Not only is Dogwood’s Calendula Rose CBD Cream composed of organic ingredients, elevating essences, rich oils, and purifying hydrosols, it is a naturally and subtly fragrant dream to smooth directly onto the face and body. As a mother whose skin became sensitive in my postpartum season I’m always curious to try products claiming to alleviate irritated skin.
When my dear friend Katie and co-founder of Dogwood Botanicals gave me a jar of this cream, I was curious to learn what made it so powerful and healing. Through our discussions and my own research into the ingredients I began to understand and get excited about what I was putting on my body each night.
To begin with, the Calendula Rose CBD cream is a plant-based product formulated in collaboration with clinical herbalist Lily Mazzarella of Farmacopia, who prioritizes working with ingredients containing potent therapeutic benefits and high-integrity sourcing.
Instead of using preservatives commonly allocated to extend shelf-life, this product’s stability is created via natural probiotics. It is additive-free, cruelty free, vegan and made from organic and biodynamic ingredients.
Knowing this cream is formulated ethically and naturally contributes to why it feels so good to use. But beyond the integrity of ingredients, the function of the ingredients when combined provides a powerful synergy with the body.
Firstly, inside each reusable glass jar of the Calendula Rose CBD Cream you’ll find a high concentration of hemp-derived CBD. Dogwood Botanicals uses only organic full-spectrum hemp extract (CBD) in each cream, sourced from their single-source partner family farm in Colorado. They infuse this high-quality hemp extract into skin-loving jojoba oil and coconut oil.
The hemp extract is sourced from the hemp plant and because it is full-spectrum, it contains a full variety of naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, and THC (and nope, this cream won’t get you high!)
The reason CBD works so well is simple: our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is made up of cannabinoid receptors in the brain, organs, and you guessed it, the skin. That means our body literally needs cannabinoids to function properly.
Aside from just that, CBD contains Vitamin E, a huge player in the skincare realm for its ability to reduce irritation, soothe dry skin and provide a natural, glowing radiance.
Now, let’s talk oils.
As the name states, this cream utilizes golden Calendula oil as a main ingredient sourced from the swoon-worthy marigold flower. This age-old oil is known for its many skin benefits and the colorful petals are actually rich in flavonoids, saponins, and triterpenoids recognized for their natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Our Calendula flowers are grown in Sonoma County, CA and are slowly infused into luxurious grapeseed oil. This process gently extracts all the beautiful benefits from these bright flowers.
As a result of this potent nutrient profile, the Calendula oil can help support your skin, especially through challenges and irritations of all sorts by reducing inflammation and redness to reveal comfortable, healthy skin.
The Calendula Rose CBD Cream also uses rich Grapeseed and Rosehip Seed oils for their proven benefits in supporting skin. Grapeseed improves skin moisture and softness, containing a powerful antioxidant ingredient called proanthocyanidin. This antioxidant may even out skin tone when used on your skin consistently.
Grapeseed oil It is also proven to contain antimicrobial properties, which inspires many suffering from acne outbreaks to use it as a topical treatment.
Complimenting these healing oils is Rosehip Seed oil, considered a “dry” oil that soaks into the skin easily and does not leave a greasy residue. It contains essential fatty acids and carries much respect among professional journals and organizations as a great emollient for dry or mature skin.
Rosehip Seed oil’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also help to decrease environmental damage and soothe the skin, a go-to for locking in hydration. Lastly, it calms inflammation by being rich in vitamin E and anthocyanin— two ingredients that can calm and soothe irritation— and thus can be beneficial for those dealing with rosacea, eczema, and other inflammatory skin issues.
I can’t say enough about the quality and function of these amazing oils! When combined, the Calendula, Grapeseed, and Rosehip Seed provide a potent and transformative treat to the skin. And it doesn’t stop there. Because this cream is further enriched with an impressive plant-based profile.
Many are familiar with the timeless plant St. John’s Wort as it’s commonly used internally to ease the blues. However, this magical herb is also beneficial when it comes to skincare, as it’s known for containing naturally occurring antioxidants which play a role in decreasing inflammation. Plus, it’s also been noted to regulate stress hormones like cortisol, which play a role in acne breakouts.
Supporting this healing synergy is the Dogwood flower essence? the sacred fruit of the Dogwood tree. These impossibly light, white or pink flowers blooming on the dense, strong wood become an embodiment of both stability and ethereality when condensed into an essence.
As a soulful contribution to this product, the Dogwood essence brings the ability to soothe and expand the mind, used by flower essence aficionados as a vehicle for channeling grace and ease.
The last ingredient I’d like to discuss is Rose Hydrosol. Natural and soothing scent aside, this ingredient is favored as a toner by those with sensitive or mature skin and is a symbol of love, nobility, and sacrality. Roses have traditionally been used in medicine, including in Iran and other parts of the Middle East as far back as the 7th century.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and Rose Hydrosol allows us to protect it by acting as a barrier against UV radiation, chemicals, and other physical pollutants. This skin protection is further enhanced by the numerous, powerful antioxidants present in Rose water, and recent research has found it can even help relax the central nervous system.
Rose water itself acts as an inhibitor against elastase and collagenase, which are both harmful to the skin. This, in turn, can help soothe the skin and reduce redness and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Rose Hydrosol also maintains anti-inflammatory properties which allows it to work with the other ingredients we’ve discussed to deliver a truly potent punch when battling skin issues and irritation.
From burns to bug bites, this cream will work natural wonders to keep your skin happy!
As a mother to a toddler, there aren’t many moments I get to myself, so I have to make those moments matter. Whether you are a mother or someone caring for themselves and their community? We all deserve to be honored and to create rituals for ourselves that are nourishing for our bodies and minds.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share why I believe Dogwood Botanicals’ Calendula Rose CBD Cream is a beautiful way to honor yourself through healing and pampering your skin. And I am grateful to the magical plant-beings themselves for bestowing their power and bringing comfort and love to us all.