The Year in Cannabis Beauty

By Deanna Utroske

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2019 has been a big year for CBD, hemp, and cannabis in cosmetics and personal care. And while the regulatory climate is far from fixed, suppliers, manufacturers, and brands of every size have been making moves in cannabis beauty.

Here, Cosmetics Design looks at back at a selection of cannabis beauty news from indie brands, industry suppliers, paper and packaging companies and more published here over the past 12 months.

1. Not all cannabis beauty products are made with cannabis. And that’s okay.

At the 2019 edition of the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day tradeshow in New York City, a lot of suppliers showcased ingredients that align with the CBD trend. Read Cosmetics Design’s coverage of the show to learn about the full spectrum of CBD ingredients available.

2. International Flavors and Fragrances is the latest legacy supplier to get in on cannabis beauty.

In October IFF teamed up with Neptune Wellness Solutions to develop CBD products for the US market. Neptune specializes in health and wellness ingredients, product development, and even owns consumer brands. That in conjunction with IFF’s formulation and ingredient technology capabilities promise to yield novel CBD solutions for the beauty and wellness consumer. Read more about the IFF – Neptune Wellness CBD partnership here on Cosmetics ​ 

3. CBD regulations are still in the formative stage; but they can’t be ignored.

After the FDA’s hearing on Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis, consulting and research firm Kline shared key takeaways for cosmetics and personal care manufacturers and brands. Here is Cosmetics Design’s coverage of those insights on cannabis beauty. ​ 

4. Data on the skin care benefits of CBD has been slow to emerge.

Even after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (or so-called Farm Bill) became law in December of last year, many R&D professionals, cosmetics formulators hesitated to work with CBD because its efficacy as a skin care ingredient was unproven. Data from testing experts like Gene Markers and Genoskin is changing that.

5. Does cannabis beauty need cannabis packaging?

Every ingredient and formulation trend comes with its own tone and symbolism that marketing experts and packaging designers help convey to consumers. Cannabis beauty is no different. And paper and packaging makers like Neenah are offering hemp-based materials to meet the packaging demands of this new beauty niche. ​ 

6. Small brands and big suppliers are teaming up to develop top-tier cannabis beauty.

As much CBD and cannabis personal care there is on the market today, what will be legal and possible in the future promises to be significantly larger. Savvy new brands like Evio Beauty are reading their business and consumers for the reality ahead and innovating with hemp materials and ingredients in the meantime.

7. Charkit got in the CBD supply business earlier than most.

In March, Cosmetics Design reported on a distribution agreement between Charkit and Panacea Life Sciences.​ The agreement allows the supplier to sell hemp-derived CBD isolates and distillates to beauty manufactures.

8. Startup CBD brands are worth watching.

Early in the year, CEW hosted a panel discussion among cosmetics, personal care, and wellness brands doing business in the cannabis space. The discussion covered consumer behavior, regulatory concerns, market realities and more. Here is what you missed at the Future of Cannabis in Beauty event.

9. Late in the year, CBD, cannabis, and hemp continue to gain momentum in beauty.

At this fall’s SCC Supplier’s Day event in Long Beach, California, suppliers of every size and specialty were showcasing ingredients and product formats that can help personal care and cosmetics brands advance in this exciting new niche. Find out what solution providers like Beraca, Hallstar, Arista were featuring at Suppliers’ Day in this Cosmetics Design trends article about the show.



Deanna Utroske covers news of cannabis beauty and CBD beauty, from cultivation and biotech production to manufacturing and brand innovations.​ It's just part of her work as Editor, where she reports on a full spectrum of cosmetics and personal care industry news and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and ground-breaking brands.

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