“The same thing has different faces, when looked at in different ways”, Baltasar Gracián y Morales told us. This is what I learned from hemp, sometimes known as cannabis sativa, or sometimes as marijuana. I also learned it from my grandparents, who grew it for its fibres, used to make paper in Quimperlé.
I founded HO KARAN with the aim of creating the first cannabis sativa care brand, based on the science behind the natural merits of this plant. Many studies (external link) have proven that oil from organic hemp (referred to as cannabis sativa in the cosmetics nomenclature) contains one of the most impressive ratios of omega-3s and omega-6s available. It has a higher concentration than olive, avocado or coconut oil. Its exceptional hydrating, fortifying and detoxifying properties make it an essential ally against dry skin and everyday causes of damage, such as pollution or razor burn. Naturally bursting with antioxidants, it also helps to slow down the skin’s natural ageing process. With our laboratory specialising in natural cosmetics, we have found the precise and perfect balance between organic hemp seed oil and a cocktail of around ten natural active ingredients, to create targeted and effective care products for your skin problems.
The south of Brittany, where the waters of the Atlantic lash the rocky granite coasts, boasts one of the most diverse micro-climates in the world. This patchwork of cold and heat, humidity and dryness, supports countless plant, animal and human ecosystems, all coexisting in harmony. This region of France has some of the best preserved hemp fields in the world, where cannabis sativa is grown legally. They produce pure, organic hemp seed oil, which of all the oils is one of the richest in omega-3s and omega-6s. We took our inspiration from the symbiotic relationship in this region between humans and the plant, to bring you the best skin and wellness technology nature has to offer, through effective, targeted and safe formulas.
Of course, our products have no psychotropic effect. We are not fighting to legalise a drug. We simply want fairer regulation and better availability for a plant with proven therapeutic effects. Every day, we strive to improve our products and bring you an ever-more effective and natural solution, for example via the potential of enriching our care products with cannabidiol (CBD). This cannabinoid, which is legal in many countries but still rejected in France despite having no psychoactive effects, provides an effective response to the toughest skin problems, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Our mission is also to take care of the world around us, from our production process right through to our contribution back to society. This is why we chose to favour local production. We design and produce our products in France, from the plant to the laboratory, in an entirely natural and vegan-friendly process. What’s more, we give back via the 1% for the Planet foundation, because we believe that the urgent environmental situation calls for immediate and collective action.