He was, is, and will always be the epitome of freedom, love and spirituality. Enter any reggae party, and you can be rest assured that Bob Marley's songs are at the top of the playlist because, let's face it, his music has a universal appeal that transcends race, gender, age, and everything in between.
Well, celebrating what would have been the 71st birthday of this music icon, Bob's family has released a Body Care line under Marley Natural, which is a brand extension of the singer's weed estate. The key ingredient to hit all the high notes? You guessed it, it's cannabis all the way. So, who's ready to take a hit and get addicted?
Not So Fast!
Sorry to be a buzzkill, but perhaps you should know that only the cannabis extract, known as hemp seed oil, has been used to formulate the products. For those who were expecting to get stoned on the psychoactive substance by using balms and lotions, you'll probably need to find another kind of dealer.
As for the what's in it, make note that hemp seed oil is actually quite the potent beauty ingredient:
- It has a high protein content to reinforce skin cells
- The vitamin E antioxidants improve collagen production to reverse the signs of aging.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids create a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes hemp oil an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer.
- It restores the skin elasticity and increases water retention capacity in tissues.
What all of this simply means is that hemp seed oil is a great way to hydrate your pores and hair follicles, reverse signs of aging, and induce cell renewal for vibrant skin. It works well for oily or acne-prone skin because it is light and gets easily absorbed without clogging the pores.
The Marley Natural Body Care Line
The products have all the goodness of hemp seed oil (minus the physical high of cannabis), and are paraben-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free. They have been stirred up with Jamaican botanicals such as turmeric, lemongrass, turmeric, cerasse and ginger to bottle a line of lip balms, body lotions, body wash, soaps, blends, and salves.
Priced between $8 (for the lip balm) and $26 (for the essential oil blend), you can buy the Marley Natural Body Care line here.
PS: For DIY lovers, we've stirred up some beauty recipes using hemp seed oil that you can try making at home, too. From body butters, lotions and face masks, to hair serums and lip balms, here's a step-by-step on whipping up a hemp skincare line of your own.