The lotion we’re going to make contains hemp seed oil, which includes many compounds that have been established by both tradition and science to contribute to healthy skin.
One of the hemp seed’s benefits is that it naturally contains a tremendous amount of vitamin E, 90 milligrams per 100 grams. This is more than any other kind of seed or nut. Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol and is an antioxidant.
Antioxidants are important for all the cells in our body, to protect them from unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage and even kill cells, but antioxidants neutralize them.
In addition to tocopherol, hemp seed oil contains another antioxidant, phytol. The effect of these antioxidants on the skin is to reduce what we think of as signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Lotion made with hemp seed oil will, then, can help keep your skin youthful.
Hemp seed oil also contains several fatty acids that promote skin health. One is linoleic acid (LA), which makes sure the skin has the right amount of sebum. Your body releases sebum to the surface of your skin to protect it, but too many causes oily skin and acne, while too little leaves it dry.
The other fatty acid is gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). GLA is an anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is often the result of the immune system misfiring and targeting healthy tissue, including the skin. This can lead to problems like dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. GLA blocks the inflammation response, reducing these symptoms.
It should also be noted that hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means that even though it’s an oil, it won’t clog pores. Because of this it is ideal for use in skincare products and won’t cause those with oily skin further problems.
This recipe will produce about 12 ounces of product, but as your market grows, you can experiment with combinations to produce a larger amount. The appeal of your product is its uniqueness. It needs to be a combination of ingredients and aromas that can’t be bought from anyone else. So have fun and use this basic recipe as a starting point.
- ½ cup Shea butter
- ½ cup cocoa butter
- 2/3 cup hemp seed oil
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Essential oils
- Nourishing oils
Blend the Shea and cocoa butter first then add the hemp seed oil and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. If the lotion feels too thick, add a little more hemp seed oil. A teaspoon of cornstarch will make your lotion feel smoother and less greasy.
Now for the fun part. You have your basic lotion, but what can you add to make it truly yours?
It’s time to stir in the essential and nourishing oils. These oils add aroma and extra health benefits. There are hundreds of oils from which to choose and hundreds of thousands of combinations that haven’t been tried yet.
Finally, pour your lotion into a container and let it set.
Marketing your Hemp Lotion
Look at the hemp lotions that are already up for sale. Check out their packaging and prices to see what is appealing and what seems to be selling well. Make sure that your lotion is different from but still similar to the popular sellers.
Make your own webpage and advertise on social media so your friends will know you are in business.
Check with local gift shops and stores to see if they want to buy your product or sell it on commission.
Hemp is so popular as an ingredient that it sells itself, but it is still good to remind potential buyers of its many benefits:
- Commercial, non-organic lotions use hemp as a moisturizer, then they add drying agents as well. Your lotion is pure, simple and pleasantly refreshing.
- It is non-comedogenic. Even though it is an oil, it won’t clog pores or cause oily skin.
- Hemp seed oil contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids which help bolster the skin’s suppleness.
- The amino acids in hemp help with collagen and elastin which means the skin retains moisture has more elasticity, and wrinkles less.
- The vitamin D in hemp is believed to fade dark spots.
- Hemp lotion is thought to relieve painful skin conditions such as psoriasis and inflammation and to slow skin aging.
- Hemp Lotion also has Vitamin E which helps to defend the skin against UV rays.
People have used hemp as a beauty treatment for thousands of years because it works to keep the skin moist and healthy. Let people know about the benefits they can derive from your hemp lotion and they will flock to buy it. Or, become a CBD Ambassador at CannazALL™ and get Hemp CBD products at wholesale prices for personal use or for resale to friends and family.
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium mixing bowl
- Hand mixer
- 8-ounce jar or container
A hand mixer is the easiest way to combine the ingredients, but it can be manually stirred as well.
- Put the shea/cocoa butter into a bowl and mix it alone until it’s soft.
- Add the hemp seed oil in small amounts, mixing in between.
- Add the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and the other oils.
- Mix the lotion until it is to the desired texture.
If your hemp lotion comes out too thick for your liking, add a little more hemp seed oil and a few more drops of your secondary oil. Adding more essential oil may make the scent too strong.
If you used unrefined hemp seed oil, make sure to keep the hemp lotion somewhere out of the sunlight, as that will shorten its shelf life.
You can also make a thicker hemp lotion, like body butter, from this same formula minus the cornstarch/arrowroot powder. Start by melting 3 tablespoons of beeswax then adding the shea/cocoa butter and mixing. Then add the oils and stir. Pour this into a container and let it set.
Below is a video about making similar body cream with some useful tips, such as wiping your equipment surfaces with rubbing alcohol to make sure your product is sterile.