Homemade Vitamin C Serum

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A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

I’ve been anxiously waiting to share today’s recipe. Let’s start with a little story…

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

Last month, Dustin purchased a surprise birthday present for me: a spa day! Dustin’s not a big gift person, so the fact that he took time to look for a naturally-minded local spa, check out spa ratings, and secretly make an appointment for me was a huge deal. I was so grateful and excited for my big spa day, until I arrived at the spa and discovered that a facial was in the package.

I’ve received facials in the past, and each experience has been less than desirable. In fact, every facial has felt like nothing more than a chance for the spa to sell me expensive beauty products. Not exactly relaxing or fun! I was super skeptical about getting a facial, but I knew the hard work Dustin went through to create the spa experience, so I decided to go through with the appointment.

A few minutes into the facial, the gentle esthetician inquired about my skincare routine, “What products do you use on your skin?” I hesitated for a few moments.  I figured the relaxed environment might make my delayed response seem intentional. Should I tell her the truth?  Friend, I was fearful to admit that I use “green beauty” products. I was afraid of her reaction to such a radical idea. Silly, right?!

A few minutes later, I replied and told her all about my green beauty skincare routine. The esthetician, Gen, softly voiced her encouraging words, “That’s wonderful! Amazing!” Suddenly, I felt comfortable to discuss skincare with Gen. She then asked about my skincare concerns, to which I replied, “I would love to do something about the scars left on my face from my past skincare issues, and the brown spots. Ugh, those brown spots that appeared with my second pregnancy.” Gen offered a solution, which she claimed would dramatically improve my blotchy skin and scars: a vitamin C serum.

Gen knew her stuff, so I decided to act on her advice. But the more natural vitamin C serum the spa sold cost $85 for a 2 ounce bottle, so I passed on the product and decided to research a possible homemade solution.

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

After a few hours online, I discovered that making a vitamin C serum at home is 100% doable and pretty inexpensive compared to spa brands. I purchased vitamin C powder from my health food store, and started playing around with various ingredient combos using 90% base ingredients and 10% vitamin C powder.

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

To make a loooong story shorter, let’s talk about my results…

After over one month of using my Homemade Vitamin C Serum in my regular skincare routine (my aloe and honey cleanser, toner, and moisturizing oils), the overall appearance of my skin has significantly improved! My skin feels smooth and soft. Plus, the blotchy dark spots and scars appear to be fading. Thank you, Gen, for your recommendations. And Dustin, feel free to book another spa day.

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is something that’s naturally found in the makeup of our skin, particularly on the dermis and epidermis. I know, flashbacks to Anatomy and Physiology 101, right?!

Vitamin C plays an important role in skin health due to its antioxidant properties. Just think about everything our skin must work to fight against. Vitamin C aids in the repair and renewal of skin cells. This repair and renewal helps keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. From my reading, this is a natural process that’s continually occurring within the cells of our skin particularly when we sleep. Our skin is very smart. But sometimes our skin needs a bit of help, especially as we age or experience major life events like pregnancy or too much sun, so adding vitamin C to a skincare routine may help someone like myself–a gal frustrated with brown spots and scars. This post explains more about the benefits of using a vitamin c serum on the skin.

According to Gen and my online research, it’s important to apply a serum to the skin for 3 months to see noticeable results. So far, I’ve been using my Homemade Vitamin C Serum for a little over a month, and have been impressed with the results. Some sources encourage starting with a ratio of 5% vitamin C powder and 90% base (water and aloe are my “base” ingredients), then increasing to 10% vitamin C powder and 90% base, and finally 20% vitamin C power and 80% base. I’ve been consistently using the same percentage from the start, but feel free to use my ingredients and work out the math to meet your own skincare needs. My formula is roughly 16% vitamin C powder and 84% water and aloe.

A super simple and affordable homemade vitamin c serum recipe. This recipe works so well! I can't believe the difference it's made on my skin!!

Homemade Vitamin C Serum
5 from 21 votes

Homemade Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C plays an important role in skin health due to its antioxidant properties. Just think about everything our skin must work to fight against. Vitamin C aids in the repair and renewal of skin cells. This repair and renewal helps keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. 

Course Homemade
Cuisine Beauty
Keyword Vitamin C Serum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 tablespoons
Author Kristin Marr



  1. In a small bowl, combine the vitamin C powder and filtered water. Whisk the ingredients until the vitamin C powder is completely dissolved. Once dissolved, stir in the aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.
  2. Pour the serum into a dark amber bottle (a funnel helps). Store the serum in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Around the two week mark you may notice the serum's pH level change*. Your serum may have a different color and consistency, depending on the vitamin C powder and aloe used to make this recipe. My vitamin C powder is pink, but many are white.

