Soothing Body Cream Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Matcha
St. Ives’ Soothing Body Cream Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Match is pitched as a nourishing, antioxidant-rich formula to alleviate dryness all over – but its packaging and a few ingredients make this one to skip.
First, the good: the texture is as advertised; an almost whipped cream that spreads easily over the body and absorbs quickly. A host of moisturizing ingredients including glycerin, some fatty alcohols, and non-fragrant hemp seed and coconut oils leave skin feeling soft and smoother instantly. While this isn’t a product we recommend, we do applaud St. Ives for their honesty in outright stating that it contains no CBD (many brands misleadingly imply their hemp-based products contain CBD).
A dusting of matcha (green tea) supports this product’s name, but just barely, and we doubt skin will see much antioxidant benefit from its inclusion.
That aside, this has a strong, almost cologne-like scent that lingers even after it’s absorbed. This is due to the fact that fragrance is higher up on the ingredient list than some of the good ingredients, and additional fragrance ingredients are also included (see More Info for why fragrance, especially this amount, is a problem for skin).
Another issue with this cream is that it comes packaged in a jar, which renders its good ingredients ineffective because of their contact with light and air, to say nothing of the hygiene issue this water-based formula presents (see More Info for the scoop on that was well).
In the end, this potently-scented product won’t do much for skin other than make your clothes smell. There are vastly superior options on our list of best body moisturizers.
- Whipped cream texture is smoothing and hydrating for all skin types.
- Contains some good moisturizing ingredients.
- Has a strong, perfume-like fragrance that lingers.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
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 skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s 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 can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t 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:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: 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
We <3 hemp! Our Soothing Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Matcha Body Cream (made with 100% natural moisturizers) is packed with powerful antioxidants that replenish essential skin nutrients. The non-greasy, deeply nourishing formula instantly absorbs for hydrated, smooth skin from head to toe. Contains no CBD or THC.
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.
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