Penguin CBD Review 2020

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The bottom line

I always try to research companies to see what others are saying, and since Penguin is so new, I wasn’t really expecting much information to be available. I was surprised and ran across two articles from very reputable cannabis/hemp news sites that talked about the superiority of their products when compared to other CBD formulations. I was excited to try Penguin. My overall rating of the Penguin products was very good. and I had a great customer experience/buying experience from start to finish. Penguin has limited products, but their four offerings are the mainstays of CBD products, so that is good. While it was nice to see lab reports from the very reputable ProVerde Labs, I was expecting to be able to directly link from a QR code on the label to the directly corresponding lab report. It seems like Penguin has small batches, so it is easy once you get to the site to find the lab report for your product. It would have been nice to encounter something more directly linking the two. The product line is small but nice, and Penguin offers some great flavors, particularly the gummies.Definitely next time! The pricing is a bit high but still very reasonable, ranging from $45 to $105 for full spectrum products, or $0.15 to $0.31 per mg/CBD. The pricing is in the C category, pricey grade above $0.15 mg /CBD. I ordered softgel capsules, gummies, oils and cream.

I really liked the simplicity of the website and the information provided with each product. My products were shipped quickly and the packaging was nice. I like the subscribe and save discount functions for repeat customers.

Pros: Cons:
  • Thorough lab testing by third party labs
  • Transparent labeling of ingredients
  • 10% first time purchase discount
  • 15% subscribe and save feature
  • Full product refunds within 30 days of purchase for any reason
  • Lab testing is done, but not featured prominently on labels or on the website
  • Unclear direct traceability from product to lab test
  • FAQ page could use more information
  • No educational material on the website

Specs

Consumption Method
Tinctures & Drops, Creams & Topicals, Gummies & Edibles, Capsules
Hemp Source
Oregon
CBD Strength
250 mg - 1000 mg, Oils & Tinctures: 8.3-33.3 mg/ml; Gummies & Edibles: 10 mg per gummy; Creams & Topicals: 2.1-8.4 mg/ml; Capsules: 10 mg per capsule
Offers Tastes
Yes
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.1 - $0.22
Military Veteran Discount
Yes
Extract Types
Broad Spectrum, Isolate
Money Back Guarantee
Yes
Price Range
$45 - $105
Samples
No
CBD Extract Method
CO2
Worldwide Shipping
Yes
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Table of Contents

About The Company

Penguin CBD was founded in 2019 to provide accessible, high quality CBD products at an affordable price. The company website talks about the transparent process, particularly checking third party lab results right on the website. The Penguin team is described as being composed of specialists from many industries and areas of expertise, including their hemp farmers and lab technicians.
Hemp for the products is grown in Oregon on a USDA certified hemp farm. This means that Penguin hemp is certified as organic because it is grown according to USDA hemp farming regulations. This includes adopting USDA recommended organic farming practices and certifying the hemp as organic. Penguin undergoes an annual USDA review and inspection. Penguin’s website states they use absolutely no pesticides during cultivation, meaning an all-natural crop untainted by harmful chemicals. Penguin states that they are dedicated to remaining eco-conscious by using sustainable farming practices. The company wants its customers to feel comfortable, safe and satisfied throughout the whole experience, from purchase to the last drop of CBD.

Sustainable agriculture seems to be very important to Penguin. The company discusses sustainable sourcing with a focus on organic plants and farming practices.

I ordered several products: CBD gummies, CBD capsules, CBD cream and three kinds of CBD oil. The labels and packaging are simply designed and are very straightforward. For example, the CBD cream label is very easy to read. CBD Cream, Peppermint Lavender, Broad Spectrum, 4 ounce jar, 250mg CBD. The company’s address in New York City is listed as are the ingredients and FDA disclaimer.

Capsules: I purchased the 10mg CBD broad spectrum capsules. There are 30 capsules in a bottle and directions for use are 1 to 2 capsules daily. The label instructs users to wait an hour and incrementally dose to reach a desired effect. It makes no claims regarding treatment of any specific conditions and is advertised as a supplement. Ingredients are clearly labeled as 10mg CBD, coconut MCT oil, gelatin, glycerin and purified water.

The CBD gummies are the only product that advertises zero THC content on the label. There are 30 gummies in the jar with 10mg of CBD per gummy. A one gummy serving size is recommended and each gummy supplies 14 calories.

The first of three oils ordered was a natural broad spectrum CBD oil with 1000 mg in a 30 ml bottle that arrived packaged in a blue box. The container holds30 servings per bottle with 33.3mg of CBD per serving. Other ingredients include MCT oil, natural flavor and terpenes. Interestingly, there is a disclaimer concerning the daily value (DV) of CBD has not been established. This is not something you see on every product from every CBD company. The subsequent product, which arrived in a green box, was a bottle of oil which also contained 1000 mg CBD along with mint flavoring.This product was also formulated using broad spectrum CBD. The third product was packaged in a yellow box. It consisted of the same sort of oil with 1000 mg of broad spectrum oil CBD dissolved in a citrus-flavored base.

