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. 

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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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