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Diy Essential Oil Vitamin C Serum

DIY Essential Oil Vitamin C Serum

Trendy ingredients come and go, but Vitamin C has stuck around and for good reason. Vitamin C touts many benefits towards skincare, like having the ability to brighten complexion, even skin tone and reduce the appearance offine lines and wrinkles.

However, as our skin matures and isexposed to pollutants, our skin begins to lose collagen and elastin balance. Enter, EG’s DIY Vitamin C Serum. This skin-loving powerhouse paired with essential oils can give expensive store-bought formulas a run for their money.

With antioxidant properties and a role in collagen synthesis, Vitamin C might be the ingredient your skincare routine is missing. Eating your daily dose of veggies and fruits is of course always recommended as well.    

Ingredients

1 oz Distilled water

1 oz Rosehip carrier oil

1 ml Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount)

1 drop Rose

3 drops Frankincense Carterii

2 drops Helichrysum Italicum

Preservative (manufacturer's recommended amount)

2.5 oz Container

How To

Thoroughly stir ascorbic acid into water. In a separate bowl, combine Rosehip, Frankincense, Rose and Helichrysum Italicum with Polysorbate 20. Then combine all ingredients and transfer to the container. Shake before use and apply to your face and neck both morning and evening. Best kept in the fridge for an approximate shelf life of two weeks.

Developed by an aromatherapist

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valerie

February 04, 2019

i make my C serum oil soluble with Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate from lotion crafters…i do it at the max of 10% ..great with many of your edens gardens oils..love prickly pear…you can mix a few oils too ..rosehip for example..

Edens Garden

May 03, 2018

Hi Jessie! For this recipe, we used 100% pure ascorbic acid powder

Jessie

May 03, 2018

Hi! I’m looking on Amazon for ascorbic acid and there are a ton of options! There’s powder, 10%, 20%, etc. Which is the best to use? Thank you

Edens Garden

January 18, 2018

Hi Allie! You can learn more about solubilizers here: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2013/09/ingredient-solubilizers-comparison.html

In this formula, solubilizer (such as Polysorbate 20) is an absolute necessity. And there is about .0083% Polysorbate 20 per drop of this serum, making it highly unlikely to do any damage at all.

Allie

January 18, 2018

I enjoy many of your products, and I think this recipe looks great except for one GLARING problem: polysorbate 20. The Manufacturer Safety Data Sheet for polysorbate 20 clearly states:

Toxicity to Animals: Acute oral toxicity (LD50): >33000 mg/kg [Mouse].
Chronic Effects on Humans: Not available.
Other Toxic Effects on Humans: Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation.
Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects (post-implantation mortality) and birth defects based on animal data.

Many people use essential oils as an alternative to mainstream medical approaches to their health problems, and may be especially sensitive to a product like polysorbate 20.

Also, many people are pet owners. PETS LICK THEIR HUMANS. Polysorbate 20 may cause problems to a pet.

I know that polysorbates are often used in mainstream products, but that doesn’t mean that they’re without problems.

Please ask the certified aromatherapist who created this recipe to consider removing and/or substituting a safer ingredient for the polysorbate 20.

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Mary! We recommend using ascorbic acid, and you can get it on Amazon

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Samantha! You can replace Polysorbate 20 with another solubilizer. The solubilizer is the ingredient that combines water with oil. You can learn more about this ingredient and its alternatives here: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2013/09/ingredient-solubilizers-comparison.html

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Judy! 1 ml is equal to a little less than 1/4 tsp and a little more than 1/8 tsp. You can add either 1/4 tsp or 1/8 tsp if you wish.

You can use this serum both in the morning and at night. There aren’t concerns with photosensitivity with this serum.

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Judy! 1 ml is equal to a little less than 1/4 tsp and a little more than 1/8 tsp. You can add either 1/4 tsp or 1/8 tsp if you wish.

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Julia! This serum is best stored in the fridge for a shelf life of approximately two weeks.

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Map! Yes, you can add other ingredients like Maracuja oil!

Samantha

January 14, 2018

Can the polysorbate 20 be left out of this recipe and still produce a good serum? If not is there an alternative ingredient to use in place of the polysorbate 20?
Thanks

Mary

January 14, 2018

What type of vit c should be used in this recipe? And where can you get it?
Thank you.

SamanthaVasseur

January 13, 2018

Hi, I have been purchasing your oils and LOVE THEM!! I have been making all my own serums, lotions and soaps. So fun. My question is with the diy vitiman C serum can I use anything in place of the polysorbate 20? Or can it be left out of the recipe? Thanks so much!

Judy Wallace

January 13, 2018

And…..how and when and how often do you apply it? Does it replace moisturizer? Are there any concerns with photosensitivity? I want to make some!

Judy Wallace

January 13, 2018

What fraction of a teaspoon is 1ml ascorbic acid?

Julia

January 12, 2018

I’m excited to try a serum like this, especially as gifts for family. How should these be stores and how long will they keep for? Thank you!

Map

January 12, 2018

Hello was wondering if some Maracuja oil (has a lot of Vit. C also) could be added to the mix?