vitamin C serums (6)

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Want to see how your serum measures up against the competition?

Looking for a vitamin C serums with specific actives? This might be the case if, say, you’ve tried an l-ascorbic acid one and your skin has reacted: maybe try out one based on magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Or if you have a vitamin C serum you like, and you’re wondering if there’s a cheaper dupe. Or one based on the same functional active, but with more of it. Or less of other things like added fragrance. Or that’s cruelty-free. Has a less silly name. Comes with less marketeering, sales pitches, sketchy pseudoscientific pubvertising, and branding foolishness.

Or maybe you want to spend more money, on a smaller bottle, with a prettier label.

Anyway. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking, this post might help. 

NB: THIS POST IS FROM 2012
Information here—as on any other blog-post (such being the nature of a blog)—is date-specific. If you are reading this after that date, the information here may have changed: prices, products, etc. It is not being updated regularly. There may be occasional updates to the two main posts in this series, vitamin C serums (1) and vitamin C serums (5), but these updates will not be systematic. I’m mainly interested in adding products there that have caught my eye because they’re cheaper and look good on paper (rather than the opposite).

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  • Unadulterated, just in plain simple alphabetical order, no preferences expressed on price, ingredients, ethics, or anything else.
  • Prices recalculated to $ per ounce (30 ml).
  • Type of vitamin C and percentage listed, if declared by manufacturer.
    No form of vitamin C listed = none declared, or this is a serum containing ingredients that contain vitamin C (but in a less bioavailable form).
  • Do check ingredient-lists for full formulation information:
    ex. with LAA, it’s good to have ferulic acid too; with LAA and MAP, vitamin E (tocopherol) and/or coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone); some like peptides as a plus; and other stabilizing and buffering factors…
    … and to check for common irritants and your own individual, personal, known irritants, acne-triggers, etc.
  • And, as ever, let me know of others to add to the list (and the other lists in the other five vitamin C posts).
    Bear in mind this is a leisure-time, amateur, hobby blog; so it’s not comprehensive or complete; and there may be delays in answering and in posting, due to the the horror that is full-time work outside in the real world.

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ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE
ASCORBIC ACID 2-GLUCOSIDE

  • 3LAB Perfect “C” Treatment Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate (“Stay-C 50”) + ascorbyl glucoside
    $130.00 / 1 oz
  • 3LAB Perfect Repair Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl glucoside
    $180.00 / 1 oz
  • Boscia Antioxidant Recovery Treatment Cvitamin C serums (3)
    10% ascorbyl glucoside
    $48.00 / 1 oz
  • Dr Brandt Lineless Vitamin C Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl glucoside
    $75.00 / 1 oz
  • Dermalogica AgeSmart Multivitamin Power Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl glucoside + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $87.00 – 117.00 / 1 oz
  • Mesoestetic Energy C Complexvitamin C serums (3)
    10% ascorbyl glucoside
    $150.00 / 1 oz (4 weeks’ treatment @ 1 x 1-ml-pipette/night)
  • MyFawnie Stable Double C Serum – Oil-Free: vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbic acid 2-glucoside + ethyl ascorbic acid (+ ferulic acid)
    $40.00 / 1 oz
  • MyFawnie Stable Double C Serum with Royal Jelly: vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbic acid 2-glucoside + ethyl ascorbic acid (+ ferulic acid)
    $40.00 / 1 oz
  • Remède Intensive Double Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    10% ascorbyl glucoside + ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
    $130.00 / 1 oz
  • Suki Bio-C 10% Formula Face Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    10% ascorbic acid glucoside
    $87.95 / 1 oz

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ASCORBYL METHYLSILANOL
ASCORBYL METHYLSILANOL PECTINATE
METHYLSILANOL ASCORBATE

  • DCL (Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories) High Potency C Scape Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    25% methylsilanol ascorbate
    $53.00 / 1 oz
  • Renee Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatmentvitamin C serums (3)
    14% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate
    $63.00 / 1 oz