Recipe Notes

To Use:
Before bed, wash your face, then use a toner (if you use one), followed a small amount of Homemade Vitamin C Serum, and then a moisturizer. Gently shake the serum bottle before each use. The serum will be thick. In the morning, rinse your face before applying makeup and/or stepping out the door. Vitamin C Serum shouldn't be used during the day due to sun exposure.

Recipe Variations:

I’ve played around with the recipe variations over the past month. Vitamin C serum can feel a bit dry on the skin, so I like to add the aloe and vitamin E oil to help compensate for this drying effect. I’ve also used this ratio: 1 tsp vitamin C powder, 1 TB each: water and aloe vera gel. The trick to this ratio is applying a fair amount of moisturizer before the serum fully dries on the skin since it can leave your skin feeling dry at first. I personally prefer the recipe above, with the extra aloe and vitamin E oil, but both have produced the same overall result for my skin. If your skin is irritated with my recipe then decrease the amount of vitamin C powder at first (use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) and slowly work your way up to more, if desired.

Many sources call for using vegetable glycerin versus aloe, but I found glycerin to be very sticky on my skin. If you have glycerin on hand, it may be subbed for the aloe.

pH Testing:

According to my research, an ideal vitamin C serum should have a pH of 3. For reference, a pH of 7 is considered neutral.  I purchased a set of pH testing strips from Amazon so I can test each batch of serum. Vitamin C has a very a short life span. The serum may begin to fluctuate in pH when it’s no longer suitable for use on the skin. A change in pH may result in more harm than good when you apply the serum to your skin. So far I haven’t had any issues with pH since I make a batch of serum every 1-2 weeks. At-home pH strips are really easy to use, so if you’re interested in testing the pH, I recommend purchasing a test kit.

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  1. says: pretty arty

    nice recipe! I use the OST – Pure Vitamin C21,5 Advanced Serum and it is indeed amazing. A tfirst I thought it occured dark spots but actually as the skin is exfoliating, they’re oxydating that’s why they become visible. and as weeks go by my skin is so much better!

    1. says: Raymond

      Thank you so much for sharing! This is a real kindness on your part. I am going to follow your recipe and try it out.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Yaya25cuties, The serum is ready to use immediately after you make it. The serum should be refrigerated because vitamin C is very fragile, so to keep it “fresh” the fridge is the best place to store it. It will last for 1-2 weeks in the fridge before you need to make another batch.

        1. says: Kristin Marr

          Hey Donna, Yes, any aloe works. I would avoid the kind made with green artificial dye. And any vitamin E oil–if it’s in a capsule, poke the capsule to remove the oil.

    2. says: Bhanwi Shree

      You need to start using it from the very first day..nd discard it after one or two weeks depending on which vit c powder u hv used or when your serum changes its colour

  2. says: Milla

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin! Thanks for this post, very well done. I recieved my L-ascorbic acid powder today and I’m super excited to make my serum! I read that adding 0.5% ferulic acid to your vit C serum can enhance the action and has an awesome synergistic effect. I’m going to try it and let you know how it works.

      1. says: Bhawna dhiman

        Can I use the same serum as I have oily skin…. Please help
        N secondly I didn’t understand TB…. Please explain

        1. says: Kristin Marr

          Hi, TB stands for tablespoon. If you’re acne-prone, I personally wouldn’t use this serum. If not, I’ve found this serum to be just fine. That’s just my personal experience.

          1. says: Tika

            I used your recipe and add 4 drops rosehip oil. Oh I also use rose water (instead of filtered water) and aloe vera snail gel (this is the only I have at home) … Can’t wait to give it a try ?

  3. says: Linda

    Hi, Kristin! I hear that Rose Hip Oil is good for lightening the skin. Could it be added in this recipe? If not, any suggestions on how to make a serum or cream with Rose Hip Oil?

