The first time I heard about Mary’s Methods was through a dermatologist I had interviewed who was an advocate of CBD. She praised Mary’s, saying it was her favorite cannabis topicals brand. This was right before the CBD beauty craze, so there weren’t as many CBD beauty brands as there are now. I took note of the name, and was excited when I finally got my hands on the products months later.
Mary’s Methods, which focuses on CBD skin care, is just one branch of the Mary’s brand. Mary’s Nutritionals is a line of wellness products that includes their popular Transdermal Patch, and Mary’s Tails is a CBD line for pets. There’s also the original sister brand, Mary’s Medicinals, which includes topicals, vapes, and other wellness items that, unlike the other brands, contain THC.
What’s exciting about Mary’s Methods is that it’s a full line of CBD skin care. While other CBD brands are limited by product type (usually a face oil or serum), Mary’s entered the fray with moisturizer, a face serum, an eye cream, a face mask, a body scrub, and a body serum. I tested the entire line, but was especially excited about Balance, the Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
The fragrance of this serum is actually my only complaint! While it doesn’t smell bad, it does have a heavily perfumed, almost cologne-like scent. I ended up almost finishing the bottle, (and tested it way longer than I usually test serums), so the scent didn’t bother me enough to stop using it, but I also never really get used to it. I think people who are sensitive to stronger scents might complain about it. Interestingly enough, each time after I put it on, I wouldn’t notice the scent again.
I was really excited when I learned that this had a formula that felt similar to a regular facial serum. ‘Cause, let’s get real, most CBD “serums” are like face oils. So, it’s rare to find a serum that actually has a thicker, hydrating, slightly sticky consistency; compared to a CBD oil that goes on greasy at first (before it gets quickly absorbed). Testing it on my hand left it incredibly smooth, and applying it to my face felt amazing. It was immediately soothing and absorbed nicely.
I tested the serum during a “transitional phase” for my skin, which happens when the weather goes from residual summer heat to being cold and dry. Every time I used it, the dry, flaky parts of my skin would appear hydrated and smooth, but if I was lazy and forgot to apply the serum, there was an obvious difference. My skin was always better when using the serum, with improved texture, and I didn’t experience any breakouts (except for one day when I fell asleep in my makeup!). I always used it with the Mary’s Illuminating Face Moisturizer, and didn’t test it with a different brand’s moisturizer.
As far as the product itself (I loved how it felt) and the results, it was worth it to me. However, I think the high price tag ($95) will turn off most skin care fans, unless they are hardcore CBD devotees. I also think those who are scent-sensitive might have a problem with it. Overall, I’m a fan of the Mary’s Methods line and was pretty pleased with everything I tried. If you want to try it, you can purchase it on the Mary’s Nutritionals website, or use the site’s store locator to find a retailer that carries it near you.