Soap making secrets: The benefits of hemp seed oil

Soap making secrets: The benefits of hemp seed oil

Before I start, I need to get something out of the way. This post is not about pot or drugs or getting high. It is about the mighty hemp plant and what it can do for your skin.

You’ve probably seen products like clothing and paper made from hemp fiber. You might also know that this versatile plant has been used to make things like bikes, cars and even houses. But, did you know hemp has another benefit locked away in its seeds? Hemp seeds are rich in the essential fatty acids, Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid. These fatty acids are thought to be beneficial antioxidants and they can help protect the skin from moisture loss, something that those of us in northern climates contend with during the cold winter months.

Unlike the strains of cannabis plants used for marijuana, hemp strains contain negligible amounts tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the stuff that gives marijuana its psychoactive kick. This means that products made with hemp, including food and bath products, are safe for those of us who like to “just say no.”

I’ve had a desire to use hemp seed oil in my soap for a while. I’ve used other soap made with hemp seed oil and I love the way it makes my skin feel. Around the same time the Grateful Dead where having their reunion concerts, I found a fragrance oil called, “Cannabis Flower.” I knew right away that I wanted to combine that fragrance with hemp seed oil in a soap bursting with psychedelic swirling colors. After a couple of tries, I finally perfected the look I was going for.

Feelin' groovy handmade soap

In addition to hemp seed oil, this soap it also has the skin loving combination of olive and rice bran oils that leaves skin feeling ultra moisturized. It smells green and herbaceous with a touch of floral notes like violet and gardenia.

Want to give this soap a try? It’s available now in the Emmet Street Creations store!