This year alone, I probably tested more CBD products than I did regular beauty products. CBD became a daily part of my routine, tapping into every aspect of my life from my skin care regimen, to my diet, to my method of relaxation. However, not everything I got my hands on was something to rave about — truth be told, there was a lot of CBD-B.S. out there — but I did find quite a few gems, especially when it came to beauty products. Many of them stayed in my arsenal long past my testing period, and some even became a part of my “empties,” meaning I actually used them until the last drop (a big deal, especially if you’re a beauty writer).
Ahead, eight of the best CBD beauty launches of 2019.
Aside from going CBD: full-throttle, 2019 was also the year I started using body serums. I slathered these oils on more often than my usual body butters and lotions because they seemed to keep my skin moisturized a lot longer. After launching its popular Beauty Serum earlier in the year, Saint Jane released the Luxury Body Serum. With 200 mg of full-spectrum CBD and, excuse me, 28 different botanicals, this body oil already stood out. It made my skin feel super hydrated and less irritated (especially after shaving my legs). One of my favorite things about it was the scent, which is described as a “citrus and bourbon vanilla-infused super blend.” It’s very lightly-fragranced, but enough where I immediately notice that it smelled unique compared to other CBD oils.
I fell in love with the hemp seed cuticle oil that Mazz Hanna Beauty released in 2018, and the brand’s CBD launches of this year couldn’t have made a more perfect follow-up, especially the Citrine Infused Effervescent Bath Tonic. Slipping into the tub with this tonic, which has organic CBD, hemp, lavender, and frankincense oils, is the ideal way to forget about what nightmares I had to deal with earlier in the day.
Eye creams are one of my favorite skin care products, so I take them pretty seriously. This one, from Mary’s Methods, ended up being one of the products I mentioned that I finished ‘til the last drop (I used it morning and night). Like the name, it made my eyes look brighter and even helped with the under-eye puffiness I’d get if I stayed up too late watching reruns of Unsolved Mysteries.
Let me preface this by saying that I’m usually pretty good about my sun protection! However, driving around LA in the summer with the sun’s rays violently projecting themselves through my car window may have resulted in some slightly irritated skin, even with my SPF. Thankfully, I had this After Sun cream from Cannuka on hand. It has a stunning combination of CBD and Manuka honey (I’m a big fan of honey in wellness and beauty), plus good ol’ aloe, as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid and hemp seed oil.
Face oils aren’t something I use every day of the year, but they become a godsend during the winter when my normally oily/combination skin becomes dry and dehydrated. There are so many things to love about Blunt. Everything from the packaging to the ingredients that accompany the 100 mg of CBD are just…cool. This might actually be the first CBD product I’ve tried that contains blue tansy, an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antimicrobial ingredient (that also happens to smell incredible). In my eyes, it is the absolute perfect complement to cannabidiol in a face serum. I’m hoping the brand expands into moisturizers and other products.
Personally, this brow gel ended up being one of the most exciting launches of the year for me. I had always heard great things about Vegamour’s hair growth products, and for someone who has had a bald patch in their left eyebrow since the early 2000s, I saw a glimmer of hope. Of course, I also had my doubts, that is, until I started to see little hairs sprout from where my blank spot used to be. It was shocking! Now, there is currently no science that says CBD stimulates hair growth, but it does get your endocannabinoid system up to speed and has a lot of different benefits that might help it do its thing. The product also contains peptides and plant extracts known to aid the growth cycle. Either way, if this helps me get Cara Delevigne brows, I’m not gonna complain.
This full-spectrum CBD serum ended up becoming a multi-purpose product for me entirely by accident. During the summer, I was ransacked by mosquitos and had some huge, gnarly bug bites. On a whim, I put a few drops of this oil on my bites and the itchiness went away! It also made a great cuticle oil — I have a recurring cuticle infection (TMI?) and the oil decreased the duration of my swelling. Aside from these off-label uses, this 350mg CBD serum will seriously get your skin in check.
Why get a regular sheet mask when you can get one with CBD? Winged makes great CBD gummies and recently launched a skin care line, which includes this 15mg CBD mask that saved my skin after a week of battling a brutal cold. I love the consistency of the infused serum (that you massage into your skin after masking; don’t wash it off!). It has aloe, shea butter, and the buzzy Asian beauty skin care ingredient, snow mushroom, that apparently mimics the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid!