From tip of the flower to oil of the seed, the health effects of cannabis are well-known amongst stoners and medical professionals alike. The beauty industry is taking notice of these benefits more and more in its wide varieties of cannabis-based makeup, creams, oils and more. SheaMoisture — known for its seemingly miraculous line of African Black Soap products — is one of the latest companies to join the cannabis skincare craze with its line of Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil products.
Bring Hemp Seed Oil to the Masses
SheaMoisture is born from the innovation of one “pioneering mother of four and entrepreneur,” Sofi Tucker, who lived in Sierra Leone in 1912, a country on the coast of West Africa. Inspired by Tucker’s homemade creations, the company created SheaMoisture to bring inclusive products with natural ingredients to the masses. The Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil line is no exception.
Ranging from $11-$13 per product, this seven piece collection can be found at large retailers such as Target, Walmart or the SheaMoisture website. The collection features a face oil, cream cleanser, moisturizer, toner, shampoo and two types of conditioner. Each skincare product boasts witch hazel as the secondary ingredient. The hair products, however, credit their nourishing and moisturizing effects to ginseng root and horsetail extract.
All Natural Ingredients, No THC
While the name of the Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil line lends itself to the idea that these products contain THC or CBD, they do not. Instead, the line uses the THC and CBD-free oil from the hemp seed itself. Hemp is legally defined as a cannabis plant. It contains less than 0.3% THC. So, there’s no need to worry about an unintended high or drug test results.
The SheaMoisture Cannabis Sativa skincare products are often out of stock at in-person storefronts. But, we got our hands on a bottle of the popular Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil.. Like all of SheaMoisture products, the company formulated it without parabens, petroleum, formaldehyde or mineral oils.
Healthy Glow, Nourishing Hydration
With over 90 five-star reviews and a 4.4 star rating overall on SheaMoisture’s website, this face oil is beloved for its hydrating and smoothing properties. One reviewer even claims the serum changed her life. “I no longer want to hide my face in front of other people,” she said.
The first thing of notice upon opening the glass bottle is the smell – or lack thereof. We expected a more hemp-heavy aroma, but the very faint scent the oil leaves is an interesting combination of cannabis and sesame. It’s more hydrating than truly oily. So, only a few drops are needed to fully coat the face. Too much of any face oil will leave the oil sitting in puddles on your skin rather than being absorbed.
Once on, the oil absorbs rather quickly into the skin. It left a healthy glow and hydration instead of an oily face. The scent as previously mentioned, is slight. It fades almost as quickly as the product absorbs into the skin. After a week of use, we experienced smoother skin. We also noticed higher levels of hydration, and seemingly minimized pores. Not to mention, we smelled like a tasty sesame-cannabis snack for the first five minutes of every day.
Diversity, Inclusion, Sustainability
Our experience with the oil was positive. However, we echo the warnings in the few negative reviews that it might not be for acne-prone or generally oily skin. This oil is lightweight and fragrance-free. But we recommend testing any new skincare product on a small patch of skin for any adverse reactions. Luckily for us, the Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Rescue Face Oil was the perfect blend of ingredients to reduce redness, relieve clogged pores and hydrate facial skin.
If face oil isn’t a huge part of a beauty routine, cannabis-lovers can find their skincare fit in the variety of SheaMoisture Cannabis Sativa cleansers and toners while remaining confident in their support of a sustainable business that’s focused on diversity and inclusion. By continuing to formulate their products with homemade shea butter created by women in Africa, SheaMoisture honors the legacy of Sofi Tucker while reinvesting into the African community and keeping ingredients natural.