Healthspan’s exclusive collection of CBD products includes capsules, CBD oil and one topical balm. I’ve just finished a 30g pot of the balm. It contains a broad-spectrum (THC removed) hemp-extract with 180mg of CBD blended with essential oils in a coconut oil and beeswax base.
The small jar came in quite a lot of packaging covered with lots of useful information about CBD, the strengths of other Healthspan products and directions for use. Inside the box, I found one of the best-presented balms I’ve seen. The jar is sturdy with a straightforward label and an attractive bamboo lid.
The balm itself is a pale cream colour with a smooth, waxy consistency. It’s made with a range of additional beneficial and aromatic ingredients, including hemp seed oil, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, arnica flower oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender oil and chamomile flower oil. A few terpenes, including linalool, limonene and geraniol have also been added to the hemp extract to broaden its aroma and practical effects.
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Who are Healthspan?
Healthspan supply the UK with an extensive range of health supplements via their online storefront. When founder Derek Coates opened it in 1996, it was just a small mail-order vitamin supplier. Now, their product range has expanded and includes nutritional supplements, herbal products, skincare, cosmetics and veterinary supplements.
They aim to produce affordable, high-quality supplements that can be bought singly or on subscription. This approach has now been turned towards the CBD industry and they offer several low strength products made with CO2 extracted hemp. They import hemp to Guernsey from EU farms to be manufactured into the end product.
3rd Party Lab Tests
Healthspan conducts a range of regular tests on the hemp extract and the balm to ensure it meets their own safety standards and contains only traces of THC. However, for this product, they haven’t published any results or mentioned if a third-party lab tests it. Other products in this range have undergone third-party lab testing, Healthspan publish them in the form of a ‘statement of results’ and not making the original certificates available to their customers.
It’s likely that a third-party lab has tested the balm and a summary of the key results may be posted in the future. This is because Healthspan is a member of the Cannabis Trades Association whose product regulations say, “All hemp-based materials should have an independent 3rd party Certificate of Analysis (COA) for every batch stating the full cannabinoid profiles.”
Ease of Use
The balm is easy to apply, although it’s quite greasy at first. However, after a few minutes, it absorbs into your skin, leaving it feeling smooth. I really like the jar and it would be small enough to carry around in a bag or pocket, but its weight means that it’s best kept at home on a shelf. The lid closes firmly, which combined with the thick texture of the balm, means that you’re unlikely ever to have to worry about leaks.
The directions suggest applying a thin layer to affected areas of skin; I chose to use it on my hands and any other areas of rough skin. Because it was quite dense and greasy, I didn’t think it would work well on my face, so I kept it for general use on my body.
Healthspan CBD Balm Fragrance
The fragrance isn’t overpowering, but it’s strong enough to be immediately noticeable when you remove the lid. The most noticeable scents are lavender and a hint of something that smells like menthol. The two go surprisingly well together. I found that the aroma is evident as the balm absorbs into your skin, but after a few minutes, you won’t be able to smell it.
Having now used the balm for just more than two weeks, I’ve found it very useful. I apply it at least twice a day and occasionally more often. It works best when I’ve just come in from the cold and my hands get red and dry. For me, it quickly soothes any irritation and visibly calms any red patches. The only thing I’m not keen on is the greasy sensation it leaves on your skin although I’ve had that with most of the balms and creams I’ve used for dry hands.
It’s worked just as well for other patches of dry skin. During the time I was using it, I suffered from a bad back and tried applying it to the area above the muscle pain. I only did this a few times because I was looking for noticeable relief and none came. After a few days switched to Ibuprofen cream for my back and kept the CBD for my dry hands.
Value for Money
At £19.95 for a 30g jar holding 180mg of CBD, this balm isn’t the cheapest I’ve seen, but it’s still a bargain. If you choose to join Healthspan’s subscribe and save scheme, you can save £2 off each order after your first full-price purchase. At the original price, it works out as 11p per mg of CBD and 10p at the reduced subscription rate.
The main drawback is that currently, there are no lab certificates to back up the cannabinoid content. However, because Healthspan is a member of the CTA and they share statements of analysis for other products, I don’t think that it reduces the value of the balm. A tub costs less than £20, it smells great and I found it effective for dry, irritated skin.
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With a soothing fragrance of lavender with hints of menthol, this is a well-presented balm that I found effective for patches of dry skin. It’s made with a broad-spectrum hemp extract and a blend of essential oils and terpenes. A 30g jar holds 180mg of CBD suspended in a base of coconut oil and beeswax. The lab results aren’t available for customers to view, but a simple statement of them may likely be made public in the future.