Hemp Seed Oil Vs. CBD Oil: Which is Better for Homemade Soap?

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oils (Cannabidiol) are chemical compounds extracted from the cannabis plant which have been praised for their ability to naturally relieve chronic pains, anxiety, depression and help with acne. There is however a large amount of debate over whether they should be added to soaps.

What does CBD Oil offer the skin?

CBD oil helps relieve pain and inflammation. It can be used in homemade beauty recipes. Studies have also shown that CBD oil may be able to help alleviate acne and reduce redness from pimples. It can also prevent acne by decreasing overactive sebum production in the skin. It has a lot of soothing properties which makes it a good choice for sensitive skins like eczema or mature skins. However does its cost prohibit its use as a standard ingredient in soap making? Let’s discuss Hemp Seed oil as an alternative.

What does Hemp Seed Oil offer the skin?

hemp seed oilHemp seed oil is packed with antioxidants which can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of aging. Hemp seed oil is also full of nutrients that are said to reduce the signs of fine lines and improve the suppleness of the skin. Hemp Seed oil also has a healthy dosage of vitamin E and Vitamin A to promote healing of the skin. When it comes to moisture Hemp Seed oil get’s rave reviews. The fats are similar to those found in our skin great for moisture, skin protection and increased elasticity. If you are creating a formula for dry, dehydrated or tired skin hemp oil may be the missing ingredient.

What makes hemp seed oil different from CBD oil?

The primary differences between CBD oil and Hemp Seed oil are how they are extracted and their properties. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and Hemp Seed oil is extracted from the Hemp Seed. The extraction method is just the beginning of how these two oils are different. You also want to consider the qualities of each oil when deciding if you want to incorporate in a product.

Is CBD Oil the same as Hemp Seed Oil?

CBD oil is not the same as Hemp Seed oil. They are often confused because they come from the same plant. CBD oils come from isolating and extracting CBD from the hemp plant. Whereas Hemp Seed oils come from crushing the seed pods of the plant for their oils, there is no THC in them. CBD is known for its THC levels whereas Hemp Seed oils will have minimal if any THC levels which is the compound responsible for psychoactivity.

Should you use CBD or Hemp Oil for soap making?

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While both oils offer incredible benefits to the skin, the ingredient you choose to use in your handmade products is going to depend on what you want to make and who you are making it for. While there are a lot of considerations there are five things to consider.

  1. Is CBD Oil Legal to use?
  2. Will your payment processor shut down your merchant account for selling products that contain CBD oil or Hemp seed oil?
  3. How will you label it and avoid making medical claims to stay in compliance with labeling requirements?
  4. Can you make a profitable product with this ingredient?
  5. Will the benefits you are after with the ingredient last through the soap making process?

How do you intend to use the CBD or Hemp product?

If you’re planning to make the product for yourself, there are fewer concerns and it’s easier to make whatever you want. You need to know about proper labeling rules and ensure that you aren’t claiming anything about the products ability to alter the mental or physical states of people. Check out the FDA website along with Marie Gales book for proper labeling and packaging.

Can you afford to use the ingredient in your product?

Hemp Seed Oil typically costs 5.00 per pound. CBD oil is pretty difficult to find unless you are using private label or a wholesale account. Many suppliers are carrying an isolate with 1 gram of the CBD isolate costing about $30.00. You can check out one of my favorite suppliers for both Hemp Seed Oil and CBD isolate here.

Now there is a huge difference between $5.00 per pound and $30.00 per gram if you are making for personal use by all means make whatever you choose. But if you are making a product to sell can you do so profitably with these ingredients. Another question to ask is can you do so legally?

Proper Labeling is Essential

If you determine that you will start to make products with CBD oil or Hemp oil as an ingredient be very mindful of your product claims. Marie Gale has a great book that I highly recommend to help you stay in compliance with labeling your bath and body products.

Here are some additional links for more information on CBD oil and it’s benefits.

Where CBD is legal and more information

DEA Guidance on CBD

Benefits of CBD oil

Alternative Payment Processors that allow CBD products

Hemp Oil Soap Recipe

hemp seedsThis Hemp Oil recipe is a unique spin on a Bastille recipe so maybe we will call it a Hastille soap LOL. Traditionally Bastille soap recipes are primarily olive oil with a small percentage of additional oils to add to the lather capability and hardness. We are going to replace a portion of the olive oil with Hemp Seed oil. One additional benefit of this recipe is it would be considered Vegan! If your family or customers are vegetarian this would be an excellent addition to their skincare routine.

Remember to wear your safety gear while making cold process soap to avoid injury.

