sizing pretty dang perfect, the Single Flare Stainless Steel Plugs might be your go-to option. These are also available in sizing up to 38mm, so they are an option when stretching to larger sizes. The sizes ranging from 1.2mm-16mm are solid steel plugs and the sizing from 17mm up has the plug hollowed out to remove some of the excess weight. The high-quality 316L stainless steel makes these easy to clean and a great material to consider when sizing up. If you have a nickel sensitivity, glass may be a better option for you.

Weight Comparisons:


 Size Glass Steel
1.2mm N/A 1.1g
1.6mm N/A 1.3g
2mm 0.5g 1.7g
2.5mm N/A 2.2g
3mm 0.8g 3.1g
4mm 1.4g 4.1g
5mm 2.1g 5.6g
6mm 2.8g 6g
7mm 3.5g 10g
8mm 4.9g 14g
9mm 6g 22g
10mm 8g 26g
11mm 10g 29g
12mm 12g 32g
13mm 13g 36g
14mm 14g 40g
15mm 18g 46g
16mm 22g 52g
17mm 25g 26g
18mm 27g 34g
19mm 30g 41g
20mm 34g 50g
21mm 36g 54g
22mm 40g 60g
23mm 46g 64g
24mm 50g 68g
25mm 55g 74g
26mm 62g 76g
27mm 67g 82g
28mm 70g 94g
29mm N/A 106g
30mm N/A 112g
31mm N/A 117g
32mm N/A 122g
33mm N/A 130g
34mm N/A 138g
35mm N/A 148g
36mm N/A 158g
37mm N/A 168g
38mm N/A 178g

What Customers Had to Say About Glass:

What Customers Had to Say About Steel:

Whether you choose to go with the glass or the steel stretching plugs, we don't think there's a wrong answer! There's incredible ease to stretching with either material and it truly just comes down to personal preference. The big win here is the 1mm incremental sizing! Give these a try and watch your stretching dreams come true. We're always glad to help if you have any questions. Happy stretching!

June 06, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Get to Know the Zodiac Signs

Get to Know the Zodiac Signs

As Aries SZN comes to a close, and we head into Taurus SZN, we wanted to take a little time to get to know our zodiac signs! Plus, your favorite jewelry company, Arctic Buffalo, is an Aries! Arctic Buffalo’s birthday is April 9th, so we’re celebrating with a zodiac blog! The Earth’s 360-degree orbit is broken up into 30-degree sectors giving us these twelve zodiac signs. Aries season starts on the first day of spring which is known as the vernal equinox and ends on April 19th. The western zodiac signs, in order, include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Kicking off getting to know our zodiac signs with Aries baby! 



Dates: March 21st – April 19th  

Symbol: The Ram 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Determined, blunt, positive, fearless, and assured 

Famous Aries’: Reese Witherspoon, Chaka Khan, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Celine Dion, Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. 


Dates: April 20th – May 20th  

Symbol: The Bull 

Element: Earth 

Personality traits: Social, desire stability, hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, and strong in their opinions 

Famous Taurus’: Adele, Queen Elizabeth, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, Channing Tatum, Lizzo, Jerry Seinfield, Travis Scott, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 


Dates: May 21st – June 20th 

Symbol: Twin 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Extroverted, clever, adaptable, loyal, creative and daring 

Famous Geminis: Aly Raisman, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Amy Schumer, Mark Wahlberg, Iggy Azalea, Michael Cera, Liam Neeson, Kanye West, Natalie Portman, Venus Williams, Kendrick Lamar 


Dates: June 21st – July 22nd   

Symbol: Crab 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Nurturing, loving, lighthearted, humorous, entertainers, and loyal 

Famous Cancers: Meryl Streep, Chris Pratt, Ariana Grande, Vin Diesel, Fantasia Barrino, Tom Cruise, Post Malone, Kevin Hart, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Julianne Hough 


Dates: July 23rd – August 22nd  

Symbol: Lion 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Attentive, generous, big personalities, leaders, confident and driven 

Famous Leos: Jennifer Lopez, Barak Obama, Sandra Bullock, Mick Jagger, Jason Momoa, Tom Brady, Meghan Markle, Robert de Niro, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Steve Carell 


