Review: Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum because I’m definitely mad about Vitamin C

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Vitamin C fan. Having a neutral skin tone means my skin can get pretty dull and grey when left alone. Vitamin C is one of those few ingredients that is able to give my lazy skin a good kick back to looking like it’s made of living cells.

After trying Mad Hippie’s Eye Cream, I stalked the Mad Hippie website to look for other interesting products. It turned out that their Vitamin C Serum is one of their best sellers. And where there’s ‘Best Seller’ and ‘Vit C’, there’s usually me and my money.

Contains 8 Actives
The Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is the fulfillment of all my previous DIY Vit C + Ferulic Acid failed attempts plus more. It contains eight actives meant to heal and prevent photo damage and boost collagen levels — a formulation I could never have worked up on my own. The fact that it has Vit C, Ferulic and Vit E, a powerful synergy of ingredients, was more than enough to captivate me. But I’m a sucker for Vit C so pretty much everything with Vit C captures my attention.

My skin was in a pretty bad shape a few weeks ago. I was recovering from a mild breakout, the pores around my nose formed a cheering squad and my pigmentations were looking patchier than usual.

Slowly But Surely
After using this serum for over a month, my skin condition definitely improved. My pores appeared finer and there was superficial brightening of the skin. My deep pigmentations didn’t exactly fade but my complexion definitely looked more even especially when I’m well-rested. I also feel that it made my post-acne dark spots fade faster.

It took me about 3-4 weeks of consistent use before I noticed any difference so it definitely tested my patience. Currently, I apply this right after washing my face in the morning and at night. I initially bought this as a morning serum since the Ferulic + Vit C & E mix is great for boosting sun protection. But because I’m still waiting for my Marie Veronique Night Serum with Retinol to arrive, I’m temporarily using this for night time, as well.

Uses a pure Vit C Derivative
I’m thinking that the effects may not have been as dramatic as my old DIY Vit C Serum and Vit C Powder mixed with Night Serum because the Vit C in Mad Hippie’s version is not the pure L-Ascorbic Acid but a derivative, a more stable yet less potent Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. I’ve tried several Vit C serums before — both naturally formulated and otherwise — and I’ve had more dramatic and faster results with L-Ascorbic Acid. Unfortunately, as some of you may already know, L-Ascorbic Acid is very unstable and oxidizes very fast. Meanwhile, most derivatives have either smaller L-Ascorbic Acid content left in them or aren’t absorbed into the skin as efficiently.

Toss or Keep?
Although I still prefer L-Ascorbic Acid on my skin, Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is definitely a good substitute while my Vit C serum factory (located in my kitchen) is taking an overdue break. My melasma used to surface easily after just a bit of sun exposure even with my best sunscreen on but after using this, I felt that my skin became more resilient to the Singapore sun. I can finally get my healthy dose of Vit D without worrying too much about my sun spots!

Where to buy? I bought mine from iHerb for US$27.19 which is one hell of a good deal considering how much other vitamin C serums are priced!

What’s your favorite brand of Vit C serum?

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  • Kira Ramirez

    I LOVE your photos, Vivi! Now I’m on the hunt for a good Vit C serum that’s locally available here. OR I may just buy from iHerb haha :)

    • Vivi

      Yay, thanks Kira! I’ve been ‘trying’ lately.

      iHerb is great! If you’re buying a lot, the savings can make up for the shipping fees (not sure about the taxes/extortions lol). For example, this serum’s ARV is around US$33 on the main site but it only sells for $27 on iherb.

      • Kira Ramirez

        Will I encounter difficulties having it shipped to the Phils.? Otherwise, I’ll check out what our local Healthy Options has to offer. But I do like Mad Hippie’s graphics though. I’m always drawn towards packaging :)

  • aleviuss

    I’m a bit skeptical to serums containing vits. I mean.. how steady is the vitamin? is it really an active vit? will my skin absorb all of it? And the most important thing is it the real deal? I dont never ever use synthetic vitamins. All the vit supplements a take is made of raw food. I really have to do some research about this one though. I really want to buy and diy my own Ascorbic Acidserum! and a-vit serum.

    For thats why I prefer to do. I buy organic and active ingredients and essential oils and mix them with a good moisturizer and hemp seed oil, tamanu oil and neem oil!
    I haven’t bought anything from sites like Skinactive yet..but I really want to! I have to make some research first..:))

    • Vivi

      It’s a less potent Vit C but have no choice because the ‘real’ ascorbic acid oxidizes very fast. I used to mix my own Vit C serum (really effective!) but it gets tiring because I have to do it every 3-4 days.

      I also tried applying the powder together with my usual night serum but since I can’t monitor the amount I use each time, it’s not so consistent.

  • aleviuss

    aww! and I loove the header!1 Is that bunny ears!!! <3

    all the blog design is awesome btw!

    • Vivi

      Hi Al, yes! It’s bunny ears. I was inspired by Melih because he reminded me of my old rabbit, Little Boy.

  • Paris B

    Ooh I’m quite keen to try this one! Always keen on vitamin c serums but haven’t really found one that works. Will hit up an iherb order soon!

    • Vivi

      Hope you’ll like it! It’s like the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic but it uses a less potent yet more stable vit c derivative. :)

  • Lynn

    Is there any philosophy behind the bunny?Like..leaping bunny supporter maybe?;)

    Between this one and your DIY vit.C serum,which one is better btw?

    • Vivi

      Hi Lynn, did you like the bunny? lol.. I wanted something quirky yet reminds me of nature. I used to have lots of bunnies so I chose this. I’m gonna make another one with cat ears. 😀

      I prefer my own Vit C serum because it uses L-Ascorbic Acid which is more potent. However, this is more convenient because at least I don’t have to worry about the serum oxidizing.

  • MissTangy

    Saw this while I was hunting for goodies on iHerb, thought this is probably good for brightening than fading any discoloration. Your review very helpful think I’ll try other products from this brand when I order my next batch from iHerb :)

    • Vivi

      Hi Erika, it’s good for brightening and for boosting sun protection. I haven’t noticed any improvements on my skin discoloration — but that’s also probably because they’re very deep. During days when I’m generally feeling healthy, this serum helps show it. :)

  • surille

    I tried the Silk Naturals Vitamin C serum long ago, but that didn’t work
    out for me. Because of your post, I decided to try another Vitamin C
    product that also contains Ferulic and Vitamin E. It’s too early to rave
    about it, but I’m glad I have it. Unfortunately it’s not an all-natural
    brand, but it is cruelty free.

    • Vivi

      Sadly, although I love Silk Naturals makeup, I would have to say that none of their skincare products thrilled me. Even the lip balm made my lips crack.

  • victoria

    Cosmetics Skin solutions 20% Vit C is my favourite and this product is the longest I ever used. when in the past I will never repurchased the same product a 3rd time.
    It doesn’t work like Whitening serum. it gives my face a glow not white., together with the fact that it’s an antioxidant which is the reason I switched from years and years of whitening serum to Vit C serum.

  • Scatterbraintures

    The vitamin c content of this serum is pretty darn high! I wish this was more accessible.