I've been intrigued by hemp oil for skincare since I read Amy Get That Glow's blog, as she is a green beauty blogger that really knows her skincare onions.
Apparently hemp oil is non comedogenic, which means that it won't block pores. It's also made up of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is rich in vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption, giving you smoother skin.* It's also the base oil in both the Vedani Silky Cleanser No22 and Silky Anti-Aging Moisturiser No32.
Using a oil to cleanse and moisturise is well known in the green beauty community, but if you're new to natural beauty, then having a couple large bottles of oil from the supermarket cluttering up your bathroom shelf is a little disconcerting. So luckily natural brands are stepping in. Vedani's packaging is seriously luxurious - floral turquoise boxes with black (Miron Violet) glass bottles, and a delicate muslin cloth etched with little hexagons - they would make a perfect gift for someone who wanted to try natural skincare.
The cleanser is rich and nourishing - a couple of drops is all that is needed, and has smoky, floral scent: the softness of the rose geranium and neroli are made deeper with the sandalwood and patchouli. The moisturiser is a simple oil formula too - I love that this is labelled as a 'moisturiser' rather than a facial oil - it feels as though Vedani are rewriting the beauty rules. However, I think that any plant based oil can have a wonderful effect on the skin, so the 'anti-aging' label is slightly unnecessary. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful collection of skin comforting ingredients: hemp seed, baobab, pommegranate, seabuckthorn, rosehip seed and hazelnut oils are all renowned for their effect on the skin, and it has a similarly woody scent. The moisturiser is very rich - it could be used sparingly over many months. My range was for normal to combination skin, but they also have ranges for oily and dry skin.
If you love exotic scents, and luxurious, organic skincare that is handmade in the UK (and vegan!) then Vedani Skincare is one to add to your wishlist. Oh, and they have a range for men too - their packaging is decorated with maps, instead of flowers.
Have you tried hemp oil as a cleanser or moisturiser? Did it help your skin?