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About The Company: Imbue Botanicals Review

Imbue Botanicals stands out by overseeing the manufacturing process from seed-to-bottle and its “Earth First” mentality, highlighted by sustainable packaging and proceed donations to animal rescue programs.

The brand offers a wide range of CBD options from oil, capsules, topical formulas, and even pet products. Imbue shines above its competitors because of its strong sense of corporate responsibility.

However, its products contain low CBD potencies at high price points. Imbue Botanicals’ brand identity caters to those who hold similar values and don’t mind spending a little extra cash for ethical products.

Mission/Charity 5/5

Although Imbue Botanicals’ mission of supporting people’s health and protecting the environment is shared by many other health and wellness brands, what makes it stand out is concrete initiatives.

The brand offers a 30-40% discount for veterans and 40% discount for disabled and low-income individuals. In addition, Imbue donates to animal rescues and use recyclable packaging.

Hemp Source 4/5

Imbue Botanicals uses hemp that’s grown in Colorado, the leading U.S. CBD industry state. This hemp is non-GMO, grown in the same fields as other crops used for human consumption, and undergoes third-party testing for contaminants and residual solvents to confirm its safety. However, the company lacks an organic certification.

Product Range 3/5

With a wide range of products in CBD oil, capsule, pet, and topical categories, Imbue Botanicals gives its customers plenty of choices. However, many of these products have low CBD potencies. We’d like to see higher strength options, particularly for Imbue’s tinctures and topical formulations.

Innovation 3/5

Imbue Botanicals demonstrates innovation by offering an extensive line of topical CBD products, including both beauty and relief-oriented preparations. By comparison, many brands don’t offer topicals, and if they do, only have one or two products.

We also enjoy the fact that Imbue has incorporated fully recyclable packaging for all products.

Safety 5/5

Imbue Botanicals offers extensive third-party safety testing for every batch of its products. These tests not only confirm that its products contain safe THC levels, but are also free of residual solvents, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants.

Customer Service 5/5

Imbue Botanicals has a 30-day full-refund return policy and covers return shipping for damaged, defective, or incorrect items. The website features a live chat program, a phone contact number, and an email to handle customer concerns.

Its high level of customer satisfaction is highlighted by holding an average 5/5-star rating on Trustpilot, an independent review company.

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Imbue Company Review

Article By
Gleb Oleinik , last updated on November 10, 2020

Imbue Botanicals is an American CBD company grounded in the belief that “centuries-old botanicals can have a profound impact in improving our lives, and those of our pets.”

The company claims its products are sourced from organic, non-GMO hemp grown in Colorado. Although Colorado is an excellent hemp source, Imbue lacks organic USDA certification.

Where Imbue Botanicals really shines is its “chain of custody” — overseeing every step of manufacturing from seed to bottle.

It also stands out for its “Earth First” mentality. In order to reduce waste, Imbue uses recyclable packaging. Moreover, Imbue Botanicals offers discounts for the disabled, veterans, and low-income individuals.

Although it’s not quite a top brand, Imbue Botanicals is a reputable CBD company. This is further demonstrated by an average 5/5 star rating from customers on Trustpilot, an independent review website.

The company’s goal is to improve the health of people and their pets through the time-proven benefits of hemp-based botanicals. To that end, Imbue creates products made in a way that is both close to nature and protects the Earth’s natural environment.

Where Does Imbue Botanicals Source Its Hemp?

Imbue Botanicals sources its hemp from Colorado, the state with the most developed hemp industry in the U.S.

This hemp is non-GMO and grown in fields used for crops intended for human consumption, as opposed to the textile industry. There are more rigorous agricultural practices for crops for human consumption. The company claims its hemp is organic but lacks USDA certification to prove this.

After the hemp is harvested, Imbue Botanicals uses ethanol to isolate CBD and other beneficial phytochemicals. Alongside CO2 extraction, this method is considered an industry-leading technique.

