This incredibly sustainable, multi-purpose plant is everywhere: hemp fibers for woven bags, marijuana to relax the body, hemp milk as a dairy substitute, and increasingly, hemp seed oil for all your beauty needs.
The ever-popular oil is one of the most buzzed-about beauty ingredients for good reason—hemp seed oil is known as “the most balanced seed oil” and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and contains all 21 known amino acids. Not to be confused with CBD oil, which is extracted from the plant’s flowers, this beautiful olive oil green oil is made from cold-pressing hemp seeds and has no psychoactive properties. Got sensitive skin? Hemp gets your vibe: it’s antibacterial, doesn’t clog pores, calms redness in skin, and even includes some UV protectant. If that’s not screaming “unicorn beauty product,” we don’t know what is.
Also called cannabis or cannabis sativa oil, here are 10 of our favorite hemp-based beauty products to chill you out—legal, natural, and THC-free.
Price | $38
Founded by a couple out of their Melbourne apartment, Hempme is all about creating a sustainable future through the hemp plant. Case-in-point: its lightweight face cream comes in a plastic-free biodegradable tube, and features only organic and cruelty-free ingredients. This everyday face cream (which you can pair with its pink clay hemp cleanser) is versatile enough for summer to winter to plump and nourish the skin. Already picked up by Urban Outfitters, the Hempme organic face cream pairs perfectly with jojoba, aloe, and chamomile for an extra dose of chill vibes. Cool, calm, and collected.
Price | $48
One of our favorite brands is at it again. Flash-absorbing yet glow-giving, this hemp seed oil from Herbivore is simple, just like the minimalist aesthetic of the brand. It works together with squalane to lock in moisture, and help the skin cope with environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, lack of sleep, and daily stress. Simple, yet powerful, this product is dubbed the “green goddess” of the brand’s facial oils.
Price | $28
Origins is back at it with its newest hemp-based face mask, which has an aromatic, therapeutic scent that instantly de-stresses the skin (seriously!). A brand famous for its charcoal face mask, Hello, Calm™ is bound to be no exception. Apply a matcha-green layer for a perfect night in, and wipe off the excess 10 minutes later… fast and furiously effective. We love how hydrating this mask is, and you’ll immediately notice less visible skin irritation after use.
Price | $24
The luxe skincare line started by two New Yorkers has tapped into the budding hemp seed oil trend with its new hand and body wash. A gentle foaming formula for all skin types, the trademark aromatic smell of the cannabis is one that lingers on the body with this wash. Want something even stronger? Pick up a votive, candle or perfume oil of the citrus, woodsy scent to feel that constant chill.
Price | $49
This concentrated hemp seed oil formula is “inspired by Kiehl’s heritage as an old-world apothecary” and has an Italian touch with its accompanying oregano oil. Helping to visibly reduce skin redness, this concentrate is packed with the good stuff at 60% hemp seed oil. If you’re a first-time “concentrator,” massage a few drops directly into your skin or mix it in with your favorite moisturizer for a pick-me-up.
Price | $24.99
If you're still hesitant to try hemp, you can try Mad Hippie's au-naturale oil, which features a little bit of everything. To be more exact, a little bit of argan oil, sea buckthorn berry oil, hemp seed extract, and a bunch of fruit and vegetable oils (grape, pomegranate, blueberry and even broccoli). A great alternative to more expensive concentrates and oils, Mad Hippie’s facial oil rings in at just about $25.
Price | $6–$20
The Body Shop has been pioneering hemp as a leading ingredient in its products since 1992, when the stigma against Mary Jane was still high. Now featuring a whole line of hemp products, the brand empowers women all over the world through its Community Trade program to sustainably source all its natural ingredients. Its hemp seed oil? All the way from a hemp cooperative of 300 farmers based in France, who are dedicated to cultivating crops in a way that enriches the biodiversity of the environment. The Body Shop’s hand cream is one of its bestsellers, so stock up!
Price | $16
Playfully tinted green, Milk Makeup debuted this extra-hydrating lip balm infused with hemp seed oil that soothes and moisturizes lips, making it a winter essential. Also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, this balm is pairs hemp seed oil with powerful sidekick ingredients shea and moringa butter for layers-deep hydration. It blends in clear but is sure to make others green with envy.
Price | $34
If you’re lusting for luscious locks, this affordable FIG+YARROW hair tonic is a multi-tasker for both stimulating hair growth as well as conditioning hair—including beard hair! Whether used as a nourishing serum or oil cleanser, this tonic includes super nourishing oils of hemp, coconut, camelina, argan and avocado. Top it off with its unique scent of essential oils and you’ll be seeing healthier hair in no time.
Price | $65
With a satin texture, this plant-based "green releaf" night cream of cannabis seed oil is the perfect relaxant after long days. Boosts of retinoid also help to smooth out smile lines and wrinkles for those in their 30s and 40s. Just a pump of this jade green formula and people saw results in less than a week. Did we mention this night moisturizer also includes 2% melatonin? Head, meet pillow.
Have you tried hemp seed oil before in your beauty regimen? Let us know what you think below, in the comments!
Alice is a writer thinking on the things shaping urban living, the modern woman’s experience, and living a conscious life of impact in light of a bigger world. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she recently spent a year abroad in Peru working with a microfinance project. You can follow her latest creative endeavors and musings at Mine Felicity or on Instagram at @alice.zhng.