Review: Maine-Made, Vegan Goodness by J&K’s Hempworks

Who knew hemp oil was such a wonder ingredient in skincare? Aside from being a do-it-all (have you ever had hempmilk?! There is no creamier non-dairy milk around, making it great for smoothies and coffee), renewable crop, the oil extracted from hemp seeds is a powerhouse for the skin.

For one, the fats, or lipids, in hemp oil are similar to those found in the skin, making it an ideal moisturizer for skin lacking in moisture. The oil is also rich in vitamins A and E, which makes it good at promoting scar-healing, preventing stretch marks on soon-to-be mama’s, and even helping those suffering from psoriasis due to the oil’s omegas content. Let’s just say this: hemp oil is amazing.

That’s where J&K’s Hempworks comes in! We just certified their entire line, and they were kind enough to send a care package of their hemp-based skincare products.

According to their website:

J&K’s Hempworks is a small, hemp-based business focusing on personal care products, lip balms and soaps . . . [and] an environmentally and socially conscious company seeking to educate consumers who may be somewhat apprehensive about hemp based products due to confusion about the differences between marijuana and hemp.

Handmade in Maine, J&K’s Hempworks provides a number of different vegan skincare options, ranging from lip balms and soaps to shaving helpers and lotion bars.

The lip balms, which come in a variety of flavors (we tried Colleen’s Classic and Sunburst, an orange flavor), are one of the best vegan lip balms available in terms of texture. So many vegan balms are either too waxy, where they just drag across your lips, or are too oily, where you probably could have saved your money and rubbed coconut oil on your mouth. These balms are the perfect balance between the two, making them a moisturizing, deliciously-scented, holy grail companion. Also, they’re beeswax free, which is why we mentioned them in one of our earlier Facebook posts (and why they’re Certified Vegan, of course)!

Another great option, especially with the warmer weather coming, are the lotion bars. The bars are solid and buttery, making them a great traveling companion. Body heat melts the oils and butters directly into your skin, where you then gently rub it in. No oily feeling like some lotions, as it absorbs almost instantly! Bonus plus: the lavender scent, I’m Laven It!, would be amazing for the outdoors, as the lavender essential oil will help keep pesky bugs at bay.

All the products we tried are great, let’s be honest. The best multi-purpose one, however, is the liquid soap (which we got in Cranberry)! Similar to Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps, the J&K’s liquid soaps can be used as hand soap, body wash, and even shampoo. The soap is high in moisturizing oils, which makes it a little less suds-y then traditional soaps, but in turn leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and smelling like fall. Plus, we love the art deco design on the bottle!

Thanks so much to J&K’s Hempworks for allowing us to try these amazing, Certified Vegan products! They made hemp-lovers of us, and we hope they do the same to you! Interested in supporting a new, small vegan company and trying out some of the line yourself? Use code VEGAN at checkout to save 15% of your order! We definitely recommend the products we tried, but there are many more to choose from, especially since they’re going to continue expanding their line!

Cuckoo for Cocokind!

It appears that the time-intensive 10-step skin routine popular in South Korea has made its way to the United States, promising youthful, healthy and dewy skin. Unfortunately, many of these Korean products either contain animal ingredients (such as collagen and snail mucin) or test on animals, and companies that do make vegan skincare products are hard to find in the states.
That’s where cocokind, a company we certified around the holidays, comes in!
Cocokind offers an extensive range of organic vegan products that can be used in a 10-step routine, with the whole line containing only natural (and pronounceable) ingredients. Serums, oil cleansers, toners and more are available to leave your skin soft and glowing, making them perfect for those with dry or dull skin. We can vouch for their Rosewater Toner, Facial Repair Serum, and Matcha Moisturizers, which are all aaaa-mazing, and while we haven’t tried their two newest products (yet!), an Organic Ultra Chlorophyll Mask and an Organic Sea Moss exfoliator, they sure do look awesome.
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Thanks, cocokind, for the amazing products and for letting us vegans experience the 10-step routine as well! Want an example of how to incorporate these products into your routine? See our example below!

Cocokind-based 10 Step Routine:

  1. Prepare for your double-cleanse by removing eye-makeup (if you wear it!) with the Organic Eye-Firming Oil. Gently sweep away makeup with a cotton round. This eye oil can also be used as your nightly eye treatment later on!
  2. Time to cleanse! Rub 1-2 pumps of the Organic Facial Cleansing Oil into hands and massage into skin using upwards motions. You’ll feel all the grime coming out of your pores. Wet a towel with hot water and place onto face, allowing the steam to open up your pores, pulling out the oil. Once you feel steamed, use the other side of the towel to wipe any residual oil off. Short on time? Skip the rag and rinse with warm water, then pat face dry.
  3. While cocokind doesn’t have a typical cleanser, we follow up here with a gentle soap, like Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soaps (the tea tree variation would be good for acne!) or a complexion bar by Chagrin Valley Soap. If you have a konjac sponge, use it along with whatever cleanser you’re using! We recently certified Riverlight Naturals’ charcoal sponges, but most konjac sponges are inherently vegan.
  4. Is today your exfoliation day? Using the Organic Sea Moss Exfoliator, get a tiny dab of the powder and wet it with a teaspoon of water (or rosewater). Apply the gel to your face and lather for one minute before rinsing! Pat face dry.
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  5. Not your exfoliation day? What about masks? While sheet masks look more fun, the Organic Ultra Chlorophyll Mask leaves behind less waste – and makes you look a little less like a peely human, too. Mix a spoonful of the mask with equal parts water in your hands, then apply the green goo to your face! After looking like a swamp monster for 20-30 minutes, wash off the mask.
  6. Now it’s time to tone! You can either spritz the Organic Rosewater Facial Toner directly onto your skin, or dampen a cotton ball/pad with the rosewater and swipe! The pH-balanced toner feels amazing and is great for stressed or sunburned skin, so it’s great for hot summer nights.
  7. We’d stick an essence here if we had any recommendations! Have a favorite vegan essence? Let us know!
  8. Are you feeling extra dry? The Organic Facial Repair Serum will be your HG. Try out half a pump unless you need a little TLC, then gently pat into skin until absorbed.
  9. Almost there, promise! Once the serum has absorbed, it’s time to follow-up with the amazing Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer. Scoop a little out and gently massage into skin. Take a second to get a whiff of the beautiful green tea scent…you won’t regret it.
  10. FINALLY! Now going back to the Eye-Firming Oil, pat a little more of the oil around your eyes, moving very gently. The skin around your eyes is super fragile!

10-steps not enough for you? Too much? Adjust to your preference! Whatever you use, your skin will surely be soft and dewy after using the coconut oil-based goodness of cocokind.