Garden of Life CBD Review, Youthful Skin Liquid Drops CBD 450 mg

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  • Accuracy Rating
    B
  • CBD Value Score
    n/a
  • Size
    1 fl oz (30 mL)
  • Flavor
  • Hemp Type
    Broad Spectrum
  • Has THC?
    No THC
  • Test Date
    May 2020
  • Video Review

What's in your CBD?

We purchased this CBD product and tested it at independent testing facilities to measure levels of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids and compare the results to the manufacturer's claims. Here are the results. (Learn more about our review process.)

Test Results

Label Claims

Total mg CBD

450 mg

Our Lab Tests

From Lab A
Difference from label

20.01% more

Accuracy Rating
C
From Lab B
Difference from label

13.2% more

Accuracy Rating
B

* Products tested prior to 2020 were sent to only one independent testing facility.

The unadulterated test results on this page come directly from these certificates of analysis from two independent labs, which we pay directly. These are two independent lab tests of one product, at one point in time. We do not guarantee that all products or labs will produce the same results. Lab results may differ based on the different methodologies of testing used by each lab or inconsistencies in the product. Added ingredients may affect lab results. Volume of creams and edibles may change due to factors such as temperature, and this may impact lab results. Learn more about our review process.

Cannabinoid Breakdown

From Lab A
Total Cannabinoids
Total CBD
Total THC
From Lab B
Total Cannabinoids
Total CBD
Total THC

Cannabinoid Breakdown by mL

From Lab A

CBD (mg / mL)

THC (mg / mL)

Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

From Lab B

CBD (mg / mL)

THC (mg / mL)

Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

Garden of Life claims to have 15 mg of CBD per 1 mL serving. We found that each 1 mL serving contains 17 mg to 18 mg of CBD and no other meaningful levels of cannabinoids.

Value Score

Price of Product
Cost per mg CBD*
Value Score

n/a

* Cost per mg calculated from Lab A's test results.

Product Information

Details from the manufacturer
  • 1 FL OZ (30 mL)
  • 450 mg CBD
  • Flavor: Mint Spice
  • Broad-spectrum
  • THC: No
  • Other cannabinoids: Yes

Instructions: You can take this product sublingually or mix with a food or drink.

Ingredients
See image below.

About the product

Garden of Life claims this is a "broad-spectrum whole hemp extract that contains cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD without THC."

Lab A found CBD and trace levels of CBC and CBL that were not detected by lab B. Lab B found CBD and trace levels of THC and CBG that were below their LOQ (limit of quantitation), which means that they detected THC and CBG, but the levels were too low to measure accurately. Both labs suggest that this is just CBD with no meaningful levels of other cannabinoids.

The independent labs found that Garden of Life contained 13% to 20% more CBD than their label suggested.

Jeremy's Take

Garden of Life has hundreds of supplement lines that you’ve seen at your grocery store. They’re reputable and my extensive background check found that overall, Garden of Life is a great company. Nestle now owns it. I tested their 10 mg and 30 mg tinctures and found that they were ok. However, like most broad-spectrum extracts, those formulas didn't contain meaningful levels of other cannabinoids.

Cost:

A value is hard to give this one because it’s got the trademarked Lipowheat ceramides, organic essential oils, and CBD. It’s also got “Youthful Skin” on the label, which adds god knows how much to the value. The cost per milligram of CBD is 13 cents. The average for CBD oils from isolate is 7.5 cents per milligram. This didn’t have any other meaningful cannabinoid levels in it. The cost of the trademarked Lipowheat supplement is about $20 on amazon. Plus, Garden of Life also has a bunch of essential oils in it. At $70, I would say about $30 of that is going to the “Youthful Skin” text on the label.

Taste:

The box says organic mint spice flavor. I taste the orange peel, mint, nutmeg, and cardamom-a piney flavor. It’s weird. It’s not horrible. The flavor reminds me of Fernet, like, am I drinking a number 2 pencil, or does this taste good? This CBD tincture has a strange mix of essential oils. You better be ready to get weird.

Strength:

Garden of Life claims this has 15 mg of CBD per milliliter and the labs found 17 or 18 mg of CBD. They also claim it has the cannabinoids found in a full-spectrum extract and the labs found it has no other meaningful levels of cannabinoids. This also has the essential oils and trademarked Lipowheat ceramides for healthy skin. The Lipowheat supplements on Amazon have great reviews and CBD is also popular in skin products. I only used this product for a few days and it wasn't enough to notice a difference in skin health. However, I use many CBD products and I wouldn't expect my skin to change too much.

*It's common to see CBD doses at 5 mg, 15 mg, 25 mg, and 50 mg for consumer products. Researchers use much larger doses (25 mg to 1500 mg of CBD). CBD dosing is highly individualized.

Look:

Garden of Life looks like a supplement brand that your grandma would buy, if your grandma were wealthy. It seems like a trustworthy brand that's been around a long time. The oil itself is a golden orange color. The dropper is not labeled, so good luck with correctly measuring your dose.

Overall:

I like Garden of Life. I don't like that they call this a broad-spectrum extract that contains other cannabinoids because it doesn't. At least, it doesn't have meaningful levels of additional cannabinoids. People seem to like the trademarked Lipowheat supplements for skin health. It may be the right product for skin health, but it's not an excellent broad-spectrum CBD oil.

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