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Make your own vitamin C serum and take our challenge

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
June 6, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 42 Comments
L-ascorbic acid is the best form of vitamin C for boosting collagen and it provides some UV protection. We have cute little pots to give away to those of you who want to channel their inner formulator. You could simply add it to some olive oil and have enough of an antioxidant effect to be good to go. Or get a bit fancier and add in some vitamin E. How about some ferulic acid, which will turbo charge the performance of both E and C. Even better, raid the fridge and mix it with an avocado for a shot of vitamin B and 60% more potassium than a banana. Or a squeeze of pomegranate juice with the magical ellagic acid that lends the fruit potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging abilities - higher than that of green tea and red wine.

Leave a comment here with your shipping address and vit C in the subject line and we'll send you a pot of C to start experimenting with. Send us your recipe and we'll reward the best one (chosen with utter bias by the TIA team) with something fabulous.

In the meantime, we'll try to stimulate your creative juices with our own recipe:

One pot vitamin C

Five drops pomegranate seed oil

Five drops resveratrol

Half a teaspoon niacinamide (vitamin B3)

One tablespoon of olive oil

One teaspoon of guar gum (a natural thickener)

Basic ingredients can be bought at these websites:

New Directions Aromatics:
Platinum Skincare:
Skin Actives:
  • April 17, 2015

    by Cindy

    If I remember correctly they have ferulic acid at bulk additives. Really interested in finding a blend that works for my problem and aging skin. This recipe posted sounds interesting. The pot of vitamin c does it dissolve well? I' m still learning and researching,

  • March 17, 2013

    by nancy4436

    Love to try home made creams that when applied do what much more expensive corporate products promise.

  • March 16, 2013

    by Barbara

    Vit C
    Hi I was hoping you could send me the little pot of Vit C. I'm so tired of these over priced under achieving products! I'm hoping this is a step in the right direction for me.
    Thanks so much

  • December 14, 2012

    by ValerieB

    Hi Nadine. Yes, this "challenge" has long been over. Sorry about that!

  • December 13, 2012

    by Nadine Ivester

    Is it too late to get a Vit C kit? Love to try to make my own.

  • December 13, 2012

    by Deepali Awasthi

    I have made my own vit c+HA serum.
    L Ascorbic acid+ Hyaluronic acid+Glyceine+distilled water and keep in a dark colored bottle.
    I apply it morning and evening on full face, i use this mixture in face masks too.
    i add two drops of serum in some aloe vera get and it makes a wonderful under eye gel.

  • May 26, 2010

    by Ellena

    I have tried for years a "mask" with a lemon (juice) and a table spoon honey mixted well together. I apply it after cleaning my face. I have rosacea, sensitive skin with redness. Sometimes l break out. This makes me a bit red in the beginning but in 2 weeks u notice great results with smoother nicer coloured skin

  • February 2, 2010

    by julia

    hi how can i make 20% vit C+FERULIC ACID???please can any body help and give me a good recepie???

  • January 31, 2010

    by Rachel

    Oooops I mean glycolic acid. But maybe that might be to intense? This vit c is powder form right?

  • January 31, 2010

    by Rachel

    I can't wait to try this. I have super dry skin and have discovered that lotions just dry me out more! Serums penetrate and do the trick! I'm thinking grapeseed, jojoba oils, maybe some soothers like chamomile and aloe. And hydrolaunic acid (which clears my eczema fantastically). Oh I can't wait!!!

  • January 12, 2010

    by Vanessa

    So happy to find this site. Would love to receive a pot of c to experiment with.

  • January 3, 2010

    by Susan McMillan

    Would love to try this.

  • December 31, 2009

    by Sandy

    Never mind, I found the answer.

  • December 31, 2009

    by Sandy

    Where would we get the ferulic acid to combine with the C?

  • October 28, 2009

    by Norma

    I am sooo excited about making my own products free of harmful additives. Thank you for your holistic approach.

  • October 18, 2009

    by Shoxaii

    how can i make a kamias as vitamin c serum ?

  • July 12, 2009

    by marta

    Vicky, it isn't, but if you don't mind a bit of graininess, it does rub into the skin.

  • July 11, 2009

    by vicky

    Hi Marta,
    I received your Vit. C powder and have tried to make serum with your recipe. The problem is C powder is not soluble in oil and I'm still thinking of another recipe. Any way , thanks for sending me the C powder.

  • July 2, 2009

    by Elissa

    I've been reading about Vit C homemade serums for the past couple days and have been wanting to try it. This is awesome! thanks for the opportunity. I'm interested in treating varicose veins. Including avacado would have the additional benefit of Vitamin K for helping in coagulation.

  • June 30, 2009

    by Dava

    I did some research on Emu oil a while back and ended up getting some for all the great benefit - wrinkles being one of them. I have been using copper peptide for years also for it's skin benefits so I decided to mix them both with my vitamin C. I've used it now for about a week and my skin looks really soft and glowing (not from the oil). Only downside is the smell :-P

  • June 29, 2009

    by Lucy

    I've been experimenting a little with Vit C and aloe vera gel, Vit C and pomegranate- green tea. Looking forward to experimenting more.

