RCW - Homemade Vit C serum?

I saw in another thread that you bought everything to make your own...how are you doing this and what did you buy?
I'm curious, too.
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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.
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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.
Originally Posted by helloitsio

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:

http://www.thepersonalformulator.com

Last edited by RedCatWaves; 01-08-2009 at 06:57 PM.
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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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?
Originally Posted by VTmom

Yup
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)
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.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
How handy that I saved my bottle from the PSF Vit-C!
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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?
Originally Posted by VTmom

I don't know what that stuff is, let alone if it has any benefits. Bioferment sounds rotten though...LOL
just in case you're interested...
http://www.skinactives.com/products/...bioferment.htm
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)
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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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.
Originally Posted by curlylisalisa


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: http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item.php?item_id=126
Great. Thank you RCW!
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Thanks! I pretty much have everything except the asorbic acid.
How is it working out? Is it as effective as the Vitamin C you have purchased from PSF?
Minneapolis, MN
Yes, RCW how is the latest formula working out?
Sorry...haven't made any yet. I'm still trying to finish up my last bottle of DY Vit C.
Anything yet?
Minneapolis, MN
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!
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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