One of those industry insiders is Lord Jones co-founder Cindy Capobianco. “Our team helped educate Sephora on the complexities of the category and the importance of transparency in CBD sourcing, manufacturing and testing practices as well as the need for whole plant formulas; this work helped shape the Sephora CBD guidelines,” she shares with Byrdie. The brand, which boasts cult-favorite CBD products like its High CBD Royal Oil and High CBD Body Lotion, was Sephora’s first-ever CBD brand, launching online in 2018 and in-stores in 2019; it was the first time in history that hemp-derived CBD products became available at a national beauty retailer.
The beauty retailer gave Byrdie the exclusive details. “We’re excited to introduce Sephora’s new ‘CBD Standards’ to help provide transparency and assurance to clients as they look to navigate this growing beauty category,” says Cindy Deily, Vice President of Merchandising, Skincare at Sephora. “Our new standards are the first for a national prestige retailer and set baseline parameters around CBD sourcing and testing, reinforcing Sephora’s commitment of being a trusted resource for our clients.” See the four new CBD Standards below, straight from Sephora:
It’s official: CBD and skincare are the beauty industry’s Nick and Priyanka. According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., the global CBD skincare market size is expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2025, and each day, it seems like there’s a new CBD skincare product promising to deliver the ingredient’s miracle anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing benefits. There’s a problem, though: the CBD skincare world is still very much uncharted waters, with little regulation around these claims and even less proof to back them up (at least for the time being). The result? Lots of misinformation, over-the-top marketing claims, and, as a result, distrust from customers. As of today, Sephora wants to change that.
These CBD Standards were launched in direct correlation with customer interest around the topic; according to Deily, search volume for beauty products that contain CBD is up “over 1,000 times.” “We’ve seen clients’ demand for transparency continue to grow, and it’s important to Sephora that we are a trusted resource,” she tells us. “With the amount of products flooding the market, there can be confusion and mistrust. As part of our research and client listening, our clients told us they weren’t fully confident in shopping the category. Therefore, we saw an opportunity to have a point of view for the benefit of all—much like we did with our Clean at Sephora standards that launched in 2017.” But how exactly were these CBD Standards developed and why were these four specific tenants chosen above others—for example, requiring that a product contain a certain percentage of CBD in order to qualify? “We developed the new guidelines in partnership with a panel of industry insiders and utilized extensive industry research,” Deily explains. “We wanted to develop a tool that would aid clients in their product discovery and instil a level of trust that they’re getting a quality product.”
With the new standards in place, Sephora will expand its assortment to include Prima, a hemp and botanical-based line of skincare and body care. Prima will be Sephora’s fourth brand of products dedicated to CBD, joining Lord Jones, Saint Jane and Flora + Bast. The retailer will also continue carrying CBD products from its skincare brands, like Hebivore and Josie Maran, that adhere to the brand’s new standards. Similar to the brand’s “Clean at Sephora” badge, the new CBD Standards will be clearly visible on each product description when customers are browsing Sephora.com.
We are still at the beginning of the CBD revolution.
One of the biggest areas of distrust with CBD skincare is when brands tout CBD in their marketing or even product names when they don’t actually contain CBD; instead, they’ll be made with hemp seed oil, a common ingredient that doesn’t contain any cannabanoids. (You can read more about how to dissect a CBD skincare product label here.) Plus, there can be murkiness around how the CBD is extracted, where it’s grown, and if it’s been tested for safety and efficacy. Sephora hopes to build trust and transparency with its customers by addressing all of these issues in its new standards.
When it comes to skincare, Sephora doesn’t play. Ever since hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) took over as the hottest beauty and wellness ingredient, we’ve seen it infused into all kinds of lotions, potions, and serums. But the beauty giant would never add a new category without doing its homework. That’s precisely why Sephora’s CBD selection is hyper-curated.
Josie Maran Skin Dope Argan Oil + 100 mg CBD pairs the hemp extract with organic, cold-pressed argan oil, a tried-and-true skin powerhouse. Maran is obsessed with the hydrating ingredient—around which her entire line is based—for good reason: “There’s a lot of data for argan being anti-inflammatory and beneficial for dry, mature, rosacea- or acne-prone skin,” says NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman. And with a zero rating on the comedogenic scale, it won’t clog your pores or leave you greasy.
CBD + a cooling agent
Though CBD is a powerhouse on its own, it plays well with others. In Sephora’s standout offerings, it’s paired with other powerful actives to exponentially boost CBD’s transformative properties. Below, the best-bud pairings to look for, plus six of the most impressive products you can find in Sephora.
Botanical oils, pressed from plants, nuts, and seeds, are nature’s skincare MVPs, quenching dryness while delivering antioxidants, vitamins, and benefits such as brightening (soy) and speedy cell turnover (rosehip).
To soak up all benefits of hemp, try an oil serum. Flora + Bast Age Adapting CBD Serum contains over 300mg of CBD oil, essential fatty acids, and no water (which makes for higher potency and great absorption).
From creams to coffee, CBD is having quite the high right now — it’s everywhere, including at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters. But with all the CBD products out there, it can be hazy to tell what’s actually worth it.
If you don’t know, CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient in weed. (Its official name is cannabidiol.) CBD doesn’t you high — that’s what THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol (which you can find in weed, too) does.
It was only a matter of time before the beauty world got its own dose of CBD, too. Last year, Ulta welcomed Cannuka, its first-ever CBD skin care brand. Sephora, since welcoming Lord Jones back in 2018 as its first CBD brand, currently has expanded its skin care products to include CBD brands like Saint Jane and Flora + Bast. Herbivore, Farmacy and Josie Maran have their own CBD skin care products— but they aren’t exclusively CBD brands.