Holland & Barrett CBD Day Cream ingredients explained: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Benzoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lactic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Cannabidiol, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol Not sure where to start? Head to the high street Shopping for the best CBD brands? Head to Holland & Barrett, the first major retailer to bring CBD to the high street – and they’re in their famous Penny sale too.
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Good old water, aka H2O. The most common skincare ingredient of all. You can usually find it right in the very first spot of the ingredient list, meaning it’s the biggest thing out of all the stuff that makes up the product.
It’s mainly a solvent for ingredients that do not like to dissolve in oils but rather in water.
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Once inside the skin, it hydrates, but not from the outside – putting pure water on the skin (hello long baths!) is drying.
One more thing: the water used in cosmetics is purified and deionized (it means that almost all of the mineral ions inside it is removed). Like this, the products can stay more stable over time.
A super common emollient that makes your skin feel nice and smooth. It comes from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s light-textured, clear, odorless and non-greasy. It’s a nice ingredient that just feels good on the skin, is super well tolerated by every skin type and easy to formulate with. No wonder it’s popular.
Propanediol is a natural alternative for the often used and often bad-mouthed propylene glycol. It’s produced sustainably from corn sugar and it’s Ecocert approved.
It’s quite a multi-tasker: can be used to improve skin moisturization, as a solvent, to boost preservative efficacy or to influence the sensory properties of the end formula.
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A vegetable-based emulsifier that helps the oily and watery parts of the formula to mix nicely together. It is compatible with a bunch of cosmetic oils as well as active ingredients and its specialty is creating emulsions with super high heat and freeze stability (from -25 °C and +50 °C).
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An extremely common multitasker ingredient that gives your skin a nice soft feel (emollient) and gives body to creams and lotions. It also helps to stabilize oil-water mixes (emulsions), though it does not function as an emulsifier in itself. Its typical use level in most cream type formulas is 2-3%.
It’s a so-called fatty alcohol, a mix of cetyl and stearyl alcohol, other two emollient fatty alcohols. Though chemically speaking, it is alcohol (as in, it has an -OH group in its molecule), its properties are totally different from the properties of low molecular weight or drying alcohols such as denat. alcohol. Fatty alcohols have a long oil-soluble (and thus emollient) tail part that makes them absolutely non-drying and non-irritating and are totally ok for the skin.
It’s one of those things that help your cosmetics not to go wrong too soon, aka a preservative. It can be naturally found in fruits and teas but can also be made synthetically.
No matter the origin, in small amounts (up to 1%) it’s a nice, gentle preservative. Has to be combined with some other nice preservatives, like potassium sorbate to be broad spectrum enough.
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In high amounts, it can be a skin irritant, but don’t worry, it’s never used in high amounts.
An amino acid-based emulsifier that helps water and oil to mix and stay that way. It is considered as natural, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic.
An Ecocert-approved, natural preservative that counts as gentle and non-irritating to the skin. Usually, it comes to the formula as part of a preservative blend as it’s not enough on its own.
It’s one of the most commonly used thickeners and emulsion stabilizers. If the product is too runny, a little xanthan gum will make it more gel-like. Used alone, it can make the formula sticky and it is a good team player so it is usually combined with other thickeners and so-called rheology modifiers (helper ingredients that adjust the flow and thus the feel of the formula). The typical use level of Xantha Gum is below 1%, it is usually in the 0.1-0.5% range.
Btw, Xanthan gum is all natural, a chain of sugar molecules (polysaccharide) produced from individual sugar molecules (glucose and sucrose) via fermentation. It’s approved by Ecocert and also used in the food industry (E415).
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Aloe Vera is one of today’s magic plants. It does have some very nice properties indeed, though famous dermatologist Leslie Baumann warns us in her book that most of the evidence is anecdotal and the plant might be a bit overhyped.
What research does confirm about Aloe is that it’s a great moisturizer and has several anti-inflammatory (among others contains salicylates, polysaccharides, magnesium lactate and C-glucosyl chromone) as well as some antibacterial components. It also helps wound healing and skin regeneration in general. All in all definitely a goodie.
- It’s the second most researched AHA after glycolic acid
- It gently lifts off dead skin cells to reveal newer, fresher, smoother skin
- It also has amazing skin hydrating properties
- In higher concentration (10% and up) it improves skin firmness, thickness and wrinkles
- Choose a product where you know the concentration and pH value because these two greatly influence effectiveness
- Don’t forget to use your sunscreen (in any case but especially so next to an AHA product)
A helper ingredient that helps to make the products stay nice longer, aka preservative. It works mainly against fungi and has only milder effect against bacteria.
It is Ecocert and Cosmos approved, works quite well at low concentrations (0.1-0.6%) and is popular in natural products.