This recipe will yield 2 pounds of soap:

  • Hemp Seed Oil – 3.4 Ounces
  • Coconut Oil – 6.7 Ounces
  • Olive Oil – 7.8 Ounces
  • Cocoa Butter – 4.5 Ounces
  • Distilled Water – 8.5 Ounces
  • Sodium Hydroxide – 3.2 Ounces

Additional Soap Recipes

I also wrote The New Vegan Soap Cookbook which is packed with a ton of plant based recipes for soap makers. If you want to get your hands on it, it’s available here.

What do you think?

  • Is it worth adding this new ingredient? Do you already use CBD oil in your handmade soap?

Let me know in the comments.



  1. Patrice McDee

    This is the first time I seen your video, but it seems very dangerous for that child to be in that room with lye in open containers.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Most people would say that and I normally recommend not to have small kids around. However this small child has been in the soap studio since she was 1 and understands better than most adults about precautions with it.

    • Patrice McDee

      @Zakia Ringgold If you say so even adult can have an accident, but that is your child I will mind my business.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Appreciate the concern

  2. Kei

    Hello thank you for the video. I just want to double check you said that CBD oil is fine and dandy for melt and pour? I am leaning more towards Hemp seed oil for my melt and pour but have plenty of requests for the CBD soap.

  3. jane romnicki

    I have purchased CBD products from Weedborn and can recommend them to anyone.

  4. Patti Street

    Great suggestion on the Melt & Pour. I’ll check this out and see if it is more feasible. Thank you.

  5. Plumer CRS

    Hmmm. How about selling CBD products to people who live in states who don’t have the state level approval? I guess that would be on the consumer?

  6. Christina O'connor

    I just want to know, please be more focused and organized when making your videos.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Christina O’connor sorry Christina this isn’t that YouTube channel. All of my videos are recorded live with a live audience that asks a ton of questions. It would be very rude for me to ignore them during the stream because people who watch the replay just want the details. There are a lot of videos created for CBD in soap that aren’t recorded live. I hope some of those help

    • Christina O'connor

      @Zakia Ringgold Oh I see I didn’t know!!! Lol

  7. Chelsie Sanders

    Get to the point please

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Chelsie Sanders lol (x) is always an option

  8. Sharron Howard

    Hey… New to the channel and a small business owner making soaps scrubs and butters. I was thinking of adding cbd oil to my products. Clearly I have a lot to look into. Also looking forward to catching a live soap making class..

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Sharron Howard welcome to the channel Sharron. I offer self-paced classes and more. Be sure to join my mailing list at https://livesoapschool.com to be sure you get announcements on upcoming live classes.

    • Sharron Howard

      @Zakia Ringgold Thank you!

  9. Julie Hensley

    I went to high school with an Andrea Whitlock. I’m in CO, Mary Jane stores on every corner, which is a COVID 19 essential service.

  10. Nylevette Milligan

    Hi and thanks for the knowledge! I’m a beginner Candle, Soap, lotion, bath bomb maker! I just ordered CBD oil and was wondering if I should make some of my products from the CBD oil! Thanks to you, I obviously have a lot to learn and a lot to do!!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Now you’ve got time to study up and congrats on the new handmade journey I know you will love it

  11. Brianna Weldon

    what if you add a disclaimer

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Tell me more about that? Hmmm

  12. Zakia Ringgold

    Thanks so much for checking in and commenting ❤️

  13. Timber Vista

    Prefer to cut to the chase. Thanks anyway

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment. I’ll think about your feedback in future live streams with Live audiences on how it impacts people who only want meat and potatoes on replays

  14. Jamel Stringer

    Listen man…..lol…..I just want the knowledge without the antics. You talking to your audience more than you teaching. 6 min’s and you ain’t told me what these 3 things to consider yet. BUT!!! I am still going to support you because that is what we do, but please consider this for future videos.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Great feedback Jamel. I’m not like most YouTube channels 90% of my Broadcast are live not pre-recorded I try to create complimentary blog posts for people who just want the meat without all the potatoes my audience has gotten accustomed to the potatoes

    • Jamel Stringer

      @Zakia Ringgold Got you……I am late to the party. I see you doing your thing, and I admire the level of your expertise of the craft. I look forward to learning more from you. I am in PA too so hopefully our family’s will meet and continue to support each other. Thanks Zakia!

  15. Zakia Ringgold

    Hey great to have you and looking forward to seeing you on an upcoming live stream. I don’t post too many pre-recorded videos here but maybe in the future. Yes CBD is the wild wild west for us right now but hopefully it will get easier. Again welcome to the channel!

  16. Melissa Sago

    Could be very expensive I only do small batches to keep it potent. You must label it because it does work

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I truly believe it works it’s just all of the red tape

    • Bear Thangs

      i want to make cbd soap bars, lip balm, and body butter. Does anyone know where i can learn or how i can get started? any info would be appreciated