12 cannabis skin-care products worth trying

A look at several cannabis-related beauty products available in stores and online.
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The cannabis skin-care universe is growing by leaps and bounds as long-established companies including the Body Shop and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps expand their product lines, while newcomers hustle to make their mark in this budding beauty segment.

Many of 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.

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; after the seeds are processed that level is reduced to zero.


A small 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.

If you’re hoping to add a new product to your daily routine, here’s a sampling of cannabis-related makeup and hair and skin offerings worth a look.

Ojai Energetics

The CBD Coconut Oil, left, and CBD Moisturizing Cream from Ojai Energetics.
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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

The Body Shop

The Body Shop's Hemp Soap on a Rope.
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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,

Malin + Goetz

Malin + Goetz Hair Pomade.
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If you have big ideas about how to style your hair, you may need a little assistance from Malin + Goetz’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,

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Tea Tree Organic Shaving Soap from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.
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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,

Jeffrey James Botanicals

The Glow oil from Jeffrey James Botanicals.
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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,

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick.
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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,

The Body Shop

The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector.
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The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector (“hard-working hand protector,” as proclaimed on the 3.3 oz. tube) is made in France with “community trade hemp seed oil.” $20,

Kush Creams

Aloe-Based Face and Eye Cream from Kush Creams.
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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,

Marley Natural

Marley Natural Hemp Seed Body Lotion.
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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,

Ardency Inn

Ardency Inn's Modster Big Instant Lash-Enhancing Mascara boosted with hemp protein.
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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, and

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics' Jasmine and Henna Fluff -- Eaze hair treatment.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics’ Jasmine and Henna Fluff -- Eaze hair treatment.
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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,

The Wonder Seed

The Wonder Seed's Beautifying Hemp Facial Cream.
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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,

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