- Primary fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin
- Significant photoprotection against UVB rays
- Vit C + Vit E work in synergy and provide great photoprotection
- Has emollient properties
- Easy to formulate, stable and relatively inexpensive
Sweet, exotic and floral, it’ no surprise that Ylang Ylang is a popular essential oil. It is coming from the yellow, fragrant flowers of the Cananga tree native to tropical Asia and, similar to other essential oils, it is a chemically complex mixture with several pros and cons.
Unfortunately, these are a bit tricky to pin down as the composition varies largely depending on where it is sourced, how the oil is extracted and the grade of it that is used in the product, but we’ll do our best!
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Let’s start with the easy stuff. The main components are fragrant molecules, including super common linalool (1-19%), benzyl benzoate (2-10%) and several others adding up to a max amount of 37.6% of EU sensitizers. The most expensive Extra grade is the most fragrant (has more benzyl acetate and cresyl methyl ether) and is used in high-end perfumes, while the First and Second grades are less fragrant, and used mainly in cosmetics.
Other than smelling nice and making cosmetic formulas also smell nice, Ylang Ylang might have some antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits and also works as an insect repellent. Its nice smell is also commonly known as being relaxing and calming (also backed up by a few recent studies), but it is an aromatherapy use case (when inhaled) so this probably does not count much skincare-wise.
On the other hand, the nice smell also means allergen fragrant components and 37.6% of EU sensitizers counts as quite high and the oil is considered to have high skin sensitization potential. It is a good idea to avoid if your skin is sensitive.
The essential oil coming from the peel of the bergamot orange. It’s a common top note in perfumes and contains (among others) fragrant compounds limonene (37%), linalyl acetate (30%) and linalool (8.8%).
Fragrant compounds smell nice but are common allergens and can be a problem for sensitive skin types. The bigger problem with bergamot oil though, is that it also contains furanocoumarins (more specifically, bergapten and bergamottin) that have well-documented phototoxic effects. A phototoxic reaction is a not nice one causing red, edematous lesions on the affected area. We think it is a good idea to avoid bergamot oil but if you have a product that you love, make sure to use it at night only.
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Nowadays, furanocoumarin-free versions of bergamot oil are also available and more and more common, and they usually go by the INCI name Bergamot Fruit Oil.
The essential oil coming from the rind of the grapefruit. In general, the main component of citrus peel oils is limonene (86-95% for grapefruit peel), a super common fragrant ingredient that makes everything smell nice (but counts as a frequent skin sensitizer).
Other than that, citrus peel also contains the problematic compound called furanocoumarin that makes them mildly phototoxic. In general, the more sour-bitter the fruit, the more problematic it is regarding phototoxicity: orange and clementine peel contain less of it while lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot contain some more. Be careful with it if it is in a product for daytime use.
We have to start by writing how fascinated we are by the amazing lavender fields of Provance and we do love pretty much everything about lavender: its look, its color, its scent. but, when it comes to skincare, lavender is a questionable ingredient that you probably do not want in your skincare products.
First, let us start with the pros: it has a lovely scent, so no wonder that it is popular as a fragrance ingredient in natural products wanting to be free from synthetic fragrances but still wanting to smell nice. The scent of lavender is famous for having calming and relaxing properties and some smallish scientific studies do support that. Inhaled volatile compounds seem to have a soothing effect on the central nervous system and studies have shown that lavender aromatherapy can improve patient’s anxiety and experience in hospitals.
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Another pro is that lavender oil has some nice antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It also has some local pain relieving and muscle relaxing magical powers. Lavender oil is also often claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties. We have found a study confirming this but it was the essential oil of the leaves and not the much more commonly used flowers and the two differ in their main chemical compounds very much. (The main components of the flower essential oil are linalyl acetate and linalool [around 80% the two together] while it is 1,8-Cineole [around 65%] in the essential oil of the leaves.)
Now, let us look at the cons: similar to a bunch of other essential oils, the main components of lavender oil are potentially irritating fragrant components. The two main components are linalyl acetate (about 50%) and linalool (about 35%) and both autoxidise on exposure to the air forming strong contact allergens. To make things even worse, lavender oil seems to be cytotoxic from concentrations as low as 0.25% (concentration up to 0.125% were ok).
There is also an often cited Japanese study that made patch tests with lavender oil for 9 years and found a huge increase in lavender oil sensitivity in 1997 (from 1.1% in 1990 to 8.7% in 1997 and 13.9% in 1998). This was the year when using dried lavender flowers in pillows, wardrobes, and elsewhere became fashionable in Japan, so it seems that increased exposure to lavender results in increased risk of sensitivity.
Overall, it makes us sad to write bad things about such a lovely plant, but when it comes to skincare, you will be better off without lavender.
5 CBD brands from Holland & Barrett to put on your radar
In the last few years, CBD has well and truly crossed over into the mainstream, appearing in everything from dark chocolate to our favourite serums.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that’s derived from the hemp plant, so it understandably throws up a few questions. However, the hemp that’s used in CBD oil is high in CBD and very low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound most associated with recreational cannabis use. In other words, CBD products aren’t addictive and won’t make you feel high.
