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RCW - Homemade Vit C serum?

M2LRTooM2LRToo Posts: 446Registered Users
I saw in another thread that you bought everything to make your own...how are you doing this and what did you buy?
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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    I'm curious, too.
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  • helloitsiohelloitsio Posts: 1,369Registered Users
    I don't think she makes her own Vitamin C serum. I asked her a while ago (if only I can find the thread) and she mentioned that there is difficulty getting the right pH, etc. so it isn't something she would recommend.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    helloitsio wrote: »
    I don't think she makes her own Vitamin C serum. I asked her a while ago (if only I can find the thread) and she mentioned that there is difficulty getting the right pH, etc. so it isn't something she would recommend.


    I did say that, but I've been using so much of it lately that it's getting prohibitively expensive. I've been searching around and there seems to be a fairly wide consensus that homebrewed Vit C is effective if made in very small batches, so you can use it up within a few days. It oxydizes very quickly and that's where the commercial manufacturers have the edge...they can make stuff that lasts longer. But the ingredients are fairly cheap, so if this works for me, it'll save me a ton of money even if it is a PITA to make every few days.

    The recipe I'm going to play around with is for a 20% solution:

    1 tsp distilled water (must be distilled, not tap)
    1/2 tsp l-ascorbic acid powder
    1 tsp hyaluronic acid and/or 1 tsp glycerine

    The powder gets disolved in the distilled water and then the HA or glycerine gets added. Store in a cool dark place, preferably in an opaque bottle.

    This is where I bought the l-ascorbic acid from:

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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    1 tsp hyaluronic acid and/or 1 tsp glycerin
    Is this just the regular hyaluronic acid that's used for the face as a moisturizer?
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    1 tsp hyaluronic acid and/or 1 tsp glycerin
    Is this just the regular hyaluronic acid that's used for the face as a moisturizer?


    Yup
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    one more thing...I've seen a similar DIY recipe that uses sea kelp bioferment in place of the hyaluronic acid. Do you know what the benefits of SKB might be?
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    The powder gets disolved in the distilled water and then the HA or glycerine gets added. Store in a cool dark place, preferably in an opaque bottle.
    How handy that I saved my bottle from the PSF Vit-C!
    Minneapolis, MN
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    VTmom wrote: »
    one more thing...I've seen a similar DIY recipe that uses sea kelp bioferment in place of the hyaluronic acid. Do you know what the benefits of SKB might be?


    I don't know what that stuff is, let alone if it has any benefits. Bioferment sounds rotten though...LOL
  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
    Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
    Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
    Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
  • GabbylkpGabbylkp Posts: 197Registered Users
    I have a question as well. I use PSF Vit C serum but it's getting expensive for me as well. I have L-Ascorbic acid powder from Whole Foods and would like to make a homeade serum also. Is the hyaluronic acid you are adding in a serum form, like the kind from Reviva labs? I have googled it, but most of the types of hyaluronic acid that come up are in the capsule form.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I have a question as well. I use PSF Vit C serum but it's getting expensive for me as well. I have L-Ascorbic acid powder from Whole Foods and would like to make a homeade serum also. Is the hyaluronic acid you are adding in a serum form, like the kind from Reviva labs? I have googled it, but most of the types of hyaluronic acid that come up are in the capsule form.



    No, that product is a moisturizer that happens to call itself HA. It's not just HA, but contains other ingredients. I'm talking about HA, which is an ingredient, not a product. I bought 8 ounces of HA from here: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ingredientstodiefor.com%2Fitem.php%3Fitem_id%3D126" class="Popup
  • GabbylkpGabbylkp Posts: 197Registered Users
    Great. Thank you RCW!
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  • M2LRTooM2LRToo Posts: 446Registered Users
    Thanks! I pretty much have everything except the asorbic acid.
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    How is it working out? Is it as effective as the Vitamin C you have purchased from PSF?
    Minneapolis, MN
  • M2LRTooM2LRToo Posts: 446Registered Users
    Yes, RCW how is the latest formula working out?
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Sorry...haven't made any yet. I'm still trying to finish up my last bottle of DY Vit C.
  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Anything yet?
    Minneapolis, MN
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    You ladies are funny...and very thorough on your follow-up.

