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 CBD oil has taken hold of the United Kingdom and it’s not showing signs of loosening its grip any time soon. The number of people using CBD oil for its health Not sure where to start? Head to the high street
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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.
We don’t have description for this ingredient yet.
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).
We don’t have description for this ingredient yet.
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.
Holland and Barrett CBD: Should You Buy? The Pros & Cons (2022)
CBD oil has taken hold of the United Kingdom and it’s not showing signs of loosening its grip any time soon. The number of people using CBD oil for its health benefits doubled from 2017 to 2018, and the more aware people become of CBD products, the more the popularity of CBD oils grows. One reason for this uptick in consumer awareness is that CBD products are sold on the high street. Holland and Barrett (a popular high street health store), in particular, introduced CBD oil in January of 2018 (Jacob Hooy CBD oil). Sadly, their CBD oil is very disappointing. Here’s our Holland and Barrett CBD oil review (updated for 2022).
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We know as well as anyone that the popularity of a product has nothing to do with its quality.
People intuitively trust Holland and Barrett because of the name recognition, but that doesn’t mean the CBD products sold are the best in the market. Even with many alternative CBD sellers, people still choose Holland and Barrett. Because of this, our team believes they are worth looking into a bit deeper.
Let’s see if the CBD brand sold at high street store Holland and Barrett live up to what CBD products should be.
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No time to read our full review for Jacob Hooy CBD at Holland & Barrett? Here’s our verdict: AVOID! The CBD oil from Holland & Barrett is extremely weak, ineffective and a waste of your money. If you’re looking for the best CBD oil in the UK, we recommend Blessed CBD.
Jacob Hooy CBD Oil Review
Jacob Hooy is a popular Dutch CBD brand sold at Holland and Barrett that deserves a closer look.
Founded in 1743, this family-operated company is a very well-known brand. Its name alone makes it trustworthy for many people.
Jacob Hooy CBD oil is made using the seeds of the hemp plant. A superfood in its own right, hempseed oil is regularly used as a health food supplement and contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid.
Here are the prices of their oils:
- 10ml: 2.75% strength: £19.99
- 30ml: 2.75% strength: £39.99
- 10ml: 5% strength: £29.99
- 30ml: 5% strength: £59.99
We’re genuinely disappointed (and shocked) with Jacob Hooy’s “CBD” oil sold at Holland and Barrett. And we’ll tell you why shortly.
First, let’s go over the positives with Holland & Barrett’s CBD oil.
Why Choose Holland & Barrett CBD?
Lab-tested to ensure legal THC limit
There are no problems when it comes to testing. Jacob Hooy regularly tests its oil to make sure it’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels are less than 0.05%, far less than the legal limit.
Sadly, that’s all the praise we have for Jacob Hooy’s CBD oil sold at Holland and Barrett.
Let’s talk about the problems.
What Could Be Better?
Vague on the details
The first thing that really caught our team by surprise is the amount of vagueness surrounding this product. The website and the labelling tells you very little about what you’re putting inside of your body, as well as having a very small CBD range.
The wording used is CBD+ oil. Most people probably take this to mean that there is more than just the CBD cannabinoid present in the oil. Even if you read it another way, the point is there’s just no way to tell because no other cannabinoid is listed or even mentioned elsewhere.
Another area of interest is the use of hemp seed oil as the source of CBD. Hemp seeds don’t contain a ton of cannabinoids, especially cannabidiol. If this is where the CBD is coming from, you’re not getting much in terms of CBD. In fact, you’re wasting your money.
The 2.75% CBD oil from Jacob Hooy did not even register for anyone on our team. Some people didn’t bother using the oil at all because it was that weak. The ones that did use it had to double or triple their daily dosage to feel anything. The 5% 30ml bottle should have lasted for much longer than it did, but expect it to last two weeks or less.
The short amount of time the bottle lasts makes the price seem far from being a good deal.
In our opinion, it takes way too long to feel anything (if anything at all).
Holland and Barrett are selling a CBD oil that is safe and semi-effective, but there are far better brands on the UK market to consider instead.
The vagueness, low level of an active substance, poor effectiveness and lack of strength in this oil should be a problem to a store the public has trusted with their well-being.
Why Choose Blessed CBD?
Transparency leads to buyer confidence
One of the most upsetting things following the legalization of CBD was a lack of information. Brands knew there were no laws in place and they could claim just about anything when it came to the quality and concentration of their oils.
At Blessed CBD, they do things differently.
Blessed CBD lets you know where the hemp they use comes from, the methods and the exact ingredients you are ingesting. There is no reason to wonder if products are safe, if they are legal or if they are organic. That information is right on the label and site.
The more information customers have, the better.
Their goal is to have each person who buys Blessed CBD oil to be able to purchase it with confidence that they are spending their money on the right product.
CBD means something more
Blessed CBD didn’t take entering the CBD business lightly, but knew that their dedication and commitment to CBD oil demanded to spread the right information to the public.
The family behind Blessed has had a lot of success themselves using CBD oil for various conditions, and have faith in their product to improve long-term health.
Blessed CBD clearly looks to natural products for relief; the family not only avoids synthetic medications, but also synthetic ingredients in their CBD oil.
The best farming practices are used to maintain the quality of the hemp and there are no additives, preservatives or flavours added. What you’re getting is 100% natural.
The hemp used is grown in one of the best places on earth: Colorado. These farms adhere to the strictest rules and regulations, resulting in hemp oil that has high cannabinoid profiles and no pesticides or herbicides.
The company also uses the safest methods of extraction that maintain the integrity of the CBD and gets it into your bloodstream fast for highly effective relief.
We regret to say this, but the Jacob Hooy CBD oil from Holland & Barrett must be avoided. If you’re looking for a premium, reliable and effective CBD oil, we highly suggest buying from Blessed CBD.
Everyone here at Quitnet uses the innovative products from Blessed CBD on a daily basis, and we cannot recommend them enough.
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.