Regarding pricing, the gummies were priced at $45 for 30 gummies, as are the capsules ($45 for 30 capsules). The 4-ounce jar of cream was $55 and each bottle of 1,000 mg oil was priced at $105. I ordered the three flavors mentioned, but they also have strawberry and cookies and cream flavors. These oils also come in 250 mg and 600 mg strength.

The website is very straightforward to use. Consumers can shop for products easily. Clicking on each product provides a wealth of information about that product: what type of CBD is used, the manufacturing process, the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum, a description of the oil, a shelf life of about 12 months, storage suggestions, quantity of CBD per serving, ingredients, suggestions for use, third party lab information, and return policy. I liked the way the product information is organized; you have it all right there with the product.

The company website made ordering easy and they offer not only free shipping within the US but also a 30 day money back guarantee on all products as well. They offer a nice subscribe and save 15 percent discount and a 10 percent discount for first time buyers.

Manufacturing Process

Most of the Penguin website is straight to the point without a lot of detail given. It is just the facts, and their manufacturing process is also described in this manner. Penguin uses the CO2 extraction method, widely used in the industry, to extract CBD from hemp. The company website discusses this process under the FAQ section, stating that Penguin utilizes the most advanced isolation processes in the CBD industry to extract materials used in formulating its products.
The extraction process takes place at the Penguin labs using state of the art technology that preserves the natural compounds made by the hemp plant. Penguin preserves the beneficial terpenes. In fact, most of their product line is formulated using broad-spectrum CBD extract. They do use CBD isolate in certain products, and the company claims to filter out all traces of THC. However, not all labels specifically state that a particular product is THC free. Of all the products I ordered, only the CBD gummies were imprinted with the 0% THCclaim . From the lab, all Penguin products are bottled, packaged and delivered fresh to customers. All products have the traditional FDA disclaimer on the label, stating that the products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Penguin describes their distilling process as a “low fuss, preservative free process” designed to maintain the natural purity phytochemicals from the plants used in creating all of their final products.

Lab Testing

None of the Penguin labels talk about lab testing and there are no QR codes on any of the bottles, QR codes have been used by many CBD companies to assist consumers seeking information. I visited their website to try to find lab test information. I first went to the website top menu, but lab tests were not listed. Next, I visited the FAQ section and was surprised to see that lab testing was not listed there either. So I scrolled down, and found it at the bottom of the website, as pictured below.

Clicking on that link took me to the page where they state all of their testing is done by Pro Verde labs, a very reputable, independent third party lab used widely in the industry. ProVerde Laboratories is based in Massachusetts and Maine and is well known for testing CBD content, CBD purity as well as testing for contaminants like molds, pesticides and even heavy metals that can be found in inferior CBD products.

ProVerde also tests for things like homogeneity, stability, and shelf life .

The reports are listed by product type right on the website. The oil report is listed first, followed by creams, gummies and capsules.

For example, here is the lab report for the gummy product. The date of the test is very clear and the QR code on the lab test does link to the ProVerde website so I was able to tell it was a legitimate lab test. The report tests for all of the right things. It shows no THC and a concentration of 9.73 mg/gummy for CBD for a product that is labeled as containing 10mg of CBD per gummy. The rest of the lab report is very standard and comprehensive for a ProVerde lab report. The picture of the gummy jar does match the product that I ordered. The picture of the product is a bit strange. I am assuming it is a gummy worm that was modified for testing. I have no way of tracing my product directly from the label to the lab test which was a concern. On my gummy jar, or any of the products for that matter, there is no QR code or batch number to trace each batch and match it to a particular lab test. On the capsules I ordered, there is a number on the bottom of the bottle but it does not match anything on the lab tests for capsules. Customers have to go to the website, scroll to the bottom, find lab reports, and click on that. There was one lab report per product, therefore, that one lab report had to cover all gummy products. This situation could arise because Penguin is new so only one batch may have been processed and tested.. I didn’t want to make that assumption so, to be sure, I called customer service. The person I spoke with was pleasant but couldn’t answer my question and just referred me back to the lab reports on the website. She did say that the QR code on the lab report leads to the same test posted on the ProVerde site which was true. This tells me that the lab report is valid and backed by ProVerde. However, as a consumer, I wanted to see a batch number on the label that would directly correspond to a batch number on the lab report, but that didn’t happen.

Range of Products

Penguin offers four main types of products: gummies, capsules, creams and oils. Here is a product overview.

