I'm usually skeptical about CBD products. With all the buzz surrounding the ingredient, I find certain claims and aggressive marketing strategies can overpromise. My favorite mascara of the moment happens to be Milk Makeup's Kush High Volume Mascara ($24), but it delivers—lush, clump-free lashes with no fallout (the hemp-derived cannabis oil replaces beeswax as a binding component to keep the formula vegan). I've only dabbled with CBD products orally, and have found from experience most don't offer full-spectrum CBD (read more about that here). So when it comes to topical application, I've been especially wary.
That said, I've read a lot of great things about Lord Jones, one of the leading brands in the topical CBD space. I first learned about Lord Jones a little over a year ago, when celeb stylist Karla Welch explained she uses High CBD Formula Body Lotion on her clients to combat sore feet when they walked the red carpet. The brand has earned a cult following, and not just among celebrities. When Lord Jones teamed up with shoe designer Tamara Mellon earlier this year to create the High CBD Formula Stiletto Cream ($70), which was inspired by the aforementioned trend of actresses using CBD on their feet before or after a red carpet, I knew I had to try out the line for myself.
By chance, I happened to get my hands on Lord Jones' High CBD Formula Heavy Duty Chill Balm the very same week I joined a gym after a year-and-a-half hiatus. It couldn't have been better timing.
Pros + Cons
- Quick results
- Soothes skin
- Moisturizes skin
- Price per ounce is expensive
If you're searching for a CBD cream, this Lord Jones High CBD Formula Heavy Duty Chill Balm is it.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Heavy Duty Chill Balm
Best for: Normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types
Uses: Soothes skin (muscle pain, soreness) and reduces dryness
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: 200mg CBD, cruelty-free beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter
About the brand: Lord Jones distributes high-quality hemp-derived CBD infused products. Their CBD skincare products are created and developed by personal care experts.
About My Skin: Sore muscles
Knowing I'd really need to dive back into fitness if I wanted it to become an integral part of my life again—much to the dismay of my underworked muscles—I bought a personal training package with sessions three times a week. Needless to say, my muscles are sore and I even hurt my back from one bad dumbbell squat when my trainer wasn't watching. Foam rolling and using a massage gun (intense but necessary after sled push workouts) have certainly ameliorated some of the discomfort, but they don't alleviate the lingering soreness (or achiness I'm now working through along my lower back).
The Feel: Soothing sensation
As an initial skeptic, I'm still impressed by how quickly I can feel the balm take effect. As it warms and melts in your hands, you apply it as you would a lotion or other cream.
As an initial skeptic, I'm still impressed by how quickly I can feel the balm take effect.
The Ingredients: Nourishing and moisturizing
- Broad-spectrum CBD: The CBD is derived from hemp grown in the U.S. It restores and soothes troubled areas at any time of the day.
- Shea butter: The shea butter nourishes the skin leaving it soft and silky. It also is said to have healing properties.
- Organic beeswax: Organic beeswax helps keep moisture in the skin while assisting in reducing any dryness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
From the formula's blend of organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, and organic extra virgin olive oil, even the smell is soothing.
The Results: Impressive
From the very first time I used the balm, I felt the soreness and pain melt away (even the fingers with which I applied it felt soothed afterward). My backache was diminished, my muscles literally felt chilled out, and the whole experience instilled a sense of calm.
I apply it throughout the day as needed, warming it in my hands and then gently massaging it into troubled areas. A sense of calmness is restored each time. I'm hoping that my workouts become a healthy habit I continue to maintain, but I already know that this CBD balm has become an integral part of my life.
I apply it throughout the day as needed, warming it in my hands and then gently massaging it into troubled areas.
The Value: Worth it
For the quick results, high-quality ingredients, and other benefits, I would buy this product again. The balm comes in classy, cool packaging that will look great next to your other skincare products. CBD skincare products typically range in price, but for the quality and effectiveness of this one, I'd add to cart.
Similar Products: You have options
Cannuka Nourishing Body Cream: This $28 CBD body cream is made with CBD, Manuka honey, rosehip oil, and orange peel butter to soothe and hydrate the skin.
Mazz Hanna Body Melt: For $58, this CBD body cream is infused with carnelian, which is believed to increase energy and relieve muscle tension.
Our Verdict: Try it out
For a worth-while CBD skincare product you can trust, Lord Jones is the one to turn to. Whether it's to help calm sore muscles, or you're simply spending a relaxing night at home after a stressful day at work, this cream works wonders.