As a CBD connoisseur, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest to add to my collection. Of course, before clearing space on my vanity, bedside table, or desk—all places I store specific CBD goodies to help get through the day and night—I must give them the ol’ college try. In doing such, I’m able to weed out the phonies; the products that promise major benefits but are really just a poor attempt at hopping on the bandwagon that is society’s current obsession with, as LA Times writer Eric Bailey so eloquently puts it, marijuana’s psychoactively benign cousin. And believe me, I’ve tried lots of these fake miracle workers that make me scratch my head as to why I ingested or applied them in the first place.
Negativity and naysayers aside, there really are dozens of quality CBD products on the market. Most recently I discovered RE Botanicals, a brand that stand so far apart from other CBD-infused beauty and wellness brands that it deserved its very own review. So here we are. Let’s dive in, shall we?
This small batch CBD brand is the brainchild of John Roulac, a 20-year organic hemp pioneer who also founded Nutiva, a brand renowned for its plant-based superfood products; one that Inc. Magazine voted as one of America’s fastest growing companies for seven straight years. It was while he was promoting Nutiva, the star product of which was none other than hemp protein, that Roulac became a true voice for the hemp and CBD industry—and that was all the way back in 2004. During that year, Roulac historically and successfully sued the DEA to keep hemp foods legal in the United States. In other words, the founder of RE Botanicals is a reliable source for all things hemp-based CBD, which is why I had a funny feeling that RE Botanicals would quickly earn a coveted spot in my daily routine.
Background aside, the formulas of RE Botanicals’ products is one of a kind. Unlike many (read: most) CBD products, all RE Botanicals concoctions are made with certified organic hemp, in which a ton of thought goes into the soil that it’s grown in. This is important because hemp is a bioaccumulator (AKA a sponge-like plant that quickly absorbs pesticides and other chemicals). As a result, you can have faith in the fact that you’re not consuming any harmful additives when using RE Botanicals products. What’s more, the formulas feature zero added flavors, as well as organic MCT oil made from young coconuts as the base. For reference, most other brands use olive oil, which is often diluted, or unstable heat-processed hemp, which can go bad soon after opening, not to mention loads of artificial flavors in an attempt to make their product unique.
Last but not least, in addition to producing green CBD products, the brand gives back to the planet with every sale. “We believe in giving back to the planet that gives to us, so 1% of our sales are donated to farmers and non-profits who are improving the health of the soil through regenerative farming practices,” Roulac writes on the RE Botanicals site. “None of our competitors can say the same.”
After learning about RE Botanicals and reading through all their offerings, I chose three products that I just had to try: RE Botanicals Hemp 50 MG Classic Tincture ($140), RE Botanicals Lavender Relief Body Oil ($30), and RE Botanicals Peppermint Relief Body Oil ($30). As soon as I received my press samples, I tore off the protective seal and started slathering my pulse points and oil, while dropping 1mL of the tincture under my tongue. After days of continual use, here’s what I love (and what I think you will, too).
This tincture is made with two simple ingredients: U.S.-grown, USDA certified-organic hemp and certified-organic MCT coconut oil. The oil itself is golden in color which initially made me worry about the taste, as other golden tinctures I’ve tried have been overly nutty with a horrible aftertaste.
After dropping 1mL (read: one full dropper chock-full of 50mg of hemp-derived CBD) of the tincture under my tongue, I was pleasantly surprised to find no strong flavor, let alone much of a taste at all. I was so taken aback that I literally stopped what I was doing; intrigued to finally have found a sublingual that didn’t make me salivate like crazy (not in a good way) or make me want to gag.
In terms of the effects, I felt nothing. That’s not to say it didn’t work, but rather that it melted everything else away. In fact, as I sit typing this, it’s at the end of a long day in which I felt particularly overwhelmed out of nowhere. After taking a full dropper, the restlessness and writer’s block dissipated and my classic clear focus came back to life (of which I am grateful for given this deadline).
As an added bonus, I particularly enjoy the consistency of this tincture. It could very well be the result of MCT oil, though I’m not 100% certain, so don’t quote me. Either way, it not only goes down well, but, what I can only imagine is thanks to the coconut oil, it doubles as a pretty great lip moisturizer too.
In addition to organic hemp and MCT oil, this body oil, which has 200mg of CBD per bottle, is made with calming lavender essential oil. While it’s great for bedtime use, I found it to be particularly useful in moments of stress and anxiety throughout the day as well. As such, I continue to apply it to my wrists, neck, and temples whenever I need to self-soothe.
Like it’s calming cousin, this metal ball roll-on body oil is made with hemp and MCT oil, except instead of a calming essential oil, it’s infused with invigorating peppermint. I apply it in the same way that I apply the lavender oil, however I reserve it for moments when I need a boost in focus and clarity. I’ve also used it before heading to (and returning from) my daily Flywheel class, which I’ve found elevates my energy before hopping on the bike, and soothes sore muscles after jumping off. Plus, when I sweat, it heats up the oil and surrounds me in the scent for the rest of the ride — a truly lovely experience if you ask me.
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.