Here’s why the beauty world is embracing cannabis products like never before
The CBD Coconut Oil and CBD Moisturizing Cream from Ojai Energetics
The CBD Coconut Oil from Ojai Energetics is ingestible, but customers often buy it for topical use as a skin balm, according to company founder and CEO Will Kleidon. Later this spring, Ojai Energetics will start selling a CBD cream. The oil, $27.95 (5 oz.) and $54.95 (12 oz.), can be purchased at ojaienergetics.com.( (Ojai Energetics / Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times))
The Body Shop’s Hemp Soap on a Rope
The Body Shop has been using hemp seed oil (from “community fair trade-sourced” farms in England, according to the company’s website) for years. And this Hemp Soap on a Rope design makes its association with cannabis sativa very clear. $12, www.thebodyshop.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Aloe-Based Face and Eye Cream from Kush Creams
The brand’s name (Kush is the name of a popular strain of marijuana) leaves no doubt about its association with cannabis, and Kush Creams’ Aloe-Based Face and Eye Cream includes “fertile female hempseed,” among its ingredients. $40 kushcreams.com
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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick is made with hemp and peppermint oils and comes in a series of intense hues (with names such as Black Dahlia, Stud and Grandma) that have inspired a cult following. $17, occmakeup.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Malin + Goetz Hair Pomade
If you have big ideas about how to style your hair, you may need a little assistance from Malin + Geotz’s Hair Pomade. This styling aid promises “residue-free grooming” with an ingredient list that includes yucca and aloe plant extracts, meadowfoam seed — and cannabis sativa seed. $22, www.malinandgoetz.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Ardency Inn’s Modster Big Instant Lash Enhancing Mascara Boosted with Hemp Protein
Will Ardency Inn’s Modster Big Instant Lash Enhancing Mascara made with hemp oil, Copernicia Cerifera (carnauba) wax, Acacia Senegal gum and a host of other ingredients assist you with having longer, thicker lashes? You be the judge. $25 sephora.com and ardencyinn.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics’ Jasmine and Henna Fluff -- Eaze hair treatment
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics’ Jasmine and Henna Fluff — Eaze hair treatment is a product targeted for those of us with frizzy, dry or out of control hair. The hemp oil (combined with other oils) is used as a moisturizer, and henna is included to make hair shine. The jasmine makes everything smell like a garden. $25.95, www.lushusa.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Marley Natural Hemp Seed Body Lotion
With an ingredients list that includes rosemary and lavender, baobab, shea butter and “Jamaican Botanicals” — in addition to hemp seed oil — and a famous name on the label, the Hemp Seed Body Lotion and the entire Marley Natural line have attracted plenty of attention. $18, www.marleynatural.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The Wonder Seed’s Beautifying Hemp Facial Cream
The Wonder Seed raves that its Hemp Facial Cream helps “put your best face forward” with the benefits of hemp seed oil, which is said to ease irritated skin, moisturize and leave the skin glowing. $16.95, thewonderseed.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Ojai Energetics CBD Moisturizing Cream
The CBD Coconut Oil from Ojai Energetics is ingestible, but customers often buy it for topical use as a skin balm, according to company founder and chief executive Will Kleidon. (CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that is believed to have a variety of medical uses but doesn’t cause a high.) Later this spring, Ojai Energetics will start selling a CBD cream. $54.95 (12 oz.) and $27.95 (5 oz.), ojaienergetics.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Tea Tree Organic Shaving Soap from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Organic Shaving Soap comes in a tube and smells like a forest, and the list of ingredients includes organic shikakai powder from India, organic tea tree oil, fair trade organic sugar from Paraguay — and organic hemp oil. $8.99, www.drbronner.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The Glow oil from Jeffrey James Botanicals
Organic jojoba oil? Check. Sea buckthorn oil? Yes. Hemp seed oil? Of course. These and other ingredients are combined in the Glow facial oil that promises to hydrate, tighten and brighten skin. $48, www.jeffreyjamesbotanicals.com(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
If you hear the word “cannabis,” do your thoughts turn to edibles or a debate about the merits of Premium Jack versus Grape Stomper?
Sure, years of popular movies, TV shows and music have elevated the stoner stereotype to the top of the pop culture heap. But cannabis is making its mark in another arena, and the utterance that caught your attention may have pertained to hairstyling products, soaps or body lotions.
The beauty world is embracing cannabis like never before.
