CBD balms and creams are a great way to apply cannabidiol directly to your skin. We continually test and try CBD topicals and select only those that meet our strict selection criteria. These products contain natural ingredients and are rich in full-spectrum CBD. They are all lab tested for purity. From Love CBD’s giant jar to PharmaHemp’s high-strength formula, in this colourful collection, there is something for everyone.
Lab-tested CBD balms and creams
All the products listed here are cruelty-free and are not animal tested. Most are also made using vegan ingredients. Please check the ingredients list closely or contact us if you have further questions.
Lab tests are used to ensure the purity and quality of natural skincare with CBD. These tests check that the hemp used is free of pesticides, ensure the advertised amount of cannabidiol is in the balm and analyses other cannabinoids within the final product. These results are available on the product pages.
CBD balms vs creams – What are they and how do they differ?
CBD balms have a firm consistency, like that of butter. They are easy to apply and have a wax and oil base. This moisturises your skin and acts as the carrier for the full-spectrum extract. They are suitable for soothing dry or irritated skin.
CBD creams contain similar ingredients to balms but with added moisture. Liquid, usually water, is added to the other ingredients making the consistency looser. They can be used anywhere but are slightly less greasy than balms, this makes them ideal for use as a face or hand cream.
What’s in a cream or balm?
A CBD balm is made up of a base and its active ingredients, depending on the brand, creams use similar ingredients, but with added water.
Base- The base is what creates the right consistency and allows it to be rubbed onto the skin easily. It is usually made from a blend of wax and oils. The wax keeps the balm thick and the oils provide fatty acids which carry the CBD extract into your skin.
Essential oils and natural fragrances are sometimes added to the base. Ingredients like shea butter, vanilla oil and rosemary oil add natural aromas as well as soothing and moisturising the skin.
Active ingredient- This is the CBD extract that is added the balm. Cannabidiol is fat-soluble so the more oil, the more CBD can be added.
Why do people use them?
CBD balms and creams are a great way to apply the general health boost of cannabidiol to a specific area. Muscle balms, joint creams, hand creams and other CBD topicals are designed to be directly smoothed onto specific areas. This direct application is soothing and can start working quickly. They are also a great way to moisturise, nourish and revitalise skin.
Where do people use them? They can be applied to any external body part but as with anything applied to your skin, should be kept away from your eyes. Customers use them for many different reasons and apply them to areas such as their face, skin, hands and joints.
How to use a CBD Cream or Balm
How to apply: First decide where you are going to apply your balm or cream. Remember, it will give you the best results when placed directly onto a specified area. Then clean and dry the skin on and around the area. Generously apply the topical and rub it in vigorously.
How much to use? Some balms and creams spread better than others. Start with a pea-sized amount and apply it to your skin. This will help you decide how much you need. Then use a generous amount to cover the area. Most of it should be absorbed into your skin but expect it to leave a sticky sheen which will soak in.
A CBD balm that is applied directly to the skin will work quickly. The carrier oil allows it to be transported quickly into your pores. Because it is applied directly it doesn’t need to travel through your circulatory system making it quick and easy to use.
Are there side effects?
CBD itself is very gentle on the skin and there have been no reported side effects from topical application. However, it is important to read the list of ingredients carefully. The additional substances vary from brand to brand and if you have sensitive skin it is necessary to be sure that it doesn’t contain something that your skin reacts to.