Products Offered by Imbue Botanicals

Number Product Total CBD Potency Cost per mg CBD Link

1

Imbue Botanicals Health CBD Tincture of Hemp

40 mg

1.3 mg/mL

$0.90

2

Imbue Botanicals Vitality CBD Tincture of Hemp

100 mg

3.3 mg/mL

$0.48

3

Imbue Botanicals Elevated CBD Tincture of Hemp

250 – 500 mg

8.3 mg/mL

$0.22 – $0.27

4

Imbue Black Label CBD Tincture of Hemp

500 mg

16.6 mg/mL

$0.20

5

Imbue Botanicals Health Capsules

150 – 750 mg

5–25 mg/Capsule

$0.15 – $0.30

6

Imbue Botanicals En-Trust Zero-THC Capsules

450 – 900 mg

15 – 30 mg/Capsule

$0.12 – $0.17

7

Imbue Botanicals Em-Body Premium CBD Salve

200 – 400 mg

3.3 mg/mL

$0.17 – $0.21

8

Imbue Botanicals Im-Bued Black Label Premium CBD Salve

340 – 680 mg

6.8 mg/mL

$0.16 – $0.23

9

Imbue Botanicals Em-Body CBD Lotion

40 – 250 mg

1.67 mg/mL

$0.17 – $0.19

10

Imbue Botanicals Lifted by Em-Body Premium CBD Facial Cream

40 – 250 mg

1.3 – 8.3 mg/mL

$0.27 – $0.90

11

Imbue Botanicals Em-Body Premium CBD Lip Balm

25 mg

1.67 mg/mL

$0.71

12

Imbue Botanicals Lifted by Em-Body Premium CBD Eye Cream

50 mg

3.33 mg/mL

$1.28

13

Imbue Botanicals En-Hanced by Em-Body Premium CBD Massage Oil

200 mg

1.67 mg/mL

$0.32

14

Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort For Dogs

40 mg

1.3 mg/mL

$0.90

15

Imbue Botanicals K9Capsules

150 – 300 mg

5 – 10 mg/Capsule

$0.23 – $0.30

16

Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort Salve

200 mg

3.3 mg/mL

$0.20

17

Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort Nose Balm

100 mg

3.3 mg/mL

$0.25

18

Imbue Botanicals KittyComfort For Cats

20 mg

0.67 mg/mL

$0.75

19

Imbue Botanicals KittyCapsules

150 mg

5 mg/Capsule

$0.30

20

Imbue Botanicals Equine-Comfort Premium CBD Tincture

2000 mg

16.7 mg/mL

$0.15

21

Imbue Botanicals Equine-Comfort Premium CBD Salve

40 – 250 mg

6.67 mg/mL

$0.11 – $0.12

22

Imbue Botanicals For Pets Cattle Comfort Premium CBD Salve

1600 mg

6.7 mg/mL

$0.11

1. CBD Oils & Tinctures

A) Imbue Botanicals Health CBD Tincture of Hemp

B) Imbue Botanicals Vitality CBD Tincture of Hemp

C) Imbue Botanicals Elevated CBD Tincture of Hemp

D) Imbue Botanicals Black Label CBD Tincture of Hemp

2. CBD Capsules

A) Imbue Botanicals Health Capsules

For people who prefer the convenience of capsules, Imbue Botanicals offers full-spectrum CBD capsules in three strengths: 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg. Each bottle contains a total of 30 capsules for a one-month supply.

The capsules are vegan and contain two ingredients: full-spectrum hemp extract and hemp seed oil. Much like Imbue’s CBD oil, these capsules are as close to nature as possible and don’t contain any unnecessary additives or other ingredients.

B) Imbue Botanicals En-Trust Zero-THC Capsules

3. CBD Topicals

A) Imbue Botanicals Em-Body Premium CBD Salve

Like many salves, this product is beeswax-based, which holds moisture and protects the skin. The formula includes full-spectrum hemp extract and ingredients that nourish the skin, including grapeseed oil infused with arnica and rosemary and peppermint essential oils.

Although Imbue doesn’t explain when you should use its salve versus the lotion, generally speaking, salves are better for issues on the surface of the skin, such as irritation or inflammation.

Meanwhile, the lotion may work better for issues beyond the surface because it contains water, allowing it to penetrate deeper. Having said that, both the lotion and salve suffer from a weak CBD potency.

B) Imbue Botanicals Im-Bued Black Label Premium CBD Salve

C) Imbue Botanicals Em-body CBD Lotion

The Embody CBD lotion can be applied anywhere topically. Since it contains water, it may penetrate better into the skin better than Imbue’s salve. However, it suffers from a weak CBD potency, which is likely insufficient for relieving muscle and joint pain.

This product contains a long list of ingredients commonly used in lotions, such as water, oil, and emulsifying agents. Aside from that, it contains the same ingredients as Imbue’s salve.

D) Imbue Botanicals Lifted by Em-Body Premium CBD Facial Cream

Unlike Imbue’s other topical products, the Lifted Facial Cream is meant to be used as a beauty product.

To that end, the cream contains full-spectrum hemp extract alongside multiple ingredients used to support healthy, vibrant-looking skin, including vitamin E, rosemary oil, mint oil, and infused arnica oil.

Much like the other topicals from Imbue, however, this cream has a low CBD potency.

E) Imbue Botanicals Em-Body Premium CBD Lip Balm

Continuing with the theme of specialized topical CBD products, Imbue Botanicals offers a CBD-infused lip balm.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help with dry, chapped lips. Unfortunately, the CBD potency is rather low for that purpose.

