Updated: Jul 12, 2021
CBD makeup products are popping up everywhere, but why do I even need CBD in a lip gloss and is it worth the price and the hype?.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis Sativa plant. There are at least 113 unique compounds found in cannabis known as cannabinoids, of which, CBD is the second most abundant.
CBD has been shown to be an effective antioxidant and reduces ‘free-radicals’ which in turn slows down the aging process. Skin appears more firm, healthy and youthful as a result.
Long-time friends Kathryn Weinberger and Julie Weiss Schwartz, of Beauty Releaf ( New York) have a combined 40 years’ experience in the cosmetic industry and recently launched a range of CBD infused lip glosses and highlighters. The lip tasker contains Full Spectrum CBD Oil to moisturize, protect and soothe sore lips. MCT Oil to moisturize and protect the lips from further moisture loss. Sunflower Oil to help soothe, soften and protect from UVA damage from the sun and Green Tea, an amazing antioxidant in itself to help heal, soothe, and prevent dry chapped lips.
If the consumer can achieve all of the positives of a lip colour with depth and longevity together with the added bonus of antioxidants to heal and restore then one has to question how brands that create chemical formulations which we continuously ingest simply by applying to our lips, can even have a place in new age beauty.
In an vague market such as the CBD beauty market , how can you ensure that what you buy has what it says on the bottle?
Whenever you are buying CBD products, whether it’s a ingestible or a CBD makeup/skincare, there should always be an accompanying lab report. This report is referred to as a COA or certificate of Analysis. This not only confirms the contents of the bottle but also the quantity and quality of CBD. Consumers certainly don't want to be duped into buying something which doesn't deliver any of the CBD benefits.
The lab report will tell you if the CBD is a full spectrum oil or a cheaper Isolate( extracted CBD added back to filler, without the full spectrum of plant terpenes found in a CBD broad spectrum oil). It will also tell you if the CBD oil used to make the product is free of heavy metals, residual solvents, microbes and other chemicals like pesticides and herbicides that may have crept into the formulation or been present in the farming processes. Having an organic CBD that has a high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids is ideal and what any beauty consumer should be looking for.