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mad hippie vitamin c serum

My latest obsession in curating the ultimate skincare routine for my oily, acne-prone skin is finding the right daytime vitamin C serum.

While I’ve reviewed a few that I genuinely adore, Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum has gained traction because of its smart ingredients, friendly packaging and accessible pricepoint.

mad hippie vitamin c serum

{Mad Hippie sent me a sample of its Vitamin C Serum to review. It costs $33.99 for a 30 ml glass dropper bottle.}

Set in a clear-ish, non-sticky, gel-serum (that’s a lot of hyphens, sorry!), Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum introduces a stable form of vitamin C, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, into the holy skincare trinity of vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid.

Sodium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable form of vitamin C that works as a powerful antioxidant and acne killer, all while helping lighten discoloration marks in the process of protecting and treating.

Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that has been found to have a compounding photoaging effect when used in conjunction with Vitamin C, also moisturizes and soothes skin without making it feel heavy or greasy.

Ferulic acid, in harmony with vitamins C and E, helps reduce skin damage caused by harmful UV rays.

In addition to this coveted skincare cocktail, Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum contains hyaluronic acid — a naturally occuring substance in your body that becomes scarce as we get older — which pumps moisture into the skin and helps blur the appearance of wrinkles.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose

mad hippie vitamin c serum

Besides its pretty, nearly clear coloring and virtually weightless feel, Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum has a petal-soft aroma and fast-drying texture.

I like to mix this serum with my daily facial oil, squeezing about five drops of the serum into my hand and then adding whatever oil I’m testing into the puddle.

In the morning, after massaging the creation onto my face and bringing it down to my neck (you do that, yes?!), I then brush my teeth for two minutes and then go on to my makeup application for the day.

The combination of serum plus oil dries about halfway through brushing, if you’re curious how fast I mean by fast-drying.

Though you can easily use Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum for both morning and evening, I prefer to use it in the morning only because I’m a product junkie I like to use a separate, exfoliating serum at night (Mad Hippie has you covered here, too!) that contains some form of vitamin A (retinol) or fruit acid. This is to further treat my acneic skin and help with cell turnover.

If you’re not in need of heavy duty vitamin A just yet, Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum is a great multitasking, day-to-night product that I highly recommend, especially if you are just now transitioning to green skincare and can’t bite the bullet on something that costs $$$.

While I’m willing to shell out good money for good skincare, I too like a great deal, and I would absolutely repurchase Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum. You get so much bang for your buck, especially if you’re acne-prone (thanks, sodium ascorbyl phosphate!).

What form of vitamin C do you use on your skin? Do your daytime and evening serums differ? Have you tried anything from Mad Hippie? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • icklefickle

    Hi, I use the Ole Henriksen which I love but I realise it’s not a green brand. If price were no option is there another vitamin c product you would chose over this? The hyaluronic in this appeals to me too though.

    • Marie Veronique’s is awesome. Hers is a gel-serum. If you want an oil-based vitamin C serum, check out Odacite or Yuli. I have some reviews here (but not of the Yuli one, as I have not tried it, but have heard great things) >> http://www.kimberlyloc.com/tag/vitamin-c/

      • icklefickle

        Which is the Yuli vitamin c? Is the perfecto PM? I already have that, (I’m rubbish with ingredients) the problem I have with that is that it”s a night serum and I feel it does nothing for my active acne. There is maybe one week a month when I have no spots. I like to use my ole one during the day so I like the sound of your review of the Marie Veronique ( I am fascinated by this brand, they seem to really know their stuff) but the sodium ascorbyl phosphate in the one above sounds like it would be great for my skin. Do you think the MV would be as good for my acne?

        • No, it’s the Liquid Courage. Cell Perfecto is for healing acne scars; it’s not for active acne. You probably don’t need the Cell Perfecto just yet until you’ve gotten your breakouts under control and can then work on lightening scars, etc. I’ve tried Cell Perfecto before, and it’s not a fit for me because like you, I am basically always broken out as well. You should probably focus on vitamin C for daytime and then exfoliation / gentle retinols for night. I don’t know what will work for your skin — you just have to experiment! What works for me may not work for you. I think, though, if you focus on the acne treatment and prevention at night and then antioxidant (vitamin c) protection during the day, you may see some improvements. Are you using regular masks? What about acid toners to help speed up exfoliation? It’s all about a set routine and cycling in products based on your skin’s needs.

  • Amy

    I think this brand is great too. But I noticed their ingredients aren’t organic. Which is such a bummer. But i understand why since they probably want to stay below a certain price point.

    • You’re probably right. Could be an opportunity for them to re-formulate in the future with a slight bump in the price.

  • Hmmm…sounds like you need to think about what your skin needs and do some ingredients research! Liquid Courage has vitamins C&E and ferulic acid in it, just like the other C serums I like. I would suggest sticking to one consistently to see how your skin responds. You can check out my faves page for more insight into my top shelf product recommendations. I’m still researching some acid toners and trying a few, but will have a few posts on them soon! No need to apologize. Here to help! But really…you gotta start reading ingredients! Don’t just buy stuff because it’s popular…do some research and read lots of reviews! :)

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  • Heather

    Hi Kimberly – I see this is an old post, but I’m almost finished with my bottle of Drunk Elephant c-firma serum and am in the market for my next bottle of C serum. I see you also recommend Marie Veronique and Yuli in the comments, but do you think they are worth the price difference? The Mad Hippie sounds pretty good for $34! With so many of these serums and oils, I just do not get the price points. I’m willing to pay more for something that works, but I don’t understand how yuli could cost nearly $100 more than mad hippie. What’s so much better about it?

    • Price point will vary based on:

      packaging
      marketing
      ingredient sourcing
      combinations of ingredients
      types of vitamin c and other actives

      There are many different types of vitamin C — some more stable than others — that play into the cost and use-by date. Here’s a good resource:

      http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/antioxidants/vitamin-c-1

      Texture may also be a thing for you. With Yuli, you get vitamin C in an oil base, so it is a few products in one — you don’t need a separate facial oil with that! With Mad Hippie, you get a gel-serum that you can layer and mix with oils and creams if you like. Same with Marie Veronique.

      With Drunk Elephant, which I purchased but just wasn’t so smitten with, I didn’t care for the texture. Buy a vitamin C that works with your skincare routine and that you will actually use, because no matter what it is, you WILL get some benefits. I’m partial to the CE Ferulic combination because of the research behind that trio!

      Hope this helps. <3