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 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.
- Is CBD Oil Legal to use?
- Will your payment processor shut down your merchant account for selling products that contain CBD oil or Hemp seed oil?
- How will you label it and avoid making medical claims to stay in compliance with labeling requirements?
- Can you make a profitable product with this ingredient?
- 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.
Hemp Oil Soap Recipe
This 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.