We know hemp seed oil is beneficial for hair, skin and our overall nutrition, but did you know it’s an excellent natural oral care ingredient? Our dental health isn’t just about our smile either–studies show how gum inflammation and tooth decay are linked to conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, making the efficacy of our oral products a necessity.1
Today’s oral care market is driven by a growing demand for clean and natural ingredients, making hemp seed oil an ideal ingredient to complement the category’s product labels. An ingredient with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, our next generation hemp seed oil, V-ONE® Hemp Heart Oil, offers a versatile and clean solution for oral care formulas, from toothpaste to floss to breath fresheners for multinational to indie brands alike.
A Soothing Oral Care Ingredient
Our mouths are a complex microbiome that, if maintained properly with antibacterial and active ingredients, can improve our overall health. Chronic gum inflammation in gum tissue can eventually develop into gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay. A 2021 study found hemp seed oil’s antioxidant properties are due to its carotenoid content, including β-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and tocopherols like γ-tocopherol, which could help reduce inflammation and promote collagen production in the gums.2
In the same study, hemp seed oil’s flavonoid content also produced an anti-inflammatory effect. All of these compounds working in conjunction with hemp seed oil’s rich fatty essential acids like omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins A, C and E and minerals provide moisturizing, non-comedogenic and protective benefits, particularly for toothpaste, floss, and breath fresheners.
Flexible Flavor Formulation
Flavoring in oral care products has come a long way from the traditional mint, which is still popular due to its natural cooling properties. However, companies are adding unique herbal and floral flavors like anise and jasmine, deviating away from the norm and ultimately expanding olfactory effects. Traditional hemp seed oil exhibits a grassy note that can interfere with the overall taste and cooling sensations, which may require additional flavor masking ingredients. V-ONE® exhibits a neutral odor and flavor, allowing for more flexibility for flavor formulation and color, while keeping the oil’s active properties.
With its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and protective properties, V-ONE® has the potential to complement some of the most common antibacterial oral care ingredients like:
- fluoride (cavity fighter),
- glycerol (for a smooth paste),
- calcium carbonate and activated charcoal (abrasives),
- sodium lauryl sulfate (adds foam),
- flavoring agents like sorbitol
- essential oils like mint, cinnamon, anise and tea tree.
Hemp Seed Oil and the Clean & Sustainable Ingredient Trend
By 2030, the global oral care market is expected to surpass $99.78 billion driven by consumer awareness of dental hygiene and cosmetic dental treatments.3 Meanwhile the rising demand for natural and sustainable products opens new avenues for hemp seed oil in this segment as consumers look for eco-friendly and natural oral care ingredients.4
Hemp seed oil is a vegan, natural, organic, and cruelty-free ingredient for a wide range of brands. Multinational brands offer individual products like Crest’s 3D White Whitening Therapy Gentle Clean with activated charcoal and hemp seed oil, Colgate’s Natural Hemp Seed Oil Toothpaste, and Burt’s Bees’ Charcoal + Hemp Seed Oil Fluoride-Free Toothpaste; while niche brands like hello have developed an entire hemp seed oil line of toothpaste, floss and mouthwash formulated with coconut and tea tree oils. Another opportunity for hemp seed oil is in the breath freshener category: strips, mints, and sprays, alongside other active ingredients like peppermint oil or other herbal extracts; as well as the eco-friendly mouthwash tablets that dissolve in water.
We’ve seen hemp seed oil transcend from indie brands all the way to multinational brands, showing its versatility with other ingredients and oral care applications while addressing consumer demands for clean ingredients. As a multifaceted oil, V-ONE® Hemp Heart Oil’s neutral olfactory qualities and active benefits can help formulators develop unique products that highlight natural oral care ingredients.
Are you interested in using, or sampling, V-ONE®? Request a meeting with our team to discuss how V-ONE® Hemp Heart Oil can fit your project. Contact us here.