Often these products include hemp seed oil, which has been used in folk remedies for centuries and is said to ease dry skin, reduce inflammation and alleviate skin issues such as eczema.
It’s one of the ingredients in the Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair treatment offered by Britain-based beauty brand Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, known for its natural ingredients, whimsical packaging and playful products.
This hair mask, says Meghan Campbell, a North American brand and product trainer for Lush, is “intended to provide a lot of nourishment” for stressed-out locks.
“You have the cold-pressed hemp oil working with extra virgin coconut and olive oil,” Campbell says. “And it helps to increase elasticity. ... Your hair can withstand heat styling and processing. It really helps to keep it strong and less prone to breakage.”
Hemp oil comes from a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is grown for industrial use, not drug use. The hemp strains that are grown for oil production have a minuscule percentage of psychoactive compounds and, after the seeds are processed, that level is reduced to zero.
All of which means the shampoos, body washes, facial oils and perfumes that include hemp oil can be purchased at a variety of brick-and-mortar locations from grocery stories to department stores as well as a growing number of online retailers.
Products in the Marley Natural body care line — which bears the name of reggae legend Bob Marley and includes lotion, soap, lip balm and body wash — contain cold-pressed hemp oil.
Marley Natural spokeswoman Berrin Noorata cited in an email the benefits of the oil’s omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which, she says, contribute to good skin health. Other beneficial properties of hemp seed oil, she wrote, including a series of plant-based organic compounds and vitamin E, “offer an ideal balance for maintaining healthy skin.”
The Marley Natural body care products, she added, do not “contain any ingredients that will induce a physical high.”
A smaller number of beauty products on the market include CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that is believed to have a variety of medical uses (easing pain and anxiety and soothing irritated skin, among other things) and does not cause a marijuana high.
We’ve been seeing this step away from the stigma of cannabis and [people] really understanding the benefits and healing properties.
Andrea Revivo, a product manager for Spa De Soleil
CBD-related products are a “rising trend” in the beauty world, says Andrea Revivo, a product manager for Spa De Soleil, a Sun Valley-based company that specializes in private-label, personal care manufacturing.
“We’ve been seeing this step away from the stigma of cannabis and [people] really understanding the benefits and healing properties,” she says. “We’re seeing people wanting it in their skin care and anti-aging creams ... face mists ... face masks and lip balms. And now I’m seeing the rise of luxury skin care with CBD.”
Some products with CBD can be purchased from a growing number of online emporiums. Others are sold at local dispensaries, where you’ll need a medical marijuana card, which, in California, is available to anyone 18 and older. If you’re hoping to purchase beauty balms with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient in some varieties of cannabis sativa that has made medical marijuana a billion-dollar industry in California, you’ll need to visit a dispensary as well.
As local dispensaries get more upscale, you should expect to find a number of cannabis-related skin care products, including body balms, soaps and oils, from celebrity labels and homegrown or regional brands.
The much-publicized Whoopi & Maya line (from Whoopi Goldberg and her partner, Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth) bills its offerings as “medical cannabis products.” The brand’s website lists several Southern California marijuana shops where products can be purchased.
The Whoopi & Maya brand focuses on relief from menstrual pain. However, the lavender bath soak and the body balm have been praised by beauty bloggers who evaluate skin care products.
Apothecanna, which says its mission is “to spread the wisdom of traditional plant medicine,” sells cannabis-infused products at some dispensaries and online. The line includes colorfully packaged CBD lotions and other products, including personal intimacy oil and face and body oil. The brand also offers a $12 Lip Buzz for “distressed lips” and a $70 Mile High Gift Set of body creams.
Another cannabis label — one with a regal-sounding name — Lord Jones makes its confections in small batches by hand and uses Golden State-grown “cannabis extract.” Lord Jones’ website notes that its body care products, in white or bright green packaging, were developed by “a veteran team of personal care experts” and offer “relief from pain, inflammation and a variety of skin conditions.”
Lord Jones’ 1:1 Pain and Wellness Formula Body Lotion ($40) has “notes of sage, mint and green citrus,” according to the brand’s website, and is “non-psychoactive when used as directed” and an “ideal massage therapy lotion.” However, the lotion contains THC, and the product website says Californians “must have a valid doctor’s recommendation to join our collective and order.”
California is already home to a stable of cutting-edge beauty brands. With Proposition 64 (which legalized the adult recreational use of marijuana) now the law here, the Golden State is positioned to capitalize on post-prohibition product development. The seed has been planted, and time will tell where it grows from here.
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