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Cannuka

CBD Calming Eye Balm

0.44 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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Cannuka’s CBD Calming Eye Balm feels intensely hydrating and contains some really beneficial ingredients, but the jar packaging and scented formula jeopardize the overall benefits.

Starting with the positives, the beeswax-based balm texture provides a richly emollient barrier, ideal for dehydrated eye area skin. The formula serves up a bevy of soothing, antioxidant-rich oils including grapeseed, hemp, rosehip, and coconut that replenish skin. Cannuka’s manuka honey adds to the skin-calming and antioxidant properties.

As the name implies, this also contains CBD, listed as CBD Isolate, referring to pure cannabidiol (no other cannabinoids or naturally-occurring compounds present). CBD is an incredibly potent anti-inflammatory ingredient, which means it has the ability to inhibit certain triggers that lead to aging skin. That’s great news!

Unfortunately, this eye balm also contains orange peel butter and grapefruit extract—both of which contain fragrance components that put skin at risk for irritation… undermining the benefit of CBD. The jar packaging is another issue, as it exposes the beneficial ingredients to light and air that progressively cause them to lose their effectiveness. (See More Info for the research-backed explanation.)

We’re bummed by those formulary flaws because otherwise there’s a lot to love about CBD Calming Eye Balm! As is, you’re better off choosing from our list of best CBD skin care.

One technical note: Cannuka lists ingredient names such as “distilled water” and “vitamin E” that don’t follow International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) standards. While that isn’t a deal breaker, we hope they pay more attention to this in the future as it makes it much easier for consumers to compare ingredients and not worry about alternate names.

Pros:
  • Delivers intense, protective moisture ideal for dehydrated eye area skin.
  • Loaded with soothing, antioxidant-rich emollients.
  • Contains 15 milligrams of anti-inflammatory CBD, which provides anti-aging benefit.
Cons:
  • Fragrance ingredients put skin at risk for irritation.
  • Packaged in a jar, which compromises the overall formula.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

CBD’s powerful calming properties temporarily help to relieve skin, while Manuka honey moisturizes. We’ve added vitamin E, hemp seed oil, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil, containing powerful free fatty acids to replenish and protect the skin from environmental and natural aging factors.

Bees Wax, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Orange Peel Butter, Vitamin E, Rose Hip Oil, Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Potassium Sorbate, Grapefruit Extract, Manuka Honey, CBD Isolate (15mg).

Cannuka’s backstory is that it was started by a husband and wife team who had a passion for legalizing industrial hemp and in that process, they discovered the benefits of topical CBD for skin. The wife (Kelly Bumgarner) also happens to be dermatologist.

According to Cannuka’s website, their products are, “simple, natural and only include essential beneficial ingredients.” At the heart of the brand you’ll find CBD plays a role in every formula, joined by manuka honey—both of which are an amalgamation that comprise the brand’s name. In terms of CBD, they’re sourcing legitimate cannabidiol, which delivers potent anti-inflammatory properties. Their manuka honey has a complementary effect by adding to the skin-calming and antioxidant properties.

Unfortunately, things go downhill from there as Cannuka’s formulas tend to get off track with fragrant essential oils and citrus-based ingredients that pose a risk of inciting skin-irritating inflammation. Furthermore, some products come in jar packaging, ultimately compromising the stability of many of their beneficial light- and air-sensitive ingredients.

Learn more about Cannuka at cannuka.com.

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