Colorado Botanicals Assessment
500mg Alleviate Salve
Now that we’ve described the tincture, it’s time to move on to the salve! This was an interesting product to try because of the type of product it is. I’ve tried CBD lotions before, but never salves. I loved this product for the strong mentholated scent (it reminded me of Vicks VapoRub) and the simplicity of applying. There are two salves listed on Colorado Botanicals’ website; today we’ll be looking at the Alleviate Salve. The salve is contained in a darkly stained glass jar and weighs about 2 fl. oz. Each jar has 500mg of hemp-infused salve and has instructions to apply to the affected area as needed. Keep in mind, this product is not intended for consumption and should not be applied to open wounds, broken skin, or near the eyes.
My first reaction upon opening the jar was that it was extremely strong. The first ingredient is aqua isopropyl alcohol, so be prepared for some mild eye-watering. The other ingredients are those you’d find in mentholated salves (Aqua Isopropyl Alcohol, Menthol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Camphor Ethylhexylglycerin, Ilex Paraguariensis, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Essential Oil (Tea Tree Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Arnica, Phenoxyethanol, Broad Spectrum Extract). There was an intense similarity to Tiger Balm in both texture and scent, but now you get the added benefit of broad spectrum CBD!
The menthol was very strong and overpowering, but sometimes that’s what you want in a salve. The application process was unique because although it looks like something you can scoop out with your finger, the actual salve is very oily. When I touched it, it simply oozed away and my finger was coated in the salve’s oil. I was able to spread the oil liberally across the area (I used the back of my hand for the test pass). The oil was absorbed quickly into my skin and I felt a gentle tingling in the area I had coated. The tingling was pleasant and made me feel like it was working even though I had used a light smear instead of the actual jelly. The tingling slightly intensified as my skin absorbed it, so keep that in mind if you use this in the morning and forget that you put it on! I’d recommend this for use right before bed as a relaxer for sore muscles, but you can use it whenever you think you need it!