Smell (Irrelevant to effects):
The overall profile of the Joy Organics CBD night cream is clean, refreshing, and decidedly skin care-y without being aggressive or overwhelming. A closer examination will reveal notes of Joy Organics’ characteristic citrus alongside chamomile, lavender, and verbena, making for a soothing aroma that’s perfect for application at bedtime -- or just for relaxing.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects):
As an external, topical product that’s meant for skin, this cream shouldn’t be tasted.
Compared to the day cream, the night cream is a bit more lotion-y than creamy. It looks almost like a vanilla pudding in the jar, with a rich texture and an opaque, subtly yellow-tinged off-white color. It feels pleasant on the skin when applied, surprisingly light and non-greasy to the touch.
When applied to the face, this product absorbs quickly and easily. Unlike the day cream, it does leave a bit of a feeling behind for a few minutes after application -- not an oily residue or greasiness, but perhaps dampness, similar to letting your skin air-dry after washing your face. It’s a decidedly hydrating feeling and it isn’t long-lasting (just a minute or two), as the product melts into the skin and fully absorbs quickly.
To see how this product would behave for different skin types, we tested it on a diverse sample of people. We were impressed with the consistency of the results: the night cream works exceedingly well for dry skin by keeping flakiness and dry patches at bay, but it’s also a good option for oily or combination skin, hydrating deeply without imparting a greasy feel.
Since it hydrates intensely without heavy oils or silicones that could clog pores, it could make a helpful, non-comedogenic option for acne-prone skin -- and, as a bonus, the hefty dose of anti-inflammatory CBD helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes (it did a great job reducing redness and tenderness for cystic acne in particular), especially when used over time.
We also like this product for aging skin, which tends to dry out as we age and sebaceous (oil-producing) glands become less active, creating ideal conditions for wrinkles to form. No skin care product will stop time, including this one, but it will provide deep hydration to reduce the look of wrinkles over time and help slow or prevent new furrows from forming.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity):
Honestly, if we had to recommend one single product from the Joy Organics skin care line, it would be this one. It’s deeply hydrating, soothing, and leaves skin feeling plumped and revitalized without leaving behind an oily residue on your pillow at night.
We experienced consistent, lasting hydration across all skin types from this product, from one tester who described her skin as “reptilian” in the winter to another who describes her T-zone as “an actual oil slick,” and every texture in between. In fact, we didn’t really have anything negative to say about the product after our testing period -- it did everything we expect from a high-end night cream and then some, and it performed well on a diverse array of skin types.
Obviously, the cream is intended to be used at night for an intensive dose of hydration combined with the anti-inflammatory and de-puffing power of CBD. That said, if your skin is exceptionally dry (like mega, hella, exceedingly dry), you could even get away with using this during the day -- it’s non-greasy feel and lasting moisture behave well alone or under makeup. If your skin is on the dry side especially, give this product a try.
Best used for:
While we most strongly recommend this night cream for skin that’s on the drier side of the spectrum, it’s effective for oily or combination skin types as well. The hydration the product provides is moisture-based, not oil-based, so it won’t clog pores or make you break out with use.
The product is also great for sensitive skin, especially skin that’s prone to inflammatory conditions like rosacea or eczema. The CBD helps soothe redness and inflammation effectively, reducing itching and pain that can be associated with these conditions. Since the product is formulated without common irritants, it shouldn’t cause an allergic or inflammatory reaction in most users (though, as with anything, check the ingredients list for yourself if certain ingredients are no-gos for you).
Best used with (Complimentary Product):
As a localized product, the night cream is intended to focus its effects on the skin of the face and neck. It’s quite effective on its own (we were very pleasantly surprised), but it really gets a boost from being used with the other products in the skincare bundle -- the day cream, face and eye serums, and CBD-infused face mask. This product is a heavy hitter by itself (and our favorite of the bunch) but, like anything else, it benefits from use as part of a complete CBD skin care regimen as opposed to a standalone product.
If you’re looking for maximum effectiveness from this and other CBD-infused skin care products, consider using them with a daily systemic dose of CBD like the CBD oil or softgel capsules from Joy Organics. The topical products will work wonders on your skin, while your systemic product works from within to reduce inflammation and redness all over.
The product contains 100 mg of CBD per 30 mL jar. The price tag is a bit steep: $79.95 when purchased alone. That said, that price point is comparable to other high-end skin care products, and we experienced much better results with it than with similar (but non-CBD) products in that price bracket (like Tatcha, La Mer, and La Prairie).
All this to say: the product isn’t exactly a bargain, but it is a worthwhile purchase if it’s in your budget. If you can’t bring yourself to drop $80 for a night cream alone, you might consider purchasing the product as part of the skincare bundle from Joy Organics (bundle shown in image below). The initial price point will be higher than an individual product, but much lower than purchasing each product individually. It’s a great way to try the full line together and get the most from your CBD skin care experience.
CBD is quickly becoming something of a darling in skin care, and for good reason -- its anti-inflammatory properties work powerfully against the puffiness and redness so many of us struggle with, and the compound helps bring skin back to baseline by normalizing excessively dry or oily skin. Ulta recently introduced its first CBD skincare brand, and more are sure to follow.
That said, we’ve noticed a pattern with these brands: they operate like beauty companies rather than CBD providers, which allows them a lot more leeway with the claims they can make. For cosmetic products, the rules are a bit different, and companies don’t necessarily have to tell you how much of an active ingredient is in a product.
For all intents and purposes, this means that a company can claim CBD content even if it doesn’t contain enough of the compound to be therapeutic. If you’re into cosmetic and beauty products in any capacity, you’ve likely been frustrated by products that don’t live up to the claims on the packaging -- this is part of the reason why.
To us, the advantage provided by Joy Organics is clear. Since the product is batch-tested (and those results are publicly available), you know exactly how much CBD is in the product. Additionally, you know that the CBD is responsibly derived from organic, non-GMO hemp and contains no THC whatsoever. There are very few CBD skin care products on the market that can check all those boxes; Joy Organics meets our CBD Buyer’s Guide criteria for quality, purity, and potency.
SUGGESTED USE: Dampen face. Dot night cream over your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose. Working from the center of your face outward, gently pat or massage the cream into your skin. Move from chin to jawline, forehead to temples, and nose to ears. Apply once a day in the evening, before you go to bed.
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Ingredients: Water/Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Phytocannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil (100 mg of CBD), Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol Xylitol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, and Citrus Chamomile Essential Oil.
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