Vitamin C Serum Recipe

A vitamin C serum recipe can be very simple or quite complex as you will soon see. Whatever recipe you choose to use, one thing is certain. The benefits and cost savings when you create your own vitamin C serum will make for a very happy day.

Vitamin C serums can be expensive coming in at well over $100 for a small jar.  With a good vitamin C serum recipe you can create your own serum for a few dollars.

So, why should you be interested in Vitamin C serum anyway? Other than it helps keep you young, tones your skin, reduces wrinkles and helps protect you from the ravages of sun exposure, I can’t think of a single reason to get excited about it.

The simplest vitamin C serum recipe

I know of one gal who uses L-ascorbic acid (natural vitamin C) by simply dissolving a ½ gram vitamin C powder into 5 ml water and applying to her skin every night at bedtime. She mixes a fresh batch every night to assure freshness. (L-ascorbic acid deteriorates very fast when exposed to air.) *

*See Notes below

The second simplest vitamin C serum recipe

This recipe is exactly like the first recipe with the exception that 3 drops of vitamin E oil are added to the formula. Vitamin E behaves synergistically with vitamin C by increasing the antioxidant properties of the vitamin E.*

*See Notes below

The third simplest vitamin C serum recipe


  • 1 gram L-ascorbic acid
  • 5 ml distilled water
  • 5 ml glycerin


Dissolve ascorbic acid in water. When completely dissolved, add glycerin and mix well.

*See notes below

L-Ascorbic Acid Powder (Vitamin C), 6 oz. Jar. For Use in Serums and Cosmetic FormulationsL-Ascorbic Acid Powder (Vitamin C), 6 oz. Jar. For Use in Serums and Cosmetic FormulationsGlycerin Vegetable Kosher USP - 1 Quart (43 oz.)Glycerin Vegetable Kosher USP – 1 Quart (43 oz.)

The fourth simplest vitamin C serum recipe – 15% vitamin C serum

I can’t tell a lie, I found this one online courtesy of Kelly. I haven’t tried it yet, but I intend to do so very soon. Kelly says this is the one she uses and loves it. When I read the ingredients, I could understand why. I am presenting it to you exactly as she posted it with a few notations I’ve added for clarification. These are italicized.

  • 1 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid
  • 3 tsps Distilled Water
  • 1 tsp SKB (Sea Kelp Bioferment) – moisturizer
  • 1tsp Remergent DNA cream – This cream is supposed to repair DNA – (You can substitute Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA). THDA is a very stable vitamin C ester. THDA is soluble in oil and helps aid in skin penetration. It’s supposed to have antioxidant properties and help prevent and repair UV damage to the skin.
  • ½ vial ferulic acid – Antioxidant, touted by some as a skin toner.
  • ½ capsule of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplement (be sure it’s one with NO fillers!) – Assists in the transport of nutrients into the skin.
  • 6 drops vitamin E oil

Dissolve the C in the water stirring frequently till no crystal remains (10 minutes or so), to that now add the powders; (MSM + Ferulic) and stir till dissolved. In a separate little glass stir together the remaining ingredients; (SKB, Vit E, + DNA cream) + stir till mixed well. Now add it all together stirring for 3 or 4 minutes, and transfer it into a dark blue or amber 1oz dropper bottle. (Two glass shot glasses are perfect for mixing up this serum.)


  • Though the top two recipes work well for some people, you might find these recipes irritating to your skin. Skin irritation is a very common problem when vitamin C is applied directly to the skin.
  • If you are going to use the simplest or the second simplest vitamin C serum recipe, I recommend you buy your L-ascorbic acid in packets. Powdered ascorbic acid should be white. If the powdered form is dark yellow or brown, it should not be used. When mixed with water, vitamin C should be clear. If it has turned color, throw it out.
  • We recommend that you purchase pH strips and test the acidity of your serum. It should be no higher than 3.5. It is also advisable to stay above 2 or your skin may complain a lot. A 5% solution in distilled water will have a pH between 2.2 and 2.5. (That’s 5 parts L-ascorbic acid in 100 parts water. Or 1 ½ teaspoons per 8 1/3 Tbsp)
  • You can mix your serum in small batches(enough to last a week or two). Store in dark colored jars in the refrigerator.
  • Typically the vitamin C serum is applied at night. Some use a lower pH serum at night and a gentler and higher pH serum in the morning. We recommend once a day at bedtime. Increase the pH in your vitamin C serum recipe if your serum irritates your skin.

I hope you try each vitamin C recipe and report back here with the results. Be sure and let us know what you liked and didn’t like. We always love to hear from our members and guests. So, until next time—

Now go have fun and relax.

8 thoughts on “Vitamin C Serum Recipe

  1. The benefits of Vitamin C are limitless, but the problem that every serum faces and the DIY vitamin c serum is actually the instability of Vitamin C in a liquid form and yet available as the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) form after application.

    If expired, vitamin c can actually be dangerous for the skin rather than helping it to look healthier and brighter.

    I’m actually a doctor and I studied Biotechnology at Verona University, in Italy. My team of scientists and I have found a solution to this problem developing a new formula: Stay-C 50® vitamin C.

    It has got to do with the esterification of Vitamin C producing the Stay-C 50 (one of the most stable, bio-available forms of vitamin C).

    Stay-C 50® (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) maximizes the benefits of traditional Vitamin C because of its ability to stay effective over time without oxidation. It is also known for being less irritating on the skin versus the normal ascorbic acid and it’s been studied especially for sensitive skin.

    STAY-C 50®, together with Vitamin E (that Kleem Organics contains), can provide an effective antioxidant combination that reduces the formation of free radicals and stimulates collagen synthesis (which slows down with aging).

    Kleem Organics uses only natural and organic ingredients and it’s also cruelty free. It’s 20% vitamin C packaged in an airless bottle that prevents the air to get in contact with the serum, thus preventing its oxidation.

    You can easily find it on Amazon at a very affordable price.

    Best Regards


  2. You MUST have a cream with vitamin A in it if you are looking to bring the elasticity back to your skin, making it look and feel smooth. You also need Hyaluronic acid. Why? As we age, our body produces less and less of this important acid, affecting how moisture is stored in our skin. I use Lady Soma’s Renewal Serum because it has both those ingredients in 1 serum, and its been getting me the results I have been looking for.

    1. Hello friend,

      Up to this date hyaluronic acid is unproven as a benefit in topically applied creams and serums. However, it has been proven to be temporarily effective (6 months or so) when injected.

      One of the most effective anti-wrinkle treatments come from the inside by the consumption of foods rich in micronutrients. That would be fruit and vegetables.

      Your friend,


    1. Lotioncrafter has what you need with the exception of the Remergent DNA cream. Remergent has discontinued production of this product, at least that is my understanding. However, you can purchase a substitute DNA cream from Amazon for about $37.00. I would suggest you go with the less expensive alternative Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate to start. It can be purchased at Lotioncrafter.

      P.S. We’re not affiliated with Lotioncrafter.

      Good luck with your formulation. Be sure and report back and tell us how you liked it.

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