    Yes, I am now using my homemade Vit C serum, and it is FAN-TAB-U-LOUS! It feels and works just like an expensive pre-made serum, and because it costs me only pennies, I don't feel like I have to conserve it, so I'm using it lavishly, twice a day, and glowing as only Vit C can make me glow.

    A batch lasts me about a week, and it hasn't (so far) started to oxydize before I'm able to use it up. It feels active on my face. I need to get some more precise measuring spoons, because I think I'm not consistently getting a quarter-teaspoon of l-ascorbic acid in my mix, because sometimes it feels stronger than others. The recipe I'm using is:

    1 tsp distilled water
    1/4 tsp l-ascorbic acid powder
    1 tsp hyaluronic acid

    dissolve powder into water, shake well, then add HA and shake well again. I'm not using any glycerine right now. Feels perfect as it is.

    I will never BUY premade Vit C again...this is SO SO SO cheap!
  • VanedaVaneda Posts: 402Registered Users
    I was thinking about this very subject on my way to work this morning...wondering if you had tried the homemade Vit C yet....

    I am definitely going to give this a try. Glad you have having such wonderful results.
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  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    where are you buying the ascorbic acid from?

    Is this hyaluronic acid okay? I randomly added it to my cart on GOW a few weeks ago, and I don't have much use for it-

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gardenofwisdom.shoppingcartsplus.com%2Fcatalog%2Fitem%2F4013927%2F4757244.htm" class="Popup

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    CurlyGina2 wrote: »
    where are you buying the ascorbic acid from?

    Is this hyaluronic acid okay? I randomly added it to my cart on GOW a few weeks ago, and I don't have much use for it-

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gardenofwisdom.shoppingcartsplus.com%2Fcatalog%2Fitem%2F4013927%2F4757244.htm" class="Popup

    Thanks = )


    Yup. That'll work.

    This is where I bought the l-ascorblic acid:

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepersonalformulator.com%2Fwvss%2Fproduct_info.php%3Fproducts_id%3D1199%26amp%3BosCsid%3Df87aelc3gi7acle1dpi8ttjos2" class="Popup
  • alisons79alisons79 Posts: 680Registered Users
    I made some of this.....and it is awesome! Mostly because it's cheaper but also because I couldn't seem to make it through an entire bottle of the PSF Vitamin C without it oxidizing. So some of it went to waste. And it was awfully expensive to not be lasting until the end.

    So even if this stuff oxidizes quickly, it doesn't make a whole lot and throwing out a little bit won't be so much of a bother with the drastically lower cost! :)
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  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    I was thinking that rather than using distilled water, I might make green tea with distilled water and use that instead. Thoughts?
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Lucille wrote: »
    I was thinking that rather than using distilled water, I might make green tea with distilled water and use that instead. Thoughts?


    Yup, that'll work. You get extra anti-oxidants that way. Some people use rooibos tea also. I think it might spoil faster with tea in it though. Not sure.
  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    Yeah, I bet you're right. I would think that making it every four or five days and keeping it in the fridge would probably suffice though.

    I think I'll try a batch or two without green tea. See how that works for me and if it's okay, switch to green tea to see how that goes.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    How can you tell if the batch is starting to go bad?
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  • alisons79alisons79 Posts: 680Registered Users
    I'm just going based on what I saw with the PSF Vitamin C...it started to turn yellow and develop an odor.

    It's usually clear and odorless.
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  • shannon35shannon35 Posts: 114Registered Users
    RCW...how is the homemade vit c serum going for ya? Are you still having great results w/ it? Just wondering because I will either be buying it from PSF or making my own as you did...all depends on your answer. :wink:
    Also, are you still using the same measurments as your previous posting stated?
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    shannon35 wrote: »
    RCW...how is the homemade vit c serum going for ya? Are you still having great results w/ it? Just wondering because I will either be buying it from PSF or making my own as you did...all depends on your answer. :wink:
    Also, are you still using the same measurments as your previous posting stated?


    Still loving it. Still lavishing it on my face, neck and chest twice a day. I'm using half the hyaluronic acid than the recipe calls for, because I really don't need that much moisturization in the summer months. I make a double-batch about once a week...

    2 tsp distilled water
    1/2 tsp l-ascorbic acid powder
    1 tsp hyluronic acid

    The PSF vit c serum is really great, but it's so expensive. My homemade version is just as great.
  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I got some of the ascorbic powder and made the serum, but it burned when I used it :sad8:. I'll make another batch and put less powder in.
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