  4. says: Alexandra-Maria

    I got a question. By skin care routine you mean 1. face wash -> 2. toner -> 3. vitamin C serum and then also moisturizing oils? I’m afraid to use so many oils on my already oily skin 🙁 everything that includes moisturizing I do it in the evening, in the morning I just wash my face with wather and use toner before I apply makeup 🙂 everything that shines make me lose my mind. BUT also discovered that having a matte skin that I’ve been dreaming about my whole life it doesn’t feel that good to all. So somewhere in between it’s the best 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Alexandra-Maria, That’s my skin-care routine, but for each person the routine will look different. You can skip the oils in the other products (mainly the face wash), if desired, and just use an oil-based moisturizer if that works for you. I just use almond oil as a moisturizer at night. In the morning, I just use water as well. I haven’t been using the serum, since it really did it’s job, and I don’t feel like I need it on an on-going basis.

  5. says: Fox

    5 stars
    Hello. Your serum works! I’ve only been using it for 1 month and I have proof it works – so thank you so much for this thoughtful well researched post. Would you mind helping me with the math to make a batch that would be 20% powder and 80% base? I love all of your stuff and will be slowing adopting most of it when I have to create it. I love switching to home made products I can trust. I’m really grateful you take the time to write all this 🙂

      1. says: SYe

        Hey Kristen, I love your vitamin c serum recipe, Thank out so much. Would you like to tell me the recipe for 20% vitamin c and 80% base please? SInce I couldn’t get the idea of reducing Aloe by 1 tsp. Do you mean just add 1tsp to the recipe?

  6. says: Charlette

    I made the serum–but used “Aloe 1X Liquid” which is not a gel-but 100% Aloe. Seems to work wonderfully. I’m curious that your prep photos look like the solution is an amber color…isn’t that a sign that the vitamin C has turned and is no longer effective? My solution is clear. Maybe the Aloe gel you used is amber colored?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Charlette, Awesome, I’m glad it worked! My vitamin C powder is a slightly orange/pink color, so that’s where the color comes from. Every vitamin c powder will be a bit different.

  7. says: Jessica

    Is the finished product supposed to be watery liquid? At the beginning of the recipe, you say it serves 2 tablespoons, yet just the aloe alone is 1 TBSP + 2 tsp, correct? My batch filled up the entire 1oz bottle, and is very liquidy.

  8. says: Glawish

    Hi Kristin
    Can you use crushed Vit c tablets if the powder isn’t available?
    And is it safe to apply on the under eye area?

  9. says: Annie

    5 stars
    Hi I love the reciepie – and I created one last night however when I added vitmain E, it didnt seem to have mixed properly – i could see the vitamin separated and dispersed in the mixture … it didnt get dissolved… is that normal? also if i add rosehip seed oil or argan oil, would it mix fine with the water that is being used with vitamin c?

  10. says: Jing

    How do you get the vitamin e oil to mix with the rest of the water soluttion without an emulsifier? Don’t they just separate once you let it set?

    1. says: linh tran

      I’ve crushed my Vit c tablets to use in recipe. Is this safe?

      My beautician says I shouldn’t use aloe vera because like lemon it makes ur skin very sensitive to sunlight. Is this true?

      So… to substitute aloe vera I use lanolin because I currentlydon’t have glycerin at home. Can this work just as well?

      1. says: Chardea Singer

        I haven’t heard anything about aloe making your skin sensitive to sunlight. It’s used to soothe burns ?. Do you have anything to back up that claim? I would love to know! Lanolin is going to be very sticky and thick, probably not a great experience. Not sure about crushing the vitamin C, but I think it should be okay.

        LS Team

  11. says: Kez

    First time I used it.
    Made my skin feel lovely but I didn’t leave it on long.
    Put some on last night and after 30 mins I had to wash it of it was burning.
    I have a rash round my mouth and a very sore red eyelid.
    Don’t know if I put too much on.
    And liquid is runny and gritty

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Kez, Yikes, that’s not good. I hope your skin is doing better today. Here are a few thoughts: How much vitamin C was used? It sounds like the vitamin C concentration was either too high, or a different Vitamin C should be used (any extra ingredients in the Vitamin C that would cause a reaction?). I definitely wouldn’t continue to use it as-is if it’s causing that king of reaction.

    2. says: Bente

      5 stars
      Hi Kez,
      I have tried that as well. My skin around my eyes started to burn. I found out that my Aloe vera was 95% pure gel and my skin was to sensitive. I washed my face and a few hours later it was almost gone. I made a new serum with only 25% Aloe vera and everything was OK.
      Try to reduce Aloe vera if it is High concentrate and reduce C Vitamin concentration next time. Best of luck.

  12. says: Kez

    No its just pure vitamin c powder to be honest I think I put too much in.
    I do have sensitive skin though.
    Do you think I would be OK to use it if I made a fresh batch

  13. says: Stephany

    5 stars
    Hi! Love your recipes. Well done. Is it ok to crush some vitamin C tablets and use it for this recipe? Would it serve same purpose as the store bought vitamin C powder?

  14. says: Domenic

    5 stars
    Hi Kristen,
    I would like to do your recipie in a 30 mil solution of Hyaloronic Acid disolve Ascorbic acid and ferulic acid. I would take about 10 milliliters of Hyaloronic Acid out and substitute with aloe vera gel. I always wanted a serum with aloe vera . I love the smooth dry effect on my skin.
    Let me know what you think

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Elsa, I always recommend testing a small area of the skin first before applying anything all over–with both homemade and store-bought products. I want to say, yes! But everyone’s skin is different.

  15. says: Marianna

    5 stars
    Love your recipe. I have tried different ratios but this seems to work very well for me. Would I be able to use hyaluronic acid to the finishied serum to thicken it?

  16. says: Nguyen

    Hi Kristin
    Thanks for your recipe. Im about to try it out this week. I have a small concern, what if the pH dont come out at 3 after we make it? What should we do? Thanks in advance ?

      1. says: Nguyen

        Thanks Kristin! I went out to find a pH tester here but so far no luck. I might try it out soon and let you know what happens.

  17. says: Dorinda

    Hello Kristin, can vitamin c powder be made from vitamin c tablets for this recipe? I live in Nigeria and that’s basically all we have ❤?

    1. says: Ali

      No! The vitamin c powder which is meant to be consumed does not penetrate the skin. You really need to buy vitamin c powder which is specifically made for the face. Vitamin C tablets are also full of sugar and other additives. You do not want that stuff sitting in a bottle with water as it encourages bacteria growth.

      1. says: Leonitta

        Hi Kristin
        I love the recipe and my skin feels amazing.
        Just one thing I want to know please
        What good preservative can I add if I want the butch to last like a month.
        Kind regards

        1. says: Kristin Marr

          Hey Leonitta, I’m so glad you’re enjoying. Due to the fragility of vitamin c, it’s best to make it frequently so it’s potent. I wouldn’t add a preservative for that reason.

  18. says: deb

    Want to test out your DIY Vitamin C serum recipe, however did you know that the Vitamin C product/ link that you listed contains maltodextrin? I tried it (because I love HealthForce and already had some in my kitchen) and it is super sticky!!


  19. says: Alena

    Hi Kristin, Thank you for sharing. Can I just use the aloe vera directly from the plant or is ti better to use the aloe gel? Looking forward to try this.

  20. says: shikha

    5 stars
    HI Kristin,
    I loved the vitamin C recipe.I am going to start using it and post the results .
    Could you tell me what is the alternate to clarisonic brush as you wrote that vitamin C serum and clarisonic helped rejuvenating your face skin.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey shikha, Thanks, I would love to hear your experience with the serum. The clarisonic is basically an electronic facial brush. There are quite a few options on the market now, available both in stores and online.

  21. says: Vaishanvi

    Hi,kristin sending love from India.
    Actually had a question that where will I get vitamin C powder or can I add a vitamin C tablet.

  22. says: Sherri

    My skin has a reaction to aloe (burning, itching, and red!), is there anything I can substitute the aloe for?
    Thank you!

      1. says: Rueth

        I thought I was allergic to aloe for years! I had a terrible reaction to aloe gel which was organic and 99% aloe. But I’ve since tried fresh aloe and it’s amazing on my skin…it’s probably something the add to the gel. Try a small amount of fresh aloe and if it doesn’t cause a reaction it isn’t the aloe! Some ppl are allergic to aloe but it’s not common.

  23. says: Sherri

    Hey. I used the brand that you linked above. After my reaction to the serum I spot tested each ingredient and its def the aloe. I’ve never had a reaction to aloe before, so weird. Thank you for your quick response!

  24. says: sands

    Hi Kirstin
    I have really sensitive skin that’s scarred due to acne. It was suggested I try Body Shops Vitamin C spray as a toner. Do you think just the water and the vitamin powder in the correct ratios will suffice as a spritz? Also can I use still(spring) water instead of distilled water?

  25. says: Maria

    Hi.instead of making a vit c serum can I apply diluted lemon juice on the face instead as that contains vit c too.wil that be just as effective?

  26. says: Melissa

    Hi Kristin! I’m excited to give this a try! I tried to search Amazon for ph test strips and it looks like there are tons of options. Do you have a particular one you use? Thanks for your help!

