7 hemp and marijuana beauty products that will change your skin (for the better).
Today marks another year in which marijuana—a.k.a. ‘Mary Jane,’ kush, ganja, dope, etc.—remains illegal for recreational purposes, i.e. fun, in the majority of the United States. Unless, that is, you reside in one of the four states where it’s now legalized (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington), in which case, happy blazing, kids. Wherever you are, we truly hope your day is #LIT.
Corny puns aside, there are other fully legal and non controversial ways to introduce Mary Jane into your lifestyle—and not just on 4/20 either. Like, for example, when it comes to your beauty routine. Really.
At this point, the marijuana and beauty industries have managed to mingle quite a bit. Meaning: We’re now seeing more and more brands introducing cannabis or hemp-infused products. Herein, some of the best hemp-concentrated beauty buys—and why they might just be the thing that’s missing from your routine. Happy 4/20 to your skin, love The Coveteur.
“Hemp Oil, is an excellent choice for skin care. Hemp oil contains significant quantities of essential fatty acids that can be absorbed through the skin to provide moisture as well as protection. There are anecdotal stories of people using hemp oil internally as well as externally to assist with skin problems like psoriasis.” — Blake Schroeder, CEO of Kannaway and VP, Ops for Medical Marijuana, Inc.
“I infused the scent with the essence of cannabis to add a forbidden quality to the fragrance. We use a blend of ingredients to create a note called ‘cannabis accord’ that captures the provocative scent of a cannabis plant, known for its woodsy, musky properties. To me, it’s pure sensuality. I love sensual fragrances, especially those that are unique. Cannabis Santal adds instant sensuality whether it is worn alone or to any fragrance it is layered with. I think it is particularly divine when combined with a lush floral, like our Cannabis Rose fragrance. I call it the yin and the yang together.” — Lev Glazman, co-founder of Fresh
“Our products are made from a USDA certified organic base of plant waxes and oils, including, of course, a generous amount of cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil. This certified organic base goes through the same rigorous testing and certification procedures as your USDA certified organic fruits and vegetables. We add mixtures of mineral pigments to that base to give a balanced and natural looking palette. The hemp seed oil in our products contains high amounts of the essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which are necessary for the normal and healthy function of skin, and which the human body cannot produce on it’s own. Hemp seed oil also contains high amounts of vitamin A, C and E, is rich in amino acids, and full of free-radical scavenging antioxidants.” —Ryan Holliday, founder of Colorganics
“Hemp has excellent moisturizing properties, especially for dry skin, and helps to soften and soothe. I chose to use it in my cuticle oil blend as the hands and cuticles often get dried out and irritated with lots of washing and hand sanitizing. Hemp oil sinks in through the layers of the skin and helps retain moisture without suffocating it (as a mineral oil would, for example). So rather than sitting on top feeling slick, it absorbs quite easily and gets to work softening, repairing, and protecting. It's also more of a dry oil than a shiny oil and creates a nice balance with the avocado oil used in the blend, which is a thicker, more viscous oil. Overall hemp is a great carrier oil for delivering nutrients and antioxidants to the skin, as well as any essential oils blended in.” —Leslie McNeilus, founder of Pure Luxe Apothecary
“When we originally set out to create a matte liquid lipstick, we chose hemp oil because it’s not only one of the most EFA-rich, hydrating ingredients available, but because it’s also a dry oil that helps maintain a matte finish while still being moisturizing.” — David Klasfeld, CEO and Creative Director of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
“Hemp seed oil is a nutrient powerhouse. This perfectly balanced oil is loaded with nutrition for your skin. Hemp seed oil provides an adequate supply of antioxidants, vitamin E, carotene (precursor to vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and a number of minerals including calcium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and a modest amount of chlorophyll. Packed with omegas and essential fatty acids, it provides anti-aging properties with continued and regular usage.” — Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggin, founders of Little Barn Apothecary
“I used hemp seed oil in our Goe Oil and our Patio Oil because when I was formulating about 10 years ago I really wanted to support the industry. Hemp seed oil is a beautiful, moisturizing oil.” — Gale Mayron, founder of Jao Brand