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ASCORBYL PALMITATE

  • 100% Pure Açai Berry Antioxidants + Vitamins Anti-aging Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $65.00 / 1 oz
  • Dr Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum; used to be MD Skincare: vitamin C serums (3)
  • 18% l-ascorbic acid + sodium ascorbyl phosphate + ascorbyl palmitate
    $92.00 / 1 oz
  • DermaQuest C-Lipoic Antioxidant Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    9% ascorbyl palmitate
    $77.00 / 1 oz
  • Jan Marini C-ESTA Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $79.00 / 1 oz
  • John Masters Organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $30.00 / 1 oz
  • Juliet’s Room C THE DIFFERENCE Vitamin C Rich Organic Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate and/or calcium ascorbate (ingredient list is ambiguous) + ascorbic acid
    $24.00 / 1 oz
  • Neocell: cheap vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $11.16  -15.00 / 1 oz
  • Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15vitamin C serums (3)
    15% ascorbyl palmitate
    $86.70 / 1 oz
  • Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + ascorbyl palmitate
    $110.00 / 1 oz
  • Peter Thomas Rothvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $95.00 – 150.00 / 1 oz
  • Source Naturals Skin Eternal Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate
    $10.00 – 17.60 / 1.7 oz
  • SRS Custom Dermaceuticals C2S Skin Balancing Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbic acid + ascorbyl palmitate; NBB + salicylic acid
    $35.00 – 65.00 / 1 oz
  • Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4) 
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + ascorbyl palmitate + (l-?)ascorbic acid
    $9.99 / 1 oz

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ASCORBYL TETRAISOPALMITATE

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CALCIUM ASCORBATE (a.k.a., branded version, “Ester-C”)

  • Derma E Ester-C Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    calcium ascorbate
    $7.00 – 8.50 / 1 oz 
  • GreatSkin Ester C Serum: vitamin C serums (3)
    14% calcium ascorbate
    $65.00 / 1 oz
  • GreatSkin Vitamin C + 25% Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    25% calcium ascorbate
    $69.00 / 1 oz
  • Jason C-Effects Hyper-C Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    calcium ascorbate + l-ascorbic acid
    $21.00 – 34.98 / 1 oz
  • Juliet’s Room C THE DIFFERENCE Vitamin C Rich Organic Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl palmitate and/or calcium ascorbate (ingredient list is ambiguous) + ascorbic acid
    $24.00 / 1 oz
  • Kiss My Face C The Change Ester C Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    calcium ascorbate + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $15.00 – 21.00 / 1 oz
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Boostervitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate + calcium ascorbate
    $48.00 / 1 oz

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ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID
3-0 ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID

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L-ASCORBIC ACID

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MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE

  • 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum:  vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $35.00 / 1 oz
  • ASDM Beverly Hills Vitamin C Serum 15%vitamin C serums (1)
    15% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $15.00 / 1 oz
  • Beauty Without Cruelty Vitamin C With CoQ10 Vitality Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $16.00 – 24.95 / 1 oz
  • Dermalogica AgeSmart MAP-15 Regeneratorvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    “highest” magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $255.00 – 333.00 / 1 oz
  • Dermalogica AgeSmart Multivitamin Power Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    ascorbyl glucoside + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $87.00 – 117.00 / 1 oz
  • Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx Extreme Cvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    “high” magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $255.00 – 333.00 / 1 oz
  • DeVita C Serumvitamin C serums (2)
    17% l-ascorbic acid + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $22.38 – 35.95 / 1 oz
  • DeVita RX (DeVita Professional Skin Care) Morning C-Pro Plus Serumvitamin C serums (2)
    20% l-ascorbic acid + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $36.00 – 45.00 / 1 oz
  • DHC Vitamin C Essencevitamin C serums (3)
    8% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $45.00 / 1 oz
  • DIY / HOME-MADEvitamin C serums (1) 
    10 – 25% l-ascorbic acid ± magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    < $5.00 / 1 oz
  • EmerginC Vitamin C Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    20% l-ascorbic acid + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $85.00 / 1 oz
  • Garden of Wisdom Botaderm AntiAging Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $39.65 / 1 oz
  • Garden of Wisdom Chock Full O’Vitamins Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $29.00 / 1 oz
  • Garden of Wisdom Natural Majik Vitamin C E White Tea Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    15% l-ascorbic acid + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $46.15 / 1 oz
  • Isomers Vitamin C + E Serumvitamin C serums (1) 
    5% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $40.00 / 1 oz
  • Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phorphate
    $29.00 / 1 oz
  • Juice Beauty Soothing Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $36.00 / 1 oz
  • Juice Beauty (others)vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $45.00-75.00 / 1 oz
  • Kiss My Face C The Change Ester C Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    calcium ascorbate + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $15.00 – 21.00 / 1 oz
  • NuFountain CelSignal Support Hydrating Serum: vitamin C serums (1) 
    15% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $25.99 / 1 oz
  • Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $30.00 / 1 oz
  • Renee Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatmentvitamin C serums (3)
    14% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate
    $63.00 / 1 oz
  • Silk Naturals Awesome Sauce Antioxidant Serumvitamin C serums (1) 
    3% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $18.95 / 1 oz
  • Silk Naturals Facelift Vitamin C, DMAE, & Peptide Serumvitamin C serums (1)
    3% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 
    $17.95 / 1 oz
  • Silk Naturals Mama’s Helper Serumvitamin C serums (1)
    5.5% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 
    $21.95 / 1 oz
  • Silk Naturals Super Serumvitamin C serums (1)
    3% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 
    $17.95 / 1 oz
  • Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serumvitamin C serums (1)
    3% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 
    $15.95 / 1 oz
  • Ziavitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + sodium ascorbyl phosphate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $79.90 / 1 oz

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SODIUM ASCORBATE

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SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE

  • 3LAB Perfect “C” Treatment Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate (“Stay-C 50”) + ascorbyl glucoside
    $130.00 / 1 oz
  • Amino Genesisvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $69.00 / 1 oz
  • Dr Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum; used to be MD Skincare: vitamin C serums (3)
    18% l-ascorbic acid + sodium ascorbyl phosphate + ascorbyl palmitate
    $92.00 / 1 oz
  • Dermalogica Extra Firming Boostervitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $50.00 – 66.00 / 1 oz
  • June Jacobs Elastin Collagen Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $110.00-155.00 / 1 oz
  • Luzernvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $95.00 / 1 oz
  • Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum:  vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $27.19 – 33.99 / 1 oz
  • Murad Active Radiance Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate + chitosan ascorbate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $89.00 / 1 oz
  • Nature’s Gate C For Yourself Vitamin C Texturizing Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $14.70 / 1 oz
  • Nature’s Way Hydraplenish Hyaluronic Acid Serum Plus Vitamin Cvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate
    $24.00 – 27.00 / 1 oz
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Boostervitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate + calcium ascorbate
    $48.00 / 1 oz
  • Ziavitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + sodium ascorbyl phosphate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $79.90 / 1 oz

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TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE

  • Bioelementsvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + ascorbic acid (l- presumably)
    $66.00 / 1 oz
  • Exuviancevitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $68.00 / 1 oz
  • FutureDerm CE Caffeic Serumvitamin C serums (3)
    16% l-ascorbic acid + 8% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $89.00 / 1 oz
  • Garden of Wisdom Chock Full O’Vitamins Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $29.00 / 1 oz
  • Murad Active Radiance Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    sodium ascorbyl phosphate + chitosan ascorbate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $89.00 / 1 oz
  • Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
    $30.00 / 1 oz
  • Paula’s Choice: cheap-ish vitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $28.00 – 37.00 / 1 oz
  • Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + ascorbyl palmitate
    $110.00 / 1 oz
  • SkinCeuticals C E Ferulicvitamin C serums (3)
    15% l-ascorbic acid + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $146.00 / 1 oz
  • Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant Serumvitamin C-ish serums (4)
    tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate + ascorbyl palmitate + (l-?)ascorbic acid
    $9.99 / 1 oz
  • Ziavitamin C-ish serums (4)
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate + sodium ascorbyl phosphate + tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
    $79.90 / 1 oz

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