HEMP Beauty – What’s The Deal?

In the spirit of 420 I decided to do a little research and talk about a few of the Hemp-inspired products in my beauty collection, as I seemed to have accumulated quite few recently. For those who don’t know 420 (April the 20th) is a day synonymous with the celebration of cannabis smoking in America, and like most American traditions and holidays, the concept has trickled through to the U.K. and become somewhat of a deal here to – pun fully intended. I’m not some kind of seasoned red-eyed pot smoking cool cat, quite the opposite actually, I had to Google most of this last night.

I’ve seen lots of beauty brands picking up on this hemp ‘trend’ in recent years and it has actually become evident that contrary to my imagery above, the healing properties of the cannabis plant are becoming widely celebrated and are no longer only associated with red-eyed pot smoking cool cats, for the most part, and I’m actually really glad about this. I am one of the people who genuinely believes in the healing and sustainability properties of hemp after doing some research and watching various documentaries. I guess now would be a good time to make the following disclaimer: I am not encouraging the recreational use of cannabis or any other drug, ever, and am in no position to give advice on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

With that said, I’m here to simply present a beauty-based, angle to the subject and if you want a more in-depth scientifically-based representation of things, I suggest you look elsewhere. I have however done some research as far as the beauty industry is concerned and I may be able to answer some of your questions in this post.

First of all, let me explain what hemp actually is. It is a strain of the leafy, green Cannabis plant, that most of us know, bred specifically to contain less chemicals. Generally speaking it contains 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient that produces the ‘high’ in marijuana, which is why you can’t get high from a a tube of hemp hand cream – sorry to say. It is known as a multi-benefit crop because the plant itself has so many uses, from the fibres of the stems themselves being used in the production of fabric, to the oil and other by-products derived for health and beauty purposes.

How does this relate to hand cream, you ask? Well, Hemp’s cold pressed seed oil is high and balanced in essential fatty acid content (omegas 3 and 6) which makes it an ideal ingredient in personal care products. “The essential fatty acids soothe and restore skin when added to salves and creams. The natural texture gives excellent emolliency and a smooth after-feel to lotions, lip balms, conditioners, shampoos, soaps, shaving products and massage oils,” says George Blankenbaker, Manager of Real Hemp. I’ll link the entire article from cosmeticsbusiness.com here, because although a little out-dated, still provides a lot of interesting info. So in short, hemp contains a lot of good and beneficial stuff.

The Body Shop have been hemp pioneers for some time now, you can find their entire range here. I’d been recommended their Hemp Hand Cream by my nail technician, who no doubt sees a lot of sorry and beautiful looking knuckles. I had an appointment with her before the U.K lockdown ensued at a time where my hand washing had reached fever-pitch and my hands looked like they’d been scrubbed with sand paper. I’ve been using this for a good month now and I can confirm that it does in fact have healing properties for extremely dry hands. A combination of this cream along with less hand-washing, my hands are transformed and actually look nourished for the first time in years. I must say, that with most hemp products, I’m not a fan of the scents whether derived naturally or synthetically, but because all the products seem to work such a dream, it’s a factor I’m happy to overlook.

I also picked up the hemp lip salve too, as it has a deluge of five star reviews, along with the hand cream. It’s almost scentless which I like in this case, it feels buttery and leaves my lips soft – does what it says on the box, we love that. I use both the salve and hand cream a couple of times a day, and they have both become welcome additions to my self-care and skincare routines. I’m definitely now curious to try more from their ever-growing hemp collection. You can still shop The Body Shop online at the moment, which makes me SO happy!

I’d heard really great things about Dr. Botanicals from a fellow small-time blogger on Instagram, so when I saw this product on the Oliver Bonas sale, for half price, I snapped it up immediately. I also picked up several other Dr. Botanicals items, so will do a new brand review post with those all soon, if that’s something you’d like to see…? I assumed this wouldn’t be a match for me, given my patches of oily areas on the face but I’m not going to beat around the bush here: this product is liquid gold hemp oily goodness. Along with the dry areas, I’ve also always had a lot of very dry areas on my face and this seems to have worked wonders across the board.

I have pretty sensitive skin, so as far as trying out new skincare I’m always hyper-wary but I was so pleasantly surprised with is. It’s a transparent, almost scentless oil-based solution which I’ve been using as advised once/twice daily after cleansing skin. The first bonus point is that it doesn’t aggravate my sensitive skin, and the second bonus point comes from the fact that it leaves my skin looking and feeling beautiful. I’d recently had to stop using my Glossier chemical exfoliator at night as it had finished, which was really keeping breakouts at bay, and my skin calm and glowing but it seems that, although not an exfoliator, seems to be doing the same wondrous things for my skin. It’s clear, smooth, radiant and I’m so pleased with the results from this little supplement! Dr. Botanicals is widely available online, so go eat your heart out.

Now with is last product, I have to admit that the jury is very much still out, as I’ve only been using it a few days. This is an organic daily hormone supplement, containing 1% CBD extract. I will do a full review of this supplement once I’ve been using it a substantial amount of time to see a difference but I wanted to show you the range of cannabis-derived products out there on the U.K. market. This is another product I gladly discovered in the Oliver Bonas sale and again at a fraction of the original price, I simply had to try it out. I love the premise of the brand Ohne, established by two fierce female entirely based around period education and accessibility – yasssss queens, we love this!

Their site says “yours, hormonally is an ingestible, under-the tongue, daily CBD supplement containing avocado and MCT. ” I have really been experiencing a lot of stress recently, as I’m sure a lot of us have. As a result I’ve had very low mood most of the time so this is a welcome experiment for me. It has a herb-like taste, made predominantly of coconut and avocado oil and I’ve started by taking two drops under the tongue when I wake up with the advice being to build up to a pipette full over time. I must honestly say I’ve seen a noticable difference in my mood over the past few days, in a good way, but as I say I want to test it thoroughly before concluding an opinion. *Also important to note that this is not suitable for kids, obviously and it is advised that you consult a doctor first if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication. * It this works, it could really be a game-changer for me, so stay tuned for my final thoughts!

As always I hope this post has been in some way informative, helpful and/or hopefully interesting, even if just a light moment of distraction from the intense goings-on in the world at the moment. I’d love to know what you think, so either comment down below or find me over on Instagram @the.useless.blogger!

Stay safe, always research a product thoroughly before purchasing or trying out and enjoy the fruits of the hemp plant (safely within the confines of the law obvs.)

Ev x