Aside from full-spectrum CBD, this product contains two standard balm ingredients: beeswax and grapeseed oil. It comes in two natural flavors:

  • Peppermint
  • Strawberry

F) Imbue Botanicals Lifted by Em-Body Premium CBD Eye Cream

The Lifted CBD Eye Cream is designed for cosmetic rather than therapeutic use. Imbue recommends using it under the eyes to revitalize the skin and reduce inflammation, although the CBD potency is rather weak for these uses.

Like the facial cream, this eye cream contains vitamin E and rosemary oil. However, it also contains three unique ingredients: lavender, German chamomile, and cypress oil.

G) Imbue Botanicals En-Hanced by Em-Body Premium CBD Massage Oil

Last but not least, Imbue Botanicals offers a CBD-infused massage oil. As the name implies, this product is designed for massaging into the skin. Since CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, it works quite well as a massage oil ingredient. Unfortunately, like with Imbue’s other topicals, this oil’s CBD potency is too weak to provide these benefits.

This product contains full-spectrum hemp extract, the terpene D-limonene, and several herbal oils, such as almond, jojoba, and apricot. It comes in a 120 mL (4 oz) bottle with 200 mg of CBD and has two varieties:

  • Lemon & rosemary
  • Orange & clove

4. CBD for Dogs

A) Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort Hemp Tincture

B) Imbue Botanicals K9Capsules

C) Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort Salve

D) Imbue Botanicals K9Comfort Nose Balm

5. CBD for Cats

A) Imbue Botanicals KittyComfort Hemp Tincture

B) Imbue Botanicals KittyCapsules

6. CBD for Horses & Livestock

A) Imbue Botanicals Equine-Comfort Premium CBD Tincture

B) Imbue Botanicals Equine-Comfort Premium CBD Salve

C) Imbue Botanicals For Pets Cattle Comfort Premium CBD Salve

What Does Imbue Botanicals Do Well?

1. Seed-To-Bottle Approach To Business

Imbue Botanicals oversees every step of the manufacturing process, starting from hemp seeds in what it calls “chain of custody.” This includes growing hemp is Colorado fields set aside for food crops, processing it in company-owned facilities, and then formulating it into Imbue’s products.

2. Extensive Third-Party Testing

Furthermore, while many CBD brands offer third-party testing, Imbue Botanicals takes this to the next level by testing not just the potency of their products, but also residual solvents, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants. Moreover, the company provides batch testing to ensure consistency.

3. Corporate Responsibility

Imbue Botanicals also demonstrates corporate responsibility. The company donates to animal shelters, provide discounts to the disabled, veterans, and low-income individuals, and use Earth-friendly, recyclable packaging. Also, the company provides educational resources on CBD on its website and social media channels. These initiatives prove that Imbue Botanicals is not just trying to cash in on the popularity of CBD.

Where Could Imbue Botanicals Improve?

1. Price

Without a doubt, the major weakness of Imbue Botanicals is its high prices. The company’s products easily cost 2-3 times more than leading CBD brands, and some of its topical preparations have especially high prices per mg of CBD.

Although some of this cost is explained by the use of premium ingredients such as hemp seed oil instead of MCT oil, this isn’t enough to justify Imbue’s expensive prices.

2. ™Low CBD Potency

Another major issue is that many of Imbue Botanicals’ products contain too little CBD. For example, the company’s most potent CBD tincture contains only 16.67 mg CBD per mL, which isn’t enough for many people.

Meanwhile, all of Imbue’s topical products have such low CBD potencies that we doubt they offer much benefit, especially for pain and muscle discomfort, the main reason people turn to topical CBD preparations.

Safety and Third-Party Testing

Imbue Botanicals provides extensive third-party lab testing of its products. While most brands only test for potency — the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids present in a product — Imbue also orders tests for residual solvents, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants.

Also, the company tests every batch of its products to maintain consistency. All of the test results are readily available on Imbue Botanicals’ website.

Imbue Botanicals’ Shipping and Return Policy

Imbue Botanicals ships to all 50 American States with USPS. The company offers a 30-day full-refund return policy and covers return shipping for damaged, defective, or incorrect items. You can also return a product for a full refund if you’re not fully satisfied.

Final Verdict: An Ethical, Albeit Expensive Brand

Overall, we recommend Imbue Botanicals because it’s a reputable CBD brand that demonstrates integrity and transparency. Its products are made with care and undergo extensive third-party testing.

Moreover, Imbue Botanicals has a strong commitment to supporting the health of people, their pets, and the natural environment through their charitable work, discounts, Earth-friendly packaging, and CBD education resources.

Having said that, Imbue Botanicals suffers from two significant issues: high prices and products with low CBD potencies. As such, we don’t consider it a top-tier brand such as the likes of Lazarus Naturals.

About The Company: Imbue Botanicals

4.17 / 5