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Herbivore Botanicals

Emerald + CBD Deep Moisture Glow Oil

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 58.00
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Herbivore’s Emerald + CBD Deep Moisture Glow Oil is sold separately from the rest of their product line due to its content of cannabidiol, one of the active components of the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabidiol is trending in skin care (for good reason) but there are currently some regulatory unknowns that mean brands selling such products tend to offer them separately from their main line.

For example, Herbivore sells their non-CBD Emerald Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Deep Moisture Glow Oil on their main site and in many Sephora stores, but the CBD version is sold on a completely separate website (it’s also only sold on Sephora’s website, but not in their stores at the time of this review).

Don’t take any of this strategic selling to mean that CBD is a problem for skin. Ongoing research has shown that this natural ingredient has remarkable benefits for skin, especially when used “full spectrum”, as it is for this oil.

Full spectrum means you’re getting the cannabidiol plus other supportive cannabinoids along with trace amounts of beneficial compounds in the Cannabis plant. Compared with just CBD, the full-spectrum form is believed to be more effective due to what’s known as the entourage effect. The synergy between these ingredients appears to be better for skin than pure isolated CBD.

CBD’s chief benefit is how well it works to reduce inflammation. It can be beneficial for any skin issue fueled by inflammation, which includes acne and signs of aging due to environmental damage. The amount of CBD this product provides is in line with what research has shown is necessary for visible benefits, and even better, Herbivore didn’t add fragrance or fragrant oils (but note this has the telltale herbal cannabis scent).

Alongside CBD, this silky, lightweight oil contains other non-fragrant, skin-replenishing plant oils, fatty acids, and natural antioxidants. Some of these antioxidants are “adaptogenic” plant extracts, which means they can survive harsh environmental conditions; however, although they’re good antioxidant ingredients for skin, a plant’s survival in nature isn’t directly applicable to how it works on skin.

The only drawback from this dropper-dispensed oil is that it’s packaged in a clear glass bottle. This means it must be stored away from natural light, as ongoing exposure will weaken the CBD and other plant ingredients this contains. Other than that, this is one of the better, wisely-formulated CBD products we’ve seen so far, and although it’s oil mix is best for normal to dry skin, the light texture and finish make it suitable for all skin types.

Pros:
  • Great way to see what legitimate CBD can do for your skin.
  • Excellent mix of omega-rich and replenishing fatty acids.
  • Contains several antioxidants.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Clear glass bottle packaging must be stored away from natural light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Emerald CBD Oil contains 100 mg of premium organic Colorado grown full-spectrum CBD to soothe stressed-out skin in need of calm and relief from redness, irritation, and environmental stressors. Contains less than 0.3% THC (the compound best known for producing a ‘high’).

Squalane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cannabis (Hemp) Sativa Seed Oil, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride (MCT/Fractionated Coconut Oil), Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Root Extract (and) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake) Extract, Borago Officinalis, Cannabidiol (CBD), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Helichrysum Stoechas Flower Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Cannabis/ Hemp) Seed Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract (and) Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract (and) Amino Esters-1 (ex Mimosa Tenuiflora) (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract (and) Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract (and) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract (and) Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract (and) Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (and) Corallina Officinalis Extract.

Herbivore Botanicals got its start when Julia Wills and her husband Alex Kummerow started making soap in their kitchen in Seattle in 2011. The couple began selling those soaps at local farmer’s markets, then opened up a shop on arts & crafts site Etsy. As the story goes, national retailers Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters reached out to the pair to sell their products in their stores. That led to beauty giant Sephora taking notice and a couple of years later, Herbivore proper was born.

Herbivore’s core philosophy is on natural skin care, a constantly growing market with a lot of interest. The brand’s site states that its products are chemical-free and non-toxic, though those terms aren’t meaningful (or, in the case of chemicals, accurate) descriptions. Nature is full of chemicals – water, after all, is a chemical! – so none of these products is chemical-free, and no skin care product sold in the U.S. is toxic when used as directed. In short, people aren’t dropping dead from skin care and makeup, despite the occasional dire reports alleging such likelihood.

Specific to Herbivore’s products, they offer moisturizers, toners and face mists, masks, exfoliants, facial oils, and scrubs. In line with many natural-themed brands, a daily sun protection product isn’t part of the mix (yet) even though it’s the most important skin care product you can use.

While most of the products have some positive antioxidant ingredients, all of them have fragrant components known to put skin at risk for irritation. Yes, these fragrances are naturally-derived (often from essential oils or flower extracts), but fragrance, regardless of its origin, is not good for skin.

Another issue is that clear packaging and jars are used for many Herbivore products, yet this type of packaging exposes the beneficial ingredients inside to light and air, reducing their effectiveness with each use.

While we appreciate Herbivore’s desire to bring naturally-derived skin care to the masses, it would be better if the brand skipped the fragrance and focused on the non-fragrant natural ingredients (and there are many of them!) that truly have benefit for skin. Ironically, many of the natural ingredient this brand uses do have some benefit for skin; it’s just that they also present risks. There are plenty of natural ingredients that only offer the good stuff, so our recommendation is not to compromise.

You can find out more about Herbivore at https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com/.

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