I'd barely gotten off the plane at LAX for the Dior Sauvage Calabasas Extravaganza last May before Emily Dougherty had me cc'd on an email thread with the PR team from Lord Jones. Now, when Emily Dougherty, the longtime Beauty & Fitness Director at Elle Magazine (and one of my first editors) tells you to try something, you blindly accept. She is the reason I drink Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, which ships in a 30-pack to New York for just north of $90. She's also probably the reason I'm a beauty editor, but that's a story for another day.
Emily looped me in with Alexis, who I mentioned reps Lord Jones. It took me a minute and a half to figure out that Lord Jones is the chicest line of cannabis products that's ever existed. (Not that I've seen many, but if they all looked like Lord Jones, I bet you I'd know more about it.) Alexis graciously replied that she'd love to send a care package to my Santa Monica hotel room. Before my ears could pop from the altitude change, Dougherty jumped in the chain with all caps: "EMILY SAY YES TO EVERYTHING."
As an avid watcher of 60 Minutes, I'm aware that the pot industry is about to blow up—if it hasn't already. Sorry, it's hard to tell all the way over here in New York—even though medical, non-smoked marijuana is legal (only for some things). In LA, where dispensaries abound, the beauty industry is doing their darndest to toke up your routine. For instance: Please take a second and lose yourself in the website for Whoopie Goldberg's line of THC-infused bath soak. Then text someone in your contacts who probably has a dispensary card and please hand-deliver me some.
Anyway, Alexis sent over a lovely basket of treats, including but not limited to their chic AF boxes of edibles and the High CBD Body Cream. The latter is the only product from their line I've been able to test in full because I was too scared to fly across state lines with the rest of the haul. CBD, or cannabidiol, oil comes from hemp, you see*—so it can ship anywhere in the US. It also has no psychoactive properties (unfortunately). But no matter, CBD is actually more medically active than THC to begin with. So if you're looking to soothe inflammation (the root of rashes, muscle soreness, and sebum production) instead of get high, this is your compound.
Y tho? Fun fact—human bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids, meaning that your system already knows what to do with the CBD when you apply it. So, when you smooth on something like Lord Jones to sore muscles, it's as good as any analgesic I've found. Actually better. It's not greasy or tacky or medicinal feeling—well, apart from the smell. (Weed stank.) One luxuriously creamy pumpful is enough for my whole shoulder/neck/upper back area. And I have a sneaking suspicion that it's doing wonders for the pesky bit of bacne I'm currently experiencing. All around good vibes for sure.
*CBD can also be derived from marijuana but I didn't want to complicate this more than necessary for your average Joe beauty product review. For all intents and purposes, it's the same CBD no matter where you get it. But the sourcing changes the legality in certain states FYI.
Photographed by Tom Newton.
Also soothing? Vacation-scented body oil. Read more about that here.