Dates: August 23rd – September 22nd  

Symbol: Maiden 

Element: Earth  

Personality traits: Patient, creative, reliable, elegant, funny, and witty 

Famous Virgos: Blake Lively, Keke Palmer, Melissa McCarthy, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Tyler Perry, Zendaya, Salma Hayek, Kobe Bryant, Freddie Mercury, Keanu Reeves, Avicii, Adam Sandler 


Dates: September 23rd – October 22nd  

Symbol: Scales 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Friendly, peaceful, balanced, dreamers, fair-minded and cooperative 

Famous Libras: Gwenyth Paltrow, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, John Lennon, Gandhi, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Cardi B, Doja Cat, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski 


Dates: October 23rd – November 21st 

Symbol: Scorpion 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Bold, mysterious, creative, passionate, smart and stoic 

Famous Scorpios: Whoopi Goldberg, Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Gabrielle Union, Frank Ocean, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Ciara, Matthew McConaughey 


Dates: November 22nd – December 21st  

Symbol: Archer 

Element: Fire 

Personality traits: Loyal, assertive, intelligent, extroverted, lively, passionate and philosophical  

Famous Sagittarius’: Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, DJ Khaled, Tina Turner, Trey Songz, Jay-Z, Tyra Banks, Nicki Minaj, Samuel L. Jackson 


Dates: December 22nd – January 19th 

Symbol: Sea Goat 

Element: Earth 

Personality traits: Realistic, practical, ambitious, mature, grounded and a like to keep a tight social circle 

Famous Capricorns: Martin Luther King Jr., LeBron James, Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage, Ellie Goulding, Betty White, Calvin Harris, Kit Harington, Bradley Cooper, Kate Middleton 


Dates: January 20th – February 18th 

Symbol: Water Bearer 

Element: Air 

Personality traits: Clever, optimistic, self-reliant, free-spirited, eccentric, innovative and progressive 

Famous Aquarius’: Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Michael B. Jordan, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Rowland, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Jordan, Niel Diamond 


Dates: February 19th – March 20th  

Symbol: Fish 

Element: Water 

Personality traits: Emotionally aware, wise, open-minded, driven and in touch with their feelings 

Famous Pisces’: Rihanna, Simone Biles, Tyler the Creator, Justin Bieber, Flavor Flav, Drew Barrymore, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Jon Bon Jovi, Dakota Fanning, Elliot Page, William Macy 

As the Earth rotates, it causes the sun to appear to be in front of one of these zodiac constellations, which determines what zodiac season it is. Each sign has great qualities that make them unique from one another and allows you to have a bond with the people you share a zodiac sign with. While we may be slightly biased towards Aries SZN because that is Arctic Buffalo’s season, there are some insanely cool people that you can find with every sign. Rep your zodiac with pride by wearing a pair of our stainless steel zodiac tunnels!  

April 19, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Plug Pairings with the Top Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Plug Pairings with the Top Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to highlight some of the best cities to celebrate in! This holiday is full of good food, good drinks, good times and of course, lots of green. We matched a pair of plugs or tunnels with each of these cities that fit the celebration going on there. Whether you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in one of these places, or just planning to celebrate at home, any of these green options will help you to avoid a pinch in style.  

Boston, Massachusetts // Metallic Green Double Flare Glass Plugs: 

Boston is a city full of history and life, which makes it no surprise that it is a great location to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The city’s NBA team is the Celtics, so need we say more? Boston’s most popular Celtic punk rock band, the Dropkick Murphy’s, comes back to Boston to perform in their hometown each year at the House of Blues to get the St. Patrick’s Day party started. There is also a parade with floats, Irish pipe and drum bands, Irish step dancers and a massive crowd.  
We have paired the city of Boston’s celebrations with the Metallic Green Double Flare Glass Plugs. The black and green coloring matches the Celtics logo and the small black cracks in the metallic green foil resemble the pattern of clovers on the Celtic’s vest. Celebrate in style whether you’re near the Boston area or just want a funky green look. The cracked foil and added black coloring make these a standout pair of plugs that avoid a pinch!  

Chicago, Illinois // Green Cat Eye Plugs: 

From Boston, Massachusetts to Chicago, Illinois! The Chicago traditions are some of the most well-known St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. When the whole Chicago River is dyed emerald green, it’s a hard tradition for people to miss. The green river is dyed the morning of the parade and brings thousands of spectators. This makes Chicago a hot spot to celebrate the holiday. Check out the river then head over to one of the many Irish pubs in Chicago for good eats and plenty of beer. 
To complement the emerald green river, we matched the Green Cat Eye Plugs with Chicago’s St. Patty’s celebrations. The coloring of these plugs and the river is similar. The chatoyancy effect the Green Cat Eye material even has a whitish appearance when the plugs move in the light, just like the river sparkles in the sun. The Green Cat Eye Plugs are a classic St. Patty’s Day accessory.  