      1. says: Melissa

        I finally found one! All the “works with urine” descriptions were throwing me off. 🙂 I just finished up a batch and it looks like the ph is between 3 and 4. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. says: Mina

    Hi! Really love this recipe, going to make it today. One question though, why are we putting this in an amber bottle as opposed to clear?

    1. says: Rachel Cooley

      Hi Mina,

      Kristin is currently out of the country, but I’ll make sure to let her know of your comment so she can respond when she returns. As a preliminary answer to your question, it is usually recommended to use amber bottles for essential oils to minimize their contact with too much light as that can impact the quality of the essential oil. ~Rachel

  28. says: Jennifer Lewis

    Hello, love, love, love, your site. Happened upon it today when I was online searching for a good V-C oil. I am definitely going to try your recipe. Thank you for creating such a great website.

  29. says: Kate

    Hey There,
    So I just made it exactly as written and using the same bottle you recommend of vitamin c and it is pretty much clear and a ph of 5. What should I do? I will bottle it and put in the fridge and add what you say 🙂

  30. says: Lissa

    As an esthetician I would like to add:

    Distilled water is best

    If you can find an amber pump bottle, it would be best.
    Oxidation destroys the C, and everytime the bottle is opened you are exposing your formula.

    ***Be very careful going above a twenty/eighty formula, permanent damage may occur!

    Rose hip oil has lightening qualities due to the concentration of C !

    One may use this during the day if you follow with at least a 30 SPF

    Grapeseed oil is one of my favorite carrier oils
    It is non comedogenic, absorbs beautifully, helps with redness and inflammation

    Have fun!

  31. says: Marbles

    HI I have made this recipe but my skin feels very rough the following day after using the serum.
    Can I apply rosehip moisturiser a short while after applying the serum?

  32. says: carrie

    Hi, I have been using your recipe for a few months now, it’s easy and effective. I just read an article today saying that vitamin c serum is actually bad for your skin, that it leads to the breakdown of elastin and collagen over time. Do you know anything about this, if it is true? thanks so much

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Carrie, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Good question. I think there’s information out there to support any side, no matter what the topic may be. Personally, I believe Vitamin C is an incredible product to use especially as we age. Companies like True Botanicals and Marie Veronique (both of which are very science driven and proven clinical trials) make Vitamin C powders and serums for this reason.

  33. says: Zeba

    Hi Kristin,

    What is the other substitute product that you can use for vitamin c powder as healthForce superFoods vitamin C isn’t available in India.

  34. says: Martin

    Hi Kristin, Do you also have a recipe for a Vitamin C day cream for men? My wife uses expensive Vita C creams, sometimes i steal some of her, but since it is so expensive i thought it must be possible to make a good substitute as well. Hope you can help.

  35. says: Mel

    5 stars
    Hey. I am going to try this thanks. I love vit c serum and buy it all the time now I will try to make some. Trying to understand. So you leave it sit for about 2 weeks until its reached its consistancy? Or it is only good for 3 weeks? Also after how do we store it? In the fridge?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Mel, You want to refrigerate it immeadiately after making. Vitamin C is not shelf-stable like this, so it needs refrigeration. Then it will last for up to a few weeks, so it’s only good for a short period of time.

  36. says: Pamela

    The C Serum which I love has stained my clothes and my hair (GREY HAIR) this has been a very easy recipe to follow, mine is very runny I use small pads to apply.

  37. says: serenebean

    5 stars
    LOVE YOUR website + all of your recipes. I am interested in trying to make a serum that does not have to be kept in the refrigerator. What would you recommend as a base? oil instead of aloe vera gel/water? Thanks!

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Serena,

      Vitamin c is very unstable so it needs to be stored this way and only made in small batches and frequently.

      LS Team.

  38. says: Ale

    Hi Kristin,
    looking at your honey cleanser recipe, i think somewhere in the comments i saw you saying that Vitamin E oil won’t preserve Aloe Vera. Could you please clarify that? as instead in this vitamin C serum you put as optional also the Vit.E oil together with Aloe Vera.

    Also, if i would like to use the gel from aloe vera leaf instead of a natural gel bought online, what is the difference in term of duration?

    thanks in advance

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hi Ale, vitamin E is not a preservative. Its to keep from the product from going rancid but not keep from bacteria growing. I use it for the skin benefits. If you’re using fresh aloe then there are no preservatives added, so you will need to keep in the fridge and make a batch every week to keep from going bad. Hope this is helpful!

