CBD Reviews

Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Patch and Gel Pen, Reviewed

By Rebecca Norris

As a devoted beauty lover and CBD connoisseur, I’m constantly looking for new CBD skincare and wellness products to test out. Most recently, I discovered Mary’s Nutritionals, an everyday wellness brand, among Saks Fifth Avenue’s new CBD corner in NYC, a curation brought to shoppers by The Salon Project by Joel Warren.

The name of the brand is a play on the colloquialism for marijuana, Mary Jane. For decades weed/pot/Mary/tree/whatever you want to call it has been seen as a delinquent substance, when in reality, along with its cousin hemp, it’s composed of natural active ingredients that coincide with the human endocannabinoid system. Mary’s Nutritionals recognizes that and calls it out on their site, noting “And just as you are more than a body, I am more than a plant. Brought back to light through modern science, You’re starting to see me again for what I am, For what I’ve always been, An ally in your journey. We’re made for each other. What’s in me is also in you. So here I am in black and white. Distilled to my purest form. Ready to help you grow. To help you heal. To help you look within. To be Mary.”

If growing, healing, and reflecting sounds like your cup of tea, read along with me to discover three of my favorite Mary’s Nutritionals products.

Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze

At the ripe young age of 27, I find myself waking up with aches and pains that have little to no reason to exist in the first place. Most days, I chalk it up to age (or whatever paranoid Web MD-esque medical scenario pops into my head that morning) and reach for a cooling muscle balm or cream to help soothe the inflammation. At this point I’ve tried (and loved) many CBD muscle soothers, but few have me quite as smitten at Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze ($35).

Now, I’m going to be honest, while the black and white packaging of this product is minimalist and chic, the actual formula resembles something you might cough up or blow out during allergy season. While it’s not the prettiest concoction, god if it isn’t soothing.

The lightweight, gel-like cream is formulated with full-spectrum hemp extract containing naturally occurring CBD, moisturizing mango butter, and cooling menthol. It’s designed to be fast-acting—and I can attest that it is. Within seconds of applying the product, the cooling sensation sinks deep into my aching muscles and bones (my collarbone is particularly cranky these days) to provide soothing, targeted relief.

The packaging says to apply the product every two to four hours as needed. Personally, I’ve found that the cooling effects of the cream last for about 30 minutes, however once the cooling sensation fades, there is notably less pain in its wake, so I don’t always reapply. Instead I tend to apply it once in the morning and once before bed so that the soothing chill can calm me to sleep.

Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Patch

This award-winning patch, which looks like a nude square bandage, claims to provide relief through its patented technology that offers a long-lasting (12 hours to be exact), optimum-dose formula of full-spectrum hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD and eucalyptus. Now, I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t quite sold on the idea of experiencing my CBD intake through a sticker. While I know that nicotine patches are basically the same premise and are said to be very effective for smokers looking to quit, I simply wasn’t sure what to expect.

The packaging of the Transdermal Patch ($10) says to apply it to a venous area of the body, like the top of the foot or wrist. Skeptical of how well putting a CBD sticker on my foot would help my aching collarbone, I wondered if perhaps it’d be better to put the sticker on my neck but thought better of it after dramatically worrying about the heady effects from jugular interference. (FYI, you can’t overdose on CBD; applying or consuming a significant amount will simply make you want to take a nap)

After settling on my right foot, I slipped my slipper back on and waited for the patch to work its magic. Now, whether the physical feelings I experienced next were a placebo effect or real is beyond me, but I’ll share regardless.

Minutes after application I could feel a noticeable difference coursing through my body, almost as if I was hooked up to an IV. Five minutes later, I started to feel a slight chilling effect in my right foot and ankle; ten minutes in, I noticed my right leg started to feel vaguely asleep, though without the uncomfortable tingling sensation. At the 15-minute mark I began to feel semi-jittery, though nothing too alarming; 20 minutes in those jitters faded and were replaced with a feeling of nothingness. That might sound scary, but in reality it was a soothing emptiness that felt mentally clear, untethered from work-oriented stress and irrational anxieties. On the downside, my collarbone still hurt, so it didn’t work for that. Though, there’s a chance that it would’ve worked better had I put it on the hand or wrist of the arm closest to said collarbone. Hindsight’s 20/20.

Either way, TBQH, it was wild. I wasn’t sure how this sticker was making me feel so much, but I wasn’t complaining.

Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Gel Pen

Here we have another product that might not look appealing, but creates effects that make up for the not-so-pretty formula. The Transdermal Gel Pen ($50) is made with full-spectrum hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD, cool citrus basil, and naturally derived terpenes to help take the edge off the day.

In terms of the appearance, the chic black and white packaging squirts out a thin line of brownish-yellow gel with a simple press of the tail end of the pen. The color fades as you rub the product into your skin (again, it’s meant to be applied to a venous area of the body) and begins to immediately cool on contact.

While it claims to last up to six hours, it’s tough to tell since it creates such a calm feeling of clear focus. The cloudless experience feels like nothing—no anxiety, no overwhelming stress. It’s subtle but noticeable nonetheless, and when it’s gone, it leaves you better off than before you applied it. A true Mary of all trades, if you will.


Rebecca Norris is an NYC-based writer who specializes in beauty, health, and wellness content. When she’s not writing for Remedy Review, her words can be found on Allure, Bustle, Nylon, Well + Good, and more. The Virginia native is a lover of lists, her Jack Russell Prince Cheddy Loon, and testing the latest and greatest CBD products the market has to offer. The opinions in this piece are hers. For a list of products third-party tested by the Remedy Review, see our Seal of Approval.

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