New Orleans, Louisiana // Green with Yellow and Pink Spiral Glass Plugs: 

Next up, we’re headed down south to New Orleans, Louisiana. This city is lively and bustling year-round, but especially around St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone knows New Orleans is the home of Mardi Gras, which was at the beginning of March 2022. The celebration just keeps going as the city transitions from Mardi Gras to St. Patty’s Day. Why stop when you’re having that much fun? To continue the celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, a giant block party is held in the French Quarter. 
For the ultimate celebration, we have paired the Green with Yellow and Pink Spiral Glass Plugs with the city of New Orleans. These are a party in a plug! Between the vibrant green glass, shimmery swirl and added pink and yellow, these embody the New Orleans celebrations perfectly. Not to mention, they’re going to get plenty of use after the holiday too. 

New York, New York // Rose Gold Stainless Steel Peacock Tunnels with CZ Gems: 

Is anyone surprised that New York is one of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’re most definitely not. New York, New York is home to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. The center of the New York events are held right in front of this architectural masterpiece. A parade goes up 5th Avenue and the city even has a bar crawl you can attend. No wonder it’s one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world.  
To match the detailed architecture of the building, we have paired New York’s celebrations with the Rose Gold Stainless Steel Peacock Tunnels. The CZ gems add a pop of green and the rose gold coloring is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you’re looking for a more subtle way to wear green on St. Patty’s Day, these are the way to go. 

Philidelphia, Pennsylvania // Green Line Jasper Plugs: 

Our final destination is the historic city of Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. The first ever documented St. Patrick’s Day parade was held here, making this the 250th year of celebrations. There are numerous bar crawls, live music and parties. They go big or go home for St. Patty’s Day in Philly! 
We have paired the historic celebrations in Philadelphia with the Green Line Jasper Plugs. Just like the celebrations have been going on for years, this gorgeous stone has also been around for years. The green line jasper stone comes from a natural form of chalcedony and can have coloring ranging from dark olive green to lighter mint green. Since it’s unaltered from its original form, each pair is completely unique. No matter what color green you choose to wear on the holiday, these will complement it! 
Green is a color that isn’t going out of style anytime soon. Treat yourself to feel confident with some green jewelry this St. Patrick’s Day. Any of these options are perfect to get your green in and we promise they will be worn many times after the celebrations are done. Who knows, maybe they’ll even bring you some good luck! 
March 09, 2022 — Amanda Pyle
Arctic Buffalo 2021 Gift Guide