If you’re CBD-curious, but aren’t sure where to start, head to Holland & Barrett. The first major retailer to bring quality CBD products to the high street, it continues to only sell those that meet its high standards for purity, quality and safety — so you can find CBD you can trust in the format, flavour and strength that works for you.
It also leads the way with innovative new launches. So, whether it’s straight-up CBD oil you’re after or you’re more interested in soothing skincare, here are five CBD brands and the hero products to check out.
Grass & Co: Best for oils and balms
A sustainable business inspired by nature, the new Grass & Co range at Holland & Barrett combines high-quality CBD with botanical ingredients and vitamins that help support physical and mental wellbeing. It includes the Rest CBD oil, which has been fortified with vitamins B2, B5, B12, lavender and hops to help reduce tiredness and support your nervous system. Or, if you prefer, you can apply your CBD topically with deliciously-scented body oils and nourishing balms that can be massaged into your pulse-points to ease tension.
5 favourite CBD brands at Holland & Barrett you need to know about
July 28, 2021 – 10:04 BST Carla Challis Shopping for the best CBD brands? Head to Holland & Barrett, the first major retailer to bring CBD to the high street – and they’re in their famous Penny sale too.
CBD is the hottest ingredient of the moment, but it can be a minefield if you’re a first timer, trying to find the best CBD products and brands for you and your needs. That’s where Holland & Barrett comes in.
As the first major retailer to bring high-quality CBD products to the high street, Holland & Barrett is home to some of the widest range of innovative CBD products and is the one place to head to if you have a question or two about choosing CBD.
But the best news? Many of their CBD products (and other ranges) are now available in the famous Holland & Barrett Penny Sale! Simply buy two products and receive the cheapest for a penny.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, known as CBD, is a non-addictive food supplement sourced from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Praised by wellness experts and influencers, high-quality CBD products run no risk of you getting ‘high’ when using it – something people are often concerned about.
Every line of CBD that Holland & Barrett carries is packed with quality CBD, and has the THC, the psychoactive element, carefully controlled. Holland & Barrett only sells CBD that meets its highest standards for purity, quality, and safety as backed by leading trade associations and expert laboratories (the HFMA, EIHA and FERA Science).
Which CBD strength is for me?
All CBD products state their strengths on the packaging – sometimes it’s in percentage, sometimes it’s shown in milligrams. Head to the Holland & Barrett Health Hub or ask an Holland & Barrett colleague if you’re in the shop to help understand the guidelines, and work out the best choice for you.
Holland & Barrett experts recommend starting with a lower level and building up to the recommended daily dosage.
What are the best CBD products?
Traditionally taken in oil form, the CBD range is also available in a variety of forms to suit your lifestyle, from gummies to foot creams, pillow sprays, body balms and even tea bags!
5 favourite CBD brands
Grass & Co
New to Holland & Barrett, Grass & Go brings a range formulated with vitamins and botanicals to support your daily wellness, from bone and muscle health to mental performance. The Rest CBD Oil has been fortified with vitamin B2, B5, B12, lavender and hops to help reduce tiredness and fatigue and support the nervous system, too.
Rest CBD Oil, £39.49, Holland & Barrett
Also new to Holland & Barrett, Vitabiotics has been produced with certified CBD from Brains Bioceutical, a global leader in CBD. Formulations have been designed to increase advanced absorption and are suitable for vegetarians. This new CBD oil plus Vitamin D is formulated to support your immunity and maintain bone health.
Vitabiotics Brains CBD 500mg, £33.95, Holland & Barrett
New and exclusive, Reakiro lemon and apple flavoured gummies are a tasty and convenient way to take CBD on the go. Tracing CBD from source to sale, this brand focuses on quality and innovation for the best hemp products. All of their products, including oils, capsules and sprays, are vigorously tested for impurities and toxins, and are gluten-free.
Reakiro gummies, £29.99, Holland & Barrett
Holland & Barrett’s heritage brand partner, Jacob Hooy, has been trading for over 270 years and even been awarded the title of Purveyor to the Royal Household. Suitable for vegans, Jacob Hooy controls the entire manufacturing process, from seed to shelf, to ensure fully-traceable, high quality full spectrum CBD.
Choose from CBD Oil, Capsules, Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Skin Oil, Serum, Mask & Tea Bags – you will find something to suit you whatever your need.
Jacob Hooy CBD Oil, £59.99, Holland & Barrett
For flavoured CBD, try Love Hemp. They offer naturally great tasting flavoured sprays and oils in orange, peppermint and raspberry, in various strengths. You can also find unflavoured capsules and sprays, with the range 100% traceable from source, and double batch tested.
Love Hemp CBD Spray Raspberry, £29.99, Holland & Barrett
New Products include, Grass & Co, Vitabiotics and Reakiro gummies. Penny Sale Ends 24/08/21, selected items, cheapest item 1p, subject to availability. Participating stores. 18+ Only. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. Always read the label.