e.l.f. Cosmetics

100 MG CBD Facial Oil

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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We had high hopes for e.l.f.’s 100 MG CBD Facial Oil, but the potent fragrance throws off what could have been a great, budget-friendly CBD product.

To start, the fact that this CBD oil is packaged in a clear glass bottle puts the formula at risk of degradation due to light exposure. This means it needs to be stored somewhere dark (i.e. tucked away in a drawer), to limit light exposure that would otherwise weaken the CBD and other plant ingredients this contains. That’s not a deal-breaker, but it is an important factor to take to note of.

The bigger issue is that this CBD oil is strongly fragranced, which e.l.f. claims “helps reinvigorate the complexion with notes of Japanese citrus and chamomile.” Considering the scent is strong enough to linger, that’s a red flag for skin irritation that can pro-age skin in the long run (see More Info for an in-depth explanation of the repercussions).

That aside, this CBD oil offers some great benefits… but there’s aspects to the formula that differ from the brand’s other (better) CBD products we’ve reviewed. Cannabidiol (CBD) isn’t listed; rather, this contains PCR hemp oil. PCR stands for “Phyto Cannabinoid Rich” hemp oil, which is said to offer a range of cannabinoids, CBD being the dominant strain. e.l.f. provides an official certificate of analysis verifying this product’s CBD content on their website, showing it meets the claimed amount of 100 milligrams, so despite “cannabidiol” not being specified on the ingredient list , this does appear to be a legitimate source of CBD.

This is good news considering CBD delivers a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that can help keep skin looking healthy and young, while providing immediate soothing relief. Those benefits are complemented by other plant oils in the formula, including sunflower, sweet almond, marula and grape seed as beneficial sources of antioxidants and replenishing moisture for dry skin. This oil does a nice job of sinking into skin without feeling overly heavy or greasy.

The bottom line: Without the fragrance issue, we’d rate this CBD oil higher, but as is, that’s a major drawback. Peruse our list our top-rated CBD products for fragrance-free options.

  • Contains inflammation-reducing CBD to soothe skin and halt signs of aging.
  • Non-fragrant plant oils add antioxidants and moisture replenishment for dry skin.
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • Clear glass bottle packaging must be stored away from light.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.  

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skins barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skins surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types. 

A surprising fact: Even though you cant always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if its not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you dont need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.  

References for this information:
oxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 14101419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 7780 
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 143
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789798 

Tested on animals: No

Infused with 100mg CBD, this fast absorbing facial oil helps reinvigorate the complexion with notes of Japanese citrus and chamomile. Also infused with skin-loving ingredients like Marula and grapeseed oil known to help balance the skin.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, C13-15 Alkane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, PCR Hemp Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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