Hemp Face Moisturizer
The Inkey List claims that Hemp Face Moisturizer can hydrate and soothe skin—and we’re happy to report that its formula delivers on those promises!
This moisturizer’s cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil offers soothing, emollient properties and is a source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that replenish skin. The coconut oil in this formula adds to those benefits, and green tea leaf extract joins the party as a skin-calming antioxidant. Altogether, this blend helps comfort, hydrate, and nourish skin.
Have we seen more robust moisturizer formulas? Yes, but Hemp Face Moisturizer isn’t making over-the-top claims and it’s reasonably priced, which we can appreciate. The simple opaque, squeeze tube packaging plays an important role to keep the formula stable (i.e. it’s way better than a fancy jar that allows air and light in).
All told, the fragrance-free formula is particularly great for sensitive skin, with a lightweight lotion texture well-suited for normal-to-combination/dry skin.
- Replenishing blend of glycerin, hemp seed oil and, coconut oil nourishes skin.
- Offers soothing moisture in a fragrance-free formula.
- Contains skin-calming antioxidant green tea.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged to keep the formula stable.
A soothing, rich yet lightweight moisturizer that nourishes and helps skin to appear more energized.
The Inkey List is the creation of Colette Newberry and Mark Curry, respectively the former branding and product developers of the widespread UK-based drugstore chain Boots, which has its own namesake skin care line. As with a number of up-and-coming “indie” brands, the media coverage centers on their inexpensive products with minimalist formulas that tend to focus on a single star ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, or retinol.
If you’re wondering about the inspiration for the name, it’s the pronunciation of the acronym “INCI,” which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, an agreed-upon, regulated list of how cosmetics ingredients should be identified on product labels. Each product has its chief ingredient listed on the packaging with dictionary-style writing underneath showing how the name is phoneticized, a clever and slightly erudite touch.
Though the formulas are somewhat basic, The Inkey List gets its packaging spot-on – all products are in opaque containers, with no jars or clear containers to be found. Fragrance isn’t on this brand’s radar, either--at least not in terms of adding it to their products (which will make your skin very happy).
We’d like to see more complex formulas, but then again such formulas cost more to make, and The Inkey List is mostly a bargain brand. We wrote “mostly” because in some cases, on an ounce-per-ounce basis, The Inkey List costs just as much as some other brands offering the same type of products (like leave-on exfoliants) in larger sizes.
Even with the predominantly one-note ingredient theme, the brand typically includes beneficial ingredients in efficacious amounts and skips irritants, with the exception of a couple a products that contain witch hazel water and drying denatured alcohol.
That aside, the brand offers a good selection of effective products, something we’re always glad to see. The Inkey List is sold exclusively in the U.S. at Sephora; you can learn more about the brand here: https://www.sephora.com/brand/the-inkey-list.
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