Capsules

The capsules contain 10mg of CBD per capsule, They are sold in a container of 30 capsules that were manufactured with broad spectrum naturally flavored CBD. These capsules are easy to swallow, as advertised. The CBD is dissolved in MCT oil for better absorption.

Product Name Size [ml] Potency [mg] Price [$] Price/mg CBD [$/mg]
CBD capsules (300mg CBD per bottle) 30 count 10 mg CBD/capsule $45 $0.15

CBD Gummies

The gummies contain 10mg CBD/capsule and are offered in a bottle of 30. The gummies are prepared from CBD isolate. These gummy worms are rainbow colored, fruity and delicious. The tangy worms have a coating of sweet and sour sugar for a taste delight.

Product Name Size [ml] Potency [mg] Price [$] Price/mg CBD [$/mg]
CBD gummies (300mg CBD per bottle) 30 count 10 mg CBD/gummy $45 $0.15

Oil

CBD Oil
CBD Amount Range
8.3 mg/ml - 33.3 mg/ml
Price Range
$45 - $105
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.1 - $0.18
THC Concentration
< 0%
CBD Per Serving
8.3 mg - 33.3 mg
Time to Impact
NA
Offers Tastes
Yes
Additional Information
Non-GMO, Organic, Pesticide Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, CO2
Extract Types
Broad Spectrum
Overal Bottle Volume Range
From 30 ml

Penguin offers three concentrations of CBD formulated in broad spectrum hemp oil: 250 mg, 600 mg, and 1000 mg. They offer five flavors, too: natural, citrus, mint, strawberry and cookies and cream. The bottles are all one ounce bottles (30 ml), each with a dropper for easy measuring.

Product Name Size (ml) Potency [mg] Price [$] Price/ mg CBD [$/mg]
Oil 30 ml 250 mg $45 $0.18
Oil 30 ml 600 mg $75 $0.26
Oil 30 ml  1000 mg $105 $0.31

Bundles

The company does not offer any bundle products on their website.

Buying Experience

I ordered my products online. The website was very simple, straightforward and easy to navigate. Each product had detailed information listed on the product page. It was nice to get the description and all the other pertinent information in one place without having to click around to get different pieces of the puzzle so to speak. The overall buying process was very easy and straightforward. Every product ships free in the US.
My product box arrived quickly, within the 3-5 business days. It was nicely packaged and contained a receipt and the products. The unboxing was good and I got everything that I expected.
The company’s return policy is easy to understand. Penguin offers a 30 day money back guarantee on all products if you’re not completely satisfied.

Products Reviewed

As mentioned, I ordered the following:

CBD cream

For the cream, I ordered the 250mg CBD lavender mint cream. As a test, I applied a small amount to my arm. The lavender had a nice fragrance. Even though this cream is rich in terpenes, it does not smell grassy like other products on the market. The cream really absorbed quickly, too.

Gummies

I ordered the 10mg CBD gummies. When the jar arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the gummies were bright multicolored gummy worms that had a great taste. I discovered from the ingredients list that the product is flavored with natural white grape juice concentrate, which contributes to the great flavor of these gummies.

Capsules

I also ordered the 10mg softgel capsules. They are easy to swallow and have no aftertaste like some CBD softgels do. The recommended dose is one to two softgels daily. The package explains that these are broad spectrum, meaning they also contain other cannabinoids in addition to CBD as well as terpenes and flavonoids.

All three flavors of the 1,000 mg strength oil

The final product I ordered was the oil in three flavors. I’ve used quite a few oils and these were really nice with great flavors. The natural oil was very nice without the typical grassy flavor that CBD full spectrum oils can sometimes have. The company recommends using one dropperful. The citrus and mint flavors helped to reduce the earthiness of the broad spectrum tincture. The oil appears to be very pure, just like the label says. The only addition is MCT (medium chain triglyceride) coconut oil that is certified as organic. The company does not attach a food allergy warning label to the bottle for those people who are sensitive to coconut though.

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About The Authors
Jacqueline Havelka
Jacqueline Havelka
Biomedical Engineer, Ex NASA Aerospace Contractor
Jacqueline Havelka is a biomedical engineer from Texas A&amp;M University and a rocket scientist-turned-writer who worked as a NASA aerospace contractor for many years. In 2017, she founded her own medical and technical writing company, Inform Scientific, and is a regular contributor to Leafly.
Leonard Haberman
Leonard Haberman
Physician & Chemist
Dr. Leonard Haberman is a physician and chemist who has been involved in solving chemical and medical problems for 43 years. He graduated from New York University as a dual major in chemistry and biology and went on to obtain a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota where his focus was synthetic methods. He returned to the university in 2005, graduating with an MD degree in 2009. He has published in the open literature. He holds two patents and currently works as a consultant, assisting clients with projects within the disciplines of medicine and chemistry that have potential business applications.

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