Aang! Hi everyone!
Hope you all had a fabulous Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday! I was going to do a post of sales, but SO few brands were having Indigenous Peoples Day sales, so it was a no-go. I was too drained from an allergy attack yesterday, so I’m a bit late with this, but happy to be a bit more energetic today!
Anywho, have you noticed how CBD* has been gaining in popularity? I was so pleased that it became legal here in Louisiana as of June, so I was finally able to try out various products. I’ll do a more in-depth post soon regarding different types of CBD (i.e. full spectrum vs. isolate), but for now, I’ll stick with some skincare basics.
Hemp products, made from hemp seed oil, have been on the market ever since I can remember. This is because they’re formulated from the seeds of the hemp plant, which contain no cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is an excellent ingredient, and does a great job of nourishing the skin. But, a lot of brands are now trying to capitalize on the cannabis craze and some marketing can be a bit misleading. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy these products- just make sure you know what you’re buying.
If you’re interested in the newer CBD products, look for CBD or cannabidiol on the ingredients list. Full spectrum means there are multiple cannabinoids in the product, and there will be a slight amount of THC, whereas CBD isolate is just cannabidiol without the THC. Also, reputable brands will put the amount (usually mg) of CBD on the package, and will make a certificate of analysis (COA) available to consumers. The COA will show test results from a third-party lab, which contains the amounts of cannabinoids, as well as whether or not there are pesticides or other contaminants. This is especially important if you live in a state where CBD products are not yet legal, or you cannot use THC products.
Some of my fave CBD skincare products I’ve tried so far are the Lazarus Naturals CBD Balms, Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil, Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum, and Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm. I also found a CBD roll-on deodorant, but haven’t made up my mind on whether I like it or not, so I didn’t include it here.
I have the Lazarus Naturals CBD Balms in Mint, Lavender, and Cedar Citrus. The Mint is AMAZING for body aches and pains- when I’m sore after a workout, or just have a back ache, even knee pain, I massage this onto the area, and it’s SO soothing. The Citrus Cedar and Lavender are great for chapped lips- I keep the lavender on my night stand and also use it to get to sleep more easily. There are some other fantastic products from the brand, so I’ll be doing a more complete post soon.
There are two versions of the Herbivore Emerald oil, one with hemp seed and one with CBD (I’m going to assume this is because of states where CBD isn’t clearly legal yet)- mine is the one with CBD. It’s light and quickly absorbs, which is exactly what I need. I always fear oils because of my oily, acne-prone skin, but I’ve had no problems with this. I use it at night, and wake up with soft, hydrated skin.
The Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum is quite pricey at $125, so I just got a travel size to try before investing in the full size. I don’t know just yet if I want to spend the money on the full size, because the formula pretty heavy, for me. BUT, I really like the results, so I’m including it in my current fave CBD skincare products. It’s heavier than the Herbivore, so it doesn’t really sink into my skin as quickly. I’m going to try it again as the air gets drier with the colder weather. This is not something I’d be able to wear under makeup, but when I wear it at night, I love how my skin looks so vibrant when I wake up. If you have dry skin, this is going to be great for you!
Last, but not least, the Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm– a true miracle worker! I have horrific sinus and allergy issues, which are aggravated by the swampy Louisiana environment. My eyes are always itchy, red and swollen. I stash various eye gels with arnica and caffeine in the fridge to deal with puffiness, but when the puffiness goes down, I’m left with sensitive, irritated skin. This balm contains beeswax, manuka honey, and CBD isolate, and you just warm it a bit with your finger, then apply to the eye area. It really helps calm and soothe irritated skin.
Overall, I’ve been pretty pleased with the products I’ve tried thus far. I haven’t run into any that I actually dislike, just some that I’m undecided on. I’m really excited about all the new CBD products on the market- I know the ingredient is going to continue to grow in popularity as more states legalize hemp products. I’ll update the blog and add more posts as I discover more great products!
*CBD (cannabidiol) products have not been evaluated by the FDA for the purposes listed in this post. All thoughts are my own.
*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.