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Measured Serving: Each pump dispenses 1ml of lotion containing 2mg of CBD
Photographed by Tom Newton.
I'd barely gotten off the plane at LAX for the Dior Sauvage Calabasas Extravaganza last May before Emily Dougherty had me cc'd on an email thread with the PR team from Lord Jones. Now, when Emily Dougherty, the longtime Beauty & Fitness Director at Elle Magazine (and one of my first editors) tells you to try something, you blindly accept. She is the reason I drink Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, which ships in a 30-pack to New York for just north of $90. She's also probably the reason I'm a beauty editor, but that's a story for another day.
Anyway, Alexis sent over a lovely basket of treats, including but not limited to their chic AF boxes of edibles and the High CBD Body Cream. The latter is the only product from their line I've been able to test in full because I was too scared to fly across state lines with the rest of the haul. CBD, or cannabidiol, oil comes from hemp, you see*—so it can ship anywhere in the US. It also has no psychoactive properties (unfortunately). But no matter, CBD is actually more medically active than THC to begin with. So if you're looking to soothe inflammation (the root of rashes, muscle soreness, and sebum production) instead of get high, this is your compound.
Y tho? Fun fact—human bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids, meaning that your system already knows what to do with the CBD when you apply it. So, when you smooth on something like Lord Jones to sore muscles, it's as good as any analgesic I've found. Actually better. It's not greasy or tacky or medicinal feeling—well, apart from the smell. (Weed stank.) One luxuriously creamy pumpful is enough for my whole shoulder/neck/upper back area. And I have a sneaking suspicion that it's doing wonders for the pesky bit of bacne I'm currently experiencing. All around good vibes for sure.
*CBD can also be derived from marijuana but I didn't want to complicate this more than necessary for your average Joe beauty product review. For all intents and purposes, it's the same CBD no matter where you get it. But the sourcing changes the legality in certain states FYI.
As an avid watcher of 60 Minutes, I'm aware that the pot industry is about to blow up—if it hasn't already. Sorry, it's hard to tell all the way over here in New York—even though medical, non-smoked marijuana is legal (only for some things). In LA, where dispensaries abound, the beauty industry is doing their darndest to toke up your routine. For instance: Please take a second and lose yourself in the website for Whoopie Goldberg's line of THC-infused bath soak. Then text someone in your contacts who probably has a dispensary card and please hand-deliver me some.
Emily looped me in with Alexis, who I mentioned reps Lord Jones. It took me a minute and a half to figure out that Lord Jones is the chicest line of cannabis products that's ever existed. (Not that I've seen many, but if they all looked like Lord Jones, I bet you I'd know more about it.) Alexis graciously replied that she'd love to send a care package to my Santa Monica hotel room. Before my ears could pop from the altitude change, Dougherty jumped in the chain with all caps: "EMILY SAY YES TO EVERYTHING."
Cannuka Nourishing Body Cream: This $28 CBD body cream is made with CBD, Manuka honey, rosehip oil, and orange peel butter to soothe and hydrate the skin.
By chance, I happened to get my hands on Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula Heavy Duty Chill Balm the very same week I joined a gym after a year-and-a-half hiatus. It couldn’t have been better timing.
Knowing I’d really need to dive back into fitness if I wanted it to become an integral part of my life again—much to the dismay of my underworked muscles—I bought a personal training package with sessions three times a week. Needless to say, my muscles are sore and I even hurt my back from one bad dumbbell squat when my trainer wasn’t watching. Foam rolling and using a massage gun (intense but necessary after sled push workouts) have certainly ameliorated some of the discomfort, but they don’t alleviate the lingering soreness (or achiness I’m now working through along my lower back).
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As an initial skeptic, I’m still impressed by how quickly I can feel the balm take effect. As it warms and melts in your hands, you apply it as you would a lotion or other cream.
I apply it throughout the day as needed, warming it in my hands and then gently massaging it into troubled areas.
For the quick results, high-quality ingredients, and other benefits, I would buy this product again. The balm comes in classy, cool packaging that will look great next to your other skincare products. CBD skincare products typically range in price, but for the quality and effectiveness of this one, I’d add to cart.
From the formula’s blend of organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, and organic extra virgin olive oil, even the smell is soothing.