Today we’re talking hemp seed oil—this lovely green oil is loaded with nutrients and awesome fatty acids, making it a super awesome ingredient to DIY with. It’s a liquid oil with a melting point of -8°C (18°F), and is available in refined and unrefined versions—I usually get unrefined. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as linoleic and gamma-linoleic fatty acids. It contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 and E. With this lovely laundry list of good-for-you ingredients it’s not hard to see why you’d want to include it in just about everything.
Thanks to its high omega content, hemp seed oi is sensitive to heat and prone to rapid oxidization, so I recommend purchasing it in small quantities, storing it in the fridge, and not exposing it to direct heat when melting it together with other ingredients—always use a water bath. If you’ve worked with flax seed oil before, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re looking at in terms of storage and shelf life.
Pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp seed oil can have some marijuana-type associations as the plants are related, but hemp contains extremely low (and completely unnoticeable—Canadian hemp seed oil is usually below the 4 ppm detection limit) amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana its reputation. Making brownies with hemp oil definitely won’t make them “special”—not in that way, at least! Those brownies would probably have a bit of a grassy flavour and would be rich in omega fatty acids, and I guess that could be called special 😜
Hemp seed oil feels utterly lovely on the skin. It is silky and smooth, and glides across the skin beautifully, leaving a silky smooth finish that’s not too oily and not at all sticky. I’d say it has an average absorption speed. If you’re looking for a replacement, olive oil has a similar feel and green hue, but definitely can’t stack up when it comes to fatty acid composition. Alright—let’s dive into the recipes!
I love these soft green bars—they get their grassy hue from the unrefined hemp seed oil in them! I’ve also upped the hemp factor with some hemp hearts sprinkled on top. Unrefined hemp seed oil is one few carrier oils you can use to colour bar soap, which is pretty darn cool; highly recommended!
If your skin hates winter, make this lotion. It’s infused with healing and soothing herbs, while rich hemp oil and shea butter help battle dry winter skin.
I paired three eczema-fighting oils and butters together to create this body butter bar. I used the unrefined versions of hemp, shea, and oat for a wonderful nutty, grassy, slightly smokey scent that’s entirely from the ingredients—no essential oils needed here!
This one is super simple and a great way to introduce hemp seed oil in to your daily skin care routine, and is a great starter project if you’re new to the DIY scene.
This soft green balm smells just like a Manitoba forest in the summer, and I can’t get enough of it. Grassy hemp seed oil pairs with foresty bayberry wax and honey-scented beeswax for a super delightful smelling balm that’s great for men and women alike.
I cannot get enough of this lotion, especially in the middle of the winter. Kate made it and says “I just made this… It smells like a wonderful forest hike. Maybe not in Morraine Lake, but somewhere else in the great Canadian woods… Thank you for the inspiration Marie and for the olfactory vacation!” You should definitely try it.
This rich lip balm uses a lot of delicate, nourishing oils to create a pretty special end product. Thanks to the hemp oil and lecithin is has a lovely, rich, warm colour to it, and it’s loaded with healing oils like tamanu and hemp, plus an atypical lip balm scent blend to make a lip balm I think you’ll love.
Yet another balm that smells downright amazing. I designed it as a beard balm, but it would also make a great hair balm or body butter. I find the coffee and labdanum essential oils pair really well with hemp for a rich, warm, organic scent blend.
This beard oil is probably the fastest DIY on this list—just measure, cap, shake, and voila! Hemp seed oil is the star of this blend, with argan and castor helping bring a bit of shine and encourage beard growth. A warm, slightly spicy blend of essential oils rounds the whole thing out. Beauty.
This glassy green beard balm has lovely notes of wood smoke and cedarwood on top of a base of grassy hempseed oil, honey-scented beeswax, and smokey shea butter. Lovely!