ShiKai is a California-based company that grew a reputation based on “all-natural” and “plant-based” skincare. I found their CBD lotion in Whole Foods, but their non-CBD creams have built a strong following in major retailers. Disappointingly, ShiKai was forced by the FTC to stop using the marketing phrase “all-natural” because some of their products contain synthetic materials. They also had a class-action lawsuit over the misleading advertising. On a good note, a KGW8 investigation found that their CBD lotions had proper amounts of CBD.
This CBD lotion comes in at under 5 cents per milligram of CBD. That’s what I’m talking about. The average CBD oil goes for 10 cents per milligram, but pure CBD is about 7.5 cents per milligram. This lotion is an excellent deal for a CBD product that is backed by major retailers.
This body lotion is “unscented and odorless.” That’s accurate enough. There’s zero hemp smell. There is a scent that I can’t describe. I wouldn’t say that it smells good or bad. It just smells like a clean lotion.
It’s kind of natural:
Most of the ingredients are natural. However, there are a few possible concerns. Dimethicone may be toxic in large quantities. Phenoxyethanol is classified as an irritant. Several studies have found that EthylhexylGlycerin is a low-risk skin allergen. These are common ingredients and can be derived from natural processes. However, they can also be synthetically made. I’m bringing them up because many people still view this brand as “all-natural.” Pay no attention to these common ingredients if you don’t read the labels on your soaps and lotions. However, look elsewhere if you’re looking for a truly natural CBD lotion.
Our lab found about 5 mg of CBD per gram. It’s just CBD, and that’s a common low-dose of CBD for lotions. This lotion has 170 grams. A gram of lotion is about a milliliter, which is sufficient for one body part application. So, you’ve got 170 applications in this bottle. This is just CBD and doesn’t have other pain relief ingredients, such as menthol CBD creams. I suggest trying multiple applications if you don’t see results from this low dose of CBD.
CBD dosing is highly individualized. There’s not enough topical-CBD research to suggest a dose. As usual, I don’t talk about my reaction to CBD because it can be misleading. CBD effects are based on your unique health conditions, tolerances, and endocannabinoid system. Look for products with similar cannabinoid levels when you find one that works.
It’s a white lotion that goes on clear. ShiKai claims this is a non-greasy lotion and I would say that’s accurate. The bottle looks like something that’s sold in Whole Foods because it is. ShiKai also looks like a brand sold in Walmart because it is. This CBD lotion looks like a semi-premium lotion that’s also mass-marketed.
I’m a little biased here. As soon as I see that a company was marketing itself as “natural” and went so far as to get a stern warning from the FTC, I’m out. I don’t mind the less-than natural ingredients but I do mind that I thought this was an “all-natural” brand. It makes me feel like an idiot because I’m the guy who looks for transparency. Well, you got me ShiKai. The lotion itself is decent. I like that it’s sold in major retailers, it’s cheap, it’s odorless, and it feels good. You might need multiple applications–like I did–but that’s fine. It’s ok. I won’t repurchase it, but it’s an ok CBD lotion.
Other CBD Products by ShiKai
ShiKai makes a variety of CBD creams and lotions.