Miss Envy product review
By Morgan Hannah, Life & Style Editor
Have you ever been ridiculously excited over something small and simple? I certainly have. The thing is, I think I may have found my favourite new lip balm and it surprised me when I read the ingredients list to find out that this bad boy is chock-full of occlusive agents like coconut oil and castor oil—perfect for nourishing those distressed lips—as well as mango butter, which just sounds delicious, doesn’t it? And last but not least, THC. That’s right, this magical little lip lubricant contains tetrahydrocannabinol. I’m talking about the Raspberry Vanilla lip balm from Miss Envy Botanicals, a Vancouver-based company that produces medical cannabis products for Canadians.
Now, I’m not the sort of person who would use medical cannabis-infused products, and I can’t say I really have a good reason for my hesitance considering I’d likely be a good candidate for the curative herb with my asthma, eczema, and deep passion for all things skincare. But after contacting the Miss Envy team, I was set up with a sweet swag box containing a wide variety of Miss Envy’s organic smoke-free alternative medical cannabis products that had me thinking, why not!
“We wanted to create a stigma-free alternative to what was available in the current landscape, a high quality, organic alternative to all the ‘chronic xyz’ and ‘killer death abc’s that plague the local dispensaries,” said Michael Dubuc, a representative from the Miss Envy team, in an email to the Other Press. I knew what Dubuc was getting at right away—there really is a stigma against cannabis, and it doesn’t help when it is referred to as “weed” or “pot” when cannabis is just a plant with some positive benefits to public health, to the economy, and to the many individuals who chooses to develop a healthy, balanced relationship with it. I get it, medical cannabis can be daunting for those who don’t smoke or are cautious of the plant—but when we’re talking bath bombs, massage bars, and oils that help to improve the condition of your skin, relieve headaches and body aches, help with depression, and help regulate insulin (and so much more!), what’s there to be cautious about? In moderation—like anything else—cannabis can be helpful, and it is a natural alternative to prescription health and wellness.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis with significant medical advantages, and unlike THC it is non-psychoactive, making it an attractive choice for individuals seeking relief from their health problems. As a bonus, CBD and THC-infused lotions, balms, salves, and oils don’t get you high or make you test positive on a drug test, counter to common misconceptions—in fact, these non-psychoactive products are absorbed directly through the skin to relieve localized pain and inflammation.
A quality cannabis topical is a healthy alternative to steroid ointments. I’d recommend Miss Envy’s Signature Blend Buddha Buddah, which contains essential oils, organic shea butter, and coconut oil. This “buddah” helps to improve and distribute moisture in the skin and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the solvent-free THC. Not to mention it has an amazing peppermint smell. Final thoughts? My hands have reached a new level of soft after giving this product a try.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a set of four tinctures in a variety of doses, and even more pleasantly surprised by the very thoughtful packaging of seafoam green, turquoise, and navy-blue glass bottles all wrapped up in paper cartons. I didn’t really notice much from one or two drops at a time, but higher doses offered a natural alternative for headache cures as well as providing positive effects for my metabolism. And the best part? There’s no taste, so I could add a couple drops to my coffee or in cooking!
Speaking of food, fitting in with my wheat and dairy-free lifestyle, I gave the turmeric and pumpkin Bully Bites dog treats a try. Although crunchy and a little bland for my palate (yes, I did actually give these a taste), they would be excellent for dogs, and apparently for birds too. The crow that swooped in and snatched up one of my treats will now be the coolest crow on the block.
Last but not least, I used a THC bath bomb a few days ago, and shortly after dropping it into the bathwater the room became a lemon-lime sauna. A light film of oil on the water’s surface didn’t leave my tub slippery but rather locked the moisturizer into my skin, causing less need for lotion afterwards. Once fully dissolved the bathwater lost its smell, but the refreshing, organic ingredients remained, including natural clay. Overall, I found this to be a very nice product that left me feeling purely pampered.
Through the delightful assortment of products and education, Miss Envy Botanicals continues to aim to be the leading source of quality cannabis wellness choices for a natural lifestyle, and from what I’ve tried, thanks to the Miss Envy team’s generosity, care, and quality, they leave little room for competition. Now I’ll never go back to another lip balm brand again.