  39. says: Ale

    5 stars
    Thanks for the reply.
    Do you know “Naissance” brand for essential oil? If you think is it good Or not.
    I ordered some basic plant therapy Oils to start from US But I can’t find a good and trustable vitamin E oil on Amazon Uk (the one that you use doesn’t ship to uk). I found interesting Naissance High Strength Pure Vitamin E oil 29,500 IU on Amazon.co.uk if you maybe can have a look when you have few minutes. Any tips help to avoid rubbish products. Thanks ?

  40. says: Ale

    Hi Kristin,
    a part from Vit C serum, do you suggest to use something else to alternate, like retinol serum, hyaluronic acid or other?

  41. says: Ale

    Hi Kristin,
    i would like to double check your recipe, when you say Aloe 1 tbs + 2tbs… what do you mean in total?
    i just would like to make a batch with roughly a 20% vit C and 80% base (water + aloe juice or gel)
    could you please help me to clarify that?

  42. says: Mahek

    Hi Kristin. I want to know what do you mean by ‘TB’ in your recipe? And secondly can I use vit c capsules that are in liquid or oil form I think.

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Mahek,

      TB stands for tablespoon.
      I wouldn’t because vitamin c from my research is very fragile and powder is the best for shelf life potency.

  43. says: Tracy ADAMSKI

    How long is this mixture good for?
    Does it need to be place in the fridge for w weeks prior to use?
    Can it be left in room temperature?
    Thank you

  44. says: Vivian

    Is there a way to incorporate hyaluronic acid, collagen peptides and vitamin A into your recipe to make a complete skin care serum or would they interact with each other?

  45. says: Vivian

    Also wanted to know if a preservative like Germall Plus could be used so it wouldn’t need refrigeration and last more than 2 or 3 weeks?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Vivian,

      You can do that, vitamin c doesn’t have a long shelf life so I wouldn’t be able to tell you how much longer it could last with it added. I recommend making smaller batches than a large one.

      LS Team.

  46. says: natural health store

    5 stars
    Vitamin C plays an important role in skin health due to its antioxidant properties- you are true. That’s why many night crème brands boost vitamin c in their crème. I love this way to make the vitamin c serum at home, will try.

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Helen,

      What vitamin C powder did you use? It could be the vitamin C powder. It should be a bit sticky due to the aloe. Apply a moisturizer after this and it should help.

      LS Team

  47. says: Sharonda

    Hi! I’m looking online for a suitable Vitamin C powder and I’m having a bit of a hard time finding one that is safe to actually put on my skin. The link in the recipe to Amazon is not working. What brand of Vitamin C are you using??

  48. says: DKHO

    Regarding your recipe – you instruct to “store the serum in the fridge for 1-2 weeks”. My question to you – after the 1-2 weeks does the serum require constant refrigeration?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      You could but the issue is more that vitamin c in general doesn’t have a long shelf life as far as potency.

      LS Team

  49. says: Bianca

    5 stars
    Good day your recipe is wonderful but can one use squeezed orange juice in place of the vitamin C powder. Thanks in anticipation of your response

  50. says: K G

    It would be good to check your links every now and then in virus total because I just checked them and they came up as “malicious”. It’s not safe for people to click on those.

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi there, thank you for letting us know. Can you tell me which link it was? I was not able to find it.

      Thank you.

      LS Team

  51. says: Gaik

    Hello Kristin,

    Found your link while researching “C3”. Would just like to add this information (according to Dr. Oz)…

    “Fat-soluble Ester C vitamin
    -unlike the ascorbic acid form, realizes the full potential of this vitamin’s full anti-aging ability. It displays greater antioxidant activity in our cells than ascorbic acid does, and performs this vital work at lower doses. In fact, compared with ascorbic acid, vitamin C ester delivers 8 times higher levels of vitamin C activity.

    Note: Water-soluble vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
    This is the form of vitamin C found in standard vitamin supplements. Take this form of vitamin C as a nutritional supplement; however, ascorbic acid has some serious drawbacks when used as topical ingredient. It cannot protect cell membranes, nor can the skin maintain adequate levels when we experience oxidative stress, either from internal sources such as poor diet and stress, or from external sources such as sunlight.

    Ascorbic acid can also create a powerful free radical known as a hydroxylradical, via a Fenton reaction with iron in the body. It is also irritating to skin and unstable when used in topical formulations.”

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