  • June 26, 2009

    by Beth

    First of all, I am truly relieved to find your website! I greatly appreciate your holistic perspective (you had me at "retinols are like ethanol . . .").

    Second, your timing around a DIY mixture coincides with my own frustration around parabens, 'cones, and product cost. After reading your info on Vit C and other sites, it seems that pairing the ascorbic acid with a skin-penetrating oil is the way to go. My recommendations are grapeseed (highly absorbant) and kukui nut oil (for remedying skin irritation). This also circumvents my deforestation issues with palm oil (the palmitic acid in ascorbyl palmitate).

    My recipe suggestion is C + grapeseed + aloe vera (for moisture and protection).

  • June 25, 2009

    by marta

    As mentioned in the post, ingredients like horse chestnut can be bought at these sites:
    Basic ingredients can be bought at these websites:

    New Directions Aromatics:
    Platinum Skincare:
    Skin Actives:

  • June 25, 2009

    by Melinda

    OK, I would really like to try it with the horse chestnut. But where in the world to you get horse chestnut!

  • June 21, 2009

    by Alicia

    Looking forward to trying this!

  • June 20, 2009

    by Cristina

    I read on that vitamin C and niacinamide don't work well together....

  • June 13, 2009

    by Kylie

    I would love to try this! I think it would be great to mix it with aloe vera and some green tea extract!

  • June 12, 2009

    by Ginger Ng

    Making a mask out of this! Mixing it with kaolin, chamomile (for sensitivity and a soothing affect) and honey (for moisture -it's antibacterial, antifungal.)
    Going to mix something thats more of a topical cream/gel later ... Still thinking!

  • June 11, 2009

    by marta

    Horse chestnut and vitamin C sounds brilliant. I might try that myself.

  • June 11, 2009

    by Matina

    I read an article here awhile back on using horse chestnut for small broken capillaries on your face. I would love to try mixing that in with the Vitamin C and see what the results are! Any idea whether there would be any reason not to mix horse chestnut with Vit C?

  • June 11, 2009

    by marta

    Some of you haven't given us your shipping address: email us at with vit C in the subject line.

  • June 11, 2009

    by iono

    I've been researching Vitamin C products for the last few months, (of course, the most informative info is right here at TIA). Still haven't found a product I "love." I look forward to trying this little experiment!

  • June 10, 2009

    by marta

    Stan, basic ingredients can be bought here (I've added these to the post too):
    New Directions Aromatics:
    Platinum Skincare:
    Skin Actives:

  • June 10, 2009

    by Stan

    This sounds interesting! The big unknown would be the amount of oil one would need to dilute the vitamin C or the concentrations. From the given recipe, it seems that this would be a concentrate facial formula.

    My secrete ingredient might involve the alternative oil that is inexpensive and has less odor than olive oil. Less greasy too!

    Could you please tell us where to get niacinamide and such?

  • June 10, 2009

    by Katya

    I'd like to concoct an exfoliator using Vit. C. I recently bought a variety of Skin Actives products like Alpha Lipoic Acid, azelaic acid, antioxidant extracts like green tea, etc. to complement my daily skincare regimen.Can't wait to unleash an inner scientist in me ; )

  • June 10, 2009

    by Lynn

    I'd really like to try this! I'm always been interested in science!

  • June 10, 2009

    by Marilyn

    Ths is not terribly creative, but about a year ago, I realized that if I added one drop of Janson-Beckett's Vitamin C & C Facial Serum to my moisturizer, I would have a Vitamin C moisturizer! Also, that it would be a very econimical way to use the Vitamin C drops. (They are pricey, but I found a great deal on EBay one day and bought several.)

    I can't wait to read what others are doing!

  • June 9, 2009

    by michlny

    I have had the whole packet of directions from Skin Actives (I think) on how to do this but I have been too lazy to get/find the necessary tools. I'd love to try it though b/c then I can control the purity.

  • June 8, 2009

    by Veronica

    I'm new to mixing but would love to give it a try. =)

  • June 8, 2009

    by Chris

    I mix vitamin c powder with ferulic acid (comes in a powder formula from Skin Actives Scientific). Every morning I take a pinch of the powder in the palm of my hand, add a few drops of hyaluronic acid and a few drops of vitamin e oil. Mix it up, smooth it on, let it set for a few minutes and then proceed with the rest of my "morning ritual."

  • June 8, 2009

    by marta

    This background information on vitamin C might be helpful:

  • June 7, 2009

    by Ginger Ng

    This sounds like fun! I want in! I understand Vitamin C is hard to stabilize and that it oxidizes easily, will this be in a light blocked container? And will it lose it's potency over a short period of time if not stored properly? Also, what's the concentration of the l-ascorbic acid?

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