Arctic Buffalo 2021 Gift Guide

Happy holidays Buffs! With the holidays coming so soon, we wanted to share our 2021 gift guide. Below are customer favorites throughout the year of 2021. These products are guaranteed to bring smiles. Want in on a secret? Depending on your giftees size, almost every gift option on this list is under $40. 😄 Happy holidays and happy shopping!
This simple, appeasing design makes it hard to go wrong when gifting these cool and classy tunnels. 🖤 They have quite literally been described as “perfect”. These beautiful tunnels are definitely a staple and made from high-quality brass to show your giftee how special they are to you.  
You simply cannot go wrong gifting our clear glass plugs this holiday season. 🎄 Let your giftee show off their amazing ears with this pair of clear glass plugs. Smooth, simple and comfortable is the way to go this holiday season.  
The black acrylic rose plugs are dainty yet gothic and interesting yet simple. Just like your giftee, possibly? The detail of the acrylic 3D rose is impeccable and resembles a real black rose. 🌹 These plugs are like a bouquet of roses, but better. 
Our smoke black glass plugs are perfect for an edgy giftee who likes to keep things mysterious. 💨 This glass pair of plugs puts dark beauty on display while remaining neutral enough to be worn with anything. They are gonna love a pair of plugs that matches their vibe! 
Our onyx tunnels have an appearance like black silk. They are a luxurious yet simple statement piece. Customers have described them as very comfortable and their go-to pair! Your giftee will feel like a million bucks in this comfortable pair of high-quality onyx tunnels.  
These were a recent addition to the Arctic Buffalo silicone collection and have skyrocketed to a customer favorite in no time. They are affordable yet thoughtful and the deep blue color is rich and luxurious, making this gift option hard not to love. Help your giftee rid the winter blues 🥶 with these beautiful matte dark blue silicone plugs!
It really doesn’t get any cuter than these little guys. This is the perfect gift for your summer-loving giftee who is ready to have the warm weather back! These jellyfish friends will get them through the winter by reminding them of warm beaches and oceans. 
Our snake skin jasper plugs are red hot! They are often referred to as “stunning” by our customers. The unique color variation of this stone is not seen often, which makes them so special. The stone is unaltered from its natural form, so these would be great for your nature-loving giftee! Empower your giftee by reminding them to channel the prestige and determination of the snake. 🐍 
Bloodwood is a distinct-colored wood because of its reddish tint. The compact wood makes them a durable pair of wood plugs for your giftee who loves the beauty of nature. Wood is great for the winter because it is lightweight and the material doesn’t get cold in the winter air like glass or stone might. A beautiful yet practical gift for your friend, coworker or loved one.  
Our final gift recommendation of 2021 truly is a BEAUTY. Only gift this to your loved one if you want to absolutely knock them off their feet! These dazzling hangers have the perfect twinkle for the winter season and the holidays. This pair of hangers has been a top seller for years and is sure to bring a smile to your giftees face. 
We know if you’re on our site and have made it this far, your giftee is very unique and special. It can be especially hard when shopping for plugs and knowing what materials and styles to purchase for someone else. If your friend or loved one is an Arctic Buffalo lover, but you just don’t feel confident choosing a pair for them, send an eGift card instead. They will be more than happy to surf our site and pick out something extra special out for themselves. When in doubt, gift card it out! 
December 10, 2021 — Taylor Newgard
Stretching Balm: A MUST

Stretching Balm: A MUST

This month we are bringing extra love and attention to our aftercare stretching balm from GaugeGear. A lot of you have said this is a MUST when stretching your piercings. Based on experience, this balm will leave you asking “how did I stretch without it?!” Our stretching balm smells good, it feels good and it’s cheap!! But those are just a few things we love about this concoction. Let’s dive in to all the benefits this jojoba-based balm has for your piercings, stretched or not.

1. Can help fight infection

Jojoba, myrrh and tea tree oil bring the magic to maintaining clean-smelling ears. Research suggests these oils can fight off bacteria and fungi to keep your ears from smelling bad. Jojoba can help speed up the healing process and fights smelly bacteria. Myrrh oil has antiseptic properties that can fight off disease-causing microorganisms that may lead to infection, and tea tree oil is added to help keep your wound clean and may prevent infection

2. Can repair skin and reduce swelling and scarring

A few ingredients work together to repair damaged skin. Stretching your piercings tears tissue, which can cause inflammation and scarring. Wheat germ oil works to reduce scarring, while jojoba oil and tea tree oil work to repair your skin while you are stretching. Research suggests tea tree oil can reduce inflammation while jojoba oil can promote new cell growth 

3. Can soothe irritation

Relieve those itchy ears! Sweet almond oil is the magic ingredient that works to reduce dryness, soreness and irritation. Bee’s wax is included in this balm to condition your skin and seal all these wonderful, natural ingredients into your happy lobes
If you haven’t added our stretching balm to your cart yet, this is your sign! Make your life easier and your ears happier. Add our GaugeGear stretching balm to your daily routine today. Your ears will thank you! 
Our stretching balm pairs great with our stretching plugs. Pop your next size in with ease as you size up to your goal! 

What you've had to say:

Cheyenne S - Dallas, TX
"I love this stretching balm! Its so great for stretching and its an awesome aftercare routine for ear/septum stretching. Would 100% recommend. You won’t be disappointed!" 6/11/21
Elisa G. - Bridgewater, NJ
"This is the only thing i’ve tried that COMPLETELY gets rid of that “smell” (if you know what I mean). I loved using this while stretching and still use it now to keep moisturized. Amazing product" 5/21/21
James M - Spring Hill, FL
"It is a very good product. Helped me heal nicely" 11/6/20
Erica C - Toronto, ON
"very easy to stretch with! I have sensitive skin and this works great for me :) thank u!!" 5/21/21
Have any tips to help out other fellow stretchers? Our community would love to hear from you! Share in the comments below. ⬇️
July 02, 2021 — Taylor Newgard